Is this you? Virus...

By RedRevolver
Mar 26, 2008
  1. Yes you have probably heard of it...I was on MSN and casually messaging when suddenly one of my friends sent me a message saying "Is this you?" followed by a smily and a link to my MSN email.

    My computer started acting weird and closed all the chat windows, and MSN no longer responding. I log back on messenger, and I get 3 people asking me what did you send me? And even more people sending my the link again...well I knew now that it was a virus, so I restarted my computer.

    I try to get on my desktop, but as it was loading it made me restart a few more times and then i knew I was screwed. The message no longer showed up but I can no longer load up my desktop settings, only my wallpaper showed.

    I tried system restore, but that didn't work, so I am now running in safe mode...can nay of you guys kindly help me on my situation? I feel pretty stupid now : /
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  3. RedRevolver

    RedRevolver TS Rookie Topic Starter

    You want me to disable everything is msconfig? Like system.ini, win.ini, BOOT.ini, etc?
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Yes I would.
  5. RedRevolver

    RedRevolver TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Did not work. i still get my wallpaper but no ions or anything.
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Check the Shell value for Winlogon in your registry. Under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon should show

    Shell REG_SZ explorer.exe

    Or download this tool:
    This utility checks for the correct GINA value in the Registry and will allow you to restore it, if its incorrect.
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