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System32 folder opens at startup in Windows XP

by bronx10473 / May 27, 2006 3:44 AM PDT

After recovering from a malware attack my windows xp machine now opens the C:\WINDOWS\System32 folder every time it starts. How can I prevent this?

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Re: System32 folder opens at startup in Windows XP
by Tufenuf / May 27, 2006 4:09 AM PDT

Here's Microsft's solution.;EN-US;Q170086

If you have a Dell Dimension computer with a factory installed Creative Labs Audigy2 sound card open the MSCONFIG utility (Start/Run type in MSCONFIG click OK) and deselect (uncheck) the /L:ENG entry from
the STARTUP tab, click Apply, click OK and restart your computer.
If none of the previous suggestions solve the problem go to the link below and download & run the ''System32 Folder Opens Upon Boot'' vbs Fix. It's Number 260 in the right side column. It has worked for others. Download .vbs file and save it to your hard drive (you may want to right click and use Save Target As). Double
click the vbs file. You will be prompted when the script is done.

''NOTE: If your anti-virus software warns you of a ''malicious'' script, this is normal if you have ''Script Safe'' or similar technology enabled. These scripts are not malicious, but they do make changes to the System Registry''.


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System32 folder at startup
by bronx10473 / May 27, 2006 9:23 AM PDT

Thanks for the suggestion. I have a Abit IS7 motherboard to the Dell suggestion won't work. I also ran that visual basic program from a suggestion from another post. It returned that it could not fix my problem. Also, the suggestions at the Microsoft site don't apply.

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Re: System32 folder at startup
by Tufenuf / May 27, 2006 9:38 AM PDT

philanander, Go into your "Control Panel" and open "Folder Options", under the "View" tab make sure that "Restore previous folder windows at logon" is unchecked, clcik Apply/OK.


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Problem solved with system restore
by bronx10473 / May 30, 2006 1:40 PM PDT

I solved the problem by restoring my system with a system backup I made a week earlier, before the malware incident and the system32 folder symptom. To test tufenuf's theory, I resotored the system state that had the problem. It still opened the system32 folder on bootup. I checked the box he indicated but it did not make the problem go away. I restored the system state without the problem. Thank you for your suggestions.

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