04-24-2010 03:52 PM
How do I get rid of a nasty boot sector virus on a Barracuda 1.5tb drive? I can't use any windows utility because the second windows sees it it will corrupt all the other drives in my system. The only thing I can think of is to use a bootable cd version of seatools for dos and use the quick zero fill. Does that reset the boot sector or do I have to use a unix/Lenix utility to clear it and if so, what?
04-25-2010 10:28 AM
Wow, its sure been a while since i've heard of one of those! : )
What made u aware that you had one though? (just Curious).
If you were to use a utility on the infected drive, i can see where it could "currupt" that drive.
But there's no rational for it infecting "all the other drives."
(btw - be mindful to have a good anti-virus up and running when you're working from windoze).
Now, Norton has a reputation for being good with boot sector viruses.
If you were to drop this into a system with norton on it (with updated definitions) and do a full disk scan, it would more than likely handle it.
Same goes for NOD32.
If you have windows installed on that other drive - just work from it.
You should also remember to enable Trend's Chip away boot virii BIOS features if your mobo comes with them
You dont have to do a low level format to get rid of this.
Just use one of those utilities (Avast is also good, I cant SWEAR for any others), to do a full disk scan.
If the drive becomes "corrupt" its just your MBR that has been damaged.
As simplistic a diagnostic tool the "recovery console" on a windows installation disks is, it can do the job of repairing the residual damage of the boot sector virus being deleted (the "corruption" ) with the command
-All the best!
04-26-2010 06:12 PM
04-27-2010 06:58 PM
So, it is VERY IMPORTANT then, that you first REMOVE the boot sector virus. before running a fixmbr command.
04-28-2010 12:57 AM
04-29-2010 06:41 PM
Thats a Great Idea actually. I used to export and store mine.
Then restore it with this little utility.
But its a great Idea to just have it there on the drive.
Heck - you could store a backup on ever drive you have!
I wonder why I never thought of that .
I'm going to backup my grub, and mbr this weekend.