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Q: clearing IIS logs

Every time I try to clear an IIS log file, it says "cannot access denied.... the file may be in use" Tried stopping the service and deleting, but still no joy. Any ideas?

Preferred Solution: clearing IIS logs

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

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is there a way to clear the logs from mcafee?

A:clearing mcafee logs

McAfee log entries are automatically deleted after 30 days.

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If anyone who has AVG Internet Security 8.0 has found a way to clear the firewall logs, I would love to hear about it.

It seems the clear button they had in 7.5 to clear out the firewall log is missing in 8.0... along with the tech support they had for 7.5 I have not been able to locate another setting anywhere within AVG to set it so the log will clear either.

Any assistance would be appreciated.

A:Solved: Clearing Firewall Logs in AVG 8.0

I finally heard back from AVG and this is how the firewall logs can be cleared in the paid version 8.0:

You can delete the log files opening the following directory:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\avg8\Log
There you can find all log files created by AVG. Firewall logs start with avgfw8...

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Is it possible to prevent JRT from clearing the event logs?
What is the reason behind this feature?  Event Logs are often crucial for diagnosing Windows issues.  I'm not aware of any reason that the event logs should be cleared to help with junkware removal.  Please help me understand the reason for this feature, and if possible, provide away to disable it.

A:Is it possible to prevent JRT from clearing Event Logs?

JRT's disclaimer clearly states: "This software is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind. You may use this software at your own risk."However, you can ask a question (leave a comment/suggestion) on Thisisu's JRT Blog.

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How can you clear the event logs without an event being created stating that the logs were cleared in Powershell? The "clear-eventlog" command does clear the events, however it leaves behind an event that states that the logs were cleared.
Anyway to get around this and totally clear the logs?

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Hi everyone, I'm hoping that this wonderful community got some help for me.

I've previously done image deployment with Windows 7 and know how to prepare an image for deployment.

I'm now trying to make an image with Windows 8.1 enterprise.

I'm making an image with with PersistAllDeviceInstalls to keep the hardware configuration.
I use the gui to run sysprep oobe with generalize option checked.

After its completed, I make an image of it and deploy to test laptop 2 with the exact same specs.

After its done, and I boot it up and finish all the preparation (like computer name etc), the system boots up to the desktop.

However, here is where I realized I'm most likely doing something wrong.

The event logs are filled with data from pre-sysprep, Symantec Endpoint Protection logs are still there.

Can someone help me out here? Isn't generalize suppose to remove logs and stuff?

It's been almost 2 years since I touched sysprep and all. Hopefully someone here can shed some light about the issue I'm facing.

All help is sincerely appreciated.

A:Sysprep generalize not clearing logs

Hi Neevar, welcome to the Eight Forums.

First this warning about Sysprep GUI (from https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...h825084.aspx):

In Windows 8.1, the Sysprep user interface is deprecated. The Sysprep UI will continue to be supported in this release however it may be removed in a future release. We recommend that you update your Windows deployment workflow to use the Sysprep command line. For more information about the Sysprep Command line tool, see Sysprep Command-Line Options.

To generalize your image without an answer file use command:

%windir%\system32\sysprep\sysprep.exe /generalize /oobe /shutdown

The closing option (highlighted) can be shutdown, restart or quit.

To generalize your image with an answer file use command:

%windir%\system32\sysprep\sysprep.exe /generalize /oobe /shutdown /unattend:X:\MyAnswerFile.xml

Change the answer file path and name (highlighted) accordingly

Event logs should be cleared when the /generalize switch is used. This from Microsoft TechNet support article https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...v=ws.10).aspx:

Prepares the Windows installation to be imaged. If this option is specified, all unique system information is removed from the Windows installation. The security ID (SID) resets, any system restore points are cleared, and event logs are deleted.

The next time the computer starts, the specialize configuration pass runs. A new secu... Read more

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I was wondering if there was any way to clear Security, Application, and System logs on a PC remotely.... We have been infected with W32.Gaobot and it fills up the logs quickly...

Any information would be great.

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If you have a lot of entries in the event logs, depending on your system, it can take a bit to open the logs.  Here is a way to clear all the 4 main event logs quickly.
Open a text editor (e.g. notepad), and copy the following into it.

@echo on
wevtutil.exe cl Application
wevtutil.exe cl Security
wevtutil.exe cl Setup
wevtutil.exe cl System
@echo off
Save it as "clear_logs.bat" (no quotes).  Now, just double click on the file, and all 4 main logs will be cleared.  It will not work on Windows XP.
This will work on Windows 8.1 for sure.  It should work on Windows 8, 7, maybe Vista.
Have a great day!


