Scan disk & defragment Fail Because of you VIRUS ~!!!!

Hello, My Computer suffer of this condition after my anti virus utilities prompt me a virus call "Hare.7720" it say it is a encrypted virus & can not manage to clean it, at the moment i can not go to Dos, scandisk, & defragment it also cause my windows 95 fail operatesmooth, as it fail me & restart my PC. before then i have done a back routine with my freinds hard disk , where we change the hard disk IDE cable....my friends tell me to check the IDE cable....but it is ok...
is it because the virus or The hardware failure...???? I blur about this.........cause it would cause much harm, as i need to do lot of project work....Pls Help me & advice me how to solve this problems.........

thank you everyone....
from Kei
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ssmith2217Connect With a Mentor Commented:
I have several Virus Encyclopedia that I look into. www.avertlabs.com, www.symanec.com, www.icsa.net and others. I don't see a mention of this particular HARE virus. This is a bad guy, BUT it is apparently cleanable. Try the freebie online scan from www.trendmicro.com Sometimes viruses are cleaned but the master boot record remains a problem. In this case, fdisk /mbr is a command line prompt creates a new master boot record. Type fdisk /? for info. before using it for details. The /mbr switch is undocumented.
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bparnesCommented:
I'm afraid the news is not good. The Hare virus is a particularly nasty one, and it does substantial damage to your hard drive. It won't do you much good to clean it off your hard drive because a lot of damage has already been done (as if I need to tell you that -- you experienced it first hand).

Your best bet is to yank the hard drive you have and put it in a drawer where it won't be used. Purchase a new hard drive, install it in your computer, then install Windows on it.

Do not use any floppies that have been in your computer while it was infected. Those floppies have a good chance of being infected too, and they'll just reinfect your new hard drive if you use them again.

I wish there were a better answer for you but this is the safest, most cost effective approach (once you factor in the amount of time it would otherwise take to deal with your infected disks). I saw no indication that you'll be able to completely get rid of that virus using any of the commercial anti-virus programs, and I wouldn't want you to take the chance with this virus.
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bparnesCommented:
I'm afraid the news is not good. The Hare virus is a particularly nasty one, and it does substantial damage to your hard drive. It won't do you much good to clean it off your hard drive because a lot of damage has already been done (as if I need to tell you that -- you experienced it first hand).

Your best bet is to yank the hard drive you have and put it in a drawer where it won't be used. Purchase a new hard drive, install it in your computer, then install Windows on it.

Do not use any floppies that have been in your computer while it was infected. Those floppies have a good chance of being infected too, and they'll just reinfect your new hard drive if you use them again.

I wish there were a better answer for you but this is the safest, most cost effective approach (once you factor in the amount of time it would otherwise take to deal with your infected disks). I saw no indication that you'll be able to completely get rid of that virus using any of the commercial anti-virus programs, and I wouldn't want you to take the chance with this virus.
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bparnesCommented:
Sorry for the double post. Wish I could remove one, just like I wish you could remove the virus. I can't, and you can't.
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celticsCommented:
Unfortunately bparnes is correct, see this article from Symantec. http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/hare.html
When you get your new hard drive, get a good antivirus package to prevent reinfection from any infected media, and also clean the virus off the infected media.  Best to just throw away the infected media if feasible and possible.
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Keiko23Author Commented:
Thanks To bparnes, celtics& ssmith2217 for help ..
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bparnesCommented:
ssmith2217, what led you to believe that this virus is "apparently cleanable?" Keep in mind that the folks at Symantec (Norton) explicitly say that they do not have any way of cleaning the virus at this time. Was there something in the other icsa or avertlabs site that led you to believe they could do the job better than Norton/Symantec? I missed that info and would like to check it out myself. Please point to something more specific than "apparently cleanable."

Remember that Kei has a lot of project work to do, and shouldn't spend a lot of time on something that doesn't have a high probability of succeeding. Alse remember that even if Kei can boot off the hard drive, there's still the problem of being functional with what is on the drive.

I'm concerned that you are sending Kei on a wild goose chase that will end up costing him a lot of time and effort with no positive outcome. It would be nice if you could allay some of my fears (and Kei's, I would assume).
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celticsCommented:
ssmith2217,
You are right this is a variant virus.  You may be able to remove the virus, in some magical way also.  But keep in mind, if you read the description of what the virus does, fdisk /mbr is not going to help.  This virus actually does damage to all data on the hard drive not just the boot sector.
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bparnesCommented:
Kei, if you are still reading this, I hope you listen to celtics and me rather than ssmith2217. Save yourself a lot of time and grief by getting a new hard drive. You probably wanted an excuse to buy a new big one anyway. :-)
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Keiko23Author Commented:
Bparnes, celtics & ssmith:)

some of my friends tell about to format my hard disk...is that possible ??
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bparnesCommented:
You can try to reformat your hard disk. That will wipe out all the data and programs on it, but I am not confident you will be able to eliminate the virus from your hard drive completely. It takes a lot more experience dealing with this stuff than you appear to have, in order to get the job done fully. That is why I suggest you start over again with known clean disks (floppy and hard).

If you don't do the job right, then you'll be right back here again with the same problem, having lost a lot of time in the meantime. If you don't have the skill to do it right, you have to rely on a professional, and then you will pay her/him what you could have spent to purchase a new drive.
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celticsCommented:
If you want to reformat the drive, get Norton Disk utilities and use it to clean the hard drive first.  Norton does a thourough drive reset.
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