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How do I correct on a Windows 2003 server box, a problem with SVCHOST.EXE termination immediately when the splash disappears on boot?

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Last time my server went down.   I had to shut it down hard.  When it came up, immediately after the splash screen disappears and the "Preparing Network Connections" comes up.
SVCHOST.EXE - APPLICATION ERROR.  It will do this numerous times ( like for every service ).
It will finally let me log in, but 75% of my services will not load and it I try to load them, they give me the same SVCHOST error. Is SVCHOST corrupted, and if so why do some load and some don't?
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by:Rodney Barnhardt
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Have you tried booting it without the network cable connected? Can the system boot fine in safe mode?
Check the event viewer for errors and see if they match any shown here:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/910666
 
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by:mrcoolbreeze
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WIll try the network cable now.
No it hasn't booted into safemode. It throws the EXACT same error in safe mode.
Event viewer won't even let me read anything, nor will services.
I found that odd, but aren't they dependent on another service?
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I just double checked, and the event log does not have any dependencies.
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by:mrcoolbreeze
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So that would tend to make me believe viral?
Scanning it now outside the system.
I had already ran a WELCH (maybe WELSH) fix on it already since that tends to infect SVCHOST.
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Finally got this system back up.
I had to replace SVCHOST.EXE with another copy from 2003 Server CD.
Nothing else worked.
Ran a couple of virus scans, found a root kit and some a GMAIL.SYS trojan.
But the final fix was replacing SVCHOST.EXE
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