[kegswindows] Re: Virus infection

  • From: "David M. Dodge" <daviddodge1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <kegswindows@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 20 Oct 2002 22:45:50 -0700

Doug Looks like you may need to get the MBR restored and restore the
partition table.  Did you make recovery disks for the drive (win98, W2k) or
even Norton antivirus?  It seems like in the process of restoring your
Master boot record on the C drive they hosed the record for the D
partiition.  I would run a checkdisk to see if it sees any errors.  If you
can see all the data except two folders there is hope.

David Dodge
-----Original Message-----
From: kegswindows-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:kegswindows-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Doug & Betty Pizac
Sent: Sunday, October 20, 2002 9:41 PM
To: kegswindows@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [kegswindows] Virus infection


        Here's my second problem -- a major one.

        In July, my wife's friend came for a visit and asked to use our home
computer to check her email. The friend has zip knowledge of what to do
and not to do. If she gets spam, she'll click on the unsubscribe button
thereby confirming the address' existence. During the same time frame, I
failed to notice that my Norton Anti-Virus software ran out of its year
of definition upgrades the week before.

        As the result, several viruses downloaded themselves onto my computer.
When I discovered the definitions lapse a month later, I resubscribed,
and downloaded the new definitions. Norton found and fixed all but one
virus. The last one was memory resident and even glitched Norton
itself.  I took my machine to a local shop where they found the Exploit
x2 virus.

        The virus was causing problems with the programs on my C drive, but no
problems on my separate D drive with all my data. When the shop got rid
of the virus, the C drive worked fine, but the D drive was a mess. Of
course, there are files -- important files -- on the drive that I didn't
have a backup of.

        While I could access the C drive without problem, clicking on the D
drive froze the system. I finally was able to look at the D drive
through another machine via the network.  All but two directory folders
were visible. I was able to transfer the files from three directories
over the network to the other computer. While the folders of the rest
were there, the files weren't. Two directory folders aren't there, but I
suspect the files are. The amount of used disk space on the drive seems
to be correct.

        I contacted DriveSavers in San Francisco about getting the data back. A
friend had used them. The problem with them is the cost -- $600-1200.
All the lost files on the D drive is for our church and some for my
kid's school. I can't afford the money, and neither can they. Right now,
the drive is disconnected. Nothing has been written or erased on it. The
drive is a Maxtor 30-gig.

        Does anyone have suggestions or enough expertise that I could send you
the drive for data recovery. I know all the directory structures and
what the file names are that I need. As I said, everything that is
important is for our church and school. There are some personal files,
but I can do without those.

        There is one thing I haven't tried yet for fear of screwing it up.
That's trying to access the D drive via DOS. Should I give that a try?

...Doug Pizac

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