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Device Manager is not displaying the hardware devices installed on the notebook, its blank

Posted on 2008-10-03
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i had a spy ware attack on boot area of my system and my system got stuck after reboot, with the help of experts exchange professional i removed the spyware by using trend micro HighJakeThis free ware. now after removing some files thr this software my system got cleaned but my network lan connection icon (two blinking monitors) is not displaying on desktop although i am successfully connected thr. DSL as usual, and secondly my Device Manager is not displaying the list of all the installed hardware along with their ports. the Device Manager Page is blank while hardware accessories are working OK, i have also back up of all the drivers of my notebook, kindly suggest me the solution.
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David-Howard earned 45 total points
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You might want to run a Repair operation on your system or at the least use SFC SCANNOW. My bet though is that you'll need a Repair.
For each of the above you will need your XP CD and it takes about fifteen to twenty minutes to complete each operation.
SFC /SCANNOW:
http://www.updatexp.com/scannow-sfc.html
XP Repair:
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
A Repair is not designed to overwrite data but you should take precautions.
David
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by:chops_uk
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do you see anything if you boot into safe mode?
you can retry going into the bios and resetting the pci bus.. other than that it sounds like there's still some corruption so it could be worth inserting the win cd and running a repair installation..
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a system restore can help too, but a fresh install cures all such problems !
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by:knoxzoo
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If you can run gpedit.msc, look for changes made in group policies by the malware.  

The first place to look will be under Computer Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Local Policies, then browse the subfolders here.
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by:rpggamergirl
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If it's not the Plug and Play being turned off check for rootkits. A blank device manager page is also a symptom of some rootkits(apropos rootkit) but I haven't heard of it for a long time but other new nasties may have been the one causing it.
If you also still have clean restore points, then also try that as already suggested.
Let us know if problem persists so we can suggest some scanners.
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by:SheharyaarSaahil
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goto Start>Run>regedit and navigate to the following folder

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum

Right click on the Enum folder and click Permissions
make sure that System is having Full Control.
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Ribndi
I think we've given plenty of good options; I'm sure the answer will be amongst the responses above. As they've not responded, I guess the original poster has abandoned resolution themselves  ;)
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by:nobus
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rindi - i suggested a system restore, so should i not have part of the fun ?
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