XP keeps logging me out

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pricek
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I had some malware which was cleaned. It was hooked onto smss32 and winlogon i think. I'm unable to boot into windows using safemode. I try the last known good config, wont do it. I think I have to get into the registry and edit a part where it points to userinit.exe

But how can I access the registry if I cannot boot into windows? Is there just a way where i can restore to a registry backup?

Warmacblu
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Dang, you can't even boot into "Safe Mode"? I don't know of any options besides a complete reformat.

Tiv
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If you still have the xp cd's you can do a non destructive repair install.

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pricek
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I have the xp cd. Will I lose any of my data or saved settings if i do that? Repair instead of Recovery?

Also, would it be easier to use a LiveCD?

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Just try the XP disc, saves time than booting it into Live and reparing it.

BTW, what malware did you had?

pricek
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http://www.myantispyware.com/2010/01/07/how-to-remove-smss32-exe-winlogon32-exe-helper32-dll-fake-worm-win32-netsky-spyware-alert/

I think that is it because those files were the ones I deleted. It's called "Netsky" I guess

pricek
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Well I pressed R to get to the recover console, not exactly sure what to do now. I tried to do the copy userinit.exe thing, but that didn't work. I don't even know if I can repair because its an OEM disk.

also loaded up a linux livecd to see if i can find a way to fix it.. nothing. I did however notice a partition called HP Recovery. It was originally an HP, but I did a reinstall of xp pro instead of xp home which came with it.

still loads to welcome screen, then i can see my wallpaper, then back to the logon screen.

is there a way i can repair the winlogon? or is there a way i can some how access the system restore points via livecd or something?

pricek
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n/m... i think i got it.

I used ERD 5.0 to get to a restore point

Tiv
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This will explain the repair option you need in better detail:

Quote:The "Welcome to Setup" screen is poorly worded; the "Repair" option we want isn't the one explicitly offered here. In fact, the repair option we want isn't shown at all. [Press ENTER]

[F8-I Agree]

[Searching for previous versions of windows...]

At long last, Setup begins to refer to a Repair option. Here, Setup should have found your damaged XP setup, which you can select and then press R to start the nondestructive repair. [Press R]

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