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An XP boot cycle loop with an interesting twist

The LandoStanderThe LandoStander Registered User regular
I had a guest over a few days ago and I think a questionable website was visited because my Avast program went crazy and I think it was actually overwhelmed, like there were just that many mal-wares and viruses on this site. Things couldn't be deleted or moved to the virus chest fast enough and the computer re-started.

It gives the usual error message about not being properly shut down and offers the options of starting in Safe mode or Normal etc. However it won't respond to any keyboard input. It defaults to starting normally, shows a few moments of the XP start up screen and then re-starts. This also happens when I try and use my XP CD to try and recover things, the keyboard inputs don't register and it goes into asking me if I want to boot in Safe Mode or Normal.

If I catch things while the BIOS is doing it's thing I can get into the BIOS menu and the USB keyboard works just fine.

I've tried slaving the afflicted Hard Drive to one of my working PCs and giving it a scan with some anti-virus software and caught a few things but the problem persists when I try to boot from the afflicted Hard Drive.

I'd prefer not to format the Drive, but I'm not sure what else I can try.

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    Mega PlayboyMega Playboy Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    It sounds like your start up sequence is frak. Have you tried a Spybot+AVG+Ad-adware sweep while it was a slave to a working computer. You might have to save what you can and reformat.

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    The LandoStanderThe LandoStander Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    I've run Avast and Spybot S&D on the drive while it was slaved and it still had the issue.

    I've already saved most of the files I needed but since I didn't anticipate any problem like this my Documents and Settings folder weren't set to be shared so when I try and pull a few files/folders from the drive that used to just hang out on my desktop I get the old "access denied" message.

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    shadydentistshadydentist Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    Boot with a Ubuntu liveCD to get the files you want out. Then reformat.

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    Mega PlayboyMega Playboy Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    Boot with a Ubuntu liveCD to get the files you want out. Then reformat.

    I second this call.

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    RBachRBach Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    Boot with a Ubuntu liveCD to get the files you want out. Then reformat.

    I second this call.

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    TofystedethTofystedeth Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    I've run Avast and Spybot S&D on the drive while it was slaved and it still had the issue.

    I've already saved most of the files I needed but since I didn't anticipate any problem like this my Documents and Settings folder weren't set to be shared so when I try and pull a few files/folders from the drive that used to just hang out on my desktop I get the old "access denied" message.

    This can usually be fixed by making sure you take ownership of all files in the slave drive.
    To do this right click on the drive click properties. Go to security -> advanced -> Owner. click the change owner to, select your name, check apply to subfolders. this can take quite a while to apply to all files in the drive. That should let you get your files back.

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