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Strange USB Selections - HELP

by MiserableMike / July 26, 2013 10:34 PM PDT


I am running the latest XP and noticed some strange issues when I plug in any USB device. When XP locates a new device a box pops up (As it should) and asks how you want to handle the device.

As of a few weeks ago there are strange entries at the top of the list. Unreadable characters and symbols.

No virus, No Malware, No other issues. I will try to include a screen shot for you to see

I would appreciate help on fixing this problem as there are underlying errors causing this

Here is a link to the USB screen capture

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Could be a corrupt system file
by wpgwpg / July 26, 2013 11:14 PM PDT

You can check for corrupted system files. Open an administrator command prompt and run SFC if the above doesn't help. Click START, then type CMD in the search box, right-click CMD.EXE and click Run as administrator. Then from the command prompt type sfc /scannow.
Good luck.

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While I know this one.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 27, 2013 2:26 AM PDT

I can't fit the repair steps in this small box. That list is populated from some registry key and with all the registry cleaners (that do damage!) and malware out there I strongly suggest you ignore this cosmetic error.

Reloading the OS does fix it.

And again, no. The system I use to fix it does not fit in 3 paragraphs so I have to write, install the OS.

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