Windows Thread, Virus !!! (Solved) Explorer not starting, even on safe mode in Technical; Hi,
Does any one know about a virus that kills explorer.exe constantly (trying to re run it from run does ...
7th November 2008, 10:43 AM #1
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7th November 2008, 10:48 AM #2
Have you ran a virus scan? does it find anything?
7th November 2008, 10:53 AM #3
not killed under DEP prevention? I've had a few PCs where explorer is killed by Windows itself as "exhibiting virus like tendencies".
Makes me laugh every time - it's usually a case of reimaging the kit to shut it up.
7th November 2008, 11:09 AM #4
I've not heard of viruses that can work in safe mode, so my guess would be that explorer has been corrupted and is simply crashing when it is launched.
My first response would be to simply re-image the machine. Far less hassle than trying to solve the issue.
7th November 2008, 11:12 AM #5
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The antivirus didn't find a thing, Symantec updated. But I have found the cure on the net.
This is the key that needs to be deleted...
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\explorer.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\iexplorer.exe
Once these keys are deleted the desktop and internet explorer should come back to life.
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7th November 2008, 11:36 AM #6
Explorer's pretty flaky anyway, it could be any number of things.
Have you installed any software recently that have shell extensions?
7th November 2008, 11:44 AM #7
Yes if explorer is crashing I'd suspect a shell extension is causing it. Either an image/video preview one (for the thumbnail view) or a right click menu extension.
7th November 2008, 11:44 AM #8
I had this on a computer recently, was stumped as you say it was even borked in safe mode. Ended up just reformatting it, much quicker and easier than trying to find a cure. Thanks for posting the fix though
7th November 2008, 04:31 PM #9
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will resolve this issue. Had the same thing happen recently and I was tearing my hair out.
It's a pain installing it via task manager etc, but it should do the trick.
7th November 2008, 04:43 PM #10
Is sparkle box toolbar installed those PC's? It has crashed several machines in my schools. You can't disable it in add ons either as it doesn't show. You can only remove through add/remove. Delete history and cookies once uninstalled.
Hope this works!!
11th December 2008, 12:45 AM #11
- Rep Power
Would strongly second MalwareBytes... had the exact same trojan and cleared the problem. A cracking piece of software.
Re Sparklebox toolbar... can anyone actually see what it does, bar blocking net access, etc? We've blocked it from being download via the filtering policy.
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