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Ntldr is missing xp fix

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April 16, 2012 7:33:55 PM

Hello,
I can start my pc perfectly ( ??) alright but when I click on 'my computer' on the desk top and my drives list opens I cannot actually open the drives. I merely get an ntdlr.exe is missing notice.
I can open the drives with explore.
I can see an ntldr file( system file it says ). AVG Free has picked up all the ntdlr.exe files that were here as trojans of some sort and quarantined them.
This all only happened 2 days ago and never had the problem earlier.
Any advice please.
Thank you

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April 18, 2012 6:08:42 AM

ChinaRory said:
Hello,
I can start my pc perfectly ( ??) alright but when I click on 'my computer' on the desk top and my drives list opens I cannot actually open the drives. I merely get an ntdlr.exe is missing notice.
I can open the drives with explore.
I can see an ntldr file( system file it says ). AVG Free has picked up all the ntdlr.exe files that were here as trojans of some sort and quarantined them.
This all only happened 2 days ago and never had the problem earlier.
Any advice please.
Thank you


If the "real" ntldr file were missing, you would not be able to startup Windows. It is a hidden file in c: \ (root directory) and does not have .exe file extension - So the quaranteed files by AVG were probably picked up as infections correctly. Right click "My Computer" > Click Manage, then disk management.....Anything look out of place for the drives ?
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April 19, 2012 6:00:47 AM

ChinaRory said:
Hello,
I can start my pc perfectly ( ??) alright but when I click on 'my computer' on the desk top and my drives list opens I cannot actually open the drives. I merely get an ntdlr.exe is missing notice.
I can open the drives with explore.
I can see an ntldr file( system file it says ). AVG Free has picked up all the ntdlr.exe files that were here as trojans of some sort and quarantined them.
This all only happened 2 days ago and never had the problem earlier.
Any advice please.
Thank you


Just download a copy of ntldr from the web (from a reliable source!) or copy it from your installation disk, and paste it to your C:\ drive.
(Open the C: drive and just paste it in.)
I just did this a few weeks ago and it worked great.
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April 19, 2012 6:08:21 AM

Just noticed that you're talking about something called "ntldr.exe".
This sounds like malware blocking your drives from opening.
Stat in safe mode with networking, download and run Superantispyware and Malwarebytes if possible, delete what they find and that should handle it.
If that doesn't work, go to bleepingcomputer.com and see about running Combofix (but read the warnings and directions first!).
You may have to d/l these apps on another computer and then run them from a flash drive on your computer.
Good Luck!
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April 29, 2012 10:20:22 PM

Thank you for both your replies, sunsmasher and ksiemb.
I guess AVG did get it right, My Advanced sytem Care downloaded a whole host of updates from Microsoft and I have not had the problem since. I cant honestly say how I got in that situation in the first place, but was extremely pleased to get your suggestions as both helped me for the future when things go wrong like that.
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