after doing nothing specific or unusual last Saturday, I ended up with one of those pop up "youre infected must scan now!" PC Defender type viruses (I dont remember exact name)... VERY soon after, almost all programs ceased to work, giving me some bizzare error message.
I restart in safe mode, and run RKILL, then Malware; found 11 infections, removed them... figured ok, prolly not clean YET, but at least the computers workin.
Started playin on STEAM, and my friend said that my Ventrilo kept cutting out... so I try to restart...
Restart offers me the typical black screen "Start in Safe Mode", etc... etc... If I try that the screen fills up about 3/4 with system 32 files loading and freezes... if I start in Normal mode, or last known config, it just freezes.
Bios shows all 3 harddrives are there.
Booting with Windows CD didnt seem to work thus far (this is XP).
As of now, I'm very worried about losing the info on my HDs...specifically the HD with my OS... for it contains a lot of pictures that I have yet to back up...
Actions I have taken;
1 - I created a Ultimate Boot CD for windows using Service Pack 1. This seemed to not work at all.
2 - Then I attempted to slip stream in service pack 3 using these instructions... the CD seemed to be made without error.
Unfortunately, even when I set my boot order to CD Rom, it doesn't start the CD rom first. I use F2 to go into BIOS settings and its set to CD ROM, but I can also hit F12 on boot up to take me to another bot order screen which seems to always be stuck on HD first. in either case it doesn't seem to be kicking in.
As of this point do I ned to just yank out the main HD and put in a new one and install windows.... then plug n the infected HD as a secondary to retrieve my media files, and then wipe it clean, then switch it back to the main HD and reinstall windows on it?
I will be purchasing a new CD drive because historically mine has been sporadic, so maybe that will help.
EDIT: Posts merged ~BP
Edited by Budapest, 26 August 2010 - 06:59 PM.