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How do I beat this virus?

By Ian Boothby ·
I've got the WIN32/Magistr.A virus on my PC (running WME). I've "healed" it with AVG, but it has stopped a lot working, e.g. installer, A-drive, shutdown etc. I've tried to re-install WME but that won't work because SUWIN is corrupted. I cannot reformat because I've no floppy drive to boot from. I've cleared the CMOS and tried accessing the A drive from DOS, but that doesn't work either! WHAT DO I DO NOW???

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by Bob A In reply to How do I beat this virus?

Ian, I think I had the same problem. When you boot do you get an error that there is a non system disk, remove and strike any key. If that is the error message on boot up, you must reinstall the OS (Win ME) You should be able to boot to your CD. Most new PC's boot to the floppy/hard drive and CD on reboot. I would recommend you format your hard drive and then reinstall your OS. Then go online and buy online virus protection, like I did and protect yourself! Good Luck!

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by mskiproductions In reply to How do I beat this virus?

There are Vius's can can corrupt your bios. First step would be to find a switch or jumper on the systemboard that says something like 'CMOS CEAR', if you have a systemboard manual it will tell you where it is. Unplug the PC from the mains and trip this switch. Leave it for 1 hour, then put the switch/jumper back to how it was. If the PC does not function properly after this, you will need a new sys/board. In future, make sure flash bios protection is enabled, then you will not have this problem.

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by JMinard In reply to How do I beat this virus?

I would go into the cmos and make the cdrom your first boot device. Then boot from the cdrom and reinstall the os to see if that helps. or worse comes to worse and it won't let you install.. . you could always **** away the windows directory and reinstall it. . .then reload you programs.
You can alos try getting NAV and booting from that cdrom. To see if you can run a scan on it.

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by WanabeDrSean In reply to How do I beat this virus?

this particular virus is a mass mailer kind of like the famed melissa virus there is no antivirus software that can clean this virus without deleting the file that it has infected in order to fix your problems you will have to restore the files thatwere deleted by the antivirus software If your a novice then this may be difficult for you so try this:
go to the start button then programs,accesories,system tools and choose (system recovery) this lets your computer restore files back to the way your computer was at a certain date pick a date before you were infected and restore the system to that point.

ps: this virus does not damage hardware and typicly affects machines in accounting and law offices because of the nature of thevirus andwhat it does.

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by Ian Boothby In reply to How do I beat this virus?

Thanks to ALL - I have solved the problem by re-flashing the BIOS (with an updated version), clearing CMOS, formatting the HD and doing a clean install of WME. PC now running well, with a new anti-virus program (free from grisoft.com)!

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