Was running SpySweeper and decided to check compressed files. SpySweeper found the following trojans:
- Komforochka SMPT Relay
- PCSentinels Smoking Gun
Upon reboot I get the following message:
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
Please re-install a copy of the above file.
The computer is an old Dell 4550 (bought in 2001), P4 2.0GHz (northwood), XP home ed.
My biggest concern at this point is not wiping the drive due to about 3 years of digital photos being on it (& not backed up, shame on me).
I'm not familiar with the bios or the recovery console, but I have fished around there a bit trying to figure out how to replace this file. I stopped in hopes of not doing further damage.
If I reinstall the OS, will that wipe out the entire contents of the hard drive, or just the files under the windows directories?
Any help with resolving this issue would be appreciated. My main goal is saving my photos from oblivion.