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Win XP won't load properly after using Regrun reanimator

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Sohail, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. Sohail

    Sohail Flightless Bird

    Hi All,

    I am having a problem running win XP on my HP Presario notebook.
    Everything was fine until I tried to scan my system for root-kits
    using regrun reanimator program. It asked me to restart now as it will
    check for those root-kits at next restart.

    Now the system starts up, win XP logo screen with progress bar comes
    up and then the next screen comes up which is supposed to be the login
    dialog. But, here, nothing comes up. only the mouse cursor is there
    that can be moved. keyboard is not active, I have to use power button
    to shut down.

    I have searched many discussion threads and used all the schemes from
    safemode and other startup options, to setup CD based repair of
    windows. But, all result into the same blank screen with a movable
    mouse cursor and that's all.

    The last thing, that comes to mind is some problem because of that
    reanimator software. I have used its earlier .exe versions and they
    did do a good, smooth job. But the latest version actually installs on
    the system.

    Another clue, may or may not be of use, is that even before trying
    anti-root-kit action by reanimator, I tried opening my simple text
    file that I used to write few comments. It didn't open up in notepad
    while in the process explorer, I could see the instance of notepad
    running.

    Thanks for your expert advice in advance.
     
  2. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    Is WinXP SP3 installed?

    Is KB979559 installed?

    What anti-virus application or security suite is installed and is your
    subscription current? What anti-spyware applications (other than Defender)?
    What third-party firewall (if any)?

    Has a(nother) Norton or McAfee application ever been installed on the
    computer?

    Did a Norton or McAfee free-trial come preinstalled on the computer when you
    bought it? (Doesn't matter if you never used or Activated it.)


    Sohail wrote:
    > I am having a problem running win XP on my HP Presario notebook.
    > Everything was fine until I tried to scan my system for root-kits
    > using regrun reanimator program. It asked me to restart now as it will
    > check for those root-kits at next restart.
    >
    > Now the system starts up, win XP logo screen with progress bar comes
    > up and then the next screen comes up which is supposed to be the login
    > dialog. But, here, nothing comes up. only the mouse cursor is there
    > that can be moved. keyboard is not active, I have to use power button
    > to shut down.
    >
    > I have searched many discussion threads and used all the schemes from
    > safemode and other startup options, to setup CD based repair of
    > windows. But, all result into the same blank screen with a movable
    > mouse cursor and that's all.
    >
    > The last thing, that comes to mind is some problem because of that
    > reanimator software. I have used its earlier .exe versions and they
    > did do a good, smooth job. But the latest version actually installs on
    > the system.
    >
    > Another clue, may or may not be of use, is that even before trying
    > anti-root-kit action by reanimator, I tried opening my simple text
    > file that I used to write few comments. It didn't open up in notepad
    > while in the process explorer, I could see the instance of notepad
    > running.
    >
    > Thanks for your expert advice in advance.
     
  3. Sohail

    Sohail Flightless Bird

    On Jul 28, 10:53 am, "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABear...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > Is WinXP SP3 installed?


    It is winXP SP2 that I have been using.


    > Is KB979559 installed?


    I don't think so...but will check again...by the way, what it is all
    about

    >
    > What anti-virus application or security suite is installed and is your
    > subscription current?  What anti-spyware applications (other than Defender)?
    > What third-party firewall (if any)?


    I have simple AVG 8.5 installed and has updated virus definitions. No
    third party firewalls other than Windows.

    >
    > Has a(nother) Norton or McAfee application ever been installed on the
    > computer?
    >
    > Did a Norton or McAfee free-trial come preinstalled on the computer when you
    > bought it? (Doesn't matter if you never used or Activated it.)


    No
     
  4. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:d3534541-11ac-4c58-9a4c-17137fbab3e0@x24g2000pro.googlegroups.com,
    Sohail <sohail9697@yahoo.com> typed:
    > Hi All,
    >
    > I am having a problem running win XP on my HP Presario
    > notebook. Everything was fine until I tried to scan my
    > system for root-kits using regrun reanimator program. It
    > asked me to restart now as it will check for those
    > root-kits at next restart.
    >
    > Now the system starts up, win XP logo screen with progress
    > bar comes up and then the next screen comes up which is
    > supposed to be the login dialog. But, here, nothing comes
    > up. only the mouse cursor is there that can be moved.
    > keyboard is not active, I have to use power button to shut
    > down.
    >
    > I have searched many discussion threads and used all the
    > schemes from safemode and other startup options, to setup
    > CD based repair of windows. But, all result into the same
    > blank screen with a movable mouse cursor and that's all.
    >
    > The last thing, that comes to mind is some problem because
    > of that reanimator software. I have used its earlier .exe
    > versions and they did do a good, smooth job. But the latest
    > version actually installs on the system.
    >
    > Another clue, may or may not be of use, is that even before
    > trying anti-root-kit action by reanimator, I tried opening
    > my simple text file that I used to write few comments. It
    > didn't open up in notepad while in the process explorer, I
    > could see the instance of notepad running.


