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Windows 7: Getting rid of rootkits without normal/safe mode

06 Sep 2013   #21
TomanMT

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

These past couple days all I get is a black screen with or without a cursor, that doesn't seem to change. I left it on once for a few hours and when I came back it'd rebooted.


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06 Sep 2013   #22
TomanMT

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I left it on and worked in front of the computer to keep an eye on it-- the reboot must've been caused by a BSOD as I just got one.
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06 Sep 2013   #23
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

Depending on the severity of the virus you had, it may have severely corrupted some of the system files. You might want to try doing a repair install.

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Do a Repair installation if:
  • A System Restore did not help fix your Windows 7.
  • There is no other easier option left that can fix your Windows 7.
  • You DO NOT want to do a Clean reinstall of Windows 7.
  • You DO want to preserve your user accounts, data, programs, and system drivers.

Repair Install

In the meantime, just to be safe, try to migrate as many as your personal files as possible to a storage medium in case a clean install is called for.
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06 Sep 2013   #24
TomanMT

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Can I do this by running the disc from boot?
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07 Sep 2013   #25
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

Yes you can. Or you can do it from a USB. You have several options. Read the tutorial along with the warnings, some limitations apply.

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You cannot use a OEM Windows 7 "Factory" Restore/Recovery type of installation disc that came with or created from a store bought computer to do a repair install with. These can only be used do a clean install instead.
You can do a repair install on a factory OEM installation with the latest official Windows 7 with SP1 ISO file here: Microsoft: Windows 7 Direct Download Links, and use Windows 7 USB-DVD Download Tool to create a bootable DVD or USB flash drive with the ISO to do the repair install from within Windows 7.
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If you do not have a Windows 7 with SP1 installation DVD/USB, then you can download the latest official Windows 7 SP1 Media Refresh (SP1 U) ISO file here: Microsoft: Windows 7 Direct Download Links, and use Windows 7 USB-DVD Download Tool to create a bootable DVD or USB flash drive with the ISO to do the repair install from within Windows 7 using this step.
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23 Sep 2013   #26
TomanMT

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hello,
I've created a bootable USB but upon running it and reading the tutorial again, it has become evident that I cannot run a repair install from boot and need to be logged into windows 7.
It seems like my only option is a custom install from boot (which will remove all my files).
What do you think?
Thanks,

TomanMT
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