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System32 opens when Windows boots

by sspiegler / August 24, 2013 1:45 AM PDT


When Windows XP boots up, a folder named c:\windows\system32 automatically opens, which I find annoying. It seems to continually add new files with each restart/startup. I followed a tutorial that suggested looking for certain registry keys with unmatched special charaacters, but no luck. Any other things to try to stop this from happening?

Thanks, Scott

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Some things to check
by wpgwpg / August 24, 2013 1:51 AM PDT

First I'd run MSCONFIG. Click Start and type MSCONFIG in the run box, hit enter, then click the Startup tab. See if there's anything there that's starting at boot up time that might be doing this. You can uncheck anything except your antivirus program.
Next I'd boot to Safe Mode and check for viruses and malware.
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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boot to Safe Mode and check for viruses and malware
by sspiegler / August 24, 2013 7:29 AM PDT
In reply to: Some things to check

Thanks for these tips, can you tell me, once in Safe Mode, how do you check for viruses and malware? Also, can you explain how this is different from running these programs in regular mode?

Thanks, Scott

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You need to check in Safe Mode...
by wpgwpg / August 24, 2013 12:20 PM PDT

...because some viruses can hide themselves from your antivirus program in normal mode. Since you haven't mentioned what antivirus program you're using, I'd be most hard pressed to tell you how to use it. My dog broke my crystal ball. Sad

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You need to check in Safe Mode
by sspiegler / August 24, 2013 2:13 PM PDT

Sorry about the mind-reading assumption! I am using Microsoft Security Essentials.

Thanks, Scott

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