Computer Repair Tips for everyday users

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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

What to do about Missing or Corrupt System32 File

Does this error look familiar?

Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM
Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SOFTWARE
Stop: c0000218 {Registry File Failure} The registry cannot load the hive (file): \SystemRoot\System32\Config\SOFTWARE or its log or alternate

System error: Lsass.exe
When trying to update a password the return status indicates that the value provided as the current password is not correct.

Check out Microsofts site for:
How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting.

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Monday, October 31, 2005

How to Defer Sending of Outlook Email

How to Defer Sending of Outlook Email
Have you ever clicked the Send button in Outlook and then thought, "Oh, no!
Well, if you use Outlook as your mail client, you can defer your email from sending. Here's how:

  1. In Outlook, click the Tools menu and select Rules and Alerts.
  2. Click the New Rule ... button.
  3. In the Rules Wizard dialog box, click Start From a Blank Rule.
  4. Under Step 1, select Check Messages After Sending.
  5. Click Next.
  6. Don't select any conditions so the rule will apply to all messages, and click Next again.
  7. Click Yes when asked if you want the rule to apply to all messages.
  8. Under "Step 1: What do you want to do with the message?", select Defer Delivery by a Number of Minutes.
  9. Under "Step 2: Edit the Rule Description," click "a number of" and set the Deferred Delivery setting to 1 minute. Click OK.
  10. Click Finish.
Now when you hit Send, the message will remain in your Inbox for a minute, giving you a chance to recall it or change it.

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SP5 for Windows 2000

Well I'll be darned...Microsoft cancelled the release of SP5 for Windows 2000, but if you still have some systems running the older OS, don't despair. This major geek has collected over 400 hotfixes and combined them into an "unofficial service pack 5" that you can download here:
Microsoft Windows 2000 Unofficial SP5 SR1

Microsoft Windows 2000 Unofficial SP5 combines 403 hotfixes into a single hotfix - fully automated. It's not just a matter of determining file versions, there's much more to it. The interface is very easy to use since it's identical to a normal Windows update setup.

*As always, download and install ALL software and patches at YOUR own risk and don't shoot one of the dogs because one of them has fleas. Just a pre-note for you.

I have not needed to use but thought it might be something that someone out there needs.

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Thursday, October 27, 2005

WinSock Fix Utility

user posted image If your having trouble connecting to the Internet try running the WinSockFix utility to repair your connection:

Winsock Fix Utility

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Sunday, August 21, 2005

Corrupt files in Microsoft Windows

The SFC tool
I have found that you have a built in tool that may be helpful to you. It is called the System File Checker (sfc.exe). This is a great tool for troubleshooting Windows XP problems. So when you suspect that your problem is with Windows XP system files all you have to do is run this tool.

For example, you get a dialog box informing you of a problem with a
.dll file, or your program will just not load anymore. This would be a good time to run the System File Checker and rule out corrupt system files.
To do this:
Go to the Run box on the Start Menu and type in:
sfc /scannow
This command will immediately open the Windows File Protection service and scan all protected files. It will go through all your windows system files and verify their integrity, replacing any files with which it finds a problem. It does not fix anything but your windows system files so don’t be disappointed if your problem is not fixed. It will just mean that it is not you windows system files.
Now in some instances I have had it prompt me for the CD for it has not cached all .dll files on your hard drive or they are missing. And in some instances this may be because the cached files are corrupt.
I like to keep a copy of the I386 folder on my hard drive, why not, they are huge now days. To copy the I386 file to your hard drive you need to find this folder on your Windows CD and do a copy and paste to your C:\ drive. So after it copies the folder to your hard drive the path will be C:\I386.
Now that you have done this you will need to tell your PC that you have the files on your PC and to changed the path for which it looks for presently.
To do this you need to run regedit and go to:
You will see various entries on the right hand side. The one we want is called:
It is probably pointing to your CD-ROM drive, and that is why it is asking for the XP CD. All you need to do is change it to the drive letter you have pasted the I386 file in. Which in this case we have copied it to:
To do this just double click the SourcePatch setting and a new box will pop up allowing you to make your changes.
Now restart your computer and try running the sfc /scannow again!
Remember to backup your registry before making any changes. If you don’t know what you are doing I suggest you let a professional do it.

Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. I cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved but I know that is has worked for me. Use the information provided at your own risk.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2005


People are FURIOUS!
I have to say this will be my longest article yet.
I will give you all I know about this parasite and how to get rid of it.

Aurora, AKA:
• Aurora popups
• Aurora adware
• Abi network
Aurora is adware which is malware. It is an adware parasite, that displays undesirable commercial advertisements using your Internet Explorer web browser. It also tracks & gathers user activity on the Internet & then sends it to a web server. It will also install additional malicious components on your computer. This bugger can then get into the system along with some ad-supported software. It also can be manually installed, but installing it is HIGHLY NOT recommended. Once executed, Aurora creates several files (I have experienced random names) and modifies the registry, so that the threat runs on every Windows startup.

