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A series of problems with WinXP

wjmelements
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1/23/2010 8:34:37 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
The following problems all occurred at once on Windows XP:
-Shortcuts would open shortcut properties when clicked and not the target item.
-I could not type into any form of text input.
-I could not delete shortcuts from the desktop by pressing Del or Backspace when the shortcut was highlighted.

I have no idea what the cause was, but I believe this stopped when I ended one of the 3 or 4 processes I stopped when desperately looking for a way out. If it happens again, I'll return with more information. Until then, does anyone know what the problem might have been?
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1/24/2010 2:55:41 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
I think my biggest problem with any version of windows is that it likes to bury most of my files in unknown folders without my consent.
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1/25/2010 8:44:43 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/25/2010 7:36:43 AM, tkubok wrote:
I think "Linux" is an Operating System because I just equated it with other Operating Systems. Therefore I fail computer and shouldn't be posting in this thread.

I agree.
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1/25/2010 8:47:26 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/23/2010 8:34:37 PM, wjmelements wrote:
The following problems all occurred at once on Windows XP:
-Shortcuts would open shortcut properties when clicked and not the target item.
-I could not type into any form of text input.
-I could not delete shortcuts from the desktop by pressing Del or Backspace when the shortcut was highlighted.

I have no idea what the cause was, but I believe this stopped when I ended one of the 3 or 4 processes I stopped when desperately looking for a way out. If it happens again, I'll return with more information. Until then, does anyone know what the problem might have been?

Sounds to me like you're infected.

Solutions:
1. Download Malwarebytes Anti Malware, do a full scan
2. Download Superantispyware do a full scan
3. Download autoruns remove all startup entries (if you don't know how to do this just ask and I'll give you a picture tutorial)
4. Remove your current antivirus and install Avira Antivirus
5. Do a full scan with that antivirus.

Post Logs here.
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1/25/2010 11:12:45 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
in after

I'd just like to interject for a moment. What you're refering to as Linux, is in fact, GNU/Linux, or as I've recently taken to calling it, GNU plus Linux. Linux is not an operating system unto itself, but rather another free component of a fully functioning GNU system made useful by the GNU corelibs, shell utilities and vital system components comprising a full OS as defined by POSIX.

Many computer users run a modified version of the GNU system every day, without realizing it. Through a peculiar turn of events, the version of GNU which is widely used today is often called "Linux", and many of its users are not aware that it is basically the GNU system, developed by the GNU Project.

There really is a Linux, and these people are using it, but it is just a part of the system they use. Linux is the kernel: the program in the system that allocates the machine's resources to the other programs that you run. The kernel is an essential part of an operating system, but useless by itself; it can only function in the context of a complete operating system. Linux is normally used in combination with the GNU operating system: the whole system is basically GNU with Linux added, or GNU/Linux. All the so-called "Linux" distributions are really distributions of GNU/Linux.
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1/25/2010 6:58:02 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/25/2010 8:47:26 AM, Mr.Dink wrote:
At 1/23/2010 8:34:37 PM, wjmelements wrote:
The following problems all occurred at once on Windows XP:
-Shortcuts would open shortcut properties when clicked and not the target item.
-I could not type into any form of text input.
-I could not delete shortcuts from the desktop by pressing Del or Backspace when the shortcut was highlighted.

I have no idea what the cause was, but I believe this stopped when I ended one of the 3 or 4 processes I stopped when desperately looking for a way out. If it happens again, I'll return with more information. Until then, does anyone know what the problem might have been?

Sounds to me like you're infected.

I don't doubt that, but it seems like just a one-time thing. I'll still go with antivirus. I don't have any on my netbook (which experienced these symptoms).

Solutions:
1. Download Malwarebytes Anti Malware, do a full scan
2. Download Superantispyware do a full scan
Both of these are free ware, right?
3. Download autoruns remove all startup entries (if you don't know how to do this just ask and I'll give you a picture tutorial)
Message me the tutorial (unless you want to show off and post it in the thread).
4. Remove your current antivirus and install Avira Antivirus
Is this freeware?
5. Do a full scan with that antivirus.
Thanks. I'll get back to you later.

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Okay.
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Mr.Dink
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1/26/2010 7:08:37 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
Everythinig is freeware.