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The is another attempt at getting this answered.
Previous replies noted that the Administrative Events under the Custom view was just a compilation of all the other logs.
I do not belive this is entirely correct as all the events in this log concern the operating system and do NOT appear in the other logs such as Application, Security, etc.
Below is an example of what is showing up on my system after all the individual logs shown under Event Viewer are cleared:


Date and Time


Event ID

Task Category


8/27/2015 13:59





8/27/2015 12:56





8/27/2015 12:56



Address Configuration State Event


8/27/2015 12:54



Sharing a printer


8/24/2015 9:15



Address Configuration State Event


8/24/2015 9:13



Sharing a printer


8/20/2015 3:19



Address Configuration State Event


8/20/2015 3:17



Sharing a printer


8/17/2015 10:24

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I can't get rid of it, everytime I restart my computer and run spybot, there it is, laughing at me. Also, 1) my homepage is constantly reset to: res://mshp.dll/index.html, which seems to download the "mshp.dll" to my WINNT file 2) my ability to change IE's internet options is disabled and 3) my add/remove software program will not appear when I try to access it. I'm at the end of my rope. If anyone can help me out, it would be much appreciated.
I'm currently using windows 2000, with a recently updated IE 6.0.2800.1106

Spybot log before "problems fixed" :

Avenue A, Inc.: Tracking cookie or cookie of tracking site (File, nothing done)
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Cookies\[email protected][1].txt

Commission Junction: Tracking cookie or cookie of tracking site (File, nothing done)
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Cookies\[email protected][1].txt

CoolWWWSearch.008k: Browser helper object (Registry key, nothing done)
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{FD9BC004-8331-4457-B830-4759FF704C22}

CoolWWWSearch.008k: Browser helper object (Registry key, nothing done)
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{587DBF2D-9145-4c9e-92C2-1F953DA73773}

CoolWWWSearch.008k: Class (Registry key, nothing done)

CoolWWWSearch.008k: Class (Registry key, nothing done)
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A:coolwwwsearch driving me insane, hijack this logs + spybot logs

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It has been 2 months since i m infected now. Everytime i start my comp, the coolwwsearch pops back up no matter how manytime i delete it with spybot. Also, its alway those 2 items that i cant delete unless i restart. Can someone help me plz??? It wasted me a lotta time. I really appreciate it.

A:coolwwwsearch driving me insane, hijack this logs + spybot logs

Hi Teph

Welcome to TSG!

I have split your post off into your own thread. In the future if you have a Question/Problem please start a "New Thread". It get's too confusing trying to address two different people's problem in the same thread and you may get overlooked.

Please continue here in this new thread.
Please do this. Click here to download Hijack This. Click on the Hijackthis.exe.

Click the "Scan" button when the scan is finished the scan button will become "Save Log" click that and save the log.

Go to where you saved the log and click on "Edit > Select All" then click on "Edit > Copy" then Paste the log back here in a reply.

DO NOT have Hijack This fix anything yet. Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required. Someone here will be glad to advise you on what to fix.

*Note: When you download Hijack This Do Not download it to a temp folder or to the desktop. Create a permanent folder somewhere like in My Documents and name it Hijack This and put it in that folder.

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I just tried to post a log created with 2.0.3 and got the message stating I was using an older version.??log is attached

A:forum marks 2.0.3 logs as older, unapproved logs

Hello , And to the Bleeping Computer Malware Removal Forum. My name is Elise and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems.I will be working on your malware issues, this may or may not solve other issues you may have with your machine.Please note that whatever repairs we make, are for fixing your computer problems only and by no means should be used on another computer.You may want to keep the link to this topic in your favorites. Alternatively, you can click the button at the top bar of this topic and Track this Topic, where you can choose email notifications. The topics you are tracking are shown here.-----------------------------------------------------------If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explanation about the tool. No inp... Read more

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I've had the delta homes browser hijacker bugging me for a while and haven't been able to get rid of it. At one point my computer booted to a blank screen and I couldn't do anything unless I restarted in safe mode. Not sure if the two things are related, but I do know that after I used HijackThis to remove everthing with delta homes in the name, it fixed both problems for a while. Eventually delta homes came back to mess up my browser, and I'm trying to get rid of it for good. I just used HijackThis again to remove everything with delta homes in the name, only this time when I removed them, the problem remained when I opened my browser. That's where I'm at right now, so below are the logs from HijackThis as well as DDS which apparently gives more info for Windows 7 if you know how to read it.
If anyone can help me based on this information I'd really appreciate it. If you need more information of some kind then let me know and I'll try to get it for you as soon as possible.
HijackThis logs:
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.5
Scan saved at 14:39:52, on 24/07/2015
Platform: Windows 7 SP1 (WinNT 6.00.3505)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v11.0 (11.00.9600.17344)
FIREFOX: 39.0 (x86 en-US)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Norton Internet Security\Engine\\ccSvcHst.exe
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A:Can't get rid of Delta Homes: HijackThis logs and DDS logs posted

