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    Default How to remove virus on Windows XP/OPENSUSE dual boot system

    Hi,

    I first noticed that WinXP had virus days ago. The desktop did not respond and the screen had some color bands. I found NTFS partition had an "X" label with GPARTED. It recommended me using chkdsk/F to repair it. Unfortunately, the chkdsk procedure only finished 50% and halted. I ran the second times chkdsk. It did not finished either. Then, GPARTED told me Windows XP partition was OK, no "X" label anymore.

    But WinXP still halted after running some time. Worse, OPENSUSE(11.4) was also virus affected now.

    Could you help me on how to identify the virus, how to remove it?

    I have a lot of files on Windows XP. If only reinstall OPENSUSE can remove the virus is the best for me.


    Thanks.

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    Default Re: How to remove virus on Windows XP/OPENSUSE dual boot system

    Worse, OPENSUSE(11.4) was also virus affected now.
    That's a miracle !

    WinXP had virus
    Very likely.

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    Default Re: How to remove virus on Windows XP/OPENSUSE dual boot system

    Quote Originally Posted by freerjw View Post
    Hi,

    OPENSUSE(11.4) was also virus affected now.
    I go a bit further than Caf4926: IMPOSSIBLE !!! And not a bit impossible, completely impossible.
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    Default Re: How to remove virus on Windows XP/OPENSUSE dual boot system

    Knurpht wrote:

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    > freerjw;2401106 Wrote:
    >> Hi,
    >>
    >> OPENSUSE(11.4) was also virus affected now.
    >>
    >>

    >
    > I go a bit further than Caf4926: IMPOSSIBLE !!! And not a bit
    > impossible, completely impossible.
    >
    >

    What I can imagine is, that the OP copied one or more infected files from
    the windows installation to one of the openSUSE partititions and if you then
    run a antivirus CD (there are several linux based out there which can also
    scan the linux partitions) it will of course tell you correctly that it
    found infected files in your openSUSE. Of course that does not mean that the
    GNU/Linux system itself is infected but can easily lead to misunderstandings
    for someone who is new to that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knurpht View Post
    I go a bit further than Caf4926: IMPOSSIBLE !!! And not a bit impossible, completely impossible.

    Hi,
    Thanks. It also surprises me. Could you help me on these facts?
    There has been two times that GPARTED halted before arriving at hard disk scan.
    One time OPENSUSE halted with spread color rectangle on screen.

    The deskptop was totally dead. The keyboard did not respond, including CAPS and Num key.

    These never happens before.


    On XP, I once tried to restore system. (This HP PC has a reserved hard disk space making several restore points in case of system reversal). The bizzarre thing is that there was no prior restore points! I clearly remember I have made a restore point month ago. It desactive restore function at a check box option. When active the restore option, it only has one hour prior restore. This is absolutely strange to me.


    Thanks

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    Default Re: How to remove virus on Windows XP/OPENSUSE dual boot system

    Hi,

    Now even though I modify hard disk with GPARTED to dual boot. The boot menu does not show up. It directly goes to Windows XP. That is, I cannot go to OPENSUSE. I don't know what happens to the system. Thanks.

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    One thing that occurs to me is that this might be early warning symptoms of hardware failure if you're having system freezes on both openSUSE and XP. How old is your system, and are the two operating systems on the same hard drive?

    You might consider using a live disk like Parted Magic and running some system tests. Your hard drives and ram are both two good places to start. Just running a live disk can help determine if it's hardware or software issues.

    I hope that helps.
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    Thanks for your advice.

    Before I do the hardware test, I would like to tell you the new phenonminon. Although I use GPARTED set hard disk ext partition as boot, it always boots from Windows XP. Then, I see that both Windows XP and hard disk ext (lba) labeled as boot. This never happens before. Only one of Windows XP or lba can be boot.

    It used to display BIOS text after cold start. Now it shows some TEXT, simple color HP and Intel logos (I did not see these logos never before), then directly goes to XP or safe mode select. No dual boot menu.

    This PC is 6 years old, PC3200 SDRAM 2.5GB, 3.2GHz Intel CPU Pentium 4. It runs good before this problem appears.


    Thanks again.

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    Default Re: How to remove virus on Windows XP/OPENSUSE dual boot system

    On 06/11/11 22:56, freerjw wrote:
    >
    > Hi,
    >
    > Now even though I modify hard disk with GPARTED to dual boot. The boot
    > menu does not show up. It directly goes to Windows XP. That is, I cannot
    > go to OPENSUSE. I don't know what happens to the system. Thanks.
    >
    >


    It occurs to me that you don't actually know what you are doing.
    And in common with other players here, I concur with their suggestion
    that your hardware may be on the blink.

    Backup what you can now to an external HD, using a Live CD.
    And then start your messing with it

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    On 2011-11-07 02:36, freerjw wrote:
    > Before I do the hardware test, I would like to tell you the new
    > phenonminon. Although I use GPARTED set hard disk ext partition as boot,
    > it always boots from Windows XP. Then, I see that both Windows XP and
    > hard disk ext (lba) labeled as boot. This never happens before. Only one
    > of Windows XP or lba can be boot.


    Try leaving only the extended partition as bootable. Any good partitioner
    can do that.

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