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Fighting through troublesome malware

I have a Windows XP Pro and a virus or malicious file has my computer locked up to where Windows will not open: "access denied to object...". I don't mind paying for a program to fix this but I would like to download it to one computer and then load it on the disabled one.
This can be a tough one. I recommend going through my Malware Removal Handbook for ideas. The bottom line is that you'll need a tool like Winternals ERD Commander that I mention.

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This was first published in August 2006

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