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Since i've gotten back to school, every time my computer starts up my C:\windows\system 32 folder opens. I found some application that was installing golden casino in there and deleted it today, thinking that that was opening the folder on startup, but it still opens. Anyone ever heard of this?

haha, this is in hardware, sorry

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I moved it to OS,

Look in your registry.

HKEY LOCAL MACHINE

-->SOFTWARE

-->MICROSOFT

-->WINDOWS

-->CURRENT VERSION

-----> Look under the RUN, and RUN Once... etc for anything that looks fishy..

disclaimer:

remember editing your registry is dangerous.. don't screw anything up... we aren't responsible

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You should go to your Add/Remove programs item in Control Panel and see if any software you know you didnt install is listed there (but use discretion, some maybe system related) and remove it, then run a good spyware utility like adaware or others.

Also check your Start Menu - Programs - Startup, there shouldn't be anything in there except for stuff you need.

Run a full system and memory virus scan in SAFE MODE.

Go into Internet Explorer - Tools - Internet Options - Advanced and uncheck the two entries labeled "Enable install on demand ..."

That should get you off to a good start along with what Bruce said.

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When all else fails

Format C: /q /s

***disclaimer:

remember turning on your computer, Letting it boot, Using advice you found online and editing your hard drive... is dangerous... you will screw everything up... I am responsible... but not for your stupid actions... *** HEHE :P

But for real tho dont do that unless you want your HDD cleared out. No COMING BACK FROM THAT ONE.

Remeber BACKUP.... BACKUP... BACKUP..

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RdMaxx,Dec 4 2003, 02:22 PM] When all else fails

Format C: /q /s

***disclaimer:

remember turning on your computer, Letting it boot, Using advice you found online and editing your hard drive... is dangerous... you will screw everything up... I am responsible... but not for your stupid actions... *** HEHE  :P

But for real tho dont do that unless you want your HDD cleared out.  No COMING BACK FROM THAT ONE.

Remeber BACKUP.... BACKUP... BACKUP..

in windows XP that doesn't work. the drive should be locked. At least it should be. use a dos boot disk then do that command. ;):D

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If it is an NTFS partition even a DOS boot disk won't format the drive. You would have to boot up with the DOS bootdisk, and then type the fdisk from the A: prompt. Then go in and delete all non dos partitions. Unless I missed something earlier this is probably what you will have to do. Of course this will delete everything, so as mentioned above don't do this without backing up. Once you have deleted the non dos partitions you can boot up to the Windows XP cdrom and reinstall windows. Personally before doing all of this I would boot up to the Windows XP crdom and you should be able to repair the current install of windows. This doesn't always work but if it does it can save a lot of time.

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in windows XP that doesn't work. the drive should be locked. At least it should be. use a dos boot disk then do that command. ;):D

Thx junior I have not had any run in with XP or 2K yet not something in my mainstream at this time... hehe

But most of the time I use a boot disk when Formating... Somthing bout cuting off the legs I am standing on just seem like a bad idea hehe...

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1HellUVAShot,Dec 5 2003, 04:36 AM] If it is an NTFS partition even a DOS boot disk won't format the drive. You would have to boot up with the DOS bootdisk, and then type the fdisk from the A: prompt. Then go in and delete all non dos partitions. Unless I missed something earlier this is probably what you will have to do. Of course this will delete everything, so as mentioned above don't do this without backing up. Once you have deleted the non dos partitions you can boot up to the Windows XP cdrom and reinstall windows. Personally before doing all of this I would boot up to the Windows XP crdom and you should be able to repair the current install of windows. This doesn't always work but if it does it can save a lot of time.

HRM... i thought I had seen and NTFS dos disk... HRM where was that...

I dont think this is the one I had to use a while back but it would prob. work

NTFS Dos

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1HellUVAShot,Dec 5 2003, 05:36 AM] If it is an NTFS partition even a DOS boot disk won't format the drive. You would have to boot up with the DOS bootdisk, and then type the fdisk from the A: prompt. Then go in and delete all non dos partitions. Unless I missed something earlier this is probably what you will have to do. Of course this will delete everything, so as mentioned above don't do this without backing up. Once you have deleted the non dos partitions you can boot up to the Windows XP cdrom and reinstall windows. Personally before doing all of this I would boot up to the Windows XP crdom and you should be able to repair the current install of windows. This doesn't always work but if it does it can save a lot of time.

don't even need the boot disk. WinXP has it's own partitioning software, nowhere near linux's. But it gets the job done.

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RdMaxx,Dec 5 2003, 10:33 AM]

HRM... i thought I had seen and NTFS dos disk... HRM where was that...

I dont think this is the one I had to use a while back but it would prob. work

NTFS Dos

they do have a Boot disk that allows you to use NTFS partitions in DOS. But ya gotta pay for the good ones. Or Use a Linux disk. ;)

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