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fstreed 11-30-2002 08:45 PM

virus in windows partition
I have my computer set up to dual boot into either Win ME or SuSE linux 8.0. Windows is on a different hard drive than linux. I don't know how, but I somehow got a virus in the windows drive. I rarely use windows, and almost never for surfing the internet, but would like to keep it. Is it possible that the virus went through linux to infect the Windows drive?

I wasn't using anti virus software. The virus has pretty much wiped out my Windows OS and it appears I will have to reformat and reload the OS in order to fix it. Will reformatting screw up my LILO boot manager program? I would hate to lose access to linux as well as windows.

Gawd I hate Windows! After using linux for awhile one realizes just what a POS windows really is.

unSpawn 11-30-2002 09:00 PM

Unlikely it hopped over by itself from Linux to your wintendo HD, it ain't like a common cold. You couldve D/L'ed something and executed it on wintendo, but not on Linux, no.

If you have LILO on the MBR, just make yourself a bootdisk or have a rescuedisk/cdr/fd distro handy and you can always get back in.

chrismiceli 11-30-2002 09:21 PM

like what unspawn said, reinstalling windows will rewrite the master boot record (MBR), but the same goes for linux, after you install windows, put in your suse disk and tell it is upgrading, and it will just rewrite the boot record, i think, i use rh.

fstreed 12-01-2002 11:25 AM

OK, I made a boot floppy for linux and will start reloading winblows when I have the time. People who send viruses (virii?) need the death penalty.

Thanks chrismiceli and unSpawn.

fstreed 12-01-2002 10:47 PM

Well it turned out about as bad as it could get. Reformatted the C drive and started reloading winsucks back into it. The Harddrive is toasted, something wrong with the directory entries or something. It wouldn't load. Then it got way worse. I had made up a linux boot disk and also a rescue disk. I couldn't get back into linux with either one. It just simply wouldn't boot. I tried everything I could think of. Ended up having to reinstall SuSE to get working again. I had everything set up so sweet in linux, it was a real nice setup, now it is back to square one. I had to do a new install, and lost everything.

I pulled the windows hdd and set the linux drive up as the only drive. It isn't a very big drive, 8 gigs I think, so I will have to get another drive for windows. I need windows to run my scanner and for a few other things. I absolutely will NEVER use it for email EVER again, in fact I won't use it for anything if I can get linux to do it. Today reminded me of why I went to linux in the first place.

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