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Old 02-19-2004, 12:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So my brother is having this problem with XP where everytime he opens certain programs they close right away.

I have the computer now and when I try to open virus scan it opens for a second and closes. this also happens with msconfig.

has anybody heard of this happening and where you able to fix it?
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Old 02-19-2004, 04:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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did try running an online virus scan ?
a good one : http://www3.ca.com/virusinfo/virusscan.aspx.
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Well, I'm windering if this will close also :amazed:
I would look in the registry first and determine what spyware is running upon boot and remove it....then reboot and follow Placebo's suggestion.

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Old 02-19-2004, 06:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've never heard of this problem and I don't know XP and spyware to well, but what happens if he boots into safe mode of XP? Would that disable any spyware that is running or just disable hardware stuff?
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good question. I'll try that. I've run all the spyware proggies and it found a bunch, but it was shareware and it only finds it and doesn't remove it.
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That's a new one to me Lostman. I gotta go with the rest of the crew as far as their suggestions go. But let us know what ya find
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I booted it into safe mode and that did the trick. I opened msconfig and turned off half of the crap that starts during startup and it's running fine now. So much spyware so little time.
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you sure that they are spyware?
a virus can be in the startup folder and can prevent programs to run.
just because you deleted the startup key doesn't mean that you got rid of the virus/spyware.
do a google search for the .exe to see what your dealing with,so you can get it out of the computer all together.

if i can't run a anivirus program,i check the task manager to see something thats running that should't be there and google it.
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