Disinfecting a PC… part 3



Picking up from last time… AVG was failing to install with a peculiar registry error. (Which I didn’t see much reference to online.) OK, so here is another fruit of the online search (so many bugs to identify…)

jawa32.exe is listed as spyware.seekseek in sarc’s database.

OK – let’s see if we can kill of some of these suspects… it’s time for a couple cycles of ctrl-alt-del to remove running processes that look suspect, followed by msconfig – disabling of processes running at boot, reboot, repeat.


That’s a process that’s not always successful, many bugs are pretty quick to relaunch or rewrite entries in the startup areas. Fortunately these were pretty quickly vanquished and I felt like I actually had a foothold of sorts on the system. The failed antivirus install was still troublesome though. Maybe I should scan the registry. (Start, run… )

Try running scanregw
not found
(??)
regedit
not found
(!?!?!?)

Bad sign…

Start browsing… find…
c:windowsregedit.exe_ and c:windowsscanregw.exe_ rename and run – registry scanned and fixed, reboot.

Install AVG – successful. Update AVG from a downloaded update (and burn to disc) and start a full scan. We’re still not connected to the network. At this point in the process we’re still using utilities from discs and copying log files to floppy disc.

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