Hello, Welcome to BleepingComputer.I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps in the order listed.===Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from HereDouble-click mbam-setup-2.X.X.XXXX.exe to install the application (X's are the current version number).Make sure a checkmark is placed next to Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.Once MBAM opens, when it says Your databases are out of date, click the Fix Now button.Click the Settings tab at the top, and then in the left column, select Detections and Protections, and if not already checked place a checkmark in the selection box for Scan for rootkits.Click the Scan tab at the top of the program window, select Threat Scan and click the Scan Now button.If you receive a message that updates are available, click the Update Now button (the update will be downloaded, installed, and the scan will start).The scan may take some time to finish,so please be patient.If potential threats are detected, ensure that Quarantine is selected as the Action for all the listed items, and click the Apply Actions button.While still on the Scan tab, click the link for View detailed log, and in the window that opens click the Export button, select Text file (*.txt), and save the log to your Desktop.The log is automatically saved by MBAM and can also be viewed by clicking the History tab and then selecting Application Log... Read more

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New to the site and I hope this is in the right forum.

I am using Windows 7 Pro 64 and my main account logs in then automatically logs off. I can successfully log in using Safe Mode to this account. I created another account called test and I can access this account in both Safe and Normal modes.

I ran Malware Bytes and Avast Anti-Virus and they found nothing.

What can I do fix this issue or transfer my Outlook, programs and such to the test user account and rename it?

A:Windows 7 Main Account Logs On then Automatically Logs Off

I followed the instructions per the link and it appeared to copy everything over successfully.
Fix a corrupted user profile

The original account is still not able to logon and is on the computer. Is there anything else I should be looking at?

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DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_AMD64
Internet Explorer: 10.0.9200.16537
Run by Me at 13:15:36 on 2015-03-08
Microsoft Windows 8 6.2.9200.0.1252.1.1033.18.3986.2145 [GMT -4:00]
AV: Windows Defender *Enabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
SP: Windows Defender *Enabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k RPCSS
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\Program Files\IDT\WDM\STacSV64.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNoNetwork
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k apphost
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Hp\Common\HPSupportSolutionsFrameworkService.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\HP Quick Launch\HPWMISVC.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\iCLS Client\HeciServer.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\Intel(R) Management Engine Components\DAL\jhi_service.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k imgsvc
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A:Reposting logs-!st logs I dont think I ran scan properly

Do you see anything in my logs please? I know I am not supposed to make any changes to my laptop while waiting but I did delete a couple things and have found a couple files that I don't have access to. My home network now says it is a public network if I connect. I also found in computer management remote shared folders for all drives that I am unable to change along with Group sharing or access in my services set to automatic and is completely greyed out so I am unable to disable. Windows says the default is disabled and it has to be turned on to automatic but I did not turn it on. I am very concerned and have received a phone call from a local venue about an appointment being made in person by someone using my last name and phone number. All of my email accounts continuously being compromised even after changing passwords from another computer. My LinkedIn and twitter accounts are being used by someone else. I am concerned so any help or advice would be appreciated. If I need to rerun any scans and post logs since I have made changes just let me know.

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I recently acquired a computer from a friend who had problems with it and just didn't want to deal with it. She gave it to me as is, without any restore disks or Windows XP disks. The computer information I know so far is that it's a Dell Dimension 9100 running Windows XP Pro.

When I first got the computer, it would not even turn on. It would get power (the lights on the front of the tower lit up) but gave nothing but a black screen and a beep code. I researched the beep code and found out for this computer it meant that there was an error in memory. So, I opened up the box and took out a stick of RAM to see what would happen. Without that stick of RAM, the computer booted up to the select your profile screen and when I clicked the profile it began to log on. It showed the desktop (without icons) for a few seconds then went back to the profile screen and said it was "logging off". I rebooted the machine and tried to log in in safe mode but, I got the same result. I also tried logging in as Administrator in safe mode, but it was the same thing. I put my own Windows XP Pro CD in the CD-Rom to see if it would allow me to restore or repair Windows, but it didn't do anything different. It seemed to not even register that there was a CD in the drive.

I don't know anything about the history of the machine and what might have caused this issue. My friend doesn't seem to know either. She just said that one day, all of a sudden, she couldn't turn the computer on. ... Read more

A:Windows Profile Logs In and Immediately Logs Back Out

Hello manekineko,

From previous experience when the system starts to load the profile then logs you right back off, its cause either the userinit.exe file was modified or deleted, or the registry entry that points to it has been changed. All this usually happens when the computer is infected. If there is nothing to be saved on the hard drive I might suggest going ahead and reformatting the computer. If there is information that is needed then you might need to look into creating a mini xp boot disk that would allow you to at least backup whatever information.

