Posted 04 February 2010 - 06:58 AM
Since posting my last message I've been attempting to clean/fix the computer in question.
The rough steps I've followed are-
Running Malwarebytes anti-malware software numerous times
Removing my older version of Spybot and installing the newest version. (1.6.2)
When I ran this program, it found and identified the win32.zbot infection plus some other malware, said it couldn't remove all items as they were currently in use, and asked if it could run as the PC restarted. It did this and reported that it had successfully removed all threats.
Later I ran another Malwarebytes scan, which finished and then the PC performed a shutdown.
On startup, I now get the message
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: System32\Drivers\Ntfs.sys
So, searching this and other forums, I have attempted to fix the problem by using the Recovery Console.
I have tried to replace the ntfs.sys file from the installation CD. Result: unsuccessful
I have used CHKDSK /p to inspect and repair the HDD. It found a fault on the drive. I ran CHKDSK /p until it no longer found a fault. (And I am assuming that it fixed the corrupted file(s).) However, on restart the PC displays the same 'Windows could not start...' message.
As I have read (via a forum) that the issue might be RAM related, I am currently running Memtest86+ on the machine- it has completed 4 passes so far and has reported no errors.
I have not yet tried a repair install- this is because I don't have the original install disc for the machine, but I do have the XP (SP2) install disc for another machine. Is it safe to use this disc to do the repair install from?
Is there any other help and advice on my predicament that anyone can give?