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  1. #1
    Li'l Abner Guest

    I'm stuck - Windows Stable Work

    This is a Windows 7 laptop. It boots up to a momentary "Safe Boot" screen
    which soon goes away and is replaced by "Windows Stable Work".
    Control-Alt-Delete + Start Task Manager pops something up which goes away
    before you can read it and then it goes bck to the main screen which still
    has Windows Stable Work on it. If you let it scan and then tell it to Fix
    Errors, then you finally get to the point where you can close it and the
    Windows Desktop. Most anything you try to do pops up a "Warning" with the
    name of an infection and a choice to Deny or Enable Protection. Of course I
    didn't pursue this. That can be closed with Alt-F4. Regedit won't run. A
    reg file won't run. Batch files won't run. They're all intercepted by that
    warning popup. I can open My Computer and browse everything on the drive
    and on my thumb drive. A text file will open in notepad. Pictures will
    open. Renaming exe to com doesn't cut it either. And I get the same exact
    results in Safe Mode. If it were XP, I could probably log in to the
    Administrator account and get around it. But Windows 7 doesn't have an
    Administrator account.

    What do I do now?

    Of course, the restore to factory option is there, but as before I'd like
    to avoid that if possible.

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  2. #2
    David H. Lipman Guest

    Re: I'm stuck - Windows Stable Work

    From: "Li'l Abner" <blvstk@dogpatch.com>

    > This is a Windows 7 laptop. It boots up to a momentary "Safe Boot" screen
    > which soon goes away and is replaced by "Windows Stable Work".
    > Control-Alt-Delete + Start Task Manager pops something up which goes away
    > before you can read it and then it goes bck to the main screen which still
    > has Windows Stable Work on it. If you let it scan and then tell it to Fix
    > Errors, then you finally get to the point where you can close it and the
    > Windows Desktop. Most anything you try to do pops up a "Warning" with the
    > name of an infection and a choice to Deny or Enable Protection. Of course I
    > didn't pursue this. That can be closed with Alt-F4. Regedit won't run. A
    > reg file won't run. Batch files won't run. They're all intercepted by that
    > warning popup. I can open My Computer and browse everything on the drive
    > and on my thumb drive. A text file will open in notepad. Pictures will
    > open. Renaming exe to com doesn't cut it either. And I get the same exact
    > results in Safe Mode. If it were XP, I could probably log in to the
    > Administrator account and get around it. But Windows 7 doesn't have an
    > Administrator account.
    >
    > What do I do now?
    >
    > Of course, the restore to factory option is there, but as before I'd like
    > to avoid that if possible.
    >


    Have you tried removing the hard disk from the affected computer and placing on a
    surrogate computer ?

    Then you can scan the affected hard disk and/or manually cleanout TEMP folders, EXE files
    that don't belong in %appdata%, etc....



    --
    Dave
    Multi-AV Scanning Tool - http://www.pctipp.ch/downloads/dl/35905.asp



  3. #3
    FromTheRafters Guest

    Re: I'm stuck - Windows Stable Work


    "Li'l Abner" <blvstk@dogpatch.com> wrote in message
    news:Xns9F0DB99022E81butter@wefb973cbe498...
    > This is a Windows 7 laptop. It boots up to a momentary "Safe Boot" screen
    > which soon goes away and is replaced by "Windows Stable Work".
    > Control-Alt-Delete + Start Task Manager pops something up which goes away
    > before you can read it and then it goes bck to the main screen which still
    > has Windows Stable Work on it. If you let it scan and then tell it to Fix
    > Errors, then you finally get to the point where you can close it and the
    > Windows Desktop. Most anything you try to do pops up a "Warning" with the
    > name of an infection and a choice to Deny or Enable Protection. Of course I
    > didn't pursue this. That can be closed with Alt-F4. Regedit won't run. A
    > reg file won't run. Batch files won't run. They're all intercepted by that
    > warning popup. I can open My Computer and browse everything on the drive
    > and on my thumb drive. A text file will open in notepad. Pictures will
    > open. Renaming exe to com doesn't cut it either. And I get the same exact
    > results in Safe Mode. If it were XP, I could probably log in to the
    > Administrator account and get around it. But Windows 7 doesn't have an
    > Administrator account.
    >
    > What do I do now?
    >
    > Of course, the restore to factory option is there, but as before I'd like
    > to avoid that if possible.


