Remove boot sector virus

Packard bell / Multimedia 800au
October 11, 2010 at 02:32:13
Specs: Windows 7, 2.13 GHz, 4GB RAM
Hi
I am trying to resurrect a Windows 95 hard drive to get all its data off, and I have a DOS boot disk which I can use to support CD and do a DIR on the c drive. Problem is that I can't access directories of the hard drive, because it tells me -
Not ready reading drive c:
I know that it is a virus because its previous owner told me so and all evidence points to a boot sector virus.
Could I use antivirus from a CD to get rid of this thing?
Thanks.

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#1
October 11, 2010 at 10:49:00
"to get all its data off"
You don't need to disinfect it to do that. Can the machine boot from a bootable cd.
"Could I use antivirus from a CD to get rid of this thing?"
your question suggest that it can

larry


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#2
October 11, 2010 at 16:51:56
I can access it with a boot disk, but as I said, the hard drive won't let me in to remove my data.
Thanks

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#3
October 12, 2010 at 15:44:13
Can the machine boot from a bootable cd???
"Could I use antivirus from a CD to get rid of this thing?" yes but you need to be able to boot from the cd.
http://www.avg.com/ie-en/avg-rescue-cd

http://www.askvg.com/download-free-...

all of these require you be able to boot from the cd drive.

if you can boot from the cd you can just use this to get your data
http://distrowatch.com/index.php?di...

if you can't boot from the cd, you can create a puppy boot floppy on another machine and use it to boot from and run the puppy cd on your machine.
you can also pull the drive out & put it in a another computer, either externally or internally but, this is not something I perfer to do with a potentially infected drive.

"I know that it is a virus because its previous owner told me so and all evidence points to a boot sector virus."
I think it is just as likely the drive is toast, which means you will never get the data off.
"Problem is that I can't access directories of the hard drive, because it tells me -
Not ready reading drive c:"
is the drive recognized in the bios?? if not it may to bad and won't be recognized by any software you try.

larry


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#4
October 17, 2010 at 02:05:58
Sorry for the long wait.
It can boot from cd, and the drive is recognized in the BIOS. Thanks for giving me links.

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