I got a virus which had infected over 100 files managed to get rid of most but some I cant as it keeps saying file in use. Now when I boot up I get error messages "Minilog" Ilegal operation" and a lot of "Vsmon ilegal operation" and another cannot open "Brasil.exe" don't even know what this is. Also I tried to reinstall my Video drivers but the Vsmon thing causes it to stop or not install. I have tried to reinstall Windows but keep getting faults. I don't want to do a reformat if I can help it. Any advice?
Even if you are operating with your data files on the same drive as your OS & programs it is not too late to make backups of your data before reformatting. If you need help with any of this, come back.
Just save your favourites and e-mail addresses to a floppy, using the FILE_EXPORT tabs in the Outlook Express Window and Export your e-mail stuff to a floppy, then go to your C: look for Documents and settings, find your favourites folder and copy it to a floppy.
Then formatting wont be such a big deal. Make sure you make a good backup next time, do not put that off and think, "I'll do it later", do it right away after you have your PC the way you want it.
I would recommend partitioning your Hard-Drive if you can. Make a separate partition for Windows, so the next time you reformat you only need to do it on the windows partition and not the whole drive.