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Windows 7: Windows 7 Home Prem x64 Will not load Explorer.exe on startup

26 Jun 2013   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64
Windows 7 Home Prem x64 Will not load Explorer.exe on startup

Ive got a laptop here that encountered the PCEU virus. I removed the HDD and placed into another machine as a slave drive to run Malwarebytes. Successfully removed 14 threats and placed back into the laptop. The PCEU virus has gone but I get a CMD box on startup trying to open a random .EXE and explorer doesnt load takes you to a c:\windows\system32 cursor. Typing explorer.exe here then loads and the OS is fully usable. How do I remove that from a startup and push explorer.exe back into a startup position??

Here is what appears in the CMD Box on start. I have obviously typed the explorer.exe to get the OS to load.

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
'"C:\Users\Laptop\AppData\Local\Temp\yqsdjqgjncprwkove.exe"' is not recognized a
s an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Jun 2013   #2

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

After you backup the registry...
Registry - Backup and Restore can check to see that explorer is listed here:
Windows 7 Home Prem x64 Will not load Explorer.exe on startup-shell-explorer.png

And while you are in the registry, check these two places:
Windows 7 Home Prem x64 Will not load Explorer.exe on startup-cu-run.png
Windows 7 Home Prem x64 Will not load Explorer.exe on startup-lm-run.png

If you have any doubts about what you find, please post a screenshot before removing an entry.
Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

That said, wiping the drive and making a clean install of W7 is the safest thing to do:
Clean Install Windows 7

My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Jun 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium


Please do the following...

Download the Farbar Recovery Scan Tool
Select the 64-bit version.
Save to the Desktop.
  • Double-click the downloaded file to run it.
  • When the tool opens click Yes to disclaimer.
  • Press the Scan button.
  • FRST64 makes a log (FRST.txt) in the same directory from which the tool is run (Desktop).
Please provide the FRST.txt in your reply. <<---

The first time the tool is run, it also makes another log: Addition.txt
Also post the Addition.txt in your reply. <<---

To save you searching thru the Registry for the info requested by UsernameIssues,
also download SystemLook:
Save to your Desktop.

Right-click on SystemLook.exe, and select: Run As Administrator

Copy the content of the following box into the main textfield:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
Click the Look button to start the scan.

When finished, a notepad window opens with the results of the scan.
Please post the SystemLook.txt (found on the Desktop) in your reply.
My System SpecsSystem Spec


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