• Shows commercial adverts
• Connects itself to the internet
• Hides from the user
• Stays resident in background
Related files: nail.exe, svcproc.exe, drpmon.dll, iddjhjm.ini
Where did I get this nasty bugger from? You get Aurora from free downloads. As we all know too well, free is the most expensive item you will ever receive. If you must download so called FREE application, make SURE you know what you are getting yourself into.
Who can WE thank for this lovely free gift?
Direct Revenue Launches Aurora
New Ad Client Affords Greater Brand Visibility, More Efficient Distribution
New York, New York – April 26, 2005 – Direct Revenue today announced the launch of its newest ad client, Aurora™.
The Aurora ad client is designed to improve product visibility and consumer services. The roll out of the upgrade to the DR behavioral network began on April 5th by replacing outdated ad clients in an effort to improve consumer awareness. Like other DR ad client brands such as “SolidPeer�, released in September ‘04 and “Ceres� released in November ‘05, the Aurora Ad Client is compliant with the branding and removal standards of all major proposed Federal legislation relating to online contextual ads such as HR 2929.
Direct Revenue, LLC., (2005). Direct revenuedirect revenue launches aurora . Retrieved Aug. 10, 2005, from Direct Revenue Web site:
Removal of Aurora
The first time I came across this little crapper, there where NOOOO, reports or forums and it took me 6hrs to get rid of it. How I did the first time without help is left for Ripley to Believe it or Not. After this I have experienced it differently on 3 other PC’s and it has gotten easier with the help of some great removal tools. All instances where the same pest but with different random names & different ways of removal. I have to say that the last removal tool I uses was fantastic and was painless. I found the nailfix to be the best but there are other ways to remove it you have trouble.
I found that in order to remove this you must be in SAFE MODE and logged in to the local machine as the administrator. It will not work when you are logged into the domain and it took me 3 tries to see the error of my way.
Aurora automatic removal:
As with most virus removals, you should be in SAFE MODE.
>Try this fix first:
>Other Tools that I have used:
>This tool is great for stopping processes.
Advance Process Termination
Windows 2000/XP/2003

Copyright (C) 2003-2004,
Diamond Computer Systems Pty. Ltd.

Aurora manual removal:

Kill processes:
nail.exe, svcproc.exe

Delete registry values:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Shell=explorer.exe %Windir%\nail.exe
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Unregister DLLs:
Start > Run > type CMD & hit enter
change the directory to exact DLL location path for drpmon.dll
regsvr32 /u drpmon.dll

Delete files:
Start > Search > For Files and Folders > More Advanced Options >
Type each file in and hit search, delete them when you find them and don't forget to empty the Recycle Bin when you are done. If an error message appears saying that file is in use and cannot be removed, try to terminate the associated process and then delete the file using the Windows Task Manager (press CTRL + ALT + DEL or CTRL + SHIFT + ESCAPE), in the Process tab select the corresponding process and click End Process. Most processes will restart immediately after you terminate them. If this happens, you will then have to reboot your PC into *SAFE MODE by restarting and hitting the F8 OR F5 key upon reboot.
*In Safe Mode, many system services are disabled and programs do not run automatically on startup. Practically any file can be easily removed, but there are those exceptions.

Files nail.exe, svcproc.exe and iddjhjm.ini are located in
C:\Windows or C:\Winnt.
File drpmon.dll can be found in the default system directory C:\Windows\System, C:\Windows\System32 or C:\Winnt\System32.
Maybe this looks familiar to some of you.
VitalSecurity’s Paperghost says Direct-Revenue is BUSTED again
Cross referenced
Check out what other sites have to say:
Other ways to remove from different postings.
A Browser You Can Trust

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Sunday, June 12, 2005

Virus pits itself against music pirates

The worm, dubbed Nopir.B, spreads over peer-to-peer networks...Read more by following this link.

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Friday, June 10, 2005

Defragging Your Hard drive

Defragmentation, when is the right time?
Some people think that defragging a hard drive is how you fix a PC. This is not true but it is a good thing to do, but not every day. Defragging all the time is not necessary and just puts in wear time on the hard drive.
A hard disk is a mechanical device, so any time the disk heads move there will be some amount of wear and tear. However, the physical effect of defragmenting is minimal. In fact, leaving the disk fragmented will in due course cause more wear and tear.
Let me explain: when a disk is fragmented, the data that makes up one file is split into pieces and stored in different locations on the disk. That's why you’re computer gets slower when you try to access data, as the disk gets fragmented. This means the heads have to make more passes each time they access files, in order to go to all the different places on the disk where the pieces of a file are stored. When you defrag, these file pieces are placed together, so not only is access faster, but the disk doesn't have to work as hard and thus you save wear and tear on the physical components.
Note: This is not the only cause of a slow computer. If you computer is slowing down it is more likely that you have good ol’ spyware running that a defragmented disk.
I recommend running a defrag on your disk once a month. It is best to run a scandisk or what XP now calls an error-check on your disk first. These tools can be run by right clicking on your hard drive and then by clicking properties. You will see both tools here in the tools tab.

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Friday, May 20, 2005

Spring Cleaning

I have not posted in some time as you can see from the extensive gap in time here. I have been so swamped that I have not had time to clean my own office. Now I that I have had a day to breath I thought I would do some spring cleaning on my PC & office. PURGE IS THE WORD.

I have ran every tool & backed up all my files. Ghosted my smaller, failing drive to a new larger drive. Updated things ran cleanup programs from ad ware removal to v-scan and even defragged my registry. In cleaning and updating I found that Microsoft offers a free AntiSpyware tool. You can find this tool at Microsofts Site.

I have been using for a couple weeks now and have not found any glitches so far. So if you should, then you must...Give it a whirl and don't forget to start on spring cleaning your PC. If you can't, or don't know, how call a professional like me.


Best Regards,

Christa Harold
My Computer Girl, Inc.

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