Removal of Boot Sector Virus from Win XP Pro (SP2)
Posted on 2004-10-27
My WinXP Pro SP2 installation has become infected with a boot sector virus during the data transfer from another infected drive (unknown to me) to my external USB drive.
What is the best way to repair the MBR?
Is there a tool and/or bootdisks to download or should I use my WinXP Pro CD and work through certain steps?
Note: I have tried booting to the recovery console and typing FIXMBR at the C:\ to no avail. Is there a certain directory I should run it in (perhaps I'll try the C:\Windows directory next) or maybe another command to try.
In the recovery console (at least I think that it's the Recovery Console aka DOS prompt?) I can see all of my folders and browse okay, so repairing the MBR is a much more attractive option than trying a backup onto another computer and risking inecting that one too.
On another uninfected computer (WinXP) I installed NAV2004 in the hope of creating rescue boot disks to repair the MBR, although it looks as though I need a Win9x installation to create the disks from. I'm not even sure that I can sucessfully boot my WinXP box from rescue disks created on a Win9x box anyway - Symantec's site is a little vague.
Thanks in advance.