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#1 shytownbuuur

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Posted 11 March 2005 - 03:36 PM

I had the about:blank hijacker, I did a DOS format /U. Reinstalled Windows XP, and everything began working fine. That hijacker is now gone. Last night I shut off my computer, and when I went to start it this morning, everything inside the case turned on (fans), but the moniter just kept flashing, DOS didnt even start. Shut it off a few times and got it to start and when the XP load screen came up, it froze and the screen went orange with a bunch of blocks. Checked everything on the MB and it checked out. Restarted it again and it started up and here I am. It was like trying to get a car to start. I have a WIN32/NIMDA (DRP) virus in system volume information, under system restore. My anti virus says 'error occured during file repair, file not repaired'. Ive never had this problem before.

1) Was the virus the cause?
2) Will turning off system restore remove it?

Any help is appreciated, thank you.

Edited by shytownbuuur, 11 March 2005 - 03:40 PM.


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Posted 11 March 2005 - 04:40 PM

Do you have an older system restore date (before the virus infection)?

Sounds like system restore reinfected your computer.

If you have to do another dos reformat, shut off system restore first so the restore points do not reinfect the computer.

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Posted 11 March 2005 - 05:50 PM

That virus could very well be the cause.

When you turn off System Restore you delete all your restore points. When you turn it on you create one. My advice is to turn it off, do a scan and also do a second online one (like HouseCall) and once you are convinced your system is clean turn it back on again.

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#4 shytownbuuur

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Posted 11 March 2005 - 08:46 PM

Im running all fairly new hardware (soyo kt-400 dragon mb, corsair extreme 256, etc) and XP is SP2. From what I know, viruses infect the hard drive, preventing windows from starting or erasing them all together. My problem was that nothing was turning on, power was on (fans worked) but the MB and everything else just sat there, and the moniter just flashed its message of being on. Do viruses atack hardware preventing them form even turning on?

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Posted 11 March 2005 - 08:47 PM

Do you have an older system restore date (before the virus infection)?

Sounds like system restore reinfected your computer.

If you have to do another dos reformat, shut off system restore first so the restore points do not reinfect the computer.

I think I have 1-2 restore points before the infection, but I noticed with the about:blank bleep, it didnt matter it was still there.

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Posted 12 March 2005 - 03:34 PM

There used to be viruses that would infect or damage the Bios but they are almost unheard of now. This sounds to be more likely a hardware problem. Are you getting any beeps when you start the computer?

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