Thanks for the reply. I read the linked posting & it seems clear & logical. I probably can resolve the problem via this method.
I only wish I knew this 2 hours earlier!
I was so convinced that I had been compromised that I decided to use a well trusted online virus scanner (wont mention who because what happened to me may be completely unrelated to using it & I dont want others to not use it fearing the same results).
In order to use this online scanner I had to download & install it via Active X. I had completely setup my security to NOT ALLOW download any Active X whatsoever, so I had to change my IE settings in order to allow this ActiveX installation. Well, the installation was completely successful, & it did find & disinfect a few low-risk infections which I already knew about--but wouldnt have caused any harm. Now the post you referred to makes complete sense & I am not so concerned about this dialer find by ewido. Geez, I could have just unplugged the phone line completely, being that I use satallite broadband. Unfortunately, I didnt know this before
I did the online scan install & scan because after the scan completed, & I read the results, I rebooted my computer. Well all hell broke loose!!!!! I couldnt reboot to my XP OS!!!
Fortunately, I have a dual OS boot system installed so I booted to Windows 98 successfully. I went directly to windows explorer to check my XP OS drive contents only to find that the previously assigned drive letters on my drives had been somehow reassigned!!!
My XP OS drive letter was J
, but now it is L
, so therefore when I try to boot to my XP it obviously is looking for the system on the new J
& doesnt know to look in L
This is way over my head!! I know it must be fixable--some how--some way!
Being that I have over 150GB of files, programs, & all sorts of things saved everywhere on my system I absolutely refuse to just format
the drive/partitions & the like & reinstall the OS etc. unless there is absolutely no other way
to resolve this issue. All my data seems to be there & intact, so I know I can grab a few hundred disks & start to copy it all, but the days/weeks it would take to come close to getting it back to where it was is totally undesirable & unacceptable!
So, if anyone knows how to resolve this issue your help will be deeply appreciated.
I am going to repost this in a new topic.
I dont know what may have caused this to happen...My educated guess is some vermin may have gotten in while I was downloading the installer with my system open to the world for Active X invaders!!
I will NEVER do that again..My system was secure & just to see if I was infected by one thing I dropped the protection I unwittingly opened my doors to possibly someting else much much worse!!!!!
Please wish me some luck, I can really use some right now!!
Edited by DreamRyder, 17 July 2006 - 05:34 PM.