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plsrepli

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Can't Boot - aswVmm.sys is corrupt or missing
« on: May 28, 2013, 02:45:07 PM »
Hello all,

A friend's Win 7 x64 Laptop won't boot because the aswVmm.sys file is either missing or corrupted.

What I know so far:

Avast program version is unknown but it is a free version.
He can't boot into safe mode.
He can't use the restore to last known good configuration option.
He does not have a Win 7 x64 disc.
He only wants to use a factory restore as a last resort.

Any other ideas? Also, is it possible that a rootkit could have damaged the aswVmm.sys file?

I can't help him "hands-on" because he lives in another state.

Thanks, in advance, for any suggestions,

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Re: Can't Boot - aswVmm.sys is corrupt or missing
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2013, 02:52:02 PM »
did he uninstall the previous used AV before installing avast?
did he run removal tool to make sure all conflicting files are gone before installing avast?
tools found here.  http://singularlabs.com/uninstallers/security-software/


if able to, try avast reinstall
remove with this.   http://www.avast.com/en-us/uninstall-utility
download and install again.  http://www.avast.com/en-us/download-software





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Re: Can't Boot - aswVmm.sys is corrupt or missing
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2013, 02:57:41 PM »
Hello Pondus,

I do not have those answers at this time but can he implement your recommendations without even being able to boot into safe mode?

Thanks,

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Re: Can't Boot - aswVmm.sys is corrupt or missing
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2013, 03:11:04 PM »
Did he do a system image backup as Windows instructs you too? If so he can mount that image. He can also use a Windows Emergency boot disk with will allow him to repair his system even though it will not boot. He can boot off the disk.

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Re: Can't Boot - aswVmm.sys is corrupt or missing
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2013, 03:26:22 PM »
We can do an uninstall of Avast from outside of windows, it is a rough and ready way but should work

Download the following three programmes to your desktop :
 
 
1.  Rufus 
 
For 64bit systems  
2.  Windows 7 64bit RC
3.  Farbar Recovery Scan Tool x64 
 
Insert the USB stick Then run Rufus
 
Select the ISO file on the desktop via the ISO icon. 
 
Press Start Burn

Then copy FRST to the same USB   
 
   
 
 
 
Insert the USB into the sick computer and start the computer.  First ensuring that the system is set to boot from USB 
Note: If you are not sure how to do that follow the instructions Here
 
 
When you reboot you will  see this although yours will say windows 7.
 Click repair my computer  
 
 
Select your operating system  
 
 
Select Command prompt 
 
 
At the command prompt type the following  :
 
notepad and press Enter
The notepad opens. Under File menu select Open
Select "Computer" and find your flash drive letter and close the notepad. 
In the command window type e:\frst64.exe and press Enter 
Note: Replace letter e with the drive letter of your flash drive. 
The tool will start to run. 
When the tool opens click Yes to disclaimer. 

Press Scan button. 
It will make a log (FRST.txt) on the flash drive. Please copy and paste it to your reply.
The first time the tool is run, it makes also another log (Addition.txt). Please attach it to your reply.

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Re: Can't Boot - aswVmm.sys is corrupt or missing
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2013, 03:38:47 PM »
is he able to boot at least to recovery (command prompt) console , so he can see files within the C:\ drive ?
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Re: Can't Boot - aswVmm.sys is corrupt or missing
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2013, 03:50:11 PM »
Thank you essexboy!

Wow... and thank you very much essexboy for taking so much time and effort to respond to my (friend's) issue. That is really a beautiful tutorial but I must ask one more question before I point him to this thread. "Will this procedure preserve his important files that have been created by other installed programs?" Again, thank you so much!

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Re: Can't Boot - aswVmm.sys is corrupt or missing
« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2013, 03:54:13 PM »
is he able to boot at least to recovery (command prompt) console , so he can see files within the C:\ drive ?

Hello Darden,

Thank you for responding; however, I'm not sure of a way to instruct him on how to get to the recovery console when he can't even boot into safe mode and/or he doesn't have a Win 7 disc. So, as you can see, I'm not expert in this area. Any hints on how that might be accomplished would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

plsrepl

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Re: Can't Boot - aswVmm.sys is corrupt or missing
« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2013, 04:17:10 PM »
Hello all,

Thank you for all your help but I have stopped trying to assist my friend because he wants a "magic button" solution that will make his PC "all better" so I told him where the nearest magic store was located (in his area) and he is now "in-transit" to buy a magic wand. Thank you for all of your efforts!

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Re: Can't Boot - aswVmm.sys is corrupt or missing
« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2013, 04:49:58 PM »
Tell your friend the next time buy an external hard drive and keep a clean disk image handy. Anything happens such as this or a bad malware infection just mount the stored image and your up and running like nothing ever happened. But he needs to be sure he makes a bootable recovery disk. Easeus Todo Backup is a great free product.

Microsoft does offer a bootable Windows disk which can be downloaded onto another PC and burned.

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Re: Can't Boot - aswVmm.sys is corrupt or missing
« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2013, 05:04:29 PM »
None of my tools will remove anything unless I tell them to, so personal data is safe

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Re: Can't Boot - aswVmm.sys is corrupt or missing
« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2013, 05:30:41 PM »
I'm having similar issues and would like to know how to uninstall Avast before I resort to reinstallation of Windows7. Could you assist me in that essexboy?

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Re: Can't Boot - aswVmm.sys is corrupt or missing
« Reply #12 on: May 29, 2013, 05:47:57 PM »
I'm having similar issues and would like to know how to uninstall Avast before I resort to reinstallation of Windows7. Could you assist me in that essexboy?

If you start a new topic, I'm quite sure he will.
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Re: Can't Boot - aswVmm.sys is corrupt or missing
« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2013, 09:49:39 PM »
Simplest solution I've found:

Boot from Hiren's Boot CD or a live Linux distro.
Delete c:\Windows\system32\drivers\avw*.*
Delete the Avast! directories in c:\Program Files and c:\ProgramData

Problem solved.

(Replying to this thread because it was the top Google search result for aswvmm.sys)

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Re: Can't Boot - aswVmm.sys is corrupt or missing
« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2014, 11:29:51 AM »
Simplest solution I've found:

Boot from Hiren's Boot CD or a live Linux distro.
Delete c:\Windows\system32\drivers\asw*.*
Delete the Avast! directories in c:\Program Files and c:\ProgramData

Problem solved.

(Replying to this thread because it was the top Google search result for aswvmm.sys)
Thanks for the solution, it worked, BUT IS NOT avw*.*, instead you have to delete asw*.*