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Windows 7: Had virus C drive not booting

04 Jan 2011   #1
supermasterpig

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Had virus C drive not booting

My father in law got yet again another virus off of facebook. I told him to shut it down I would look at it in the morning. From what I heard it was the kind that acted like an antivirus program and tried to make him buy it. Well this morning when I booted the pc up a white bar just flickers in the top left hand corner and thats all that it does. A couple years ago I put a new hard drive in as a spare and it was formatted for windows xp like this one is. I booted too it install malware bytes and ran a full scan on both ahrd drives there was 10 instances of infection cleaned them up rebooted computer still same problem. DO you guys know a way to fix it I dont really want to reformar his c drive that has all his info in it thats not backed up. Also when i push recovery it gives me the same blinking white bar. Also when I boot to the other disc drive and windows xp loads it still reads both hard drives and both recovery drives.


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04 Jan 2011   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Can't you backup his files with the XP system and then reinstall the system? With that much infection history that is probably the fastest fix. Someone who visits shady sites (and facebook is shady), should make a system image every day so that he can get out of a predicament like this in 20 minutes.

Maybe you want to set this up for him and set an automatic schedule each day or every second day or whatever. I would image to an external disk, but the XP disk may have enough room for it too. Here is one option to do free imaging easily: Imaging with free Macrium
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04 Jan 2011   #3
supermasterpig

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

When I jump get on the other xp thats working I click into the other hard drive most of the files are not there. I dont know If i would even get any thing out of back up.
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04 Jan 2011   #4
TonyTiger2004

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by supermasterpig View Post
When I jump get on the other xp thats working I click into the other hard drive most of the files are not there. I dont know If i would even get any thing out of back up.
Unfortunately if you want to save any data that you no longer see on a hard drive that will require EXTENSIVE Recovery work.

As suggested best thing to do with an infection of that Magnitude is to reformat back up as much as you possibly can.

There is recovery type software you can buy its expensive also people that will do it again expensive. You can however run a scanner on the drive to test it. To see if the drive itself is bad. Probably worth doing before you format and waste time on a drive that could be going bad to begin with.
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04 Jan 2011   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by supermasterpig View Post
When I jump get on the other xp thats working I click into the other hard drive most of the files are not there. I dont know If i would even get any thing out of back up.
Hmm, I wonder what happened to those files. I would double check with a live Linux distro - if you have one on hand. If not, use this one: Computer First Aid Using Knoppix It is pretty old but it works.
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04 Jan 2011   #6
supermasterpig

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

What baffles me is that the recovery drive will not boot up ethier.
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04 Jan 2011   #7
TonyTiger2004

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by supermasterpig View Post
What baffles me is that the recovery drive will not boot up ethier.
Indeed you have some strange things going on, ill admit that! What kinda drives are these? Brand and Connection type?
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04 Jan 2011   #8
supermasterpig

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Both hard drives are sata connection the one that is set up in the third channel ? is the one that is nto working and it is a st3250823as and the one that is set up in the fifth channel ? again wd2500ks-00mjbo
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04 Jan 2011   #9
TonyTiger2004

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Try booting up (with your other drive) and running this tool on the bad drive.

SeaTools | Seagate

Its a diagnostics tool to test for bad head etc. Drives are mechanical so they do fail. I know it got attacked by a virus but it could very well be a bad drive also.
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04 Jan 2011   #10
supermasterpig

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Isnt that what a smart test does I ran a smart test from the boot settings and said it was ok no errors. I cant run the test ethier kinda got into a fight with my wife about a new computer problem per week and she took the computer and stormed off. Im not sure if ill be seeing it tonight...
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