Win95 Virus in Boot Sector!!

#1
Hi, Can someone help me with this problem,an elderly couple I know have this old Win95 PC, they do not have the Win95cd,they are not connected to the internet, but have got a virus in the boot sector,and has destroyed it!I can't get rid of the virus, as I can't get in to 'windows'have tried a 'start up disk'can get in to DOS but no commands seem to work, 'bad file name or command' comes up, they got the virus from a cheap game at a boot sale,I put in Fix-It utilties cd to try to boot up, thats when the RED screen came up saying a virus in the boot sector,any ideas as to what I can do to get it going????Many Thanks. :confused:
 

GoNz0

NTFS Stoner
#2
put there drive in your pooter as a slave & run a anti V scan on it is probably the easy way.

failing that, a low level format and lose all the info :(

and im sure you can get a copy of 95 off a file sharing app.
 

GoNz0

NTFS Stoner
#4
so long as he dont get a warez serial number, he has done no wrong ;)

and if i remember right, 95 remembers the serial number ???? (don't hold me to that, it's not like i still have a copy :p )
 
#5
I dont wanna put the drive in my pc,I have found a copy of win98 that I had on an old pc of mine, but I can't find the reg number,would the number be hidden on the CD somewhere?Cheers.
 
#6
Hi, have found the Win98 Manual with the serial number,should I now be able to use the 'start up' disk,use CD Rom support and install the Win98 system on it???
 

sboulema

OSNN Veteran Addict
#7
nope number is only on the back of the cd case or on the back of a booklet or on a case. and IIRC with windows 98 it was on the booklet
 

dreamliner77

The Analog Kid
#8
davmail said:
I dont wanna put the drive in my pc,I have found a copy of win98 that I had on an old pc of mine, but I can't find the reg number,would the number be hidden on the CD somewhere?Cheers.

It should be in the registry somewhere, but I forget where, seeing as I don't think I've touched 98 in about 5 years
 

loki

OSNN Junior Addict
#9
Easy, don't panic. Go to http://www.bootdisk.com , then download a DOS Bootdisk. Extract the file to a floppy disk, make it writeprotected (the disk, not only the files!), boot the computer with it, and run the following commands:

c: <enter>
fdisk /mbr <enter>

if there comes an error message, run it directly from the floppy:

a: <enter>
fdisk c: /mbr <enter>

That rewrites the Master Boot Record of the harddrive. Now reboot the system from the harddrive and run an antivirus app. That should get rid of it.

Good luck
 
#10
Thank you all for your help,I have the Original Win 98 CD,WITH the ORIGINAL manual WITH serial number on it,its a matching pair!!!Can I install that if all else fails????Thanks.
 

sboulema

OSNN Veteran Addict
#11
loki said:
Easy, don't panic. Go to http://www.bootdisk.com , then download a DOS Bootdisk. Extract the file to a floppy disk, make it writeprotected (the disk, not only the files!), boot the computer with it, and run the following commands:

c: <enter>
fdisk /mbr <enter>

if there comes an error message, run it directly from the floppy:

a: <enter>
fdisk c: /mbr <enter>

That rewrites the Master Boot Record of the harddrive. Now reboot the system from the harddrive and run an antivirus app. That should get rid of it.

Good luck
totally forget about that solution, that could do the trick. i would try that first and if that doesnt work, go for a format and install 98
 

loki

OSNN Junior Addict
#13
...and it's amazingly simple :)

You can move a little piece of plastic in one of its corners up- and downwards. Fix it in the upper position.

Hope it works :)
 
#14
Brilliant! Cheers, will let you know how I get on,hope I get it going as they are a nice old couple, and they miss their games on it.Thanks.
 
#15
i doubt a 95 pc owned by a couple of pensioners will be up to the task of running 98. make sure it's up to the job b4 you go and trash it :)
 

scriptasylum

OSNN Senior Addict
#19
I happen to have an actual Win95 disk in my pile of software from when my work was giving them away. I can part with it for just the cost of shipping if you need it! :cool:
 
#20
scriptasylum said:
I happen to have an actual Win95 disk in my pile of software from when my work was giving them away. I can part with it for just the cost of shipping if you need it! :cool:
Many thanks for your offer, but I should be able to get it going,cheers anyway.
:)
 

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