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Virus??? I am not sure

By sherlocksridhar ·
Hi

I have Windows 98 on my PC. Lately, Windows Help gets fired up on its own, Other running apps have their options toggled. Suspecting a virus, I got an antivirus and scanned the system. Sure enough, it detected two viruses. So, I downloaded a dos-based antivirus to a clean system along with a boot floppy from the sam system. when I booted from this floppy, after some time, junk characters started appearing in the command prompt. I tried booting into Windows, but the display has changed from 24 bit color to 16 colors!

Is this a virus? Or is something wrong with my hardware??

The antivirus is executed from a CD.

Regards
Sridhar

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by wallrae In reply to Virus??? I am not sure

Have you gone into your settings and tried to
re-configure back to 24 bit color?

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by Curacao_Dejavu In reply to Virus??? I am not sure

Since you found the viruses, go to the website of symantec (norton.com) and find out how to clean the viruses. You can also scan for virusses from the symantec website.

The dosbased floppy may not help if it's using outdated virussignatures.

Leopold

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by sherlocksridhar In reply to Virus??? I am not sure

Hi

I agree that the virus signatures may be outdated, but after booting from a clean floppy, the virus cannot be activated, right? Then how come junk characters appear?

Am I missing something here?

Regards
Sridhar

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by 1stladytech In reply to Virus??? I am not sure

Can you tell us which viruses were detected? Each virus needs to be removed differently, depending on what it has done to your system.

Vickie

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by HBE In reply to Virus??? I am not sure

Booting from a floppy should temporarily disable virusses, or at least: most of them.
You didnt accidently create your bootdiskette on the PC in question i hope? (of so, make another one on a system you know for a fact to be clean).

When you have problems with your video-output, (but make sure you get rid of the virusses first!!) start windows in safe mode. Change videosetting to 'standard vga' mode and restart windows.

by the way: make sure you use the most recent antivirus definitions AND removals! You can download removals for free from www.mcafee.com or www.symantec.com for instance.
If you find a virus and it's been cleaned, reboot the system (turn it OFF then ON, not just restart) and run the scanner AGAIN. Repeat until the scanner finds nothing.

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