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Netbook won't boot - possiblity to clear hard drive?


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sanigav7

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A couple months ago, I got a malware virus on my netbook and it wouldn't boot. It would stop at a blinking cursor in the top left hand side of a black screen. I started receiving some help via these forums, but due to unforseen circumstances, stopped working on the netbook and resorted to using my work laptop.
I created a BOOTLOADER flash drive for the netbook and ran some scans.
Aside from actually fixing the problem and removing the malware, is there a way to clear the hard drive and start back at day one? There is nothing of importance on the computer. I only use it for internet and email and I feel it's a waste of time to try to remove this if it's easier to clear the entire thing out and start over.
Any solutions/suggestions?
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Salagubang

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Hi sanigav7,

Welcome back. :D

What is the brand and model of the machine?
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sanigav7

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Thank you!
I believe it is a Toshiba NB205.
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Hi,

Step One

Please read carefully and follow these steps.
  • Download TDSSKiller and save it to your Desktop.
  • Extract its contents to your desktop.
  • Once extracted, open the TDSSKiller folder and doubleclick on TDSSKiller.exe to run the application, then on Start Scan.
  • If a Malicious file is detected, the default action will be Cure, click on Continue
  • If a Suspicious file is detected, the default action will be Skip, click on Continue.
  • It may ask you to reboot the computer to complete the process. Click on Reboot Now.
  • If no reboot is require, click on Report. A log file should appear. Please copy and paste the contents of that file here
  • If a reboot is required, the report can also be found in your root directory, (usually C:\ folder) in the form of "TDSSKiller.[Version]_[Date]_[Time]_log.txt". Please copy and paste the contents of that file here.


StepStep Two

To start the recovery process
  • Make sure the computer is turned off.
  • Press and hold the 0 (zero) key on your keyboard while powering on the computer.

Tell me how it goes. :D
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Ok. There is a problem. I hadn't started up the computer since last time I tried working on it which was back in December. Windows XP loaded fine with the bootloader I created then. When I try to start it now, the screen that says Toshiba appears and I can hit F12 to get it to load from the bootloader, however, once I select bootloader, nothing happens. It's just a black screen.
Now what?
Thank you!
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Before we go to other methods please try creating the bootloader again then retry. :D
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