Your other option is to try to do a system repair if you have a XP Pro disk that works and then if your able to log into windows after the repair, visit http://www.techsupportforum.com/f50/...lp-305963.html and create a new thread to get help to clean up the system.

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Hey guys my computers busted again (and for the third time I call for help from my trusty laptop...it never seems to die whenever my desktop is in need...she's like a good neighbour...)

Sorry I digress! Few days ago my ISP disconnected my internet because they found an IRC bot infecting their network. I ran my antivirus and (gasp) it found system32/virut virus, among a plethora of other files. I'm not sure how bad this virus is, or if indeed anything can be salvaged. I let the antivirus remove what it could, and rebooted my PC.

From that point on I can't log back on. I see the blue screen, enter my password for my account, and it says loading settings, only to save settings and log off a few seconds later.

NO, I cannot log in with other accounts, or administrator
NO, I cannot log in safe mode, or safe mode with command prompt
YES, I still have my operating system cd and YES I did an XP repair but it did not work (same thing, stuck at welcome/account screen grr)

Now I've perused the web and others have experienced similar problems. I tried a fix that says "copy userinit.exe wsaupdater.exe" that had worked for others.

I receive the message "The system cannot find the file specified." I guess viruses, ****-ware and whatnot tampered with my userinit.exe as it doesn't seem to be on my comp. That or my antivurs removed it, because I could still log on before I had run the antivirus.

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A:Solved: XP logs off and then immediately logs back out lol

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My initial problem was that the my documents folder was automatically coming up on startup. So, I looked this up and I found this (From Microsoft):


2.Now navigate to the following key:-
HKEY_ LOCAL_ MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Win*dows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

3.Look down the list in the Right Hand pane,scroll down to the value Userinit This value should read: C:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.e*xe, (The comma at the end must also be there)

4.If the value is different from that mentioned above then Right Click on the Userinit value and, from the drop down menu, select Modify. Type in the value C:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.e*xe,in the Modify dialogue box click OK

5.Exit the Registry.Restart your computer.

So I did, however, now when I log in it automatically logs out.
Any thoughts?

A:Solved: Computer logs in then immediately logs out

I do not know ehere you found this article suggesting the solution, but I can assure you that if you have typed correctly what it says the article is wrong.
It NEVER suggested Win*dows, unless it is a spoof article
and it never suggested typing e*xe.

Try F8 Last Known Good.
If no success try F8 Safe Mode.
If that does not work do you have the XP CD, without it, you now have a problem.

Is this the relevant part of the article you followed
To resolve this issue, follow these steps:

Back up the registry keys that you plan to edit before you modify the registry. For more information about how to back up the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 322756 How to back up, edit, and restore the registry in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003
Check the Userinit and PersistBrowsers registry entries to make sure that they contain the correct values. To check the Userinit and PersistBrowsers registry entries, follow these steps:
Click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.
Locate and then click the following registry subkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
In the right pane, right-click Userinit, and then click Modify.
In the Edit String dialog box, type Windows installation drive letter:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe under Value data, and then click OK.
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I am working on a Gateway, Windows Xp Home SP2 machine. The machine was infected with a Trojan. The trojan seemed to be removed and all was fine, but the trojan seems to have removed the "c:\windows\system32\userinit.exe" file. I can not access any windows profiles in the normal boot up or safe mode.

I have downloaded the Windows Xp Boot Disk from support.microsoft.com and burned the .exe to a CD to repair the windows installation as the machine does not have a floppy drive. I changed the Bios to select the CD Rom as the primary, but the message "Boot Failure, Insert system disk" appears when the machine boots up.

The drive seems to be functioning fine as the gateway has System Resotre by pressing F11, but the Windows XP disk is not the System Disk #1 the system is looking for.

I understand I need to get to the Recovery Console to either copy the userinit.exe file or modify the registry but can't get the console and can't get a windows profile to open.

Do you have any ideas, or another download that would allow me to access the Recovery Console to modify the registry key or copy the userinit.exe file?


A:Windows Xp Home Logs in Then Immediately Logs Off

We will have to create a small 'fix CD' to solve this problem.Please download RC.ISO and save it somewhere you can find it.Also download MagicISO and install it.Start MagicISO. You should see a window informing you about the full version of MagicISO.In the bottom right select Try It! and the program will open.Click on File and then on Open and navigate to the RC.ISO file you downloaded. Select it, and click Open.First, we'll need to add a clean version of userinit.exe to the current RC.ISOIn the upper right pane, double click on the i386 folder.Right click in the upper right pane and select Add Files...Navigate to C:\Windows\System32 and select userinit.exeThen click Open to add userinit.exe to the CD image.Click File and select Save As...Name the file RCplus and save it somewhere you can find it.Next, we'll need to burn the newly created image to a disk that we can use to fix the problem.Put a blank CD-R disk in your CD burner and close the tray. If an AutoPlay window opens, close it.Click on Tools and select Burn CD/DVD with ISO.... A window will appear.Click on the little folder to the right of CD/DVD Image File then navigate to the newly created RCplus.iso Image file and click Open.In the CD/DVD Writing Speed drop-down menu choose the 8X setting.Under Format make sure that Mode 1 is selected.And finally, click on the Burn it! button to burn RCplus.iso to disk.Once the disk is burned, put it in the machine you want to fix and restart it.Bo... Read more

