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    Question Hardware or a virus problem?


    Hi,
    I work with a win 2000 network. I got message on a win 2000 Professional computer: "inaccessible boot device..".I restart in a recovery console and ran chkdsk c: /r, and after that the computer booted normaly.After few minutes I received a message that indicates a problem with a registry key "configure/security/" and the computer could not boot again
    How can i tell if it is a hardware problem or a mbr virus?
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    Use one of these free online virus scanners to rule out a virus:

    Trend Micro
    http://housecall.trendmicro.com/

    Panda ActiveScan
    http://www.pandasoftware.com/actives..._principal.htm

    McAfee FreeScan
    http://us.mcafee.com/root/mfs/default.asp

    Symantec
    http://securityresponse.symantec.com/

    Did you create an ERD when the machine was setup? You could use this along with the repair option in setup to restore your registry.

    Please post your results
    Tom
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    Thumbs up RE: Hardware or a virus problem?


    Today I tried to recover the computer again but:
    1. Recovery console: fixboot didn't help
    2. Recovery console: chkdsk c: /r (again) didn't help
    so, I tried to
    3. format c:
    We use Compaq PC with Compaq CD. After formating, Instaling the OS didn't pass normaly, I received a message: couldn't copy gpedit.dll and (maybe a wrong decision but) I restarted the computer and tried again. It didn't work.
    I don't have very much time to experiment because I work with a big computer network, and Imy college insissted to send the computer to the service. I still suppose it was maight be a computer virus. The floppies that the user used couldn't be formated also because of unrecognized file system!
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    Sounds like you are strapped for time. You might be better off backing-up the critical data and performing a clean install (deleting the old partitions).

    Good luck, curious to hear how this pans out.
    Tom

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