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08-23-2005, 15:42
I seem to have gotten a very resilent bug on my system that I can't seem to get rid of through normal means. It seems to have corrupted system files to the point I'm getting constant error messages and Windows is working less and less. I can't seem to find a system restore far enough back to fix the issues. To make matters worse, the malware/virus(es) are so bad that not even my antivirus software (McAfee) can get rid of it. It can see it, and it says it got rid of it, but if I run another scan, there it is again. Something else bizarre is supposedly there is 11 GB being used on the drive, but if I check what's actually on disk I have less than 2.5 GB actually being used. ^8

What I really need is a program to wipe the drive clean and start over from scratch. I'm thinking Fdisk should do the trick, but I've also heard of a program that resets the entire drive's data to 0s, so I'm interested in checking that out as well. I am open to suggestions in fixing/diagnosing this issue otherwise, but I think I am going to have to do a wipe/reinstall regardless, as basic system files seem to be corrupted. Thanks. :)

08-23-2005, 15:50
I think Fdisk should do the trick. What OS are you using?


08-23-2005, 16:06
I like to run the Clean 1K utility to wipe the drive. FDISK doesnt seem to always do it right, if you ask me. What OS do you have, and when was the last clean install. In the future, run SPYBOT to keep the nasty stuff at bay.

08-23-2005, 16:08

08-23-2005, 16:14
You can try running your anti virus program in Safe Mode.Also you can try this and see if it removes it.

08-23-2005, 19:07
Thanks for the responses. I am running Win XP. I don't think I have either SP1 or SP2 installed, I do plan to get them when I reinstall. The main program I am having a problem with is Adware-Abetterinternet.dr, whatever that is. McAfee finds usually something like a dozen copies of it each time I run it. It says they are deleted, but they are there each and every time I run a scan. I've never have a virus/spyware/malware that is this resilent before. :(

Are there any free versions of the Eraser program you listed above? That's exactly what I'm looking for, but money is very tight right now, even $30 or so is a lot for me at the moment.

08-23-2005, 19:10

08-23-2005, 19:13
I sell a utility Large Drive Tools that will erase every sector on your hard drive. You can have it wipe every sector to zero's which should get rid of any virus on it. This utility also has tons of other handy features and is priced cheap ($16.95). You can download a trial of it at look under Large Drive Tools.

Good Luck,


08-23-2005, 19:15
My favorite Adware removal tool.

Download the demo and keep it

If that doesn't get all of it try this one.

Download and install it then download the updates.

08-23-2005, 19:27
Without SP1 Windows update will no longer work.

08-24-2005, 19:52
You don't need to wipe your drive unless it's for some sort of security reason. The drive will be reformatted when you reinstall. Update to SP2 prior to installing anything else. If you have a legal copy of XP that's the quickest and best fix for you at this point.

08-25-2005, 05:59
Have you tried turning OFF System Restore before running the anti-virus? It may be that the system protection is replacing the file on you.

See for an explaination.