Hardware destructive virus? And, how to kill it.

Hokay, here goes.  My father's system died (i.e., won't power up at all).  It's an eMachines Celeron 2.8.  After clearing the BIOS, etc., still nothing.  Took the hard disk out and installed it in my third backup system as a slave.  I was able to see the contents on the suspsect drive, but upon reboot, the system acted like my father's and wouldn't boot at all.  While booting, I noted wisp of smoke coming from the BIOS chip.  Scratch that system board.  I now suspect a bad virus.  Further, I noted on yet another system that booting resulted in incorrect memory checks, etc.  I now have 3 drives that I don't dare put into any other system, certainly not my primary, even as a slave.

I tried the latest, updated Norton antivirus recovery, but can't get it to run to the point of performing a system scan.  I'm at a loss.

Any info would be greatly appreciated!

ToneDogDon
ToneDogDonAsked:
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r-kCommented:
I am 100% sure it was either coincidence, or maybe some electrical fault in that disk drive.

There is no virus that can cause the symptoms you describe.

In any case, unless there is a hardware fault with it, there is almost no danger in connecting a drive to another system. At least no danger of a virus spreading from there to anything else.
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Keith AlabasterEnterprise ArchitectCommented:
Agreed. I would be more inclined to check your power regulator/psu/voltages first.

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JackOfPHCommented:
Mission impossible thing?
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ToneDogDonAuthor Commented:
I believe you guys are correct.  It must have been some form of electrical fault in the drive, since I reconnected the original drive to my secondary system, ran an updated verion of Norton's antivirus and detected nothing.  Just the fact that the system was now running again seems to be in line with your explanation.  I'd never seen that combination of errors before, but have had virus infections drive me nuts and so, being somewhat paranoid, suspected the worst.

Thanks much.  Seemed an almost too-simple explanation, but sometimes they're the best kind!  :)

ToneDogDon
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Keith AlabasterEnterprise ArchitectCommented:
Welcome
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r-kCommented:
Saw this sort of thing the other day in Mission Impossible 3 but nowhere else :)

Supposedly there are DVD's you can "rent" that self-destruct after N viewings, so no need to return them to the rental place, but not sure if it's a real product or just vaporware.

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