Posted 28 July 2010 - 01:28 PM
I got a different error message and set of stop error numbers when safe mode blue screened
(0x82004970, 0xC0000006, 0x00000000, 0x00000000]
I have wondered from time to time if I had some weird rootkit on my mini LAN of 3 [desktop, laptop, thinkpad]. I had some extra administrator SIDS I couldn't explain and some other things I've forgotten. My desktop blue screened when I ran an antiviral scan from a bootable cd - but that was a missing hal error message and maybe some bad memory/mobo problems. Anyway, the desktop is still dead.
I did a lot of reading on rootkits and came to the conclusion there is no way for a non-expert to check for rootkits that don't have known signatures and will be recognized by avast, avg, etc. I couldn't find any articles that addressed how common the unknown signature rootkits are on personal computers.
This is an old laptop, so it could be the hdd or whatever hardware problem could cause these error messages. I have a 2nd hdd I can exchange and see if the system boots and runs win2k OK. That should rule out memory/processor/whatever. It should also be free of a possible MBR virus or rootkit.
Can MBR viruses get passed from one computer in a LAN to another? Can rootkits? The win2k on this hdd won't have been updated since 2006 or 2007.
I am researching laptops to replace my dekstop and old laptop, but I'd like to know if I have a MBR virus or a rootkit or some other type malware on the laptop and possibly on my thinkpad.
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