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Absolutely flummoxed - BIOS virus?

By bfindlay ·
Wierdest behaviour I have ever heard of. I got infected with a trojan (virusblast) that tried to sell me software to 'clean up spypware and viruses'. (It WAS the viruse).

I flashed my BIOS to an updated version, then installed a new hard drive - formatted it, and installed WIndows. The install took far, far longer than it should - on the order of three hours or so. The computer is slow as molasses now taking 3 to 5 minutes to boot into windows, 30 seconds or so to open a window or any other tasks.

This is on a new, virgin windows install on a brand new formatted HD. Then a window pops ups saying that there are 55 errors in my registry (BRAND NEW SYSTEM!) and directs me to a third party site (registryupdate.com) to install a 'registry cleaner' that I am supposed to pay for.

This is the exact same behaviour as the machine had before I stuck the new HD in, and installed windows - except the scam is now pointing to 'registry update' instead of virus blast. Obviously the data for this did not come from corruption on a hard drive - there was no old hard drive in the system - and I deleted all partitions and re-formatted the hard drive upon installing it. The virus must live in the BIOS - but how can this be!? I am so confused, and at a loss on the correct move to bring my machine back to life.

Any help appreciated.

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Old old remedy

by jimmie In reply to Absolutely flummoxed - BI ...

The bios can only remember things because of the battery power. Remove the battery and allow the bios to "die" (run out of power). This will cause any "non-embedded" program instructions to simply disappear.

Try booting the computer a few times to speed up the using up of the remaining bios power after the battery has been removedd.

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The floppy

by butkus In reply to Old old remedy

It's on the floppy.

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Have you tried replacing th eBIOS chip altogether?

by cepedajoe In reply to Absolutely flummoxed - BI ...

From what seems to be going on the only thing that may work would be to replace the chip.
Is this an option?

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Refusal to label and address Malware, Adware as Viruses by Manufacuturers

by pbrownlee In reply to Absolutely flummoxed - BI ...

I had a similar trial by fire over this virusburst slamware. I dscovered this a few weeks back. It beat my firewall and AV and only the onchip AV stopped it from going further. After contacting my AV co. and several other highly respected AV firms ie. Symantec, McAffee, Sophos et. al.. They informed me it was just malware and not a Virus.
I then did a web search and found that this is an offshore programmmer probably laundering their slamware from Geneva, Switzerland. On this search a gentleman programmer had written a rootkit removal program that removes and kills this G@#....$&*T from the HDD and RAM for FREE. Thankfully I don't believe this is a BIOS virus. However once fully installed there are chunks of it that may infect the embedded RAM on the H.D.D. itself.
When are the Programmmers and Software Co.s and Manufacturers going to realize most of us users just want this crap stopped dead we don't care what it affects only that it wastes our time and resources.

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BIOS virus

by jw1ls5n0129 In reply to Absolutely flummoxed - BI ...

I have read that you have a trojan and it can live on a CD or DVD even the XP CD and I went round every thing till I did a scan on the CD and there it was ,hope this helps. where did I buy the CD (ebay)

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Re Virusburst

by gypsy2 In reply to Absolutely flummoxed - BI ...

I had this beast but try Roguescan fix. It worked for me.

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Just a Thought

by Devious Mind In reply to Absolutely flummoxed - BI ...

While your slowdown COULD be virus-related, eliminate other possibilities first. I agree with JAFA that even a new HDD can be defective. I've heard that some manufacturers don't even test their drives, but leave that up to the buyer! An easy way to see where the slowdown is occurring would be to install FreshDiagnose (free), and use the benchmark utilities therein to see if your CPU or HDD is the culprit. If the drive seems to be the cause, try replacing the cables first, then try your second IDE or SATA port before trying another drive. Most drive manufacturers supply a diagnostic program that will run from a boot floppy. This would get around any virus, assuming you first go into setup and select the floppy as the first boot device. If all else fails, try another power supply, as low voltage or noise on the +12V could affect data transfers. If the CPU benchmark is bad, go into setup when you boot and make sure the CPU cache is enabled, and that CPU and memory settings are what they should be. Finally, go into Windows Device Manager and make sure DMA is enabled in your HDD settings.

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fdisk /mbr without losing data?

by bfindlay In reply to Just a Thought

can I do this on my existing, data filled drives, without destroying
them ? (The data on them that is).

Ie, if I run fdisk /mbr does this automatically delete partitions, or
reformat, or otherwise render the drive inaccessible until formated?

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YES

by Chim Chim 1959 In reply to fdisk /mbr without losing ...

YES no data loss

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I dont think

by zlitocook In reply to Absolutely flummoxed - BI ...

It is a BIOS virus, most new mainboards come with some type of bios protection. Ether by jumper or by bios protection, a warning will come up saying something is trying to write to the system or cmos. This is a system message not a software message, mine has a jumper on it and has to be moved if I need to flash the bios.

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