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Im a web developer running Windows XP. As my 512 memory system was rather slow I thought Id try to clean up. I purchased the product Registry Booster 2 and ran it. Now I can no longer use textpad or localhost for my development work. The localhost URL in the browser does not work.

If I try to view  -
http//localhost/index.aspx, I get  Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage in IIS

If I try to view -
http//localhost/index.aspx with Firefox I get - Firefox can't establish a connection to the server at localhost.

I'm thinking firewall or script blocker of some sort but have removed Norton and Registry Booster 2 and looked for firewalls but no luck.

Please help.Thank you.


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Have you considered reinstalling Registry Booster and resetting the changes it made?  If you were able to access those  pages previously, and then you had a registry cleaner change something and now you can't access something, roll back the changes.  I am sure your registry Booster made backups, correct?  


Hi mtz,
Good idea. Unfortunately I uninstalled the Registry Booster because I was so frustrated. I don't believe I can restore as the new Resigtry Booster "restore" button is disabled. Unless the backup is available independent of RB. But where?



"But where? "  Typically in the program folder, but if the Remove part of that program removed the backups, you are out of luck, I would say.  
You could try using their technical support to see if they have the exact answer.

This may require a repair reinstall of xp.
See http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm for directions on a Repair/Reinstall of Win XP over itself.
Graham N.Group MD

Check for your "hosts" file - it needs to have an entry to point "localhost" to

You will find it as follows:


Then look for a file called "hosts"

Right click and select Open - windows will ask you what program to use, select Notepad.

Now you should see some entries,  and one of them MUST be:     localhost

If the above line is not there, type it in, save the file and close it.

Now open your browser and try http//localhost/index.aspx

Everything should be working again.


Hi graham,     localhost  

is in the "hosts" file. Still not working. I suspect a firewall/block of port 80 but really know nothing about it. I'm still destroyed by Registry Booster 2


Let's give this a shot. Exceptions for Port 80

Also, as  a test, you could try turning off the windows firewall, but I would recommend an exception, once you confirm that it is blocking you.

If that doesn't seem to help, I would like to see a HijackThis Log.
Download and run Hijack This http://www.majorgeeks.com/download3155.html
Copy/paste the log here (As Code Snippet) so we can see it.

Sometimes, "removing" Norton isn't always as straight forward or as easy as it claims.


Hi mtz,

I put in the exceptions for port 80 (HTTP and HTTPS) but no luck.

Thanks for all of your effort. Attached is my Hijack log.

One thing I noticed is that when I check Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Services. I don't see an item named "World Wide Web Publishing." Several web sites have mentioned that it must be there. I reinstalled IIS, at least I think I did, from Windows Componente etc. but still no "World Wide Web Publishing." in the listing of services.

Other thing is I did a ping (ping localhost) and all seemed ok. 4 sent and 4 received, none lost. Sounds good, no?

Also some site mentioned that a spyware program may be blocking access. How would I determine that?

