I was convinced that I was compromised by a virus. My ewido anti-spyware said it found a Dialer.Generic but my Trend Micro Internet Security 2005 didnt find it nor did anything else I had find anything. So 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 download any Active X whatsoever, so I had to change my IE settings to allow the ActiveX installation. Well, the installation was completely successful & it did find & disinfect a few very low-risk infections which I knew about--but wasnt conserned with. So, I decided after reading a few other related topics, & the results from the online scan didnt find this Dialer.Generic, I wasnt so concerned about this dialer found by ewido. Besides, I dont use my modem since migrating to Satellite Broadband.
I therefore decided to reboot my computer. Well all hell broke loose!! I couldnt reboot to my XP OS! Not even in Safe Mode!! 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 only to find that the previously assigned drive letters on a few of 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 looked for the OS on the New J Drive & obviously didn't know to look in New L Drive instead!!!
This is way over my head, but 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 back to where I was is totally undesirable & unacceptable!
So, if anyone knows how to resolve this issue your help will be deeply appreciated. Maybe it can be as simple as finding the boot loader for my operating systems & somehow tell it that for XP look in L rather than J. I know I might have to do a lot of reinstalling & manipulating of files, but that would be soooo much easier than reformatting & reinstalling everything!
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!! The only thing I have done since that might disprove this is I scanned the entire computer from the Windows 98 platform--and it shows clean.
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 possibably unwittingly opened my doors to someting else much much worse!!!!!
Then again, this may not be virus caused, but some silly(not smiling) coincidental file corruption?? I havent got a clue otherwise.
So again, if anyone knows how to possibly resolve this issue your help will be deeply appreciated.
Thank you for putting up with my rambeling. Im hoping you can help me with this mess.
Bobby aka DreamRyder
Edited by DreamRyder, 17 July 2006 - 08:51 PM.