Msconfig and windows update errors

By rege02
Apr 11, 2008
  1. When I run msconfig, nothing happens. The task manager says it's running, but it's not there. Also, microsoft update hangs. I've run virus scans several times, and AVG pro says I don't have any infections. Any ideas?

  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,268   +92

  3. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    Thank you Zenosincks- this duplicate is only half-hour later and nothing new!
  4. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

    You are probably infected, there is an infection going around right now that disables task manager, control panel, regedit, or msconfig. Or any combo of them. It makes a change to a few registry values. Run these 2 scans and attach the logs, it should be pretty obvious where the change is for whoever checks them

    Highjackthis Instructions
    • Make sure you have the LATEST version of HJT (currently v2.0.0.2) it can be downloaded from HERE
    • Run the HijackThis Installer and it will automatically place HJT in C:\Program Files\TrendMicro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe. Please don't change the directory.
    • After installing, the program launches automatically, select Scan now and save a log
    • After the scan is complete please attach your log onto the forums using the paper clip icon above your reply.

    • Download Combofix to your desktop.
    • Double click combofix.exe & follow the prompts.
    • A window will open with a warning.
    • When the scan completes it will open a text window. Please attach that log back here together with a fresh HJT log.
    Caution - do not touch your mouse/keyboard until the scan has completed. The scan will temporarily disable your desktop, and if interrupted may leave your desktop disabled. If this occurs, please reboot to restore the desktop. Combofix is a very powerful tool so please do NOT do anything without instruction

    Combofix will automatically save the log file to C:\combofix.txt
  5. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    I bring you this from another forum, posted by an experienced user. You may want to follow the malware cleaning set up here, but you need to do a couple of things first:

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