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Want to Do a Restore

Machine seems to have numerous virus's and is preventing me from going to the internet, opening the control panel, System Tools Restore and ect...

Ist there a press F8 or Fsomething to do a restore from a hidden restore partition on these machines from boot up?

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Try Doing A Safe Boot. What You Want To Do Is Press And Hold The Power Button Till It Shuts Off. This Should Cause Your Computer To Give The Option To Safe Boot On Start Up. Hope This Helps You. Also Just For Wonder Why Cant You Access The Start Menu?

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Try starting your computer in safe mode and do a virus scan once in safe mode. While in safe mode Windows only loads the basic devices to run your computer and usually viruses are not loaded untill windows starts in regular mode. Don't panic once you are in safe mode and your screen looks all grainy, this is normal. 

  1. Restart your computer and press F8 as soon as you turn it on.
  2. Click the "safe mode with networking" option
  3. Update your antivirus
  4. Do a full system scan
  5. Restart your computer and hope for the best.
If that doesn't work, than reinstall windows.
If you need further assistance, let me know.

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My acer 5536 will not let me access my control pannel can you help?

When did this start? Maybe you have a virus or infection that is causing.

Have you tried booting in safe mode and see if you can access the contol panel?

Turn off the computer, then hit the power button to turn it back on and immediately start hitting the F8 key repeatedly until you see SAFE MODE. Take the Safe Mode option and let it boot up. Safe Mode will look different to you, the screen will be darker and the icons bigger, this is normal. If you can access the Control Panel in safe mode you definitely have a virus or infection. Reboot the computer again as if you are going into safe mode, but this time select the Safe Mode With Networking option (this will give you internet connectivity). When it boots up open your internet browser and download and install MalwareBytes then run a Quick Scan.

Go to and in the search box type: "Download cnet Malwarebytes" (without the quotes). Download and install malwarebytes from the sites download.cnet/malwarebytes. When the site opens up click on the Green Download button on the left. Do not click the Red Download button, that's junk. When it finishes installing the Gui Interface will open up with an offer to Accept a Trial Version or Decline. CLICK DECLINE you want the totally free version. Run a QUICK SCAN. As it scans, if it finds infections the number will be in red. When it finishes scanning, click SHOW RESULTS. A notepad text document will open up showing you the results. You can close the text document and go back to the Gui Interface where you will click REMOVE SELECTED RESULTS. The objects will already be selected for you. When it finishes removing the objects click ok and it will sometimes reboot your machine.

See if you can roll your system back to before you started having this problem.

Click Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools/System Restore and select a Restore Point (date and time) before you started having this problem. System Restore does not delete any of your data, documents, music, pictures, videos or programs (unless the program was installed after the restore date you selected).

If you have Windows 7 just click Start and type in System Restore in the search box above the start and look up to see the results and click System Restore.

May 13, 2012 | Acer Aspire 5536-5224 Notebook

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How to fix problem wont let me go into the control panel

If the control panel can not be opened, most likely corrupt the operating system.

Press START - All Programs - Accessories - System Tools - System Restore - Restore my computer to an Earlier time - Next - example; on December 1st computer in normal conditions. December 2nd control panel can not be opened. So, you go back to December 1st. Click December 1st - Next - Next. Wait process is complete - Restart.

If December 1st control panel in the error condition, you're back in November (see picture)

I hope useful.



Restore points November 2011


Dec 02, 2011 | Toshiba PC Laptops

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Shut down

Possible corrupt operating system. The cause of corrupt operating system is Windows file corrupted or virus infected Windows.

Solution corrupt Windows files:
1. START - All Programs - Accessories - System Tools - System Recovery Options - System Restore (restore to the date when the OS is still normal)
2. START - All Programs - Accessories - System Tools - System Recovery Options - System Image Recovery (restore using a backup system that you created)

Solution files corrupted due to virus infected windows
Update anti-virus and virus scan (if the virus is detected, the primary action = repair, secondary action = quarantine). Then repair the operating system with System Restore or System Recovery Options.
If the operating system infected with virus (virus infected not long ago), the best solution is to use System Restore. Restore to a date when the windows are still normal.

Nov 13, 2011 | Toshiba PC Laptops

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I had my laptop for about a week and after i downloaded itunes,vuze and skpe it has been restarting by itself. I scaned all the program and i didn't find a virus.I removed all the programs i downloaded and...

Well, I have few questions to troubleshoot this issue. First, let me know what's the operating system installed on the system. Do you get any error? like blue screen with white texts or black screen with white texts. Can you notice specific time that it restarts itself, some systems restarts itself after 1 hour or some 2 hours.

The best and the fastest fix it System Restore. If you haven't tried it, please do it now and in case the problem persists, we'll try another. To run the system restore, click "Start" > "All Programs" > "Accessories" > "System Tools" > "System Restore", a new window will open (System Restore window), select "Restore my system to earlier time" > "Next" then select any previous date from the calendar lists available on the left hand side of the window (select a date when the computer had no problem [just click on the date]). "Next" > "Ok", your system will restart itself after few seconds, so you need to be aware of that before you run the system restore. You need not to configure the system restore, the wizard will do it for you.

