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Copy or Move svchost.exe file using CMD?

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August 18, 2013 7:35:16 PM

Some background:
I recently ran into a problem trying to freshen up an old desktop PC that wasn't being used by our office due to slow performance and some malware. The computer wouldn't even load the OS unless in safemode. The machine is a Dell running Windows XP SP3

I cleaned out the internals using an air compressor and the computer's performance was fully restored. Next came the disk cleanup, defrag, and ran CCleaner just to wrap it up. I ran AVG Free AV but it was not able to delete some of the bugs. Here's my problem now:
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Somehow svchost.exe came up as infected and is now gone from the system32 folder and is in the desktop. I cannot copy and paste NOR click and drag the file back into the system32 file.

Windows XP is now not working correctly, even the task bar has dissapeared and wont show up even when toggling the window key. Safemode does nothing.

I need to somehow copy the svchost.exe file from its current location - the desktop, back to the system 32 file.

I have tried numerous tutorials but they all come back with an error. Can someone provide me with a template or the actual line i need to type out to move or copy the file back in place?

Thanks

Note- svchost.exe file location is c:\documents and settings\OWNER\desktop\temptroj\svchost.exe

I want it to go back to c:\windows\system32
August 18, 2013 7:46:29 PM

The best advice? Completely format the hard drive and start fresh. You'll spend more time cleaning out that PC than it would take to actually reinstall the OS and applications.

I'm also willing to bet that the svchost.exe file you're seeing isn't the actual svchost.exe that Windows uses and is just the core of some nasty malware. Get a bootable malware removal program and run that, if it gets the malware you'll be good to go. If not, try another.
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August 18, 2013 8:09:28 PM

adioogt said:
Some background:
I recently ran into a problem trying to freshen up an old desktop PC that wasn't being used by our office due to slow performance and some malware. The computer wouldn't even load the OS unless in safemode. The machine is a Dell running Windows XP SP3

I cleaned out the internals using an air compressor and the computer's performance was fully restored. Next came the disk cleanup, defrag, and ran CCleaner just to wrap it up. I ran AVG Free AV but it was not able to delete some of the bugs. Here's my problem now:
------------------------------------

Somehow svchost.exe came up as infected and is now gone from the system32 folder and is in the desktop. I cannot copy and paste NOR click and drag the file back into the system32 file.

Windows XP is now not working correctly, even the task bar has dissapeared and wont show up even when toggling the window key. Safemode does nothing.

I need to somehow copy the svchost.exe file from its current location - the desktop, back to the system 32 file.

I have tried numerous tutorials but they all come back with an error. Can someone provide me with a template or the actual line i need to type out to move or copy the file back in place?

Thanks

Note- svchost.exe file location is c:\documents and settings\OWNER\desktop\temptroj\svchost.exe

I want it to go back to c:\windows\system32


If it's not being used and there's no critical data on it, just wipe it and reinstall the OS. It'll be faster, trust me.
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August 19, 2013 7:23:40 AM

I would have to reconfigure all the network and peripheral settings but I guess this is the best approach.

Okay so whatever IT guy in the past setup this computer taped the official product key on the side of the tower, but of course there isn't any CD which I can boot from.

How would I go about reinstalling XP? Is there a free download software somewhere?
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August 19, 2013 8:33:46 AM

adioogt said:
I would have to reconfigure all the network and peripheral settings but I guess this is the best approach.

Okay so whatever IT guy in the past setup this computer taped the official product key on the side of the tower, but of course there isn't any CD which I can boot from.

How would I go about reinstalling XP? Is there a free download software somewhere?


Microsoft usually makes the OEM installation CDs/DVDs available online. Take a look around.
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