I have an old Compaq Presario 5008, that was riddled with malware, viruses, and everything else. I recently used a program called "boot and Nuke" to erase all data on the drive, which took forever, but when it finished, I rebooted like the instructions said to do. Afterwards, I got the Compaq Screeen with a nlinking cursor, trying to reinstall Windows XP Pro SP2. After 3-4 tries, I got very frustrated. The next thing I realized, was that the power button didn't work, one of the lights on the CD Burner only ligth up Red, none of the hardware devices would run(which I tested on my New Computer-They Worked), and the screen would not display anything. I am Really in a jam here any and all help would be appreciated, thanks in advance.
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Re: BIG BOOT PROBLEM!!!!
You should have erased the system root directory,( the Windows XP installed drive). the boot sector still has the winxp boot information, but does not finds any file on the drive, were they are supposed to be.
You have to Install a fresh copy of winxp, with the winxp boot cd.
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As for your old faithful Compaq, best is you can do a regular maintenance.
1. Use the CCleaner to clean up the craps.
2. Malware/Spyware, Virus scan and remove any threats!
3. Uninstall any programs you longer use or remove any old data you don't need to increase your HDD capacity.
4. Defrag your HDD. (You can use the Defraggler)
5. Do a "CHKDSK /f/r" for the Dos prompt for you HDD. (ie. Check the intergrity of your HDD)
Run full Scans with BOTH OF THESE PROGRAMS. After they have completed, Run Windows CHKDSK /F /R from the Run Command Line in the Start Menu. This will fix any Operating System Issues created by the Virus. GOOD LUCK!!
Put original Operating System CD into drive, boot computer from CD and start reinstalling system. When you get to screen that says you can press "R" to repair the Operating system, press "R" and see if it can fix the system. Once it's running, be sure to check for Malware (use Malwarebytes) and viruses (use Vipre-rescue) - and get a good registry cleaner (Cleanmypc) and clean up the registry. If repairing the OS doesn't work, then you'll probably have to format and re-install everything. Being a Compaq, watch the screen for a "Restore" function, and follow the prompts.
My first method will not lose you date, the second one will. Restoration will format the drive and you'll lose everything.
It sounds like you have some form of a hijacker virus. You probably won't be able to do this from the infected computer but, if you have a spare - or a buddy who do it for you, go to Malwarebytes.org and download a copy of their Malwarebytes anti-malware program and try to install it using a flash drive.
If at all possible, physically disconnect your computer cable from your internet source (Cable, DSL, Dial-up, etc.) then try to boot into "Safe Mode" and install the Malwarebytes program while in safe mode. You can also run the program in while in safe mode.
Once the anti-malware program is installed and running, just follow the on screen instructions. This is a very user friendly, as well as a very effective cleaning program.
I suspect that file is malware. If you can download an a/v program to anther computer then install it on CD or USB drive, you can run that program and remove any malware. Restoring the system to a date prior tho the problem can work too.