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Suspected Hack

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My Computer was running painfully slow so I performed the 5 step process you recommend. My computer is running faster but I am still a bit paranoid about being hacked. I was messing around with a program called FileZila as I wanted to create a server for a friend to transfer files to via the internet. Quite stupidly I closed Windows Firewall while I was doing this and I think someone hacked into my computer. Strange file folders began appearing in a folder I had created for the server and they could not be deleted. They have since disappeared. but there are some folders on one of my drives that I don't remember being there before. I have submitted My Hyjackthis log to the Hyjackthis help forum and they helped me clear up some issues but in the process it was discovered that my regedit.exe missing. I was directed by the Hyjackthis help people to look for it in another directory and install it the Windows directory. I did and regedit does not open and I get a warning:

"Windows File Protection"

Files that are required for Windows to run properly have been replaced by unrecognized versions. To maintain system stability, Windows must restore the origonal versions of these files.

Insert you Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 CD now

The Hyjackthis help guy directed me to this help forum.

Anyway..... I hope is helpfull information. Thank you so much!
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G'day Steve,

What the message means is that some of the Windows® core files have been damaged; this is possibly from the malware issues that you had.

To rectify this, do this... (you will need your original Windows® XP Disc)...

Insert your Windows® XP CD in the Drive (Hold down the Shift key to prevent it from running); then Go Start > the Command Box type this sfc /scannow. (Please note the space between the c and /.)
This will activate the Windows® System File Checker sfc, which will scan all the original system core files and check that they are all in their right places, and if not replace them from your CD.
Please do not do any other work on your computer whilst this process is running; also disable any scheduled anti-virus scans until the sfc has finished.
It usually takes about 35 - 55 minutes to may be asked to insert your Windows® disc (which is already in the Drive); so just hit retry and let the SFC do its thing.
Once completed, remove the CD and reboot the computer; all should be 'normal' after the reboot.
Post back with the results and any other queries/concerns.

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Window Xp Service Pack 2 Disc

Hello Dave,

First I want to thank you for your help!

I ran the scannow and all was well until about three quarters the way through. I got the following message:

Windows File Protection​

Files that are required to run windows properly have been replaced by unrecognized versions. To maintain stability, windows must restore the original versions of these files.
Insert your Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 CD Now​

The problem is I dont have a service pack 2 CD. I canceled out of the message and the scan continued on its merry way with no other problems.

Thanks again for your help!

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Hi Steve,

There are a number of tips and tricks about slipstreaming SP2 in the forums; perhaps it might be an idea to try it some time.

I'm glad that its sorted anyway.

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