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My computers system files were damaged by a virus. Will sfc/scannow replace corrupt files?

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May 14, 2014 4:27:37 PM

My computer doesn't work properly after a virus attack. I can play games, etc, but internet explorer will not connect to the internet or stay open. I can't open control panel, or properly install
software as the application closes or doesn't complete properly. The attack was from malware/virus "Slow pc Fighter". I finally removed it but it was designed to hijack ,terminate and corrupt internet explorer, virus scanners and windows applications that would be used to remove it.
Will sfc/scannow restore my corrupt system files. What is "windows service pack 3 cd". Is that the XP OS installation disk or something else? sfc/scannow asks for this disk to continue. Thank you.

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May 14, 2014 6:13:02 PM

Yes it will... that is the main purpose of SFC /SCANNOW... It replaces corrupt or missing System files.
I doubt those are the exact words (Windows Service Pack 3CD) SFC is asking for.. I've never heard of SFC asking for the Service Pack CD... It must be asking for the Windows XP SP3 OS CD... of the same version as the one installed.
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May 16, 2014 8:49:08 AM

It depends. SFC pulls files from the i386 (cache) directory. If these are infected too, then SFC won't fix it. If SFC asks for the windows CD, then the files will be replaced with the original uninfected version.
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May 16, 2014 2:32:44 PM

Hawkeye22 said:
It depends. SFC pulls files from the i386 (cache) directory. If these are infected too, then SFC won't fix it. If SFC asks for the windows CD, then the files will be replaced with the original uninfected version.

Yeah, I thought it made sense.. it's just that I'd never heard of it and hopped the OP would clear it up..
And I was considering suggesting a SP3 CD in case the OP didn't own a Windows XP CD...

Thanks for pitching in.
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