Posted 11 February 2010 - 05:10 AM
Hi there. Ironically, I've helped clean a bajillion computers of friends and coworkers, etc., while keeping my own computers clean for a few years now. I just got struck with something really nasty on my home desktop PC, however, and I have no clue how to fix it.
To start, I have XP Pro SP3. I was surfing the net and a bunch of popups came up. Naturally, I reboot and attempt safe mode, but I get a blue screen (which flashes before I can even read it) and reboot. Additionally, last known config also causes a blue screen loop.
-With my laptop, I created an Avira rescue CD and booted with it. It cleaned a few things that I've never suspected of having problems (I believe false positives). Nonetheless, after it finishes, I tried to reboot again in safe mode. No good.
-Next, booted with Windows CD > Recovery Console > chkdsk /r which claims to have repaired some issues... still can't boot.
-Finally, I attempted a repair at my MBR. Basically, loaded back into the recovery console, and:
ATTRIB -H C:\\boot.ini
ATTRIB -S C:\\boot.ini
ATTRIB -R C:\\boot.ini
Again, I can't boot. Now, granted, I've never done a repair of my boot.ini as I'm the kinda person that would rather just reformat under serious conditions. However, after the above procedure, I now have two Windows XP entries to boot from, which makes me think that I didn't properly delete my boot.ini... At any rate, I'm not even sure a boot.ini rebuild is necessary... I'm just desperate to get into safe mode to clean this virus out.
Could anyone provide any pointers before I reformat? I would absolutely hate to reformat, as this is my recording studio PC and will literally take forever for me to reconfig, but you know.... gotta do what ya gotta do...