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Post by craftyloser on 29th July 2015, 4:55 pm

I'm not 100% sure this is a virus because I can't recall going anywhere different that I usually do (but I didn't know where else to post for help about this). For the past week, or so, though my system 32 folder will pop open when windows loads up. It doesn't happen *every* time but often enough to cause me concern. I looked up and on Microsoft's site it said this...

"This behavior can occur if a null, incomplete, or damaged entry exists in the registry."

And gave a resolution but it deals with modifying the registry and that scares me shitless. So I just wanted to get a second opinion before I go diving into things that might mess my computer up.

Also, when I went to shut down my computer yesterday...it wanted to do one of those automatic updates and that's all fine. So I left it but when I came back home (was gone four hours) the computer was still running and it was stuck. So obviously I had to hard restart. Everything was fine after that but it did it again last night. Could the problem with my system 32/registry be causing this hang up on the update?

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Re: system 32 folder opens when windows 7 loads

Post by Superdave on 29th July 2015, 7:13 pm

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Re: system 32 folder opens when windows 7 loads

Post by craftyloser on 29th July 2015, 9:46 pm

AdwCleaner found nothing but I cleaned and rebooted all the same.  Here's the log

# AdwCleaner v4.208 - Logfile created 29/07/2015 at 17:12:22
# Updated 09/07/2015 by Xplode
# Database : 2015-07-26.2 [Server]
# Operating system : Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 (x64)
# Username : Holly - GADGET
# Running from : C:\Users\Holly\Desktop\adwcleaner_4.208.exe
# Option : Scan

***** [ Services ] *****


***** [ Files / Folders ] *****

File Found : C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\browser\searchplugins\yahoo.xml
File Found : C:\Users\Holly\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Storage\hxxp_www.yourtango.com_0.localstorage
File Found : C:\Users\Holly\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Storage\hxxp_www.yourtango.com_0.localstorage-journal

***** [ Scheduled tasks ] *****


***** [ Shortcuts ] *****


***** [ Registry ] *****


***** [ Web browsers ] *****

-\\ Internet Explorer v11.0.9600.17909


-\\ Mozilla Firefox v38.0.5 (x86 en-US)


-\\ Google Chrome v44.0.2403.125


-\\ Opera v0.0.0.0


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AdwCleaner[R0].txt - [2866 bytes] - [17/01/2015 11:56:40]
AdwCleaner[R1].txt - [1089 bytes] - [29/07/2015 17:12:22]
AdwCleaner[S0].txt - [2977 bytes] - [17/01/2015 11:59:01]

########## EOF - C:\AdwCleaner\AdwCleaner[R1].txt - [1207 bytes] ##########



Maleware bytes wouldn't open and I kept getting this error with JRT (even running as administrative):
"Could no create file "C:\Holly\AppData\Local\Temp\jrt\badFOLDERS.cfg".  Access is denied."

And now my folders aren't loading.  This started happening after I downloaded Maleware Bytes.  
I couldn't even get into my control panel to uninstall anything.

Thankfully, with malewarebytes, there was a folder in my start menu (boy aren't I glad I didn't say no to that) and I was unable to uninstall it.  That actually solved my problems.  So I'm thankful for that.

I'm actually about 99% sure I don't have a virus and that it's something else.  Since the first scan showed nothing and I haven't actually downloaded anything other than image files (pngs) lately.

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Re: system 32 folder opens when windows 7 loads

Post by Superdave on 29th July 2015, 10:19 pm

That actually solved my problems.
Do you mean your original problem?
Let's try this:


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A) In the elevated command prompt, type sfc /scannow and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: This may take some time to finish.



B) Go to step 4.

3. To Only Verify if the System Files are Corrupted
NOTE: Scans and only verifies the integrity of all proteced system files only.
A) In the elevated command prompt, type sfc /verifyonly and press Enter.

4. When the scan is complete, hopefully you will see all is ok like the screenshot below.
NOTE: If not, then you can attempt to run a [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] using a restore point dated before the bad file occured to fix it. You may need to repeat doing a System Restore until you find a older restore point that may work.



5. When done, close the elevated command prompt.

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Re: system 32 folder opens when windows 7 loads

Post by craftyloser on 29th July 2015, 10:45 pm

No, not my original problem. After running adwcleaner and my system rebooted...the system 32 file still popped up. I meant that uninstalling maleware bytes fixed my folder issue I was having.

I'll do the elevated command prompt now.

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Re: system 32 folder opens when windows 7 loads

Post by Superdave on 29th July 2015, 10:47 pm

Please run ADwCleaner and hit the clean button.

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Re: system 32 folder opens when windows 7 loads

Post by craftyloser on 29th July 2015, 11:05 pm

I did run ADwCleaner and hit clean before.

Anyway...ran the elevated command prompt and got this...
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I'm assuming this is where my problem lies?

I tried looking in the CBS log but it said access denied.

I take it that I need to do a system restore?  Which scares me cause I've never done it before.  I absolutely won't lose any of my photos or art or programs on my computer (I know newly installed ones (and assuming newly saved stuff) would be...but nothing old)?

I'm not really sure exactly when these problems started.

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Post by Superdave on 29th July 2015, 11:10 pm

You can try a system Restore and see if it fixes the problem. Just do a search for System Restore and it will tell you how to do it. You will not lose anything but you should backup your important data just to be on the safe side.Do you have the Windows 7 OS disk?

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Re: system 32 folder opens when windows 7 loads

Post by craftyloser on 29th July 2015, 11:16 pm

No. My computer came preloaded with Windows 7 and there wasn't a disk with it.

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Post by Superdave on 29th July 2015, 11:24 pm

Ok, you must have a system recovery installed on a partition of your hard drive. Do you have a D drive? We may have to use this to fix your computer.

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Post by craftyloser on 29th July 2015, 11:32 pm

Yes..."Recovery (D:)"

Though I likely won't be able to do anything until some time tomorrow. I want to clean out my external hard drive and put some things on it...as a backup. But I'm getting ready to be away from the computer and since it's so late...I'll likely just wait until tomorrow to deal with all this.

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Post by Superdave on 29th July 2015, 11:38 pm

Sounds good. When you're ready proceed with System Restore to see if that will help. Please let me know.

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Post by craftyloser on 31st July 2015, 9:46 pm

Ok...I was busy yesterday and didn't have a chance to do anything.  I was going to do it today but for some reason I can't get my external hard drive to show up when I plug it up.  I tried other USB ports and I plugged a flash drive up and it's lit up but not showing up in my list.  So maybe the system 32 folder problem is causing this?  I don't know.

So I'm just going to have to bite the bullet and do a system restore without backing anything up (because I really have no clue how to do a back up any other way).

Does a system restore uninstall old programs (skype, aim, chrome, paint tool sai, gimp, etc)?


EDIT: I checked out the link (for doing a system restore) you posted the other day and I got to the point where I see the system restore button but it is grayed out and it says "searching..." under 'protection settings'.

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Re: system 32 folder opens when windows 7 loads

Post by Superdave on 1st August 2015, 7:05 pm

System Restore will bring your computer back to a previous date and the only thing you will lose is any programs that you've installed after that date. System Recovery will take your computer back to the day you purchased it. You may also have a repair option. I can help you make a disk which will help you to back up your important data before doing anything else.

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