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Wow. I am out of words. After 4 hours of digging all over my computer and every possible file and registry I found a file called "Windows..bat" with 2 dots which apparently after I opened it with notepad had this code in
@echo off
start /i /min /abovenormal cmd /q /c "C:\\windows.bat"

I still don't know HOW this file was being loaded on startup but I deleted it and everything is fine. I am actually really puzzled by this. How and WHY in earth would there be such as .. guffy file...


I do have a friend who is big on pranks tho, I wouldn't abandon this idea yet.


I just want to tank each and every one of you for providing possible solutions.

Muchas gracias
    
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Yeah, sounds like a buddy of yours might have been farting around. What I'd do if I were you is do the clean install one more time, use Black Viper's Services List to tell you what to safely disable, then after you've got your base XP install set up exactly as you like it, use a thing like Deep Freeze or another hard drive imager to save off a copy somewhere. Then if your buddy starts messing about again, you can just replace the old image.
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Wow. I am out of words. After 4 hours of digging all over my computer and every possible file and registry I found a file called "Windows..bat" with 2 dots which apparently after I opened it with notepad had this code in
@echo off
start /i /min /abovenormal cmd /q /c "C:\\windows.bat"

I still don't know HOW this file was being loaded on startup but I deleted it and everything is fine. I am actually really puzzled by this. How and WHY in earth would there be such as .. guffy file...


I do have a friend who is big on pranks tho, I wouldn't abandon this idea yet.


I just want to tank each and every one of you for providing possible solutions.

Muchas gracias
Glad you finally found it! Thanks for copying that code here, I'm gonna inspect it a bit and use this as a chance to brush up on my batch file programming. It's been a while and I feel rusty.

If you find out it was a friend of yours who put it on there, let us know. I'm sure more than just myself would be willing to help you exact some really epic revenge.
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Ahh, haha. Yeah someone must have been messing around with you. That looks like one of those "viruses" you can make with a batch file that keeps calling itself to run in a loop and loading a command prompt over and over. Haven't seen that in along time.
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Thanks for telling us the solution! What folder was the script in? If it wasn't in a startup folder then something was calling to it!
Edited by Sarec - 4/6/11 at 12:01am
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I don't see what it would do really. All it does is start a file located in C:\\ called Windows.bat, which doesn't exist in Windows XP, at an abovernormal priority. If it was a prank maybe your friend is programming another batch file to plant in your computer later.
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