I recently experienced a major problem with my Win98SE machine. I was doing some research online on Parental Control software at the major VirusScan sites (Symantec and McAfee) and I saw a link for a free, quick virus scan of my computer. Now, I always meant to install Virus Scan software and had always recommended it to friends, but I never installed it on my PC. I did the scan and found that I was infected with Sobig.e. Doh! Well, I subscribed to McAfee VirusScan online and downloaded the software and cleaned the system. I then shutdown the PC and went away for the weekend. I came back and was unable to fully boot the PC. It would run the Win98 executable and get me to the login screen. Once I logged in, the computer would hang and never complete the boot sequence. I tried booting up in safe mode but it did the same thing. I was able to boot to a DOS prompt and I saw that my files were intact.
My questions would be:
1) With the limited info provided, would you point a finger at McAfee? I remember VirusScan software installations being a problem back when 98 was the latest OS...
2) What should the recover plan be, assuming no extra purchases and I have the original CD's laying around? Is it wise to reinstall Windows 98SE via the CD and hope that my data doesn't get lost?
3) Once I get it back up and running on Win98SE, what is the smart thing to do as far as preparing for a disaster like this in the future?
One other note. I did go to the store and purchase a new disk drive. I had a copy of XP Pro laying around and I installed it on the new disk. I installed the 98SE disk as a slave and am currently recovering my old data. In the end, though, I would like to play around with the "suggested" Win98SE recovery method so I can learn how to do things the "right" way.
Thanks in advance for your help.