'Flatten and Rebuild' concerns

Discussion in 'Virus Information' started by ~BD~, Sep 14, 2008.

  1. ~BD~

    ~BD~ Guest

    Earlier this year I started a thread expressing concern about the MBR virus. I had many replies and
    again thank everyone for their contributions.

    The thread is still available on Google, here:-

    http://groups.google.co.uk/group/microsoft.public.security.virus/browse_thread/thread/5779fa422ba9af96/ee5f99b403a1e451?hl=en&lnk=gst&q=I've+done+both+of+these+'silly+things'!+#ee5f99b403a1e451

    The final post in that thread was from '-jen' . I noted with dismay that I failed to acknowledge
    his/her advice and apologise now for my oversight!

    This was the advice given:-

    The OP's OS is XP. He should instead boot from the Recovery Console and

    type: fixmbr.
    Fixmbr Command Syntax:

    fixmbr (device_name):

    device_name = This is where you designate the exact drive location that
    a master boot record will be written to. If no device is specified, the
    master boot record will be written to the primary boot drive.
    Fixmbr Command Examples:

    fixmbr \Device\HardDisk0

    In the above example, the master boot record is written to the drive
    located at \Device\HardDisk0.

    fixmbr:

    In this example, the master boot record is written to the device that
    your primary system is loaded onto. If you have a single installation of
    Windows installed, which is normally the case, running the fixmbr
    command in this way is usually the right way to go.
    Fixmbr Command Availability:

    The fixmbr command is only available from within the Recovery Console in
    Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

    -jen
    *************************************

    I've now asked for specific advice on the Malwarebytes forum, here:
    http://www.malwarebytes.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=6302

    If anyone reading here feels they can add to the discussion, I'd welcome their views. TIA

    Dave

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    ~BD~, Sep 14, 2008
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  2. I have used the fixmbr on a dual boot w2k/linux setup-worked well to
    restore the w2k bootup after removal of linux.
    max
     
    What's in a Name?, Sep 14, 2008
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  3. ~BD~

    BoaterDave Guest

    That's good to know! Thanks, Max

    Dave

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    BoaterDave, Sep 14, 2008
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  4. ~BD~

    ~BD~ Guest

    From my pal in Austalia - Enjoy! :)


    A Queensland farmer is overseeing his stock in remote territory when
    suddenly a brand-new BMW advances out of a dust cloud towards him.
    The driver, a young man in a designer suit, Gucci shoes, Ray Ban
    sunglasses and YSL tie, leans out the window and asks the grazier,

    *"If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your
    herd, will you give me a Calf?"*

    The farmer looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his
    peacefully grazing stock and calmly answers, *"Sure, why not?"*

    The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer,
    connects it to his Cingular RAZR V3 cell phone, and surfs to a NASA
    page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite navigation
    system to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to
    another NASA satellite that scans the area in an
    ultra-high-resolution photo. The young man then opens the digital
    photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image processing
    facility in Hamburg, Germany.

    Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image
    has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses a MS-SQL
    database through an ODBC connected Excel Spreadsheet with email on
    his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, receives a response.
    Finally, he prints out a full-colour, 150-page report on his hi-tech,
    miniaturized HP LaserJet printer and finally turns to the cowboy and
    says, *"You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves."*

    *"That's right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,"* says
    the grazier.

    He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on
    amused as the young man stuffs it into the boot of his car.

    Then the farmer says to the young man, *"Hey, if I can tell you
    exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?"*

    The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, *"Okay, why
    not?"*

    *"You work for the Australian Government,"* says the farmer.

    *"Wow! That's correct,"* says the yuppie, *"but how did you guess
    that?"*

    *"No guessing required."* answered the farmer. *"You showed up here
    even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I
    already knew, to a question I never asked. You used all kinds of
    expensive equipment that clearly somebody else paid for, You tried to
    show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don't know a thing
    about cows .. this is a flock of sheep. Now give me back my dog."*
     
    ~BD~, Sep 15, 2008
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  5. Why post your drivel here? You trying to turn this into your personal chat
    room?

    : From my pal in Austalia - Enjoy! :)
    :
     
    Tom [Pepper] Willett, Sep 15, 2008
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  6. This is not a social site. Please don't post this off-topic crap here.
    Stick to the topic.
    No wonder you've been banned from a number of web forums.
     
    Paul Adare - MVP, Sep 15, 2008
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  7. And several ISPs.
     
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Sep 15, 2008
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  8. ~BD~

    ~BD~ Guest

    You know full well that that is NOT the truth, Robear Dyer.

    *You* are now standing into danger - mark my words!

    Dave
     
    ~BD~, Sep 15, 2008
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  9. ~BD~

    ~BD~ Guest

    --

    Readers - look at this page http://www.identit.ca/clm.html

    Would you trust/believe ......... obey! ............. an executive of a company who has an
    out-of-date web site?

    In particular .............

