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I have my Aunt's computer with me and told her I would do what I could to make it functional again. I'm looking for the best plan of attack, and trying to get her up and running again for the lowest cost possible. This is what I know so far.
- system could dual boot into Windows 98 and 2000. After booting into 2000 the system would shut down within five minutes. The files she would like to recover are on the 2000 partition.
- she was told there is a virus on the hard-drive by some IT guy at her work. One of them installed avast and did a boot-time scan. Some files were quarantined which should not have been, and now the computer will only boot into Windows 98. For 2000 it starts to load and then the video signal is lost.
- the optical drive does not work, and she either does not own or could not find her OS/restore disk. She thinks the operating systems are legit, so I have no reason to believe otherwise.
My first thought was to try to restore the files quarantined by avast, boot 2000 into safe mode, and run every virus and adware scan I can find. My search so far has come up empty though - no idea if it is possible to restore these files without being to boot into the OS where avast is installed.