Basically i somehow managed to contract the Security Shield Virus and using my phone and this website started to take steps to correct it. All seemed to be going well as i was following this guide: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-my-security-shield.
Right at the step where it asked me to delete '31 files' of malware and reboot i opted to go for the reboot as directed in the above instructions. Since then i have been unable to boot into the win7 OS. i get to the splash screen and it hangs for a minute and then there's a quick (too quick to really tell) flash of BSOD and then it throws me back out to the main menu asking if i want to system repair or start windows normally. naturally i want to repair this POS so i can get back into windows and replace those host files as again instructed above, which no doubt are making life very difficult for me right now. Except every time i go to repair the system hangs indefinitely on a black screen.
ok so i figured at least let me pull my files with parted magic and i'll bite the bullet and re-install. no dice. when trying to mount the drive with a lifetime's worth of stuff
inside, i get the error message:
ok so then i try to boot up in mini win xp which is godaweful slow only to find that i get the error message: windows root \system32\hal.dll corrupt or missing. needless to say i cant access files there either.
unfortunately as i'm currently on vacation and away from home for the next couple weeks i don't have my win7 cd handy to see if that could replace the missing files. although if the system repair hung up then i can only imagine if that would work anyway.
i'm nearly at my wits end and just about to try and find a computer repair store to deal with this, if they even can (i'm in the boonies right now). i'd really like to avoid that option as i'm really not crazy about anyone having the ability to browse through all my personal things at their leisure, that is if they could access them either.
I have little to no experience working on linux based platforms much less dealing with dos prompt commands.
please if there is anyone out there that can help me salvage from this terribly timed disaster in the middle of what's supposed to be a relaxing couple weeks, i would be really extremely grateful. Even if there's no way to recover the OS to working status without having to do a complete wipe, if there was just some way, any way to be able to save the years and years of pics/music/docs/etc that i had just already lost on my backup external literally 2 days ago, that would be more than enough to satisfy me.
For what it's worth the hard disc appears 'healthy?'
Edited by hamluis, 28 May 2012 - 07:24 PM.
Moved from Win 7 to Am I Infected - Hamluis.