How can I delete a file which I believe is a virus when I cannot delete in either safe or normal mode in XP media center and I do not have a boot cd
Posted on 2009-02-16
I have been given an XP media center pc by a friend which has a pile of viruses on it. I have erased almost everything, but I am still having issues.
The infection had caused the Administrator access rights to be altered which prevented me from removing certain items from the startup in msconfig and in fact had deleted the msconfig program but I got that back. I think I have fixed the msconfig entries now by running a microsoft tool to recover the default permissions for the Administrator account
I have identified that it had Antivirus 2009 on it and that this was in itself a trojan, so I think that has now gone too as no more pop ups of fake viruses and fake blue screens
PMROPN seemed to be in there and I think this has caused a program folder to be created in program files called PremierOpinion which has a file in it that I cannot remove called pmls.dll as it is always locked. I have tried in safe mode and normal mode and with the Administrator account.
I do not have the XP media center cd and the bloody dvd drive is broken even if I did have it!
I have tried to install the recovery console by copying the i386 folder form the XPSP2 cd but it told me that the XP Pro SP2 cd that I got my hands on was too old fro media center so it offered to go to the microsoft site to download it. It did this and the boot.ini was successfully changed but now when I select the recovery console option it just hangs so perhaps it was not the correct download as it thought I was after the XP Pro SP2
Can you suggest something to help me please