command prompt opens for a split second

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by Guest, Aug 19, 2005.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I have just eliminated two viruses from my daughter's computer. She is
    running Windows XP with service pack 1. I can't access the Internet even tho
    my wireless netowork icon says the connection strength is 'excellent.' To
    try and address the network issue, I went to START -> run -> cmd, and the
    black screen flashes on for about 2 seconds, then disappears.

    I read earlier messages about this problem and tried the "cmd /k netstart"
    with no success, then ran a search, found two cmd.exes, but neither one opens
    for more than a split second. In command prompt properties, the target reads
    "%systemroot%\system32\cmd.exe" and I changed the start line to "C:|" Still
    split-second black screen.

    Any suggestions on what to try next? I can, by the way, open the command
    prompt in safe mode.
    Guest, Aug 19, 2005
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  2. You can run a free online antivirus check at Trendmicro

    Also at Trendmicro you can download and run their SYSCLEAN package.

    See PA Bear's notes on Sysclean from TrendMicro.
    Scanning with SYSCLEAN Robear's way­?t=10610

    Run Sysclean in Safe mode. Also in Safe mode, I'd suggest running XP's System File Checker.
    Place your XP CD in the CDROM drive. (If setup pops-up just close (exit) that window).
    From XP menus, select "Command Prompt". (or from Run menu, type
    CMD <enter>

    in the command prompt window type
    SFC /SCANNOW <enter>

    That would get System File Checker running, and recheck your versions of Windows system files
    Maurice N ~ MVP, Aug 21, 2005
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  3. P.S. Until normal mode of XP is fully normal, you can use "SAFE mode with Networking" to access the internet.
    As the pc is first booting up, tap & repeat tapping the F8 Function key --- to get selective bootup choices.
    Select Safe Mode with Networking.
    Maurice N ~ MVP, Aug 21, 2005
  4. Guest

    atec Guest
    use the free version , also works with xp64
    excellent product
    atec, Aug 21, 2005
  5. Guest

    Guest Guest


    Well, that didn't work. I went to Trendmirco and tried to download the
    virus scan, only to get a message that said it couldn't update because of
    "busy server or bad network traffic." Then IE shut itself down. I tried three
    times -- no luck

    So I read what PA Bear had to say and went to syclean. com -- all I got were
    a bunch of ad pop-ups and re-drections to other web sites. Nowhere could I
    find microtrend sysclean.

    I can't open the command prompt, so I couldn't run the system file checker.
    Any other suggestions? Now, both task manager AND command prompt won't open.
    Guest, Aug 21, 2005
  6. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I'll give avast a try. Thanks.
    Guest, Aug 21, 2005
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