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Help, things have gone real weird!

by nicko.dvz / August 13, 2006 7:06 PM PDT

OK, so my PC freezes while encoding some video (at least that was one of the things it was doing) and then unfreezes. First thing that I notice is that my quick launch icons are gone, so I go ok, hmmm, I'll restart my PC. Do so, while booting, the message "File boot.ini not found; Booting from C:\Windows" or something similair appears (it comes up each time I boot now). I'm pretty worried now. Just imagine me when I go into "All Programs" and find that only a few programs are there. Another thing I find out is that all my bookmarks are gone in Firefox and Flock (which I was using for the first time when this happened). Also, I open up Adobe Premiere Pro and find out that all the "Recent Projects" are gone, not the actual files themselves, just the shortcuts. The Microsoft Office 2003 Pro suite has had to install itself when I used the programs for the first time after this happened. I'm guessing that all the programs were set back to default and first-run (Firefox showed "Welcome to Firefox" or whatever it says the first time you use it). Could anyone help??? I'm dying here... I'm pretty good at PC's but still, I'm only 14. If it helps:
- Win XP Home (SP2)
- AMD Athlon 64-bit 3200+
- Albatron K8X800 ProII
- 2x WD 200GB SATA (RAID 0)

I think thats all the parts you need to know about. I built it so I can't exactly give you a make of PC.

Thanks in advance for any help!

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(NT) (NT) Trojan or Virus - Run scans in Safe Mode
by Trance_Zac / August 13, 2006 7:41 PM PDT
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(NT) (NT) Or Try System Restore if No Viruses are Found
by Trance_Zac / August 13, 2006 7:49 PM PDT
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by nicko.dvz / August 13, 2006 9:23 PM PDT

Ok. Ran virus scan. System restore says ''failed to restore''... help...

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You Say You Built it...........
by Trance_Zac / August 13, 2006 9:33 PM PDT
In reply to: Ok...

I think it's time to wipe the hard drive with "killdisk" (google) - (it's free) and Reinstall XP

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by nicko.dvz / August 14, 2006 4:20 PM PDT

Yeah... Except I've got 300GB of video to backup, so it isn't really a viable option. Though I might have to.

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Lets do this again.......
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 14, 2006 10:28 PM PDT
In reply to: Ok...

You say you have run a virus scan, but not which Anti-Virus you use, or what other anti-malware protection you utilise.

So, let's go through this a step at a time.

Do you use a firewall? If not, at the very least turn on the Windows Firewall, but better yet, download and install any of the free firewalls available, like ZoneAlarm from

When you have done that, perform an online anti-virus scan at Housecall, ie;
Set it to delete all pests.

What anti-virus do you use? Make sure its definitions are updated. Don't scan again with it just yet.

What anti-spyware do you use? If you have none, I suggest a suite of anti-spyware, of which have one of them running in the background, eg;

Ewido from
Spywareblaster from
Spybot Search & Destroy from
and Windows Defender from

Windows Defender or Spybot are the favorite for continuous scanning in the background.

Turn off System Restore. - Right click your ''My Computer'' icon on the Desktop and select Properties. Click the System Restore tab, and select the option to turn off System Restore. Many viruses and spyware will hide in SR backups, and these are compressed files and cannot be scanned by many anti-virus/anti-spyware programs.

Make sure each utility's definitions are updated and run the following from Safe Mode;

Your anti-virus.
Ewido, delete everything it finds.
Spybot Search & Destroy
Windows Defender, set it to delete all it finds.
SpywareBlaster does not run as a utility. It innoculates the Registry from infection

Return to Normal Mode, turn on System Restore, and goto the System Restore utilty and create a Restore Point.

See if that helps.


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PC freezes
by billzhills / August 15, 2006 6:34 AM PDT

encoding some video
Another post mentioned 300 gigs(?) of video,
--> into P2P networking?

while booting, the message "File boot.ini not found; Booting from C:\Windows". Seen this only on totally comprimised systems. (hacked)

Follow Mark's Instructions, but get your data off .....



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