I suspect my friends PC (Win98) is infected: AV has been disabled, error msg's keep telling of illegal operations and are shut-down - including explorer, access to both drives are denied in both normal and safe mode. Problem is, what to do now? Connection to the net lasts a minute or so then that too is shutdown with the error msg "Explorer has performed an illegal operation"etc. Any advice would be most welcome.
Hmm - not looking good. Stinger detected nothing. I have just run System File Checker and it says several files are corrupted, neither me or the owner have the W98 installation discs! (he bought it 2nd hand). I am now running the "thorough" scandisc (in safe mode) but I think I may now be wasting my time. As I know the names of the corrupted files, is there some way to get them from MS direct?
Morning VoG™. Cheers pal, 5 are .dll, 4 are .exe and the rest are .scr .vxd and .ocx respectively. Will give it a try. Read your thread about new members just now and I find it hard to believe it's possible to be on the receiving end of a verbal, just for trying to help but that's life I suppose (and another thread!). I am learning a lot by this DIY for other people and value highly the ability to put forward questions to this excellent forum. Will try to d/l the .dll's now - keep you posted.
OK - 3 of the corrupted .dll files have been installed and it's now behaving a bit better; full boot with only some error msgs about the AV being out of date (which it is). At least I have a workable desktop but I suspect some of the other corrupted files are important: winfile.exe, winrep.exe and walign.exe but where to find them? Dropping any cover CD into the drive-tray to test produces the blue screen Fatal Error stuff which when "any key" tapped away leads to a necessary reboot. I have tried installing "AutoFix.exe" via floppy to try to get the drive to work but it just won' hackle, probably due to the currupted files before mentioned. If I could get that to work in order to extract the personal data it can self destruct as far as the owner is concerned, so any further advice would be welcome.