Infected computer keeps rebooting!

By randerson7 ·
Following restoring a Dell XP Home computer, the machine shows that it is infected and keeps rebooting. There is no current antivirus installed and unable to install due to reboots. Any suggestions?
Wallpaper is ants crawling all over the desktop.

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Can you use F8 to get it started in safe mode??

by robo_dev In reply to Infected computer keeps r ...

hit f8 repeatedly when PC resets...should get Windows boot menu.

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Darik's Boot and Nuke

by nepenthe0 In reply to Infected computer keeps r ...

Download an iso file and burn a bootable CD with CDBurnerXP:

Both are freeware. The CDBurnerXP site has clearly written instructions for creating a bootable CD.

After you have wiped the hard drive, reformat NTFS and reinstall the operating system from the installation/recovery CD.

Rick/Portland, OR

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You might be able to rescue this system by scanning with

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Infected computer keeps r ...

A downloaded and burned Ultimate Boot CD.

This will boot form the optical drive within it's own environment. You could boot from it and run one of it's anti-virus scanners: ClamWin would be my weapon of choice.

You can also use UBCD as a launching point for a Repair Install, if the damage is minor.

I'm not particularly familiar with the Dell family but is there not a BIOS option that would inhibit 're-boot on error' ?

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If you can get into Safe Mode

by Jacky Howe In reply to Infected computer keeps r ...

From another PC download and install these programs and copy the the installed folders along with stng380.exe to a USB Stick.

Download Spybot - Search & Destroy 1.5.2 and install it. Update it.

Download Stinger

Boot into Safe Mode as Robo has suggested and run Stinger. Restart in Safe Mode and run Spybot.

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