    Not a solution, but for your information.

    http://www.petri.co.il/enable-the-wi...or-account.htm



  4. #4
    Li'l Abner Guest

    Re: I'm stuck - Windows Stable Work

    "FromTheRafters" <erratic.howard@gmail.com> wrote in
    news:iu0js9$5g2$1@dont-email.me:

    >
    > "Li'l Abner" <blvstk@dogpatch.com> wrote in message
    > news:Xns9F0DB99022E81butter@wefb973cbe498...
    >> This is a Windows 7 laptop. It boots up to a momentary "Safe Boot"
    >> screen which soon goes away and is replaced by "Windows Stable Work".
    >> Control-Alt-Delete + Start Task Manager pops something up which goes
    >> away before you can read it and then it goes bck to the main screen
    >> which still has Windows Stable Work on it. If you let it scan and
    >> then tell it to Fix Errors, then you finally get to the point where
    >> you can close it and the Windows Desktop. Most anything you try to do
    >> pops up a "Warning" with the name of an infection and a choice to
    >> Deny or Enable Protection. Of course I didn't pursue this. That can
    >> be closed with Alt-F4. Regedit won't run. A reg file won't run. Batch
    >> files won't run. They're all intercepted by that warning popup. I can
    >> open My Computer and browse everything on the drive and on my thumb
    >> drive. A text file will open in notepad. Pictures will open. Renaming
    >> exe to com doesn't cut it either. And I get the same exact results in
    >> Safe Mode. If it were XP, I could probably log in to the
    >> Administrator account and get around it. But Windows 7 doesn't have
    >> an Administrator account.
    >>
    >> What do I do now?
    >>
    >> Of course, the restore to factory option is there, but as before I'd
    >> like to avoid that if possible.

    >
    > Not a solution, but for your information.
    >
    > http://www.petri.co.il/enable-the-wi...or-account.htm


    Well, *maybe* not a solution, but I did manage to get the account created
    and it comes up clean. I couldn't quite do it like the document said
    because it wanted me to run the command prompt from Windows. But I
    couldn't run anything in Windows. However, theres a "Safe Mode with
    Command Prompt".
    It worked from there.

    So thank you very much for that. I'll add that to my bag of tricks. I may
    be able to fix it from there. I'm going to try Dave's idea first because
    I need to get the drive out so I can get all the documents and stuff of
    it before I lose it all.


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  5. #5
    Li'l Abner Guest

    Re: I'm stuck - Windows Stable Work

    "David H. Lipman" <DLipman~nospam~@Verizon.Net> wrote in
    news:iu0i4i0plk@news3.newsguy.com:

    > From: "Li'l Abner" <blvstk@dogpatch.com>
    >
    >> This is a Windows 7 laptop. It boots up to a momentary "Safe Boot"
    >> screen which soon goes away and is replaced by "Windows Stable Work".
    >> Control-Alt-Delete + Start Task Manager pops something up which goes
    >> away before you can read it and then it goes bck to the main screen
    >> which still has Windows Stable Work on it. If you let it scan and
    >> then tell it to Fix Errors, then you finally get to the point where
    >> you can close it and the Windows Desktop. Most anything you try to do
    >> pops up a "Warning" with the name of an infection and a choice to
    >> Deny or Enable Protection. Of course I didn't pursue this. That can
    >> be closed with Alt-F4. Regedit won't run. A reg file won't run. Batch
    >> files won't run. They're all intercepted by that warning popup. I can
    >> open My Computer and browse everything on the drive and on my thumb
    >> drive. A text file will open in notepad. Pictures will open. Renaming
    >> exe to com doesn't cut it either. And I get the same exact results in
    >> Safe Mode. If it were XP, I could probably log in to the
    >> Administrator account and get around it. But Windows 7 doesn't have
    >> an Administrator account.
    >>
    >> What do I do now?
    >>
    >> Of course, the restore to factory option is there, but as before I'd
    >> like to avoid that if possible.
    >>

    >
    > Have you tried removing the hard disk from the affected computer and
    > placing on a surrogate computer ?
    >
    > Then you can scan the affected hard disk and/or manually cleanout TEMP
    > folders, EXE files that don't belong in %appdata%, etc....


    OK. I need to get the drive out of it anyway so I can get the guy's data
    backed up anyway.

    Actually, I had already planned to slave it, but I never thought about
    being able to repair it that way. If getting rid of the offending files
    will allow it to run again, then maybe it will allow mr to run regedit
    when I put it back.