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So, as my title stated, I've been infected with a nasty virus that attacked just about every program on my PC. My Anti virus removed files needed to run windows and now, when I log into windows it logs me out immediately. I've also tried to log into safe mode but the same thing happens, it logs me out immediately. Should I put my PC into the shop to get cleaned up or can I fix this problem myself. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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My laptop is a 14 month old Toshiba L20 Satellite Pro, running Windows XP and is just out of warranty. I have Norton Anti Virus and Spyware Terminator from Download.com.

For the past week before logging on I have been shown the following screen:

Spyware Terminator is about to delete 1 file
files found 1
files deleted 0
deletions failed 1

Despite this message I have been able to log in and work on my laptop as normal. But this morning I can no longer log in.
I type in my password, see my wallpaper for less than a second and am promptly informed that my settings are being saved, and that the computer is logging out, and am returned to the welcome screen.
This also happens in safe mode for my own username and under 'administrator'.
I suspect that the Spyware Terminator message and my inability to log on are related.
I have my manufacturer's recovery CD and obviously a lot of important documents I can't afford to lose, can anyone help with my issue, I suspect it is virus related.

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i have tried to fix my computer but i dont have too much experience with stuff like formatting stuff so a detailed explanation would help.

THE PROBLEM: my avg showed that 'userinit.exe' was a virus and i tried to move it to the vault but it didnt work. after a few days of getting this virus alert and waking up to like 50 internet explorers saying that i should download their internet explorer, i got annoyed and went on task manager, i found that the programme 'userinit.exe' was in there so i did end process. the next day when i woke up, my computer was unresponsive and so i restarted it. when it tries to log me on, it shows the background, i hear the sound, couple of seconds later, it logs me out...help someone.

I would prefer not to do anything that requires money...I have an official windows XP service pack 2 disk. Also I would prefer not to reformat my computer and leave that as a last resort option if there is nothing else I can do.

Someone help.


A:[SOLVED] need help, computer logs me in but then logs me out.


1. Insert the original Windows XP CD (Windows XP with Service Pack 2 is preferred, but not required) and reboot the computer. You may need to configure your computer to boot from the CD-ROM drive.
2. When the Windows XP Setup has started, press "R" to "repair the Windows XP installation using Recovery Console".
3. Select the Windows installation to repair (generally this is C:\Windows) by typing its number and then pressing ENTER.
4. Type the Administrator password and press ENTER.
5. Type the following commands:

D: [press ENTER]
CD I386 [press ENTER]

Note: there is a space between EX_ and C:

NOTE: If your CD/DVD drive has a different letter assigned to it, enter "X:" instead, where X is the appropriate drive letter.

The text "1 file(s) copied" should now appear, in which case all went well.

Remove the Windows XP CD, type "EXIT" and press ENTER to restart your computer. You should now be able to log on as normally.

paraphrased from this thread: http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6142_102...rum-w;forums06

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After doing a Clean Install of Windows 10 I noticed a folder I have never seen before on my C disk simply called Logs. When I look at the last edit date it says February. Inside it I see a bunch of logs as you would find in the Event Viewer. Is this something Windows 10 put there by default as it was not added when I performed the Clean Install? The folder take up around 20 MB of space.

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Hello, I am running a system with Windows XP SP3. This computer only has one user account setup and no password, so when it turns on it just loads the desktop rather then bringing up a user select screen. The other day it was infected with malware, you know the kind that says you are infected and to buy their program to clear it. Anyway, I have attempted to remove it with rkill, malware bytes, super antispyware and AVG free. AVG found some threats and I removed them but had to reboot to complete the removal. Upon rebooting this issue started. The wallpaper shows up, then goes to the user account screen with just the one user. I click on the user, wallpaper shows up (no icons) and logs off. I have booted into safe mode and was able to get the users desktop but Im not sure what I can do from there for this issue. Last known good configuration doesnt help. Any advice will help. Thanks.

A:User logs in, immediately logs off


Originally Posted by RevolutionistT

I click on the user, wallpaper shows up (no icons) and logs off.

Try this ...

