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XP Pro, Log On Problems.

by stucky / October 10, 2005 3:52 AM PDT

XP Pro, HP Pavilion N5000.
Problem:
When going to log onto either one of two accounts, set to load settings without password entry, it flashes my desktop photo/graphic and then, reverts back to the welcome screen, with either account name and the status message of "saving settings" and then, "logging off."

In simple terms, WHAT IN GOD'S NAME IS GOING ON?! Oh, and how can I ammend this issue by myself?

Any helpful information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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By any chance did you recently...
by Edward ODaniel / October 10, 2005 5:32 AM PDT

find and delete any trojans or "spyware"?

What you describe is a symptom of AdAware deleting BlazeFind (and a couple others can do the same).

If so the CURE is to get out your original XP CD and boot your system with it. Once booted (you may have to change your CMOS settings for the CD drive to be first in boot order) choose Recovery Console.
Find the userinit.exe file in the appropriate folder (it should still be located at C:\Windows\System32\Userinit.exe).

use the COPY command to overwrite C:\Windows\System32\Wsaupdater.exe

The complete set of commands you need to use are:
CD SYSTEM32
(If that does not work although it should, try CHDIR SYSTEM32)

COPY USERINIT.EXE WSAUPDATER.EXE

Quit Recovery Console by typing EXIT and restart Windows.


Now boot without the CD and you should be able to log on.

Once logged on open the registry editor and go to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

Value: Userinit
Data: %Windir%\System32\Wsaupdater.exe

CHANGE the Data value to:
C:\Windows\System32\Userinit.exe, (MUST include that final comma)

You can then delete the wsaupdater file.

If that wasn't it go here and have fun.
http://65.24.134.81/KipSolutions/TroubleshootingXPBoot/LogonLoop.htm

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sigh...
by stucky / October 10, 2005 11:20 AM PDT

Ah yes, as I jog my memory banks... I do recall doing an Ad-Aware scan which subsequently found several malicious objects under the name, Mirar.

Thanks for the prompt reply to my call for help. I'll be sure to update asap when I have the time and sanity/patience to sit down and fiddle with the laptop.

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