Question about Seagate FreeAgent Pro - 500GB, 7200 RPM, USB 2.0, eSATA, External 500 GB Hard Drive
Recently I contracted the resycled/boot.com virus. It is a small program that is very annoying. It provents you from accessing your hard drives through My Computer. Using Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware I was able to remove the virus from the hard drives built into my computer (laptop) but boot.com has spred it's self beyond my computer. It hopped onto my 500gig external hard drive and my 1 gig USB stick. I took the instuctions from this site www.avalon5.com/science-and-technology/technology/how-to-eradicate-bootcom-trojan/ and it worked on my built in drives. Using Malwarebyte's Anti Malware I sucessfuly removed boot.com from my internal hard drives. I went to use the Malware program again for my external hard drive and USB but no such luck. If anyone can help, please do so. Thank you
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"boot.com" is a virus which attacks the hard drives & the hard drives could not be opened by double clicking. In hard drives after enabling viewing hidden file u can see some "autorun" file & a file named "boot.com" which cannot be removed just by deleting.
Here’s the REAL way to clean this off your system. You should do these steps after a fresh reboot in safe mode.
1) Navigate to the problem drive(s) via the Explore option.
2) Click on TOOLS -> FOLDER OPTIONS
3) Click the button which says ‘Show hidden files and folders.
4) UNCHECK the following boxes:
Hide extensions for known file types
Hide protected operrating system files
5) Find and delete the autorun.ini file and the resycled folder on the root directory of all affected drives.
6) Check “c:\windows\system32\dllcache” for boot.com file and delete it if present.
7) Check “c:\windows\prefetch” for boot.com file and delete if present.
8) Delete all files from c:\windows\temp
(Some files may not delete, that’s ok, they’re in use by the system and not virus files.)
9) Delete all files from c:\Documents and Settings\[USER PROFILE]\Local Settings\Temp
(Again, a couple files may not delete, don’t worry.)
10) Run Regedit
11) Make sure you are at the very first entry of the registry hive. (My Computer should be hilighted) then click EDIT -> FIND
12) Search for “boot.com”. If it finds an entry, delete it. Keep hitting F3 until you’ve deleted all instances of boot.com in the entire registry.
13) Scroll the left column back up to the top and hilight the My Computer again at the top of the registry hive.
14) Click Edit -> Find again and search for ‘resycled’ and repeat as in step 13, deleting the entries as it finds them.
15) Close registry editor and try opening the infected drives. They should work now.
Worked for me at least.
Posted on Apr 16, 2009
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Posted on Feb 17, 2010
Hi, you can remove these virus by searching the boot.com in regedit and delete the entry. then you need to delete resycled directory and autorun.inf from each of the drives. If it shows access denied, use attrib –h –a –r –s <file name> in command prompt. and then delete it.
Posted on Dec 19, 2008
There are many things you can do to take care of this problem, the things that i would suggest you have already done. May i reccomend a reformat, which is something that needs to be done regularly anyways (every 6 months or so).
you see when you do contract an annoying virus like the one you describe, just simply trying to remove it is (in my experience) an excercise in futility due to a vast quantity of files and directories that this particular virus can hide in.
for all y cleints i would advise the same as i do here. backup your stuff and reformat everything because even with the solution you have found or the drives that you fixed i can almost garauntee the virus is still just waiting to infect again.
just my 2 cents
Posted on Dec 08, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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you will need usb data drive at least 4 - 8 gb
Download the GParted Live utility and the HP USB Format Tool via the links in Resources.
Insert your USB stick into the computer. Run HP USB Format Tool. Select your USB stick and then choose the FAT or FAT32 format options. Click "Start."
Extract the files from the GParted Live zip file. Select the USB stick as the destination.
Open a file browser and navigate to the USB stick. Select "utils" > "win32" > "makeboot.bat." Double click on "makeboot.bat." Enter "Y" when prompted.
Power off your computer leaving the USB stick inserted.
Connect your portable hard drive to another USB port.
Power on the computer and quickly press "F8" through "F12" to access your boot menu.
Check your computer or motherboard manual for the exact keystroke.
Select the USB stick as your boot source and press "Enter." Allow the Gparted GUI to start.
Select the external portable hard disk drive. Click "Partition" on the menu bar.
Hover over "Format to" and select "NTSF."
If you are unable to create or format the partition, select delete partition.
This will erase all data on the external hard drive. Confirm partition deletion. Select the external drive again. Click "Partition" and hover over "Format to" then select "NTSF."
Select the external hard disk drive again. Click "Partition" on the menu bar and then "Manage Flags." Check the box next to "Boot." Save and apply changes to the drive.
Power off your computer and remove the USB stick.
Install the OS
Insert or plug your OS installer, usually a DVD, CD or USB thumb drive, into the computer. Power on the computer and access the boot manager again.
Select the source containing your OS installer and press "Enter."
Enter your personalization and registration information if required.
When prompted, specify the portable hard drive as the install directory.
Begin the installation normally.
Restart the computer when prompted and access the boot menu again. Select the external hard drive as your boot source and press "Enter" to ensure the installation succeeded.
Use this process to boot from your portable drive on any computer.
hope this helps
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