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I was trapped by the FORMS virus that attaked my boot registry.  I have tried all the tools I could find on the web and still cannot get my system boot to restore.
When I launch windows it appears to run but then it give me a "limited virtual memory" error.  Then the system goes into a cycle of shut down and back to the same error.  I know this is caused by the FORMS virus but I cannot get the system to restore.   I can start my system from a boot disk and get to the repair console but I don't know what to do from there?????  

Can anyone help me please????
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by:BigC666
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howdy,

have a look at this, it refers to Xp but win2k is the same http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;307545
 hope that it helps
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by:Brucemat
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I cant find to much info on this FORMS virus anyware do you have a full name for this virus? (forms.blaster.w97m) type name...

Most recent viruses hid them selves in the system restore folder hiden on the root of the c: usually dissabeling this system and then running your AV cleaner fixes the proble.

A boot problem though will be more seriouse. if the registry has become corupt fixing it will be imposible. the windows install tools wont do it for sure.

I would back the machine up and all data if nesesery.

Then I would install windows straight over the top of the old install (this might save most of your previouse settings and some software. and will if successfull repair the registory.

This is a bit of a risky option I must admit but if you have nothing to lose...
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by:SheharyaarSaahil
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Hello dogdeal =)

Try a DOS Scan >> http://www.claymania.com/f-prot.html
Btw i have not heard of this FORMS virus ever.... are u sure u are having a virus :-?

In case if Dos av scan doesn't solve the issue, u shud go for a Repair Install, it will not harm ur data and program files and will refresh the windows installation !!

How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade of Windows 2000:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;292175&Product=win2000

Good Luck :)
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The virus is a "Forms.A" it is also know by many other names and has been around along time.  I have tried the repair install and it did not correct the problem.  I can see the partitions when I run an FDISK using the boot disk, the system just won't recognize the drive due to the boot file problem.
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by:dogdeal
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Thank you all for the help!  The info from shekerra (link to Microsoft article), along with a Win 98 boot disk, corrected the boot reg problem.
This was my first use of this forum and I can assure you that I will be back.  You are FANTASTIC!

Thanks again,
dogdeal
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Glad to help - thank you!
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