I've been sent over, by Rorschach112, from the Malware forum due to boot issues originating from a virus attack and subsequent disinfection procedure.
The computer, running Windows XP and Phoenix FirstWare (Host Protected Area on the disk) crashed (virus related), damaging the Phoenix software function. This was an inconvenience but did not appear critical and I intended to tackle the issue after the system was (hopefully) cleaned. An initial seek/destroy program found a MBR infection and attempted removal. Upon reboot the system froze after the bios (and peripheral drivers) loaded but before Windows.
During a boot the following notice is displayed;
cME Disk Error - Loading FirstWare Data Area Failed.
cME Disk Press any key to boot normally...
Before the repair attempt, by pressing any key the system would continue on and load Windows.
After the repair attempt, the system will not recognize any key with the exception of Ctrl/Alt/Del which forces a reboot.
Rorschach112 suspects that the MBR could be messed up. Does anyone have any suggestions on how this roadblock can be bypassed?
Many thanks in advance,