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  1. jakeatolla

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    Hi all. Just dropping a line to say I'll be AWOL due to a
    nasty virus that side lined my computer. Thank god
    for my ITouch.
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    Sorry to hear of- But having helped other members in past-
    PLS PM or post - Is your problem with a Win or Mac system?
    Next- describe better, OP syst. + details .. (only if Win Sys)
    Last, do you have access to another compt.- to receive/ copy/transfer files onto the problem compt. ?
    May try to help/advise- with answers
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    I'm running a pc with XP 3rd service pack.
    My antivirus program cleared the bug, but now
    my pc will not load past the recovery alert screen.
    I shoved an old hard drive in the tower and put a new
    Xp install on it,and then connected the old drive as a slave.
    I can view the old drive, I even tried to restore some of
    the missing files. But the old drive still won't boot up.
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    Try putting the original hard drive in (as master if using IDE drive)

    Turn on PC

    Press F8 repeatedly

    Select Safe Mode

    If that doesn't work then you probably need to do a Repair Install on the old drive. To do that pop the CD in and press any key when prompted. Follow the onscreen instructions to do a repair install. Usually you just press R.
     
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    I tried that first. When I pressed R to do a repair, it just opened
    up a dos session. And if I try to start up in safe mode, it
    loads for 10 seconds then the computer restarts .

    My one question is, can I reinstall windows xp overtop
    of the existing version without afecting the other directories
    on the drive?
     
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    Pull your user files off the old drive, format and Re-install.
    You can try doing a system restore, but chances are if it's that bad of a virus, it's already infected the boot sector and other critical areas of the original OS - All you'd be doing is wasting time.

    When you pull your userfiles, make DAMN SURE you have Avast Installed, up and running. Otherwise You'll pull the virus with your user files.

    Scan your guinnepig hard drive with Avast Antivirus. It's way stronger than the McCrap and NumbNorton.

    If you can't pull data off of the drive, you may have had a drive failure due to a virus Re-writing to the same spot over and over. A scandisk may help to mark a bad cluster and allow you to boot, but its no guarantee.
     
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