XP logs on then logs off
Posted on 2009-02-20
I have been having some major issues as of late, and I'm hoping someone here can help me. I get alot of computers in with viruses. I usually have a process I go through that gets the virus removed about 90% of the time. I understand that sometimes viruses are too far gone and you must reformat. Lately, I have been having an issue that causes me to reformat every PC and this is time consuming.
When I get a PC in, one of the first programs I run is Combofix. This works great on most PC's, but not as of late. I run combofix, and then after I restart the PC, I'm in a world of hurt. It seems as if Combofix has magically deleted a little thing called userinit.exe. This results in me going through an endless loop of "logging on, logging off". I have tried a windows repair. I have tried to boot to recovery console. I have tried to change registry settings. Nothing has worked, so I was forced to backup all user data, reinstall the PC, and then set all of there settings back up. When i;m dealing with 7 PC's at one time, this is very stressful, and some data is bound to get lost/deleted.
If you have had this problem, or have some ideas, I would really appreciate it. This virus is starting to get the best of me, and we can't have that!