Boot Sector Virus Removal Guide
Problems: A Boot Sector Virus is computer virus that infects the boot sector of your computer hard-drive.
Symptoms: A Boot Sector Virus will will make it difficult to startup your PC and if left untreated, it will make it impossible to startup your computer at all.
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What is a Boot Sector Virus?
A boot sector virus infects the boot sector on your computer, which is what helps your operating system boot up. When the virus infects your boot sector, or the Master Boot Record (MBR), it adds its own codes and commands to the sector. This type of virus is often contracted via floppy disks or other storage devices that have become infected and are in place when you start up your computer on at least one occasion.
What does a Boot Sector Virus do?
If left untreated, a boot sector virus could make it difficult or impossible to boot your computer in general, or a particular program. Fortunately, this type of virus can be removed swiftly if you deal with it at the first sign of boot up problems, such as error messages.
How do I get rid of a Boot Sector Virus?
Option 1: Run an Anti-Virus Program
If you can still boot your computer, you may use an anti-virus program to find and get rid of the boot sector virus. Note that his method will not be useful if the virus has progressed to the point where you can’t boot at all or have very limited capabilities. Always start your computer in safe mode, as this is more likely to thwart the virus during the boot up process. You can enter safe mode by hitting the F8 key before you see the Windows logo on your screen, and then choosing “Safe mode with networking” from the menu that appears.
- Click here to get SparkTrust AntiVirus. It is a anti-virus program that will scan and remove malicious virus infections, including Boot Sector viruses. Once you download the program a dialogue box will appear that says “Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to your computer?” Select “Yes” and follow the setup prompts.
- Open SparkTrust AntiVirus on your computer and click on the “Scan” tab in the bottom left hand corner. Your scan will automatically begin after you click “Scan”.
- Wait for SparkTrust AntiVirus to scan your entire computer for threats. Depending on the size of your hard drive and the number of files you have, this may take either several minutes or around one hour. When your scan is complete, SparkTrust AntiVirus will alert you to any detected threats. In some cases, the anti-virus program will automatically quarantine and remove the threat, or it may ask you to confirm which action you want it to take.
- Reboot your computer in regular mode to complete the virus removal process.
Option 2: Conduct a System Restore
When the boot sector virus has affected your hard drive to the point where you can’t boot up your machine, you will need to repair your operating system as a whole. To complete a system restore when you can’t boot your machine, it’s necessary to use a Windows installation disc. You don’t have to use the installation disc that came with your computer – it is possible to use one that is borrowed from a friend or colleague who has the same operating system version as you, such as Windows Vista or Windows 7. A system restore reverses your operating system to a point in time before the virus attacked. You will lose any recently added data, program, and files, but the virus should be removed as well.
- Insert the Windows installation disc into your computer and wait for it to load. Instead of choosing the installation link, choose the “Repair” link instead to pull up a menu or recovery options.
- Click on the “System Restore” link in the system recover options screen.
- Choose the point to which you want the hard drive to be restored. Windows will provide a list of possible restoration dates. If you have an idea of when the boot sector virus first attacked your computer, choose a restore point before that date. If you are unsure about when you became infected, choose the earliest date available.
- Choose “Next” and then “Finish” to start the system restore. During the process, you will be unable to use any programs on your computer.
- Wait for your computer to automatically reboot when the restore is complete. If you can reboot, the boot sector virus should be gone, but run an anti-virus program just in case.
- Minimum System Requirements
- 20 MB free hard disk space for initial installation
- Microsoft IE 6.0 and above
- Logged on as administrator
Operating System RequirementsWindows 7 (32 & 64-bit), Vista (32-bit), XP (32-bit)
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