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Re: [NTO] virus?

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  • David Smart
    This is not uncommon. Cancel scandisk BEFORE it gets a chance to start and then see if it ll go into safe mode. Dave S ... From: Ed Brown To:
    Message 1 of 34 , Jun 21, 2004
      This is not uncommon. Cancel scandisk BEFORE it gets a chance to start and then see if it'll go into safe mode.

      Dave S

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Ed Brown
      To: ntb-OffTopic@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Tuesday, June 22, 2004 5:08 AM
      Subject: Re: [NTO] virus?

      It will not do anything in safe mode. Scandisk just opens a blue screen that says scandisk and then freezes up.
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: rbmooney
      To: ntb-OffTopic@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Monday, June 21, 2004 11:33 AM
      Subject: Re: [NTO] virus?

      One suggestion I'd like to make is that Ed try just what Paul said on the bootup, but before Ed does anything else--once SAFE MODE is up--I believe he should run SCANDISK first, then run DEFRAG immediately after, followed by TUNEUP UTILITIES 2003 (free download). See if that hasn't straightened things out. Here's how I saved my 2 hard drives and best OS. Text largely taken from TUNEUP's tech sheet:

      Using TuneUp RegistryDefrag:

      Choose Optimize & Improve from the main selection menu. You will see TuneUp RegistryDefrag as one of the listed modules. Click on the module name to launch it.

      After launching TuneUp RegistryDefrag, a wizard appears and tells you that the module would like to create a new registry to remove defects and improve the structure of the registry.

      Close all programs running on your system and click Next to allow the module to check how fragmented your registry is.

      It can take a while before the tool finishes the scan. When the scan completes, the tool displays the amount of space it can recover from your registry (in percent and kilobytes).

      Click Finish to restart your computer. During the restart, the old registry will be replaced by the new, smaller registry. This happens invisibly to the user; when Windows completes starting up it will be running off the new registry already. You do not have to reload the program after Windows has booted.


      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Ed Brown" <ebrown27@...>
      To: <ntb-OffTopic@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Monday, June 21, 2004 10:42 AM
      Subject: Re: [NTO] virus?

      > They let the virus get too much of a toe hold. Nothing works. I am trying to restore the disk now but it does not look like it is going to restore. Mayhave to have a new hard drive in the end.
      > Thanks
      > Ed
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: Dr. Paul Harder
      > To: ntb-OffTopic@yahoogroups.com
      > Sent: Monday, June 21, 2004 7:13 AM
      > Subject: Re: [NTO] virus?
      > On Mon, 21 Jun 2004 05:42:01 -0500, "Ed Brown" <ebrown27@...>
      > wrote:
      > > My nephew brought me his computer over yesterday to see if I could fix it.
      > > I think it must 1 or more viruses. It will not open past the Windows 98
      > > Logo screen. How can I check this thing?
      > Ed:
      > I had a similar problem recently. The problem is almost certainly
      > something that's loading during the normal boot sequence. If you can
      > boot up into Safe Mode, you can probably diagnose and fix the problem.
      > As the machine is booting up, press the F8 key. If you get it in time,
      > you'll be shown a boot menu that allows you to bring up the machine in
      > Safe Mode.
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    • Brian Binder
      ... The correct command would be fdisk /mbr at the command prompt to restore this. This is non-destructive to the operating system. ... MBR is the Master
      Message 34 of 34 , Jun 22, 2004
        >Will the computer boot to DOS?
        >If so, one thing you might try, since you can't do much more damage than
        >is already done, is, boot to DOS, type at the C:\... prompt,
        >format c: /mbr
        The correct command would be "fdisk /mbr" at the command prompt to
        restore this. This is non-destructive to the operating system.

        >Mbr is, Main Boot Record.
        MBR is the "Master Boot Record"

        > It should clean all data, including any
        >virus, from the MBR allowing you to, at least, boot into Windows.
        From all that I have read so far (I would have replied earlier but was
        sick) I would proceed next by simply downloading one of the
        manufacturer's utilities to diagnose the drive. If it's a Maxtor, hit
        their web site and download their diagnostics disk. Same with Seagate
        or WD. This will help determine if the drive is bad and can even
        low-level format it back to factory specs, if need be. Please give this
        a shot and post back with your results.

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