Fix Windows XP LogOn/LogOff Loop ..... thinkinginpixels

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I go to log in on my Windows XP Home sp2 and when I log in, the background flashes then instantly logs me off. Happens in safe mode aswell as safe mode under the admin account.

Ok I know alot of you have heard of this but, here is the deal, The windows xp home cd does not pick up my harddrive, I cant get signed in through normal mode aswell as safe mode, Last know config does crap, I have it hooked up to my friends pc right now and I just backed up all my important files. Nothing seems to be working, I have tried several bootable cds with registry editors in then and again none of them picked up my harddrive. So I am at a stand still! nothing seems to pick up my harddrive except plugging it into another pc. But I am having troubles when loading it with the Hive editor the first time I did this to the software tab, I was able to navigate to the suspected key to change it from wsaupdater back to userinit.exe or whatever but there was no wsaupdater to be found and userinit.exe was already set perfectly fine! Wth! so I then unloaded the hive editor and proceeded with backing up went back to load hive editor on same software reg. file and now it only shows Microsoft and clients nothing else! Wth again! There is no userinit.exe or Wsaupdater in my windows folder or system32 folder. NO viruses or spyware are on my pc (scanned with several virus scanners aswell as spyware scanners) So I am very confused as to what the problem is. Yes its an official xp cd, (Dell) and It is registere... Read more

A:Windows logs in the instantly logs off (please help)

Let's start with the easy part... Get your XP cd, or a xp cd and boot with it. You want to enter the recovery console. For some systems you may need to login into your installation. If you didnt have a password formerly and it is asking for one, leave it blank. If you had one formerly, use it.

Once you're logged in type the following:

cd system32
del userinit.exe
expand E:\i386\userinit.ex_

What you just did was point your console to the System32 folder where the userinit.exe file resides, which controls your login settings. You then deleted that file and replaced it with your XP copy. If you did each step successfully, there should be no error prompts of any kind. If this didn't fix your issue, it may related to a spy scan which removed a file that added a registry key to your userinit.exe file and still points to it, despite it being gone... first things first though.

PS- "E" asumed E is your cd drive.

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i have a sony vaio laptop....yesterday i got a notice that i had windows updates so i chose the update icon and after it installed them, the laptop restarted. once i see the log in page...i would put in my password and login...and 2 seconds later it would log me off...save my settings and send me back to the log in page. heres the funny part...its happening to the admin account aswell ....IN SAFE MODE!!! i have no idea what to do inorder to fix this issue...if anyone has any idea as to how i can tackle this problem it would greatly appreciated

A:login problems - logs in and logs out right away

I don't think this problem is caused by an update -- it is usually caused by the improper cleaning of a specific type of malware.


You will need the recovery console to carry out these instructions:


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I am having problems I was told it might be malware and I saw most of these have a combo fix log too. So here is a combo fix and hijack log. Hope someone can help me!
Combo fix:
ComboFix 08-01-04.1 - Family 2008-01-04 11:28:31.1 - NTFSx86
Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium 6.0.6000.0.1252.1.1033.18.414 [GMT -5:00]
Running from: C:\Users\Family\Downloads\ComboFix.exe
* Created a new restore point

((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Other Deletions )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))


((((((((((((((((((((((((( Files Created from 2007-12-04 to 2008-01-04 )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

2008-01-04 11:25 . 2000-08-31 08:00 51,200 --a------ C:\Windows\NirCmd.exe
2008-01-03 23:26 . 2008-01-03 23:35 <DIR> d-------- C:\Mgame
2008-01-03 23:22 . 2008-01-03 23:35 <DIR> d-------- C:\temp___
2008-01-03 15:15 . 2008-01-03 15:15 <DIR> d-------- C:\Users\All Users\MailFrontier
2008-01-03 15:15 . 2008-01-03 15:15 <DIR> d-------- C:\ProgramData\MailFrontier
2008-01-03 15:15 . 2004-04-27 04:40 11,264 --a------ C:\Windows\System32\SpOrder.dll
2008-01-03 15:15 . 2008-01-03 15:15 4,212 ---h----- C:\Windows\System32\zllictbl.dat
2008-01-03 15:14 . 2008-01-03 15:27 <DIR> d-------- C:\Windows\System32\ZoneLabs
2008-01-03 15:14 . 2003-10-16 14:11 70 --------- C:\Windows\System32\vsconfig.xml
2008-01-03 15:13 . 2008-01-03 15:34 <DIR> d-------- C:\Windows\Internet Logs
2008-01-03 10:43 . 2008-01-... Read more

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My windows XP will let me log in but then it flashes my wallpaper and logs me out. I have been on the phone with tech support for hours and don all kinds of test, when throught the Windows XP restore & repair process and still does the same thing. I can't log in in safe mode or as admin, does the same think.

Can anyone help!!!!!!! I saw another post on here from a google search but it was back in April.