    Did you switch to Notepad to see if it had your file open? Sometimes loading
    it up takes a very long time for things lke this.

    "A useful software for removing Trojans/Adware/Spyware and some of the
    rootkits", so that's actually an admittedly weak program for root kits
    anyway.

    Overall it sounds like corrupted files are the problem and if files were
    corrupted when you ran that program, the corruption may have gotten worse.
    Or not, who knows? You should probably re-image or Restore from backup your
    boot drive right about now, and fix any problems with it before going after
    other problems.
    > Thanks for your expert advice in advance.


    How long are you waiting before you decide nothing is happenng?
    That's a screen that sometimes can take a long time to complete. Give it
    a good 3 minutes of iniactivity before you decide it's crashed; leave the
    mouse alone for the duration.
    What does Task Manager show w/r to anything named for the program?


    HTH,

    Twayne`
     
  5. Sohail

    Sohail Flightless Bird

    >
    > Did you switch to Notepad to see if it had your file open? Sometimes loading
    > it up takes a very long time for things lke this.


    I had seen notepad process in process explorer (utility for task
    manager) but it didn't show up on screen. the file size is very small.

    >
    > "A useful software for removing Trojans/Adware/Spyware and some of the
    > rootkits", so that's actually an admittedly weak program for root kits
    > anyway.
    >
    > Overall it sounds like corrupted files are the problem and if files were
    > corrupted when you ran that program, the corruption may have gotten worse..
    > Or not, who knows? You should probably re-image or Restore from backup your
    > boot drive right about now, and fix any problems with it before going after
    > other problems.


    I don't have a backup image separately on other storage media and the
    windows setup / restore had been used but to no luck.

    >
    > > Thanks for your expert advice in advance.

    >
    > How long are you waiting before you decide nothing is  happenng?
    >    That's a screen that sometimes can take a long time to complete. Give it
    > a good 3 minutes of iniactivity before you decide it's crashed; leave the
    > mouse alone for the duration.


    I had waited for more than 3 minutes though not at the first time.


    > What does Task Manager show w/r to anything named for the program?


    Now, there is nothing that can be seen askeyboard actions are not
    operational and thus Task manager cannot be viewed.

    It looks as if I have to do a clean re-install...

    >
    > HTH,
    >
    > Twayne`- Hide quoted text -
    >
    > - Show quoted text -
     
  6. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:3173c97c-2058-44ee-86c5-6e70ecc8ce6d@v32g2000prd.googlegroups.com,
    Sohail <sohail9697@yahoo.com> typed:
    >> Did you switch to Notepad to see if it had your file open?
    >> Sometimes loading it up takes a very long time for things
    >> lke this.

    >
    > I had seen notepad process in process explorer (utility for
    > task manager) but it didn't show up on screen. the file
    > size is very small.
    >
    >>
    >> "A useful software for removing Trojans/Adware/Spyware and
    >> some of the rootkits", so that's actually an admittedly
    >> weak program for root kits anyway.
    >>
    >> Overall it sounds like corrupted files are the problem and
    >> if files were corrupted when you ran that program, the
    >> corruption may have gotten worse. Or not, who knows? You
    >> should probably re-image or Restore from backup your boot
    >> drive right about now, and fix any problems with it before
    >> going after other problems.

    >
    > I don't have a backup image separately on other storage
    > media and the windows setup / restore had been used but to
    > no luck.
    >
    >>
    >>> Thanks for your expert advice in advance.

    >>
    >> How long are you waiting before you decide nothing is
    >> happenng? That's a screen that sometimes can take a
    >> long time to complete. Give it
    >> a good 3 minutes of iniactivity before you decide it's
    >> crashed; leave the mouse alone for the duration.

    >
    > I had waited for more than 3 minutes though not at the
    > first time.
    >
    >
    >> What does Task Manager show w/r to anything named for the
    >> program?

    >
    > Now, there is nothing that can be seen askeyboard actions
    > are not operational and thus Task manager cannot be viewed.
    >
    > It looks as if I have to do a clean re-install...
    >
    >>
    >> HTH,
    >>
    >> Twayne`- Hide quoted text -
    >>
    >> - Show quoted text -


    That's probably your fastest recovery route. Don't forget to back up all
    your data first.

    HTH,

    Twayne`
     

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