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Infected - now computer won't recognize hard drive


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#1 sammi13

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Posted 31 March 2010 - 07:48 PM

I was at work yesterday and trying to fix another person's laptop which wouldn't print. Needless to say online directions from a site appeared to have infected my Fujitsu Tablet. I was using AVG and received a popup re: the infection - I ran AVG and found Vundo - and another virus (which I can't remember) - AVG and Superantispyware were unable to clear the problem. I was later able to reboot the computer into windows XP but no icons would show on the screen. I tried reinstalling Windows XP - the disc would read but I received a message saying the hard drive was not recognized. I spoke with a local IT person who said it looked like the hard drive had failed. Could a virus cause hard drive failure? Is there anyway to see if the virus is merely blocking something. It doesn't make sense that the hard drive would have failed if I can still boot and see my desktop background without icons. My warranty of course has expired - so if all else fails, I will need to replace the hard drive - but am looking for a solution first.

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