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I have a good friend that is at his wits end with this problem.

He has a CMOS virus (or something) & he cannot get rid of it. He has tried everything & still it will not go away. He cannot run any type of AV disc because it just will not let him.

Low-level format does no good. Even after a reformat, when installing Windows, the things writes itself back on.

He even went as far as installing Linux but the bug affected that install as well.

What can he do to reclaim his computer back??
 

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Well, I think we'll need to know a bit more about the system. First off, I've never seen a practical CMOS virus, and they'd be easy enough to get rid of it they existed, just use the clear CMOS jumper. :)

I suspect that he might have a boot sector virus, but without any real information or symptoms, it's hard to say. You can download the Maxtor disk diagnostic and create a bootable diagnostic floppy, and clear the entire disk to zeros, including the boot block.

How is he doing a "low level" format?
 

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Well, I think we'll need to know a bit more about the system. First off, I've never seen a practical CMOS virus, and they'd be easy enough to get rid of it they existed, just use the clear CMOS jumper. :)

I suspect that he might have a boot sector virus, but without any real information or symptoms, it's hard to say. You can download the Maxtor disk diagnostic and create a bootable diagnostic floppy, and clear the entire disk to zeros, including the boot block.

How is he doing a "low level" format?

As far as the CMOS jumper, he has a 'jumperless mobo :(

As for the 'low level' format, he has used a variety of floppy tools from Partition MAgic, etc....

Where could I get him a copy of the Maxtor diagnostic disc that you referred to??

Thank you in advance!!
 
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