    Thanks for that suggestion. That's what I'll do next!

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  6. #6
    David H. Lipman Guest

    Re: I'm stuck - Windows Stable Work

    From: "Li'l Abner" <blvstk@dogpatch.com>

    > "David H. Lipman" <DLipman~nospam~@Verizon.Net> wrote in
    > news:iu0i4i0plk@news3.newsguy.com:
    >
    >> From: "Li'l Abner" <blvstk@dogpatch.com>
    >>
    >>> This is a Windows 7 laptop. It boots up to a momentary "Safe Boot"
    >>> screen which soon goes away and is replaced by "Windows Stable Work".
    >>> Control-Alt-Delete + Start Task Manager pops something up which goes
    >>> away before you can read it and then it goes bck to the main screen
    >>> which still has Windows Stable Work on it. If you let it scan and
    >>> then tell it to Fix Errors, then you finally get to the point where
    >>> you can close it and the Windows Desktop. Most anything you try to do
    >>> pops up a "Warning" with the name of an infection and a choice to
    >>> Deny or Enable Protection. Of course I didn't pursue this. That can
    >>> be closed with Alt-F4. Regedit won't run. A reg file won't run. Batch
    >>> files won't run. They're all intercepted by that warning popup. I can
    >>> open My Computer and browse everything on the drive and on my thumb
    >>> drive. A text file will open in notepad. Pictures will open. Renaming
    >>> exe to com doesn't cut it either. And I get the same exact results in
    >>> Safe Mode. If it were XP, I could probably log in to the
    >>> Administrator account and get around it. But Windows 7 doesn't have
    >>> an Administrator account.
    >>>
    >>> What do I do now?
    >>>
    >>> Of course, the restore to factory option is there, but as before I'd
    >>> like to avoid that if possible.
    >>>

    >> Have you tried removing the hard disk from the affected computer and
    >> placing on a surrogate computer ?
    >>
    >> Then you can scan the affected hard disk and/or manually cleanout TEMP
    >> folders, EXE files that don't belong in %appdata%, etc....

    >
    > OK. I need to get the drive out of it anyway so I can get the guy's data
    > backed up anyway.
    >
    > Actually, I had already planned to slave it, but I never thought about
    > being able to repair it that way. If getting rid of the offending files
    > will allow it to run again, then maybe it will allow mr to run regedit
    > when I put it back.
    >
    > Thanks for that suggestion. That's what I'll do next!
    >


    That's the spirit :-)



    --
    Dave
    Multi-AV Scanning Tool - http://www.pctipp.ch/downloads/dl/35905.asp



  7. #7
    Whoever Guest

    Re: I'm stuck - Windows Stable Work

    On 6/23/2011 9:18 PM, Li'l Abner wrote:
    > "David H. Lipman"<DLipman~nospam~@Verizon.Net> wrote in
    > news:iu0i4i0plk@news3.newsguy.com:
    >>>
    >>> What do I do now?

    >>
    >> Have you tried removing the hard disk from the affected computer and
    >> placing on a surrogate computer ?
    >>
    >> Then you can scan the affected hard disk and/or manually cleanout TEMP
    >> folders, EXE files that don't belong in %appdata%, etc....

    >
    > OK. I need to get the drive out of it anyway so I can get the guy's data
    > backed up anyway.
    >
    > Actually, I had already planned to slave it, but I never thought about
    > being able to repair it that way. If getting rid of the offending files
    > will allow it to run again, then maybe it will allow mr to run regedit
    > when I put it back.



    Since you're going to back up the data anyway, Dave's suggestion is
    probably best. For my own part, I'm kind of partial to downloading an
    up-to-date Avira Rescue CD and tackling these types with it. Keeping the
    regfix for .exe's for XP and Vista/Win7 on hand doesn't hurt either.


    http://www.avira.com/en/support-down...-rescue-system
    http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950505


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  8. #8
    Li'l Abner Guest

    Re: I'm stuck - Windows Stable Work

    "David H. Lipman" <DLipman~nospam~@Verizon.Net> wrote in
    news:iu0q0501rh@news6.newsguy.com:

    > From: "Li'l Abner" <blvstk@dogpatch.com>
    >
    >> "David H. Lipman" <DLipman~nospam~@Verizon.Net> wrote in
    >> news:iu0i4i0plk@news3.newsguy.com:
    >>
    >>> From: "Li'l Abner" <blvstk@dogpatch.com>
    >>>
    >>>> This is a Windows 7 laptop. It boots up to a momentary "Safe Boot"
    >>>> screen which soon goes away and is replaced by "Windows Stable Work".
    >>>> Control-Alt-Delete + Start Task Manager pops something up which goes
    >>>> away before you can read it and then it goes bck to the main screen
    >>>> which still has Windows Stable Work on it. If you let it scan and
    >>>> then tell it to Fix Errors, then you finally get to the point where
    >>>> you can close it and the Windows Desktop. Most anything you try to do
    >>>> pops up a "Warning" with the name of an infection and a choice to
    >>>> Deny or Enable Protection. Of course I didn't pursue this. That can
    >>>> be closed with Alt-F4. Regedit won't run. A reg file won't run. Batch
    >>>> files won't run. They're all intercepted by that warning popup. I can
    >>>> open My Computer and browse everything on the drive and on my thumb
    >>>> drive. A text file will open in notepad. Pictures will open. Renaming
    >>>> exe to com doesn't cut it either. And I get the same exact results in
    >>>> Safe Mode. If it were XP, I could probably log in to the
    >>>> Administrator account and get around it. But Windows 7 doesn't have
    >>>> an Administrator account.
    >>>>
    >>>> What do I do now?
    >>>>
    >>>> Of course, the restore to factory option is there, but as before I'd
    >>>> like to avoid that if possible.
    >>>>
    >>> Have you tried removing the hard disk from the affected computer and
    >>> placing on a surrogate computer ?
    >>>
    >>> Then you can scan the affected hard disk and/or manually cleanout TEMP
    >>> folders, EXE files that don't belong in %appdata%, etc....

    >>
    >> OK. I need to get the drive out of it anyway so I can get the guy's data
    >> backed up anyway.
    >>
    >> Actually, I had already planned to slave it, but I never thought about
    >> being able to repair it that way. If getting rid of the offending files
    >> will allow it to run again, then maybe it will allow mr to run regedit
    >> when I put it back.
    >>
    >> Thanks for that suggestion. That's what I'll do next!
    >>

    >
    > That's the spirit :-)


    I got the necessary data files copied, but I couldn't find anything
    suspicious in the appdata folder.

    So I put the drive back in the laptop and booted up to the now activated
    Administrator account. Thanks to From The Rafters for that lead. From there
    I was able to clean it up. MBam, then SAS, then I could boot into the users
    account where I ran both those again. Uninstalled the already expired
    Norton IS, installed Avira, turned off System Restore, am running full scan
    with Avira now. And then will turn system restore back on!

    Thanks for your much respected advice as usual!

    That was one hell of a virus!
    I just Couldn't resist

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  9. #9
    David H. Lipman Guest

    Re: I'm stuck - Windows Stable Work

    From: "Li'l Abner" <blvstk@dogpatch.com>

    >> That's the spirit :-)

    >
    > I got the necessary data files copied, but I couldn't find anything
    > suspicious in the appdata folder.
    >
    > So I put the drive back in the laptop and booted up to the now activated
    > Administrator account. Thanks to From The Rafters for that lead. From there
    > I was able to clean it up. MBam, then SAS, then I could boot into the users
    > account where I ran both those again. Uninstalled the already expired
    > Norton IS, installed Avira, turned off System Restore, am running full scan
    > with Avira now. And then will turn system restore back on!
    >
    > Thanks for your much respected advice as usual!
    >
    > That was one hell of a virus!
    > I just Couldn't resist
    >


    Bwahahahahahahahas ;-)

    BTW: %appdata%, %temp% are a couple of examples. I hoped you SERIOUSLY looked at the
    MBAM & SAS logs to see WHERE the files were found so you can use that information in the
    future.



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    Dave
    Multi-AV Scanning Tool - http://www.pctipp.ch/downloads/dl/35905.asp



  10. #10
    Aardvark Guest

    Re: I'm stuck - Windows Stable Work

    On Thu, 23 Jun 2011 1911 -0400, David H. Lipman wrote:

    > Have you tried removing the hard disk from the affected computer and
    > placing on a surrogate computer ?


    Why bother doing that? Booting into a live Linux distro and fixing the
    problem using that will save all that trouble.



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    lose the capacity to make any ethical choices, for they willingly
    sacrifice others in the name of the politically expedient and
    practical." - Dwight Macdonald, “The Root Is Man.”

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