    The following dates have been booked for ILM 2007 Training:

    a.. Mississauga, Ontario, Canada - November 13 - 16, 2007 - Click here to register!
     
    ~BD~, Sep 15, 2008
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  10. Yawn.

    Get over yourself.
     
    Paul Adare - MVP, Sep 15, 2008
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  11. From: "~BD~" <>



    | Readers - look at this page http://www.identit.ca/clm.html

    | Would you trust/believe ......... obey! ............. an executive of a company who has
    | an
    | out-of-date web site?

    | In particular .............

    | The following dates have been booked for ILM 2007 Training:

    | a.. Mississauga, Ontario, Canada - November 13 - 16, 2007 - Click here to register!


    Please STOP you foolish rants!
     
    David H. Lipman, Sep 15, 2008
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    BoaterDave Guest

    Mr Willett

    What I am after is a response to my question.

    The purpose of my post was two-fold:-

    1. Highlight the thread in newsreaders

    2. Provide some amusement for miseries like you!

    Lighten up!

    Dave
     
    BoaterDave, Sep 16, 2008
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  13. Go away, nut job.

    Mr Willett

    What I am after is a response to my question.

    The purpose of my post was two-fold:-

    1. Highlight the thread in newsreaders

    2. Provide some amusement for miseries like you!

    Lighten up!

    Dave
     
    Tom [Pepper] Willett, Sep 16, 2008
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    Leonard Grey Guest

    Can the powers that be please consider banning Boater Dave from this
    newsgroup? He's certainly not the worst offender this newsgroup has
    seen, but there comes a time when the best interests of the group have
    to prevail. I believe he's had more than his share of chances to shape up.
     
    Leonard Grey, Sep 16, 2008
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  15. Unfortunately, unlike web forums, there really isn't any way to ban
    individual users via NNTP. We're stuck with him.
     
    Paul Adare - MVP, Sep 16, 2008
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    Peter Foldes Guest

    Tom

    With Dave the lights are on but nobody at home
    --
    Peter

    Please Reply to Newsgroup for the benefit of others
    Requests for assistance by email can not and will not be acknowledged.

     
    Peter Foldes, Sep 16, 2008
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  17. Given enough complaints, his current ISP will probably drop him soon just
    like the previous 5 or 6 he's used (including AOL).

    <snip>
     
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Sep 16, 2008
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    Heather Guest

    Why not either use your killfile to *block sender* or make up a Message
    Rule with any or all of the names he uses. And then trust that no one
    answering him repeats his drivel!!
     
    Heather, Sep 16, 2008
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  19. You are posting to three groups - and yet refer to "this"
    group. Therefore I have no choice but to ban him from
    all three.

    Dave, you are hereby banned from posting in "this"
    newsgroup.

    So speaks Pharaoh.
    So, it is written.
    So, it shall be done.

    Other powers that be - feel free to chime in. :eek:)
     
    FromTheRafters, Sep 16, 2008
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  20. ~BD~

    ~BD~ Guest

    Awe, shucks! Thanks for telling me FTR! ;-)

    Just wondering - did *you* smile when you reached "Now give me back my dog."?

    As I'm now banned in "this" newsgroup, I'd better refrain from posting this post from another
    thread:-

    You are not often wrong Robear, but you are this time!

    Ten years ago I subscribed to Freeserve. Freeserve were bought by Wanadoo.Wanadoo was bought by
    Orange. I remained with them throughout the changes.

    After the theft of my identity in 2005, I elected to take advantage of a Broadband package being
    offered by AOL which included a Netgear router to enable wireless connection. I joined in early 2006
    and I have been with AOL ever since (albeit that shortly after I became a subscriber, AOL UK was
    hived off by parent group Time Warner )

    Although still trading as AOL UK, the company has been bought by Carphone Warehouse and is the third
    largest ISP in the UK.

    So, that's really just *TWO* ISP's in ten years.

    Earlier this year I took advantage of the newly available 3G Mobile Broadband technology so that I
    can use my laptop for Internet connection when I am cruising the British Waterays on my narrowboat.
    This *additional* ISP is called 'Three'.

    HTH - it's the truth! See
    http://www.malwarebytes.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=5656&st=20&gopid=27599&#entry27599

    Dave

    PS Could you provide me with a copy of the long thread I started at Aumha regarding Annexcafe?
    Maybe it's gone forever!
    ---------------------------------------------

    When I first ventured into the newsgroup area through the MS Communities server, I took all comments
    from the likes of PA Bear 'on trust'. I am aware - now - that one cannot in any way be sure that a
    post has actually been made by a specific individual unless one checks IP addresses; even then, one
    cannot be sure.

    *I* know that the 'identity' posting in this thread as PA Bear has lied. Others may think whatever
    they like.

    No longer do I trust the initials MVP - nor the supposed folk that abuse that status (if, indeed,
    they do!). It could well be someone else masquerading as same.

    FWIW

    Dave
     
    ~BD~, Sep 16, 2008
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