XP loaded updates, now won't run for more then a few seconds. RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    The computer runs XP. (80 gig hard drive with 256ram)

    It downloaded the latest updates automatically (14 in total) and tried installing them automatically. (But I believe it hasn't installed anything past update #4 according to random pop-ups which happen)

    I also know that the comp has this virus which no virus scan will remove completely,


    Now the comp turns on. Runs for about 7 seconds and gives this message.

    "This system is shutting down. Please save all work. This shutdown was initiated by NT Authority\System

    Windows must now shut down because DCOM Server Process Launcher service terminated unexpectedly"

    Then it gives a 55 second timer and shuts down.

    It won't open in safe mode, it won't debug and it won't return to the last configuration that worked.

    Any suggestions besides tying a rope to it and using it as an anchor off a boat or filling it with soil and using it as a flower planter?

    Thanks for any help,


    Thursday, February 8, 2007 3:59 PM

All replies

  • You're pc may be infected with the win32 sasser worm or a variant which the microsoft windows malicious software removal tool will cure. If you can manage it (or get a friend to) do a "google" search for Trojan Patcher B you will find a forum trying to solve this type of malware. Have you tried disabling system restore before running antivirus/malware


    Thursday, February 8, 2007 5:00 PM
  • Thanks Eddie4,


    My big problem right now is how do I accomplish anything on a computer that gives me appox 7 seconds to initiate any kind of fix?

    I've been looking for patcher.b but haven't found that's useful much thus far.

    I'm thinking of trying to place the malware fix(?) on a memory stick and trying to open it. Is there any way to affect any of this from DOS perhaps? ...and along that line, how do I disable system restore?

    At this point, the comp is a write off and if trying to fix it messes it up more, so be it.

    Thanks for the help,

    It's much appreciated!

    Thursday, February 8, 2007 7:10 PM
  • The reason I suggested turning off system restore as it would likely re-infect pc. Go to start>programmes>accessories>system tools>system restore>settings> check box turn off monitoring C drive,or all drives depending on what you have and then run antivirus/malware and see if it detects anything. I found other sites discussing this trojan on google using search >trojan patcher b (note no caps) Looking over your posts again, are you able to boot pc and after a few seconds it then automatically shuts down or is it shutting down when you connect to internet. Alternatively boot from windows cd and do a repair, you may lose some but not all info and if you can get o/s into a workable state then run your anti-virus/ malware (twice) If you're not worried about losing data why not do a clean re-install 
    Thursday, February 8, 2007 7:55 PM
  • When windows boots and the error shows up, don't click anything. Just move it out of the way for now. Then open the control panel, then open Administrative Tools / Services and Double Click on the DCOM Server Process Launcher. Then click on Recovery and in all the boxes that say Restart The Computer, Change to Take No Action and although the error will still come up when you boot up you can now click on OK to terminate without the countdown shutdown coming up and will give you the time to look further into your problem.


    Tuesday, February 20, 2007 2:06 PM
  • Run the shutdown - a command to prevent the shutdown.
    Wednesday, March 21, 2007 12:53 AM
  • Jay


    Did you have any luck on correcting this?  This just happened to me and I am wondering how you fixed it or if you were able to? 

    Wednesday, March 28, 2007 3:33 PM
  • I am having the same problem recently and I can't find a fix. All the suggestions are great if I can keep the system from resetting before I get a chance to make the changes. Even when I google trojan patcher b I don't see any fixes. Any luck so far ?
    Thursday, April 5, 2007 12:40 AM
  • When you get the countdown, simply double click the clock in the lower right corner and roll the clock BACKWARDS, an hour, a day, a month, whatever.  Now the timer will still be there but you will have all the time you need to do whatever tools you see fit.  This is not a solution to the problem but a means to work towards a solution.



    Thursday, April 5, 2007 3:30 PM
  • Ok, I have been having the same problem now for nearly a week. Whenever I start my computer I must quickly wait for it to enter the destop for a few seconds then when that shut off notice comes up I must quickly click on start, run, then type in shutdown -a, enter (remember the space). But my computer runs slowly and though I did purchase an external Seagate HD 750GB, I am still concerned with having to lose my data on my C drive. I really want a fix to this problem. It all started on MySpace.com so I would be careful about visiting that site and don't click on anything if you don't have to.


    I finally called Microsoft and they gave me a freebee meaning they had me remove SP2 thru dos with a series of a removal codes and then I was able to at least get back up to my desktop but still had that shutdown notice.


    I'd like to know if anyone has found a significant fix. I was advised to go into Control Panel, Administrative Tools, then click on the DCOM Server Launcher, but mine doesn't exist there. I think this new trojan removes that launcher from existence or just plain buries it. I am determined to fix this problem, but my computer runs very slow also. I have run Nortons, TrendMicro and now there is one called Brave-Sentry. It found over 137 viruses/trojans that were not found by N or TM and even though it removed them my computer still runs slow and even when my Outlook is opened I only receive a couple of emails or none at all. I have run chkdsk from dos and that fixed errors. I then managed to run it from Windows, then shut the computer down, and finally upon booting back up it worked again and fixed a ton of errors, but for a while I couldn't get it to run (chkdsk) when I shut down windows where it's supposed to automatically run again upon restart.


    I also ran updates from the microsoft site and thought this might cure any missing files, etc., but my computer runs so slowely and I still get the shutdown notice. Remember there is no DCOM Server Process Launcher when I open Administrative Tools in Control Panel. 


    I sure wish someone else had a fix rather than just to do a disk clean and re-install. Anyone having any luck? Hey, at least I am here, but I know there's somehting still on my computer. I wonder if it's got anything to do with the Patriot Act clearance for the gov't or if there is just some new evil out there on the internet. I don't usually get viruses or trojans but this has consumed me.

    Sunday, April 15, 2007 11:49 AM
  • Update, I was able to go into Administrative Tools, then double clicked on Component Services, and found DCOM Launcher, I then click on Start the Service, but it was unable to do so. I then right clicked on DCOM , General tab and there you will see start up type with three choices to choose from. I didn't change any of these as of yet. I then clicked on the LogOn Tab and clicked the box interact with desktop (not sure what this will do but just clicked it just the same), then clicked on the Recovery tab and chose take no action on both the first and second failure notices. On the third one I just left it as Restart the Computer. I don't know what this will do but just saying that I did find the DCOM Server Process Launcher in Control Panel, Administrative Tools, the Component Services.


    I hope anyone has anything new. I'm going to try restarting my computer with the above small changes and see if this helps.

    Sunday, April 15, 2007 12:01 PM
  • Thanks this tip rolling back the clock stopped the reboots that helped alot!


    Now I can try and clean several viruses.

    Tuesday, April 17, 2007 7:53 PM
  • First of all get AVAST anti virus.  One of the big perks is that AVAST runs a boot scan.  This allows avast to scan for viruses before windows is loaded, this even allows it to scan in system restore points that AVs like Norton and PC-cillin (Trend) aren't able to scan.  Be sure to update before rebooting, this way you are using the most current definitions.

    After you reboot look and if you have to run Shutdown -a I would run MSConfig.  Select Diagnostic startup.  This will remove all but the most basic start up requirements.  Also try running SFC /scannow.  This is an MS utility called System File Checker, it looks for and replaces corrupt system files.  Without being able to see your system this is the best place I can recommend you start at.
    Tuesday, April 17, 2007 8:06 PM