Another method is system registry cleaning and unused system files cleaning. You can download a cleaner here, open the link, click "Download Now", wait for 20 seconds and again click "Download file now", save the file, install it and run the program. Click "run cleaner" and proceed forward, after it's done, click "Registry" > "Scan for issues" > "Fix all selected issues" > "No" > "Fix all selected issues" > "Close" and close the program, restart your program and check if it helps or not.

I wish you good luck.

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Aug 09, 2010 | Acer Aspire 3000 Notebook

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Computer will not allow me to restore previous settings

go to start, then accessories, then to system tools..and then restore...if this dont work u can always restore settings by hand and create a new restore

Nov 21, 2009 | Acer Aspire 5100 Notebook

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I need assistance running the restore program I have a virus on my computer that is keeping my internet provider from cleaning computer

You didn't list your operating system but if its XP here is how to access "system restore".

Start / All Programs / Accessories / System Tools and then system restore.
Follow the prompts, choose a point to restore, and then the machine will reboot. Please make sure that during the restart not to power off.
Sometimes going back to a prior build will work and sometimes it won't.
If, after the reboot the restore failed you could try turning "system restore" off and then reboot and after the restart turn "system restore" back on. To do this right click on "My Computer", click on properties. In the new window click on the "System restore" tab.

Hope this helps.

Oct 21, 2009 | PC Laptops

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My computer is very slow and there is virus what l have to do?

Go to this site

and run a full scan - this will remove most of the viruses on your computer. Should help speed it up as well.

Once thats done, install AVG Free and run a full scan

Install for AVG ->

Once AVG is done scanning, i'd also install and run SpyBot S&D to remove any other infections that AVG/HouseCall may have missed.

Install for SpyBot S&D ->

After HouseCall, AVG and SpyBot have ran, you should be all set! If you can't get to any IE pages, and are posting this from a different computer, see below on how to restore your IE settings...

Being that you were able to get to this site to post, i can assumeIf you can't seem to get to the site, which happens w/ some viruses, try restoring your internet back to its original state. There's steps on how to do that below as well.

  1. 1: Open up the internet window, by clicking on the "blue e" on your desktop, or by going to the Start Menu, All programs, internet Explorer
  2. Step 3 blue-e-2_thumb.jpg From the Start Menu If the "blue E" is not in fact on your desktop then refer to the picture in this step.
  3. Step 4 toolsmenu_thumb.jpg Menu Bar 2: Once the internet is open, you will then want to go to the "Tools" Menu, in the internet window. If you are using internet explorer 7 the tools menu is on what is called the Menu bar, and this menu bar generally is in the upper left hand corner.

    Picture is attached.
  4. Step 5 internetoptions_thumb.jpg Internet options selection 3: Once you click the Tools Menu, then select, internet options. Image below attached, then click on internet options to go into the internet options dialog box.
  5. Step 6 ioptionsdialogbox_thumb.jpg Advanced Tab 4: Once you have selected the internet options click on the advanced tab all the way to the right, picture attached. Once you have selected, advanced at the bottom right there is an option there to RESET, this will restore the default settings, of your internet explorer Browser.
  6. Step 7 5: Reboot machine.

Also, another thing to consider is a system restore, if your computer is so bad that the above isn't working. For XP, system restore works wonders. See below for instructions on how to complete a system restore.

Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click System Restore.
On the Welcome screen, click Restore my computer to an earlier time, and then click Next.
On the Select a Restore Point page, select the date from the calendar that shows the point you'd like to restore to, as shown in Figure 2, and then click Next.
Figure 2
On the Confirm Restore Point Selection page, verify that the correct restore point is chosen, and then close any open programs.
Click Next if you are ready to proceed or click Back to change the restore point.
The computer will shut down automatically and reboot. On reboot, you'll see the Restoration Complete page, and then click OK.
After reviewing the stability of your system, you can choose another restore point or undo this restoration. Just open System Restore and make the appropriate choice. After you use System Restore, you'll have an additional task, Undo my last restoration, on the System Restore Welcome page. Remember that you'll have to reinstall any programs that were installed after the restore point.
If System Restore doesn't work in Normal Mode, it might work in Safe Mode. To use System Restore in Safe Mode, press the F8 key during reboot and choose Safe Mode. When your computer starts in either Safe Mode or Normal Mode, System Restore can be used to capture a working previous state. System Restore can't be opened unless the system is bootable into one of these modes.

...ok, im running out of breath here!! Hope all this helps - good luck!!

Sep 17, 2009 | Fujitsu Siemens AMILO D-7830 Notebook

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There something blocking my computer for connecting to my wireless internet. my mother boyfriend try to add dial up to my laptop i dont know why but now vits locked up and will not connect to the internet

Assuming you have XP first do a system restore (start/accessories/system tools/system restore) restore it to a date when your connection last worked correctly.
If that dont work go into control panel open internet options click connections remove any connections and click never dial a connection.

Jul 13, 2009 | Acer Aspire 4520-5141 Notebook

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Start up-acer manager

try using a system restore
go to start>all programs>accessories>system tools>system restore. choose a date when your computer worked perfectly well or before the date you installed any new program or updates

May 09, 2008 | Acer Aspire 5100-5022 Notebook

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Computer keeps rebooting into safe mode

Try going to system tools, and select system restore .. If that does not work ,May be virus, may have full restore with formating the hard drive

Mar 26, 2008 | PC Laptops

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