If that's a problem, how do I get it running? Thanks - much appreciation.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 5:42:22 PM, on 1/28/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16574)
Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 3.0\PhotoshopElementsFileAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\AVPersonal\AVWUPSRV.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Spyware Doctor\pctsAuxs.exe
C:\Program Files\Spyware Doctor\pctsSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Musicmatch\Musicmatch Jukebox\mm_tray.exe
C:\Program Files\Spyware Doctor\pctsTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\SlimServer\SlimTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Yahoo! Music Jukebox\ymetray.exe
C:\Program Files\SlimServer\server\slim.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\CCM\Desktop\hijackthis\HijackThis.exe
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = 
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = 
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch = 
O2 - BHO: &Yahoo! Toolbar Helper - {02478D38-C3F9-4efb-9B51-7695ECA05670} - C:\PROGRA~1\Yahoo!\Companion\Installs\cpn\yt.dll
O2 - BHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {5C8B2A36-3DB1-42A4-A3CB-D426709BBFEB} - (no file)
O2 - BHO: SSVHelper Class - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_03\bin\ssv.dll
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar1.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar1.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Yahoo! Toolbar - {EF99BD32-C1FB-11D2-892F-0090271D4F88} - C:\PROGRA~1\Yahoo!\Companion\Installs\cpn\yt.dll
O3 - Toolbar: (no name) - {F4BEC60B-9CEE-4A91-91FB-8DA8DE3CA166} - (no file)
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SynTPEnh] C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MMTray] "C:\Program Files\Musicmatch\Musicmatch Jukebox\mm_tray.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ISTray] "C:\Program Files\Spyware Doctor\pctsTray.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Uniblue RegistryBooster 2] C:\Program Files\Uniblue\RegistryBooster 2\RegistryBooster.exe /S
O4 - Startup: Adobe Gamma.lnk = C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Calibration\Adobe Gamma Loader.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Gamma Loader.lnk = C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Calibration\Adobe Gamma Loader.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Reader Speed Launch.lnk = C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\reader_sl.exe
O4 - Global Startup: SlimServer Tray Tool.lnk = C:\Program Files\SlimServer\SlimTray.exe
O4 - Global Startup: ymetray.lnk = C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Yahoo! Music Jukebox\ymetray.exe
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_03\bin\ssv.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_03\bin\ssv.dll
O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\OFFICE11\REFIEBAR.DLL
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - %windir%\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe (file missing)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @xpsp3res.dll,-20001 - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - %windir%\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe (file missing)
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O11 - Options group: [INTERNATIONAL] International*
O16 - DPF: {01113300-3E00-11D2-8470-0060089874ED} (Support.com Configuration Class) - https://activatemydsl.verizon.net/sdcCommon/download/DSL/tgctlcm.cab
O16 - DPF: {30528230-99f7-4bb4-88d8-fa1d4f56a2ab} (YInstStarter Class) - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Common\yinsthelper.dll
O16 - DPF: {6414512B-B978-451D-A0D8-FCFDF33E833C} (WUWebControl Class) - http://update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate/v6/V5Controls/en/x86/client/wuweb_site.cab?1180411166859
O16 - DPF: {6A344D34-5231-452A-8A57-D064AC9B7862} (Symantec Download Manager) - https://webdl.symantec.com/activex/symdlmgr.cab
O16 - DPF: {6E32070A-766D-4EE6-879C-DC1FA91D2FC3} (MUWebControl Class) - http://update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate/v6/V5Controls/en/x86/client/muweb_site.cab?1129776073343
O18 - Protocol: ms-help - {314111C7-A502-11D2-BBCA-00C04F8EC294} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Help\hxds.dll
O20 - Winlogon Notify: igfxcui - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\igfxsrvc.dll
O20 - Winlogon Notify: WgaLogon - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\WgaLogon.dll
O21 - SSODL: WPDShServiceObj - {AAA288BA-9A4C-45B0-95D7-94D524869DB5} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\WPDShServiceObj.dll
O23 - Service: Adobe LM Service - Adobe Systems - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe Systems Shared\Service\Adobelmsvc.exe
O23 - Service: Adobe Active File Monitor (AdobeActiveFileMonitor) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 3.0\PhotoshopElementsFileAgent.exe
O23 - Service: ASP.NET State Service (aspnet_state) - Unknown owner - C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_state.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: AntiVir Update (AVWUpSrv) - H+BEDV Datentechnik GmbH, Germany - C:\Program Files\AVPersonal\AVWUPSRV.EXE
O23 - Service: InstallDriver Table Manager (IDriverT) - Macrovision Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\11\Intel 32\IDriverT.exe
O23 - Service: iPod Service - Apple Inc. - C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
O23 - Service: LexBce Server (LexBceS) - Lexmark International, Inc. - C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXBCES.EXE
O23 - Service: PC Tools Auxiliary Service (sdAuxService) - PC Tools - C:\Program Files\Spyware Doctor\pctsAuxs.exe
O23 - Service: PC Tools Security Service (sdCoreService) - PC Tools - C:\Program Files\Spyware Doctor\pctsSvc.exe
O23 - Service: SlimServerMySQL - Unknown owner - C:\PROGRA~1\SLIMSE~1\server\Bin\MSWIN3~1\mysqld.exe
O23 - Service: SlimServer (slimsvc) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\SlimServer\server\slim.exe

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Hmm, OK  the only thing that jumps out at me is this one.
O16 - DPF: {6A344D34-5231-452A-8A57-D064AC9B7862} (Symantec Download Manager) - https://webdl.symantec.com/activex/symdlmgr.cab
If you are not using Symantec anymore, you can have Hijackthis fix it.

