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#1 Genki

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 12:57 PM

Every time I start my computer before it loads everything Avira AntiVir pops up saying that it has found a virus. The virus is TR/Crypt.XPACK.Gen and is now stopping me from loading my whole desktop (besides my wallpaper).

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 02:55 PM

Hello can you boot to Safe Mode and run the scan again?
Reboot into Safe Mode: How to enter safe mode(XP)
Using the F8 Method
Restart your computer.
When the machine first starts again it will generally list some equipment that is installed in your machine, amount of memory, hard drives installed etc. At this point you should gently tap the F8 key repeatedly until you are presented with a Windows XP Advanced Options menu.
Select the option for Safe Mode using the arrow keys.
Then press enter on your keyboard to boot into Safe Mode
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Posted 12 February 2009 - 12:48 PM

O.k, so I ran my computer in safe mode and I ran the scan w/ Avira again. Now when I log in to my account after about 2 or 3 seconds it logs me immediately out. This also occurs when I run my computer in safe mode.

So I guess the only thing to do is ReFormat, yes?

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 04:15 PM

Not necessarily,A repair install should work.
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Posted 12 February 2009 - 11:33 PM

It won't work. I do not get the repair option, which is what I need to do the Repair. It now says that if I do not get the repair option I need to do a clean install.

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 12:00 PM

looks like the unfortunate option.
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Posted 16 February 2009 - 12:01 AM

Is it true that if I slave up my computer I could get some files off of it, before I ReFormat it?

If so, How do I exactley slave up a computer?

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 10:49 AM

In some instances an infection may have caused so much damage to your system that it cannot be completely cleaned or repaired. Wiping your drive, reformatting, and performing a clean install of the OS or doing a factory restore removes everything and is the safest action but I cannot make that decision for you.

Reformatting a hard disk deletes all data. If you decide to reformat, you can back up all your important documents, data files and photos. The safest practice is not to backup any autorun.ini or .exe files because they may be infected. Some types of malware may disguise itself by adding and hiding its extension to the existing extension of files so be sure you take a close look at the full name. After reformatting, as a precaution, make sure you scan these files with your anti-virus prior to copying them back to your hard drive.

The best proceedure is a low level format. This completely wipes the drive. Then reinstall the OS.
Use the free version of Active@ KillDisk.

The best sources of Information on this are
Reformatting Windows XP
Michael Stevens Tech

Of course also feel free to ask anything on this in the XP forum. They'd be glad to help.

Here's a tutorial withs steps and a video.
Data Recovery Tutorial: How to Slave a Hard Drive
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