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I am running XP pro, I cant open any programs normally i get an alert for everything , It says " This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Folder Options control panel" the only way i can run anything is to right click and use "Run as" then it comes up with "current user " , I have run my Norton anti virus and Trend housecall but no virus shows up I have Spybot running I have tried System restore but it says " You do not have sufficient security privileges to restore your system Log out and log in as administrator , i am unable to open Users in the control panel or Help in the start menu.

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Re: possible virus. What antivirus tools did you use?

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Some don't use an Antivirus. Do you?

There are also other than Virus items out there that an antivirus will not deal with. In the general category of PARASITES are malware that does damage to the OS, but is not viral or trojan and the antivirus doesn't deal with it since... "it's not a virus".

Tools like Adaware, Spybot will detect and remove much but not repair associations. For that, try IEFIX. Look up IEFIX on google.com

Bob

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Re: possible virus. What antivirus tools did you use?

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Downloaded IEFIX and have tried Findnfix , niether will open ,it says that an error has occured and will have to shut down ,do you think I should reformat or can i open system resore or get into user accounts any other way

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Re: possible virus. What antivirus tools did you use?

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System Restore is a good idea and what it's there for. If that fails, you are looking at a repair install.

Your backup plans were?


Bob

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Re: possible virus. What antivirus tools did you use?

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I cant open system restore also have put in Xp CD and that wont open

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Re: possible virus. What antivirus tools did you use?

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How more direct can I ask that question?

Best of luck,

Bob

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Re: possible virus. What antivirus tools did you use?

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Ok , In the first link to this message I said I had run Norton & Housecall I have also run Spybot Nothing !
I have backed up any files I want on CD ,BUT My HD is NTFS I have put my XP disk in to get to the "recovery console" but it wont open,I have 6 boot floppys but it says "invalid disk" I have tried to reformat with a Milleniun floppy but it wont touch the NTFS.
Once i am into dos is there any command i can give to reformat the NTFS drive. I also have a small second drive in Fat 32 but this is only 3gig,can you please help or have i got to throw the drive away

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Re: possible virus. What antivirus tools did you use?

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While I read it, its not known if its upto date. Try the web based scan called Housecall.

About the 6 boot disks. Try them again, from http://www.bootdisk.com If you can't boot these, it's very possible the issue is not a virus, but bad hardware. A test of the RAM from http://www.memtest86.com is my first test.

About formatting. In NT/2000/XP/2003, this is a great way to gaffe an install of these OSes. Instead we can boot the CD with the OS and partition (delete, create, etc) and let the OS installer format the drive. If you can't do this, then you have a hardware issue to find.

If you must persist, DELPART at www.bootdisk.com will let you delete the NTFS partition and you can try other avenues, but I predict failure.

Bob

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