D O W N L O A D S

1. Autoruns
http://download.sysinternals.com...

2. Malwarebytes
http://dw.com.com...

3. Avira
http://dw.com.com...

4. Winrar
http://dw.com.com...

5. Superantispyware
http://downloads.superantispyware.com...

T U T O R I A L

Autoruns

1. Install Winrar, double click the icon allow it to install with the detailed settings

2. Right click autoruns and extract to Autoruns (folder) open the autoruns folder after its unzip and double click (if using windows 7 or vista right click this app and run as an administrator) the autoruns application not autorunssc

Agree to the statement

Click the Logon tab.

Maximize it.

1. http://i49.tinypic.com...
2. http://i49.tinypic.com...

Configuring Avira
Download, install with default settings

Double click the System Tray umbrella

On the left sidebar click administration tab

Click scheduler
Click the checkbox under enable for both the updater and scanner.
Edit the scanning job (right click edit job)
Click Next twice
Change available profile to complete system scan
Click next
change to weekly on monday and thursday (hit checkboxes next to these days)
hit the checkbox repeat job if time expired
Click next
Change to invisible
Finish

Edit update job
Click next twice
change to daily and click repeat job if time expired
click next
change to invisible
click finish

Hit the configuration link in the top right
check expert mode in the top left
Expand scanner
expand scan
click actions for concerning files
change to automatic
primary action delete
check the copy to quarantine
hit apply
hit ok
Go back to the Overview tab on left sidebar
Click status
Click the start update tab and allow to update
x off the avira config window

Go to the run
type regedit
Expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Expand SOFTWARE
Expand Microsoft
Expand Windows
Expand CurrentVersion
Expand Run

Should appear as: http://i47.tinypic.com...

Exact Location:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
"avgnt"="\"C:\\Program Files\\Avira\\AntiVir Desktop\\avgnt.exe\" /nosplash"

However instead of the "/nosplash" yours will say "/min" the " are not included.

Change yours to /nosplash (replaces /min) as shown in the picture by double clicking the "avgnt" name change this in the value block and press ok

Reboot in safemode (only for XP users) Vista and windows 7 users can skip this step. Once in safe mode go to C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\

Find the file that says avnotify.exe and right click it and click properties
click the security tab

For XP:
Click on Edit-> Traverse Folder / Execute File-> deny-> OK.

Repeat for all users.

Reboot your computer normally.

For Windows 7 / Vista:

Click on Edit-> Read & Execute -> deny-> OK.

Repeat for all users.

Reboot your computer normally.

Avira has now been configured and updated

Scans

Install Malwarebytes with default settings

Click update tab

Update

Click scan tab

Run full scan

Remove all and reboot if necessary

Install Superantispyware

Do not send diagnostic report (just takes up extra time)

Do not protect homepage

Click configuration

Uncheck Splash
Uncheck start when windows starts
uncheck show icon in system tray click ok
click update tab check for updates now
close this window
hit check for updates
Hit scan
do a full scan on your C drive
Remove all reboot if necessary

Click delete for any avira finding popups.
MikeLoviN
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1/27/2010 8:32:08 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/25/2010 11:12:45 AM, omelet wrote:
There really is a Linux, and these people are using it, but it is just a part of the system they use. Linux is the kernel: the program in the system that allocates the machine's resources to the other programs that you run. The kernel is an essential part of an operating system, but useless by itself; it can only function in the context of a complete operating system. Linux is normally used in combination with the GNU operating system: the whole system is basically GNU with Linux added, or GNU/Linux. All the so-called "Linux" distributions are really distributions of GNU/Linux.

Continuing this off topic -ness.

Agreed, but not entirely. It all depends on context. Yes the term 'Linux' refers to the Linux kernel that the GNU system is built on, but without a kernel you have no operating system. A kernel on its own may be useless but a bunch of GNU utilities without the Linux kernel are less than useless. If we start talking about embedded operating systems like in hand-held devices or even routers then you usually have a Linux kernel with little to no GNU components. Calling Linux an operating system is no different than saying that Windows is an operating system without specifying exactly which version, since they are all built on top of the Windows NT kernel.
wjmelements
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1/29/2010 8:42:00 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/26/2010 7:08:37 AM, Mr.Dink wrote:
2. Right click autoruns and extract to Autoruns (folder) open the autoruns folder after its unzip and double click (if using windows 7 or vista right click this app and run as an administrator) the autoruns application not autorunssc

Clarify this step. I cannot get to the logons tab.
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wjmelements
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1/29/2010 9:02:13 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/29/2010 8:42:00 PM, wjmelements wrote:
At 1/26/2010 7:08:37 AM, Mr.Dink wrote:
2. Right click autoruns and extract to Autoruns (folder) open the autoruns folder after its unzip and double click (if using windows 7 or vista right click this app and run as an administrator) the autoruns application not autorunssc

Clarify this step. I cannot get to the logons tab.

