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Virus: maybe called Medusa

By avand1 ·
I have this vicious virus that has written to the bios, flashing did not kill, the MB is toast.
Is there a way of saving the hard drive, maybe a low level format. Anyone heard of this one, Symantec database does not have an entry or anyone else for that matter.

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by Mike (from Canada) In reply to Virus: maybe called Medus ...

you probably downloaded a file from a not so well-known source.

A low level format will destroy any data (including any viruses on the hard drive).

And if your definition of toast is burnt, then try replacing your RAM and maybe that will solvethe problem.

Just remember, dont let ANYONE even unknown sources that say they are the best toast any part of your PC.

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to Virus: maybe called Medus ...

Most HD manufacturers have a utility, like powermax from Maxtor or the datalifeguard disk from western dig that'll do this for you. Some bioses will have a utility built into it that'll do that also (obviously you're talking about putting this on another board).

As far as the bios goes, if you havent already, pull the power connectors and the batter from the motherboard. A lot of times, these things just end up being something that resides in memory or some cache on the board.

Good luckto you

Mark

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by douglas_debow In reply to Virus: maybe called Medus ...

I wouldn't right of that m/b so fast
flashing is not the right way "flush it" !
flashing dosen't always clear everything.

remove the batt. locate the erase cmos jumpers.
(jumper them closed for a while)
if you take the h/d out first it can't reinfect the bios !
then try the m/b it should work
you also might want a new flash disk
(when you find a new virus you can't be to careful)
then you have a small problem. when you reinstall the h/d. if you low level format it will clear the virus if it dosen't get a chance to read it first.
also be carefull of any disks that could have been
infected cd-burner to

I managed a few new virus that way.

JUST CATCH THEM EARLY and DON'T REINFECT YOUR SELF
hope it helps

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by avand1 In reply to Virus: maybe called Medus ...

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by avand1 In reply to Virus: maybe called Medus ...

Hi,

The actual problem turned out to be a defective
hard drive. I should NOT have listened to anyone and went with my intial suspicion. I took the system apart and did not run into any snags until the hard drive was introduced. It would allow me to install the OS, get a few clean boots, then mayhem. Virus smirus, after about 40-50 hrs of aggravation I learned to K.I.S.S. ,keep it simple stupid!! Trade out known good for suspected bad hardware!! No more helping out friends and listening to EXPERTS, present company excluded, even after their machine is fixed, they figure you are married to their box!! IF they want to know how do things on THEIR computer, read a flippin book!! I want a divorce!! Okay, it's out of my system, think I'lltry a hobby that doesn't involve a plethorea of moving parts and instructions that are open to interpertation by everyonr ypu talk to. Guess I still have issues with this, gardening sounds good.

Andy

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by avand1 In reply to Virus: maybe called Medus ...

Hi,

The actual problem turned out to be a defective hard drive. I should NOT have listened to anyone and went with my intial suspicion. I took the system apart and did not run into any snags until the hard drive was introduced. It would allow me to install the OS, get a few clean boots, then mayhem. Virus smirus, after about 40-50 hrs of aggravation I learned to K.I.S.S. ,keep it simple stupid!! Trade out known good for suspected bad hardware!! No more helping out friends and listening toEXPERTS, present company excluded, even after their machine is fixed, they figure you are married to their box!! IF they want to know how do things on THEIR computer, read a flippin book!! I want a divorce!! Okay, it's out of my system, think I'll try a hobby that doesn't involve a plethorea of moving parts and instructions that are open to interpertation by everyone you talk to. Guess I still have issues with this, gardening sounds good.

Andy

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by jereg In reply to Virus: maybe called Medus ...

Use an anti-virus checker.

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by avand1 In reply to Virus: maybe called Medus ...

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by Daz'n'Ash In reply to Virus: maybe called Medus ...

I see your frustration, but for good info about the latest and ugliest viruses check www.getvirushelp.com

In future you might like to take time to get more than one opinion about PC work of any kind.

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