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Black screen of death (Vista) following MBAM scan

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Over the weekend, I was infected with a virus which uses a Java backdoor to install itself. I ran Rkill.exe to kill it and then MBAM full scan to remove it.

MBAM found about 25 infected objects, a mixture of things in temp files, registry problems, etc etc. I did as it told me and was instructed to do a reboot in order to finish the cleaning process.

It was after this that I got the Black Screen of Death on bootup, followed by a motherboard beep and a reboot. I did a system restore in the recovery console and this allowed me to boot to the Black SOD and keep it stable. Explorer.exe doesn't and won't run, but I can use task manager and launch software through it, etc.

I have checked the registry and the key for Shell is explorer.exe when I access it from within Windows, but cmd.exe/k start cmd/exe when I access it from the recovery console :S

It seems that the Black SOD after an MBAM scan is a known issue with some Vista systems, and I would be very grateful if I could get some support with sorting it (because the only other option atm is to reinstall Vista and format my pc :S)

Thanks very much in advance,


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Hello and :)

More than likely this was caused due to that malware and the way it was hooked to the system. You will have to seek assistance from the experts, and you can do it by .....

Please read the following so that you can begin the cleaning process:

As we don't deal with malware removal in the General Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Forum, you need to start a topic in the Malware Removal forum so a qualified helper can help you fix any malware related problems/infections you may have.

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