Oh also have it fix this one.
O3 - Toolbar: (no name) - {F4BEC60B-9CEE-4A91-91FB-8DA8DE3CA166} - (no file)
According to http://www.castlecops.com/tk39467-hdtip_dll.html that GUID is related to a smitfraud attempt. Have you cleaned this machine of anything lately?

I don't use Spyware Doctor, but does it have any Blocking of local pages or Blocking of Scripts? So check it's settings or Preferences.

Let's also run you through this page regarding Firefox.


Hi mtz,
Tried all suggestions (Hijack fixes etc.). Still no luck. I'll keep trying, but more and more it looks like this pc is done for.
I guess that Registry Booster didn't know this would happen to ASP developers. Certainly a stern warning seems called for.
Very frustrated.
Regardless, thanking you.


You could try a repair/reinstall of XP.
See http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm for directions on a Repair/Reinstall of Win XP over itself.
Graham N.Group MD

The reason your ASPX pages are not appearing is that IIS is not running on your PC. It seems that it has been disabled by the Registry fix that you use.

You said that you re-installed IIS but neither it nor any of its component parts are listed among the running services in your HijackThis log.

Unfortunately, a repair-install as suggested above, will not fix some the situation you have in terms of "re-installing disabled services" - nor will it remove any remenants of programs you think you have uninstalled.

Your first step should be to disconnect your PC from the internet, uninstall every piece of Anti-Spyware, Anti Virus and non-Microsoft Firewall software. Then reboot (by that I mean completely switch it off) and then turn on the Microsoft Firewall. Then go to the Add/Remove Programs tab in Control Panel, select Add/Change Windows Components and select IIS again to make sure that you have indeed installed all of its component parts. After that you will need to configure IIS to run your ASP scripts, but even before that you should be able to type "http://localhost/" and nothing else in to your browser to confirm IIS is indeed running.

With that established you can decide to either reformat and reinstall from scratch your XP is IIS did not work  - or if it did work then re-install some Anti Virus software beofe reconnecting to the Internet.


I tried everything suggested and am grateful, but still no luck. Only difference is that now I see that the WebClient service is running. Not sure what that is. Still no "World Wide Web Publishing" is listed in the services. Isn't that necessary?
Still get error messages in both IE and Firefox. I'd reinstall XP (i'll check instructions at http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm ). Thing is, I have no disk, it was installed when I bought the pc.

New pc may be the answer.

Graham N.Group MD

Without doubt your problem appears to be related to IIS and that its not running!

It could be that the service is listed but not enabled. Go to Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Services.

Look through the list of services (they are sorted normally) and look for IIS Admin and WWW Publishing - they should be "started" and set to "automatic".

If niether of these is listed then it is likely that they have not installed correctly. This could be because the executables have been deleted from your hard disk.

You can not do a repair install if you do not have a) the original product key for XP and b) an XP Professional disk. Which brings me to another question - you are running XP Professional aren't you? IIS is only available with XP Pro - not Home Edition.

Buying a new PC will only help if it has XP Professional (or a version of Server 20030 running on it so that you can easily set-up IIS.


Hi Graham,

I am running XP Pro. But IIS Admin and WWW Publishing are definitely not listed in the Services and they are obviously not "started" or "automatic". XP Pro was either installed when I bought the pc or came from the site license at work. Either way it's no longer available (I've retired).

I'm trying to get a legit copy to reinstall from the employer. Will keep you informed.

Does Registry Booster know that this happens when it is applied? They should warn ASP developers. Of course I should not have deleted RB in anger, and thus wiped out the restore capability. Foolish me, I thought uninstall would resolve it.

On any new pc, I'll get XP Pro or Vista.

thanks again.

Graham N.Group MD

Using any form of program that plays with the registry is not really a good idea - no matter who produces it. Once the registry is screwed it can be a real pain trying to get it back to the way it was. Unfortunately this sort of problem is quite common.

Back to the problem at hand. Even though you don't have the XP disk with you, there are still some options open to you. First you need to get your XP Product Key (there should be a sticker on your PC with the key for XP Pro) if not then you need to download and run the "Belarc Adviser" (http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html) this will list the Product Keys for all the software installed on your PC - including XP Pro. The product keys are listed about half way down the resulting page after you run the Belarc Adviser.

