Best way to perform a virus scan when can't boot.

Discussion in 'Anti-Virus' started by Erich, Jun 28, 2004.

  1. Erich

    Erich Guest

    I have XP pro installed and I think I may have gotten a virus. Of
    course it could be other things, but I would like to perform a virus
    scan. The problem is my system will not boot. I have my XP Pro CD and
    I tried doing a repair and everytime it reaches two .dll files it says
    it can't copy them. It comes to the first one, says it cant copy it to
    the system and so I choose "skip" and then the repair continues until
    it reaches another .dll file and again I have to skip it. I have tried
    3 times and it errors on the same two .dll files each time forcing me
    to skip them. I try to reboot and again the system will not reboot.
    Actually before it would attempt to boot I would see the XP logo
    screen with the animation line and it would just hang forever. Now,
    after doing the failed recovery, it reaches that point and then
    immediately reboots and then loops like this indefinitely.

    I would like to run anti virus, but of course I can't boot so I'm not
    sure how to go about this. What is the best/easiest to use method. I
    see that there are DOS based anti virus programs F-prot? Is this
    recommended for XP pro? Bottom line is I'm clueless what to do at this
    point to perform a GOOD thorough up to date virus scan on boot. Is
    there a free easy to use method to scan on boot?

    Erich, Jun 28, 2004
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  2. Have you tried 'last good profile' or booting into Safe Mode? Press F8 at
    startup for menu.

    Michael Hawes, Jun 28, 2004
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