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Removing HitmanPro.Kickstart from usb


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#1 res1492

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 08:04 AM

Hello im hoping you can help me with a problem i'm having, I created a HitmanPro.Kickstart USB flash drive following the instructions at this link How to Create HitmanPro.Kickstart USB flash drive.

Everything ran fine, but now i have formatted the usb stick because i want to use it to install win7 but everytime i tried to boot from it i get the Kickstart option screen", i have formatted about 4 times now, first 2 were "quick formats" but the last 2 were low level, still no luck.
Is it leaving some files on the usb stick or are they in my MBR on the computer?
 
i should really try booting from the stick on another computer but dont have one to hand ATM
 
Please can you help
Thanks in advance

Edited by res1492, 30 November 2013 - 04:44 PM.


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Posted 30 November 2013 - 10:25 AM

Hi,

 

You can try MiniTool® Partition Wizard - http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html - which can rebuild the MBR of the USB flash drive.  This should resolve the problem for you.


Edited by dls62, 30 November 2013 - 10:26 AM.


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Posted 30 November 2013 - 11:01 AM

According to the HitmanPro.Kickstart - User Manual , when using it, the USB flash drive will be formatted and all necessary files will be retrieved from the HitmanPro servers and written to the flash drive. After using it to remove malware infection you can add your own files to the usb drive and use the remaining space but the files for disinfection will always be available to use on another infected machine. There is no mention in the user guide or the FAQs to completely remove all the Kickstart files.

You may want to contact their support team (support@hitmanpro.com) as they may have special instructions.
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Posted 30 November 2013 - 04:43 PM

Hi,

 

You can try MiniTool® Partition Wizard - http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html - which can rebuild the MBR of the USB flash drive.  This should resolve the problem for you.

 

Thanks will give it a go, although i have installed the win7 installers to the stick using WinAIO Maker Professional 4 times now, would that not rebuild the MBR on the usb
 

 

 

You may want to contact their support team (support@hitmanpro.com) as they may have special instructions.

 

Thanks i have already done that, waiting for a response


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Posted 30 November 2013 - 05:24 PM

On a small number of occasions I have come across situations like this where bootable software has written its own code to the mbr. Until a standard mbr has been restored the special code will always run when the drive is booted from. A normal format does not restore a standard mbr. Specialist disk partitioning software such as the MiniTool utility is required. Acronis Disk Director is an alternative, among others.

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 05:28 PM

On a small number of occasions I have come across situations like this where bootable software has written its own code to the mbr. Until a standard mbr has been restored the special code will always run when the drive is booted from. A normal format does not restore a standard mbr. Specialist disk partitioning software such as the MiniTool utility is required. Acronis Disk Director is an alternative, among others.

I have tried using EasyBCD to rewrite the MBR but still no luck, i thought that it does the same as the 2 you suggested, am i mistaken?

 

i have even wiped the MBR completely and used BootRec.exe /fixmbr,/FixBoot,/RebuildBcd to sort the problem but still no ball

 

thanks for all your help btw


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Posted 30 November 2013 - 05:49 PM

I am not that familiar with EasyBCD but I understand that it and Bootec.exe are primarily for repairing boot information on Windoows system disks, particularly on dual boot systems, rather than USB flash drives. That may be why they have not solved the problem.

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 05:55 PM

hmmmm, yes you are right, ill give MiniTool® Partition Wizard a go tomorrow and post back, sorry i cant do it now its way past my bed time...or so the misses says......thanks for your help but can we pick this up tomorrow same time



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Posted 30 November 2013 - 07:22 PM

You may want to contact their support team (support@hitmanpro.com) as they may have special instructions.

 Thanks i have already done that, waiting for a response

If they reply, please let us know what they advise.
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Posted 01 December 2013 - 01:38 PM

Following on from yesterday, and it being a lazy Sunday(!), I created my own Kickstart USB flash drive this morning.  Looking at the MBR, yes the installer does write proprietary code to it.  So the MBR does need rebuilding as I mentioned above.



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Posted 01 December 2013 - 01:59 PM

You would think that basic information in regard to doing that should be included in the User Guide so folks are aware.
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Posted 01 December 2013 - 02:07 PM

I agree.  Clearly some companies don't think that consumers would want to uninstall their software.



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Posted 01 December 2013 - 02:30 PM

Following on from yesterday, and it being a lazy Sunday(!), I created my own Kickstart USB flash drive this morning.  Looking at the MBR, yes the installer does write proprietary code to it.  So the MBR does need rebuilding as I mentioned above.

Ok so, first off thanks for taking the trouble and time to test out the Kickstart USB flash drive, i am in the process of wiping the usb stick again using MiniTool® Partition Wizard, im then going to reinstall the win7 installer to it using WinAIO Maker Professional "Wintousb'' option,then try rebuilding the MBR on the stick again.

 

When i tried rebuilding the MBR of the stick earlier i could not get my machine to boot from it, as if there was no MBR there, although usually it would say just that.  "'MBR missing'' but it just hangs at blinking cursor.

 

Just to clarify is it the MBR on the usb stick that needs rebuilding or the systems  MBR?

 

Its not important that i get it to work as i can just install win 7 from disk but i cant let it go without a resolution, like a dog with a bone.

 

Once again thanks for all your help and like i said if i cant sort it out i'll just use the disk instead


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Posted 01 December 2013 - 02:44 PM

Yes it's the MBR on the stick that needs rebuilding.  I'm not quite sure what you mean by wiping the stick, but any thing you do to the MBR needs to be done before you install Win 7 on the stick.

 

As you're wiping the disk, then from within MiniTool Partition Wizard the easiest thing to do would be:

 

1. Click on the Disk header (e.g. Disk 2) for the USB stick.  It should be fairly obvious from the capcity which is the right one, but your system disk will undoubtedly be Disk 1.

2. Click on Delete all Partitions, Click Yes to confirm and click Apply in the top toolbar.

3. Click on *: below the Disk header, then click Create Partition.  Set Create As to Primary and File System to Fat32.  Then click OK.

4. Click Apply.

 

The newly created partition will have a fresh MBR and you can now install Win 7 onto it.  You should be good to go from there.


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Posted 01 December 2013 - 02:55 PM

Yes it's the MBR on the stick that needs rebuilding.  I'm not quite sure what you mean by wiping the stick, but any thing you do to the MBR needs to be done before you install Win 7 on the stick.

 

As you're wiping the disk, then from within MiniTool Partition Wizard the easiest thing to do would be:

 

1. Click on the Disk header (e.g. Disk 2) for the USB stick.  It should be fairly obvious from the capcity which is the right one.

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Sorry for not explaining myself, i just meant i was zeroing any data on the stick so i can start from fresh, i have rebuilt the MBR using mini tool so im going to install the win7 setup files to it now.

thanks again, fingers crossed






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