Dear experts, I know this is long, and complicated, but I’d be so happy and honored if you would take some time to read this, and help me, I am good at computers, been on them since 98, but I ran into the most difficult problem of my time, and I need help…
Wow, I really ran into a problem.
I downloaded a file from the net, turned out it was a virus and it put a bad virus in my system causing my explorer.exe to refresh constantly every 5 seconds.
It became very annoying.
I had norton antivirus running in the background, I am pretty good at computers, and keep my sys pretty good, put allot of work into it, so I really don’t want to reformat.
Now the problem is.. Norton did not stop the virus, I downloaded about .. 5 other apps, avg, panda, turned on the zone alarm anti virus, downloaded spyware doctor, hit the thing hard, did scans, everything.
Then when it all FAILED, I downloaded a cute little program called “combofix” by bleepingcomputer.com
It worked very nicely, I was able to put my pc back to the same way it was wth my nice shell and everything, I then uninstalled all the antivirus software I had put in.. when asked if I wanted to reboot, I put “later” for everything and kept uninstalling all of them.
I do not know if that is the cause or has anything to do with my current problem.
After the combofix, I shut the pc down for the night, in the morning, I turned it on, and the pc was in a bootloop. It does not show the windows splash screen loading, it shows nothing, only the bios then after the bios, a slight pause.. checks for scsi.. then reboots back to the beginning of the bios.
Continues this way forever if I left it. Beeping each time it reboots of course.
It’s stuck.. and I know my hard drive is fine for 3 reasons.
A. I did a spin right scan on it, and it had no problems.
B. B. I loaded it into another computer system and can access it fine and see all my data.. when it is loaded as another 2ndary drive.
C. It does a “bootloop” just in the exact same way.. on another computer system when used as the primary hard drive.
I have tried to reinstall windows, however, after it installs some files and folders and deletes the windows folder, when it goes to shutdown.. it simply goes back to the bios.. it will not leave the bios bootloop, even when reinstalling windows.
(I made a clone of the drive before I did this, using acronis)
The other thing I tried, is using the repair tools (before I tried the reinstall windows option)
When I entered the recovery console for windows, via the xp cd, I tried: fixboot command, I tried the “fixmbr” command, tried replacing the .ini file which made no sence anyway..
I have no partitions, it’s a raptor 150gb hard drive connected with a scsi to the mobo. Does not seem to be a hardware issue, I can access the drive externally perfectly, it just wont recognize and boot of the windows folder.
I do not want to reformat it would take me a LONG time putting all my data and apps back in, I really just want to find out what file system file, or boot record or anything that is missing or got corrupted, or maybe that “combofix” utility put some important files in quarantine, I don’t know.. but this is very annoying, and I really really need help!!!!!!!
And thank you to all volunteers who took the time to read this and who will take any time to offer advice.
Please don’t say format.. formatting is “giving up” and I don’t want to give up and redo everything, it would take 10x more work.