Thinking that the only thing to do is just reinstall Windows XP and start over.

A:Windows logs me in then immedately logs me out

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I tried cleaning up some of the spyware that is on my computer the other day. Once I had, I restarted. The welcome screen appeared, it flashed my background and then went to a welcome screen with my name on it. I click on my name, the log in music plays, my background appears and then the log out music plays and I am right back at the welcome screen with my name on it. I have tried opening in every type of safe mode and all other available options when I hit F8. I called the maker of my computer and they said it is a spyware problem. Can anyone please help me with this?

A:XP logs me in then immediately logs me back out!

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When starting up the computer it seems to start normally. The wallpaper appears for a second then goes to the log on screen. If you try to log on it immediately logs off. I've tried every option in safe mode and debugging with the same result. Any ideas?

A:Windows XP logs on then logs off instantly

Have you found a solution?
I'm having the same problem.
Appears to have started after I ran CWShredder.exe to remove spyware.
I accepted a prompt to remove an exe file from either the windows directory, or the windows system directory. I didn't take time to note the file name that it placed in the recycle bin, but I suspect that as the problem

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So the desktop i think is infected with malware or something because every time i try to log in on any ones name (even in safe mode) it logs off. i tried looking at other forums but i couldn't understand what they were saying and TechGuy has never failed me before so any ideas? Thanks.

im using windows xp on a dell and shortly before this happened there was a red circle with an x in the task bar(?) bottom right corner, anyway it said must start spy ware removal and mozilla would have about 13 windows pop up telling me to download a spyware removal tool and i tried AVG but im just a greenhorn so i don't know my next move.


A:Windows XP logs in and logs off immediately

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Yesterday i downloaded windows updates that needed to be ran. Like normal,said OS must be restarted to take effect. So i restarted, now i can click on my user name to log on and it immediately logs back off! What do i do?!? I have a Dell XPS M140 with Windows XP Media Center Edition. I read somewhere that i can use a disk to restore back to the way it was when i bought it, but i need to get all my data off and backed up and saved before getting disk from dell!! HElp me please! I dont want to lose everything! I am at my wits end!

A:Windows XP Logs on and immediately logs off!

Try tapping F8 when you turn on your PC. When you get to the advanced boot options screen, choose Last Known Good Configuration.

If this doesn't work, boot up into safe mode and see if that works. If it does, then do a system restore to a point before the update.

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ok , i just switched to Xp HOme , last week


today out of NOWHERE , Xp HOME started loggin me out automatically, i mean , when the comp start , and I click on my icon , it logs in and then logs out automatically.

I can login safely in safe mode , wihout any problem .

I installled a modem on COM1 , but after thse problem I took it out ,physically coz in safe modem , i cannot c modem in control panel.

I went to safe mode,delete my acc by using admin and then created me a new account with admin right but the same thing happens over and over again

ALso this a single computer , not on a network , so If I have to delete the network , please tell me how ???

any ideaz ???

A:XpHome Logs in and logs out automatically

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my computer is affected by Generic.Brontok, and because of that it became very slow. i have posted panda active scan log.

my DSS main.txt log size is bigger than allowed size of post, so i have attached main.txt and extra.txt with this post.

waiting for your help.


Incident Status Location

Virus:W32/Brontok.P.worm Disinfected C:\Program Files\Softwin\BitDefender10\Quarantine\SERVICES.EXE
Virus:W32/Brontok.P.worm Disinfected C:\Program Files\Softwin\BitDefender10\Quarantine\LSASS.EXE
Virus:W32/Brontok.P.worm Disinfected ... Read more

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I would like to know how to clear a picture that has been moved from a surveillance camera to my pc?, it has small blocks on the picture and i want to be a clear picture. thanks

A:clearing a pic

you can use photoshop then sharpen and use the heal tool and play with the levels.
of if you want, you can just post the picture here and someone can clear it up for you

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How do I clear the URL bar? When I clear my history, I still shows previously visited websites. Am using Windows XP Home edition and Firefox

A:Clearing URL bar

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My ssd C drive is dangerously low in space. Before I get a new drive, is there any log that I could erase.

Any known way the save some space other than removing software.


A:Clearing log

Hello Martin,

Here are some options to help free up some hard drive space.

Hard Disk Space - Free Up and Recover

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How do I clear the URL bar? When I clear my history, I still shows previously visited websites. Am using Windows XP Home edition and Firefox

A:Clearing URL bar

Click on history then click on any url showing and click delete.

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I had Vista home basic, on the c drive and I have Ultimate on F, I reinstalled ultimate on c but it created an old windows file folder and I don't have too much space on C. I want to reformat C, is it possible??

I have ultimate running from F.

Please help.


