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If you are still able to start and see the BIOS scrren briefly at loading, then press F8 key repeatedly (and quickly} right after the power button. Choose to enter "Safe Mode". From safe mode, download Malwarebytes Free Edition and run it there. That should break through for you.

Otherwise, you'll need to open the computer and pull the CMOS Battery, then hold down the power button for 2 minutes, replace the battery and go back to above instructions.

Please be considerate in rating as you've not provided the brand and model of motherboard, nor the operating system, both of which can be critical to providing a successful solution.

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Need more info on computer type, if your trying to format the recovery drive youll find that it wont let you, If you have a windows xp or 7 disc you can format the drive from the bootable xp or win 7 disc.
The disc maybe locked when operating system is running, Do you have more than one partition,
Download malwarebytes and run it in safe mode as well get hold of Superantispyware install and run in safe mode, also get hold of Combofix.exe, these are all freeware progs and do a great job of removing malware, do you know what malware you are infected with

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