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aswMBR Woes - Please help!

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#1 so2


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Posted 15 October 2012 - 06:11 PM

Hi all,

I am one of those silly doozies who should have checked what I was doing before I do it. But I am hoping one of you might know how to rectify this problem.

I got a cocktail of trojans in my computer. Long story short - the comp was reformatted (using HP's disc to restore to factory) and performed ok for a day then it all started again. My own personal data has almost all been lost so I don't know where they are still coming from.

Anyways, in my stress I ran aswMBR from Avast!, and without really meaning to - I used the fixMBR button. I presume now my boot sector code got wiped. My operating system can't start up.

My questions are:
- How do I get Windows up and running again?
- Does this mean that I cannot use the factory restore option anymore? (I have a HP laptop)
- And if so, how can I get the factory restore function back again?

Idiot I know, but please help!!!

ps: let me know if I should be posting this in another forum thread.

Much thanks,

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 09:52 AM

so2, Your issue has been reported as unbootable computer. An expert will look at your post and advise you on the best route to take. A simple fix may be possible. Of course it is up to you whether to wait for someone to advise you or go ahead and try a reinstall of Windows.

Edited by Queen-Evie, 16 October 2012 - 11:25 AM.

#3 so2

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 12:55 AM

Hi all,

The problem has been solved.
I tried different ways of repairing the boot sector with the recovery CD from HP but is unable to get it repaired without doing a reinstallation of Windows.

I'm very sure that there must be a simpler fix for this, but in the end I reinstalled Windows - as it only takes a couple of hours to get everything back again and there wasn't much I couldn't lose/overwrite. So now its all working properly.

Thanks again for all your help :)
Will try not to be an idiot next time, and remember to backup/create my data/system image/recovery tools EARLY!!!


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Posted 17 October 2012 - 08:32 PM

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