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I downloaded a good registry backup and restore program Eergency Recovery Utility NT, (setup filename = ERUNT-setup), by Lars Hederer, that claims to copy ALL the registry fles, (some are not copied by Windows System Restore).
This program is installed in C:\Windows\ERUNT
The saved registry fles are located at C:\Windows\ERDNT\ Each set of saved registry files is in a folder for this particular backup that contains these files and a program to copy them back to the Windows Registry.
I made a shortcut to the ERDNT folder on my desktop. This allows me to see all my registry backups, and choose the one I want to copy back to the registry.
I think I got it From CNET http://download.cnet.com/windows/3055-2094_4-10448775.html?tag=pdl-redir
This has saved me several times, when viruses have messed up my registry.
I cleaned my registry about 5 times (from fake anti virus applications, they want me to buy).
I learned too late that I could run "Hijack This" which showed me that a program was running at each boot time, that accesses a class ID for IE in the registry, so that IE connects and downloads an executable file that gives the virus maker access to my system.
I think the executable filename of the offending file is ax.exe, (which is I think also a filename that is used by a good application)
Running ax.exe installed a virus that I couldn't beat, so I removed my drive and bought a new identical WD 500 GB serial drive and re-installed windows XP full Home Edition.
I want to use my original 500 GB drive as a 2nd drive to access my old files, but if I do this,I am afraid that the virus might somehow be able to infect my new drive.
I think that I got the virus from the Science Daily website? (sciencedaily. com) So, I have not visited this site again on this computer.
I also have an Ubuntu Linux system, that can go to this website without catching a virus from the sciencedaily site,(but I am not a good linux comand line programmer).
I want to create an Ubuntu boot disk. My Ubuntu system automatically installs each new version of Ubuntu, but I don't think a downloaded install disk will run on my Windows system, I think it will only install ubuntu?
when i get to the Recovery console, my keyboard no longer communications to the pc...so I try and select R or enter or ANYTHING, but it doesn't work....ugh
forget mybootdisk.com stick to the one mentioned here even that is a bit complicated.
with mybootdisk you need to download it to 6 floppies i think i don't even have a floppy drive
i'm looking for something i can stick on an external drive
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