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I did a really stupid thing when trying to fix a ransomware problem on a Win XP SP3 (Swedish) computer (Microsoft Defender Offline didn't work. Neither did Kaspersky recovery disc). Anyway at the time I believed that explorer.exe was infected. So to make a long story short I deleted it and tried to get it from another Win XP SP3 (swedish) computer. I eventually got rid of the ransomware but even though I copied the file from another swedish SP3 machine. Some text are in spanish (or some other language I don't know) which I do feel is very strange. What could the problem be?

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Instead of copy the explorer.exe from another computer use the computers own cached version from c:\WINDOWS\System32\DllCache. You will not be able to do this when running Windows on that computer. You could do one of the two following things:

  1. Boot up the computer from some Linux Live CD (or a Windows PE environment) and overwrite the file.
  2. Put the harddrive in another computer and boot from it instead and then copy the file.

It did work great for me.

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