A:Clearing C

do you have the dvd for vista? cause i think if you format the ( c drive ) you will lose your bootmgr file and you'll need the dvd to repair the bootmgr. if you don't have it you may also be able to copy the bootmgr.bak file to your ( f drive ) and then format ( c drive ) then copy it back and rename it bootmgr.ini ( before rebooting).

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Hey, this is probably a stupid question. I am pretty computer savvy, but I have never cleared my RAM before. I wanted to know if I were to clear my RAM would it interfere with other programs or processes. The main reason I want to clear my RAM is because I play a game on my computer that just eats up my RAM space. And it is killing my computer. And the game keeps crashing because there is not enough space in my RAM. So I want to know if clearing it would cause any problems or side affects.

A:Clearing RAM

Hello Jacob, and welcome to Vista Forums.

There's no need to ever have to manually clear your RAM in Vista. Vista will automatically clear anything not currently running from RAM automatically as needed.

You have 2GB of RAM, and some of that (ex: 512MB or 1 GB) is allocated for your NIVIDA GeForce Go 7300 graphics chip. That barely meets the bare minimum requirements for Vista alone. How much minimum RAM is required by the game?

I think the main problem is that your system just doesn't meet minimum requirements, and is being overloaded.

You could try cranking down the quality of the game's resolution and graphics for it to not use as much RAM if your computer meets the minimum requirements for the game.

In addition, check to make sure that you have a large enough page file set to help with the overflow when your RAM is being fully used up.

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I have a 8GB USB that I am trying to put files on to. However in Finder it appears there is nothing at all on it. In the information section it says 7.99GB is used but where are the files that are using this space? How can I clear these mysterious files?

A:Clearing USB

Sounds like you're using a mac pc, so I can honestly tell you I know next to nothing about your OS seeing as South Africa is mostly Microsoft and Linux reliant, but I can try to give you some general tips.

Usually what you have means that there is a virus on your USB stick/flash drive. It takes up all available space on the drive and then hides itself. In windows you would simply select the options to reveal all hidden and system files and folders and then delete the offending virus files.

I don't know whether mac has an option like that, but it should if it's worth anything.

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I have a friend who has bought an old XP machine form the education department and we cannot get rid of the boot up process > agreement . ID + password > them departments' desktop logo or whatever you call it.

Can someone give us an idea on how to get rid of this rot and just have it start normally in Windows.

Or have we got to format it and try and get a copy of XP which I guess will be nigh impossible. The machine dates from 2005 and is really just for the kids to play around on.

A:Clearing old XP

The only thing I can suggest is to ask the folks it was bought from for the info. I think you'd need the password to create a Password reset disk.
Is it the system BIOS that has a password?

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I have got a new (to me) hard drive it had NT on it before and I want to format it but my machine won't let me, I have deleted all the files on the disk but when I try and format it says device is being used by another process. Any ideas, I am running Win 95.

A:clearing NT

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Have just received a new 1X carbon 5th gen.  Looking at the TPM, it says it has a security risk.  It sent me to https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/ADV170012 which sent me to a few places and eventually I found out that I already have the BIOS update, Version 1.34, needed to fix the problem (using msinfo32).  So, now the guidelines at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4046783/bitlocker-mitigation-plan-for-vulnerability-in-tpm say to clear the TPM.  Then they say what will happen on Windows 8 and 7, but don't mention Windows 10.  Looking at other TPM pages, I'm concerned that clearing the TPM might remove the ability to decrypt what I already have on my new system.   Rendering it useless???   The message on the "TPM Administration" page in BitLocker sends me to:https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=852572The TPM view also says clearing the TPM removes ownership and resets it to factory defaults.  Not sure what that will do.  A SS of the TPM view is attached Any suggestions greatly appreciated.Thanks,Dennis

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I have cleared cookies/Temp files/History.
Even did autocomplete
But one website is still there. Whenever i press R that website comes up. Only one part of that website.

Its not a problem, but just curious to why that is there.

I go to that site almost everyday.

I run adware 6.0 and spybot on a daily basics.

Its not a bad website that will change my IE settings. Its just another forum, very safe.

A:Clearing addresses in IE

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When I click "Delete" in Internet Options to completely clear out my browser, two progress windows open instead of only one & one always stalls. Which drastically slows down the process. Any suggestions?

A:Problem clearing out IE8

try useing a third party TEMP cleaner:

Clean TEMP files

Click Here to download ATF Cleaner by Atribune. Save it to your Desktop.

Go to your desktop and double click on ATF-Cleaner.exe.


Under Main. Click Select All, then click Empty


If you use Firefox, click Firefox on the menu bar

Click on Select All, then click Empty
Note: If you want to keep your saved Passwords click No on the prompt.


If you use Opera, click Opera on the menu bar

Click on Select All, then click Empty
Note: If you want to keep your saved Passwords click No on the prompt.

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