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Hi, there,

I had formatted my C drive (20G) and tried to install Windows98 on it. Averything was fine before installation of Windows98. When Windows98 setup started to install, it displayed a message: "Boot Write, VIRUS!!!" and stuck.

I judged there is a virus in the Boot Sector. In order to kill it, I did:

A:\> fdisk/mbr   <ENTER>
A:\> sys c:      <ENTER>
A:\> format c:/s <ENTER>

I believe that these operations will kill any virus hiding in the Boot Sector.  However, after the operations, I still got the same problem in the process of installation of windows98.

Could anybody tell me whether the operations above are incorrect? say, A:\> format c:/s <ENTER> should be A:\> format c: <ENTER>, or other?

And how to solve this problem (I don't mind to re-format the drive if it can kill all of virus).

Thank you,

XWL

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Do you have enabled the virus protection in the BIOS?
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Ummm you have listed this quesion twice and I commented in the other question. Following is that comment

The virus may be on the floppy. Also some BIOS have an Anti-virus setting for the boot sector and will
sometimes report that something is writing to the BOOT sector and that it might be a virus. When setting
up Win98 it needs to write to the boot sector and the BIOS will look at it as a possible virus. What
you need to do is to go into the BIOS and turn off the Anti-Virus setting and then install Win98 and
then turn go back and turn on the BIOS Anti-Virus.


The Crazy One
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by:XWL
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Thank you Crazy One and imags, I will check that, I don't think I did disabled the antivirus of BIOS. By the way, What is your opnion about the operations I posted above? Should the last step be "Format C:" or "Format C:/s" ?

Onece again thank you. As long as I tried your idea, I will grant you points.

XWL  
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Like CrazyOne said, it sounds like your bios is just detecting the changes made by the windows 98 setup, and assuming it's a virus.  If you just disable the virusscan options in the bios you should be able to get through it without any problems.  Then just re-enable it later.
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>>>Format C: or Format C:/s

Doesn't matter. /s puts some system file on the drive but so will doing the setup you are going to do.
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Thank you CrazyOne and others,

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