I executed a program I obviously SHOULDN'T HAVE, and popups started right away. I FORCED a shutdown (held power button down) within 25 seconds, application manage having already being disabled. I DID do a reboot, and the environment was obviously messed with, so I quickly shutdown, did some research on my other notebook, and connected my trouble drive as an external for scanning (MalwareBytes and AVG).
I then tried booting with that drive in safe mode, but chkdsk wanted to scan, and it eventually died with an "unspecified error".
I am able to attach it still as an external, and though it sometimes seems to hang, I have been able to back up my data.
Chkdsk has created a couple of "found.xxx" folders, after a couple of subsequent (failing) runs.
But is there a way to restore this drive to its bootable state, short of reinstalling XP, and all the other programs, restoring all my data, etc.?
I guess I'm unsure at this point whether virus programs are called for (it scans now as clean), or some other (than chkdsk) kind of disk utility ("Spinrite", perhaps?).
Note that the abbreviations in my title are as AVG named the viruses, hopefully they're meaningful.
Trojans "Generic" ICD, HFB, HEZ,
AADP, and VCZ, PLUS Nuwar worm
ALSO, oddly, the "Download_Mbam-setup.exe" file itself keeps getting flagged as virusware!
To my knowledge, this is my first encounter with a virus in some 25 years of computing experience, by the way.
Edited by stoppedGeek, 24 August 2008 - 01:29 PM.