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Security Tool- Can it corrupt BIOS? Or, is it Hardware issue?


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#1 hbm55

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 05:24 PM

I was trying to use the removal tools in the Security Tools Removal Guide, when my computer went into a continual reboot cycle until there was no monitor, mouse, or hardware activity. I shut down holding the case switch. Reboot had nothing but some circuity lights on the mobo, fans, and a 3.5" floppy search. There is no monitor, keyboard, or mouse activity. Don't know if BIOS was posting, or stopped. I can't find a boot floppy for that system.

Note, I was not able to install Malewarebytes prior to "melt-down". Security Tool was active (activated).

The guide does not indicate the above problem in the behavior traits; and, I am unable to find similar on web and this forum searches.

Have I got a combination hardware/malware problem?

I have started and processed most hardware tests on another machine. Graphics, memory sticks, and OS HDD work (Loaded all the cleanup tools, ran two antimalware programs--Malwarebytes, Spybot S&D--and cleared the found rogue files those programs identified). A new CR2032 battery was installed and son reset the CMOS. What remains to be tested are mobo, and Intel Core2 chip. The system is passive cooling and the Ninja processor cooling tower is a bear to deal with.

Before I dig into those remaining devices (I'm not a Geek, just very poor right now) I was hoping you could confirm/advise whether this is a malware or hardware problem?

Thanks,
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Edited by Budapest, 13 April 2010 - 05:27 PM.
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Posted 13 April 2010 - 06:25 PM

Addendum to first post:

OS is XP-pro-sp3, w/ MS updates and manual install of those.
PSU seems OK; various parts are getting juice.

No prior malware scanners were installed. Firewall is MS default.
Aniti-virus is ESET NOD antivirus only




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