Computer problem

Discussion in 'Windows XP / Older OS' started by dabits, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. dabits

    dabits Guest

    I'm not sure where to post this ...

    The daughter of an old girlfriend sent me a distress mail.
    Here is her story:

    She had a (MajorDefenseKit) virus, couldn't get rid of it, nothing worked, except MSN ?
    Later it worked normally ?
    Then, after the IBM startup screen (laptop) everything went and stayed black.
    When she powers up, all the lights are on, later there's only one the power light and the black screen.

    I found XP.SP3.x86.RTM in her language, will it work with just a clean install?
    Or do you guys have ideas or suggestions.
    I can do a lot, but I am no expert ... I do want to help this girl :)
     
  2. Computer Fixer

    Computer Fixer MDL Member

    Jan 5, 2010
    166
    29
    10
    If you're intent on re-installing windows rather than removing the infection (which is sometimes the faster and better way to go), then go one more step and delete the full existing partition and do a full Windows install onto a new partition with a full drive re-format... this way there's no way the infection can survive. Even a rootkit in the MBR will be removed when Windows writes a new MBR on a clean install.

    If your XP CD is a VLK edition- install it then use the "VLK to OEMBIOS changer" http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/6077-VLK-and-OEMBIOS-changer... to OEM activate and make "genuine".
     
  3. dabits

    dabits Guest

    Thanks, I was going to use acronis boot cd to format and create 2 new partitions.
    And I have a set of tools that I've used before to make windows "genuine" :)
     
  4. 911medic

    911medic MDL Guru

    Aug 13, 2008
    5,778
    489
    180
    I would clean it with DBAN or similar. Do a proper format (NOT a Windows format)..Then use Gparted or similar to make partitions. If you use Acronis, maybe make a hidden partition for a recovery install? Not a bad idea in my opinion.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  5. Computer Fixer

    Computer Fixer MDL Member

    Jan 5, 2010
    166
    29
    10
    Don't know what you've used in the past- but the "VLK to OEMBIOS changer" doesn't use hacks, host file mods, WGA file mods, etc... it installs the proper files that match the info in your BIOS to make Windows legit forever, and allows all updates without issues. It's a highly recommended application. :biggrin:
     
  6. dabits

    dabits Guest

    I tend to stick with something if I know that it works, but I'll check it out :spoton:
     
  7. urie

    urie Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 21, 2007
    8,696
    3,048
    300
    OEM bios method is like manufacturer method it allways works and is permanent and Genuine no need for hacks e.c.t.