Never mind.
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wjmelements
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1/29/2010 9:08:16 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/26/2010 7:08:37 AM, Mr.Dink wrote:
2. Malwarebytes
http://dw.com.com...

This link...

3. Avira
http://dw.com.com...

...and this link do not work either.
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wjmelements
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1/29/2010 10:22:47 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/26/2010 7:08:37 AM, Mr.Dink wrote:
Reboot in safemode (only for XP users) Vista and windows 7 users can skip this step. Once in safe mode go to C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\

Find the file that says avnotify.exe and right click it and click properties
click the security tab

For XP:
Click on Edit-> Traverse Folder / Execute File-> deny-> OK.

Repeat for all users.

Reboot your computer normally.

What does this step do and what happens if I skip it?

And how do I boot in safemode from Windows? It doesn't give me a Safe Mode option on boot-up (this is a netbook).
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honkerburger
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1/29/2010 10:27:31 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/29/2010 10:22:47 PM, wjmelements wrote:
What does this step do and what happens if I skip it?

And how do I boot in safemode from Windows? It doesn't give me a Safe Mode option on boot-up (this is a netbook).

Every time Avira updates, it displays a popup ad that basically is an advertisement to buy the pro difference (no real difference from the nonpaid version, just faster updating and for businesses personal use is free and no ad)

Doing the following disables that ad from popping up permanently.

To enter safemode on most any computer repeatedly tap F8 on startup then select safe mode. Enter as the administrator.
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1/30/2010 12:55:14 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/30/2010 8:27:20 AM, honkerburger wrote:
no problemo bro, did it help?

I wouldn't have known how to disable that notification.

I've got Avira installed so far and I found the program I believed to be the problem in the Autoruns. It hadn't ran in a while because the file it was supposed to run had corrupted itself.
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2/3/2010 7:00:13 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/25/2010 8:44:43 AM, Mr.Dink wrote:
At 1/25/2010 7:36:43 AM, tkubok wrote:
I think "Linux" is an Operating System because I just equated it with other Operating Systems. Therefore I fail computer and shouldn't be posting in this thread.

I agree.

Linux is an operating system, just like windows. When someone says "Linux", they may be reffering to Mandriva, or Ubuntu, or anything, just like when someone is saying "Windows", they may be talking about Vista, or XP, or 7.

You fail. I agree on that too.
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2/3/2010 9:18:54 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 2/3/2010 7:00:13 AM, tkubok wrote:
Linux is an operating system, just like windows. When someone says "Linux", they may be reffering to Mandriva, or Ubuntu, or anything, just like when someone is saying "Windows", they may be talking about Vista, or XP, or 7.

You fail. I agree on that too.

Protip: Only tell people they fail if you actually know what you're talking about.

Linux refers to the Linux kernel not an operating system.

*facepalm*
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2/3/2010 9:31:59 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 2/3/2010 9:18:54 AM, Quail_man wrote:
At 2/3/2010 7:00:13 AM, tkubok wrote:
Linux is an operating system, just like windows. When someone says "Linux", they may be reffering to Mandriva, or Ubuntu, or anything, just like when someone is saying "Windows", they may be talking about Vista, or XP, or 7.

You fail. I agree on that too.

Protip: Only tell people they fail if you actually know what you're talking about.

Linux refers to the Linux kernel not an operating system.

*facepalm*

Linux kernel IS an open source basis for linux-based operating systems.
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2/3/2010 10:11:24 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 2/3/2010 9:31:59 AM, tkubok wrote:
Linux kernel IS an open source basis for linux-based operating systems.

Good one bro. However the term "Linux" refers to the kernal not any particular OS. If you want to say "My operating system is based off of the linux kernal" then fine, but don't go around calling your OS linux. Call it by the proper distro name.

And don't go acting like you know everything, because its clear that you know squat if you're calling Linux an OS.