Now with your product key safely written down, your next step would be to get your hands on an XP Professional Disk.  Even if you don't have one, a local computer store should have one that for a small price they may either let you borrow (doubtful) or at least use in their store. Now be careful here, you could buy a brand new OEM license for XP Pro for around US$ 100 - US$ 130 (no sure where you are located so used US$ as example) from either a local dealer or reputable online shop (be careful using online shops!) and if you have the product key you would only need to buy a "restore XP disk" (for an example of XP availability http://www.trustprice.com/parts-sc_id-886.html)

Bear in mind, however, your original problem was related to speed of your PC (512MB of RAM) - so if you are going to visit your local computer store it would benefit you to also but some more memory for your PC (at least another 512MB) which will make a significant difference to the speed - far more so than any "software" tweaks will ever be able to achieve.

If this all fails and you end up buying a new PC you will find it difficult to get anything at the budget end that comes with XP Professional - most PC's come bundled with Vista these days. Personally I have not tried enabling IIS on Vista (and wouldn't really want to try!) but I do know that will need at least "Vista Business Edition" - so do not buy a PC with any of the lower end "Home" or "Home Premium" editions of Vista. A useful article explaining the differences and how to get IIS running on Vista is http://www.iis.net/articles/view.aspx/IIS7/Deploy-an-IIS7-Server/Installing-IIS7/IIS7-Features-and-Windows-Vista-Editions

Whatever you end up doing - remember - you need memory(RAM) - the more the better. Running server applications (like IIS) use up memory, so trying to run them as well as normal day to day applications and develper tools on the same box requires at the very minimum 1GB of RAM - and I would recommend at least 2GB. If you are going down the Vista route then double that.


That was a wealth of info. Some of it I was aware of, but much was/is vital and unknown to me - namely Belarc (It's a wonderful tool, I ran it, it was easy and provided great info, thanks for that), also the deal about Vista. I asked a store clerk about what I refered to as Vista Pro. He told me that there was but one Vista now - "Home Premium" and that was what  I needed. I was unaware of the "Vista Business Edition."

I do know that I need more memory, but was not aware of the ways I could possibly restore XP, now that I have the product key etc. All of that I think is invaluable to me.

Since this disaster, if I ever recover, I will feel a major accomplishment and I will have only gotten back to where I once was.  Regardless, I owe much appreciation to you (and others) for responding. I'm off to computer store now. Thank you, thank you.


You can order Win XP Pro from the business section of Dell, if you want it.


Thanks to all. I found my XP Pro disk from my employer (since retired) and re-installed. After much heartache I finally go localhost working again. Again, many thanks. Of course with the re-install many drivers were lost or overwritten or something. Various features did not work (mouse touchpad, sound etc.) Only sound remains disabled now, but I can almost live without it after all we've been through.
Did I say thank you?


Did you do the repair/reinstall or did you do a full install?  You should be able to find the drivers you require from the manufactures website.

If you have the make and model number, we should be able to find them very quickly, if a name brand system of course.


Seriously, I cannot say enough about your help. Yes I did as you suggested, went to the Gateway website and downloaded the drivers. I wasn't sure if I need all drivers(still don't know), but as sound, touchpad, graphic (fuzzy) were not working, I took those three. They have others there, like motherboard etc, but as my laptop is functioning now I'm hesitant to "fix what's not broken."  I actually thought of going to the Gateway site previously and in fact did so, but the first driver download did nothing (who knows why, maybe it was the wrong one) and I gave up. Then I read one horror story after another on the internet, and figured I was doomed. Your advice encouraged me to try again.
Should I get all of the other drivers - modem - media - motherboard - network (I think I fixed this by buying a new $60 wireless card which works but probably wasn't needed if I got the driver). Oh well. Thanks again.
Graham N.Group MD

Like you, I am great believer in "don't fix what's not broken".

If you have everything working leave it as it is.


There was not a single answer to this problem (Registry enhance software disabling various XP Pro features). But it was stated early on that a reinstall of XP Pro might be required, which I did and then faced more disabled features. With your help, I got it all going again. Great job.

Thanks, but in my opinion, grahamnonweiler helped quite a bit here as well.  It wouldn't bother me in the least if you would like to do a split between us of points.   See http://www.experts-exchange.com/help.jsp#hi100 regarding splits and if you agree and would like to, just hit the Report Abuse button which will grab the attention of the moderators and they can reopen your question.

If not, I'll take them. But glad it's working either way.

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