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Offline Lisandro

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How to boot an unbootable infected PC
« on: May 31, 2011, 10:11:46 PM »
Microsoft released a Standalone System Sweeper Beta to Remove Malware from Infected PC and allow booting the computer.
Hope it helps on malware removal  :)

Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Beta is a recovery tool from Microsoft that can help you start an infected PC and perform an offline scan to help identify and remove rootkits and other advanced malware. In addition, it can be used if you cannot install or start an antivirus solution on your PC, or if the installed solution can't detect or remove malware on your PC.

Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Beta is not a replacement for a full antivirus solution providing ongoing protection; it is meant to be used in situations where you cannot start your PC due to a virus or other malware infection.

To get started, please make sure that you have a blank CD, DVD, or USB drive with at least 250 MB of space. Next, download and run the tool – the tool will help you to create the bootable media required to run the software on your PC.

http://www.askvg.com/download-free-microsoft-standalone-system-sweeper-beta-to-remove-malware-from-infected-pc
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Re: How to boot an unbootable infected PC
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2011, 04:25:22 AM »
This would help many users if they ever have a malware problem.
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Re: How to boot an unbootable infected PC
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2011, 04:29:04 AM »
Thanks Coolmario, nobody has answered to this thread... I was thinking it was very little interest ;D
I'm waiting for Essexboy's opinion :)
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Re: How to boot an unbootable infected PC
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2011, 04:00:59 PM »
Ahh you beat me to this one...I saw this earlier this morning and posted elsewhere...

Not seen it used in anger though ;D
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Re: How to boot an unbootable infected PC
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2011, 08:32:59 PM »
I might give that a whirl next time hitmanpro breaks a system

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Re: How to boot an unbootable infected PC
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2011, 08:38:00 PM »
Sounds good and promising.
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Re: How to boot an unbootable infected PC
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2011, 09:18:42 PM »
I might give that a whirl next time hitmanpro breaks a system
Thanks. Waiting for your input.
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Re: How to boot an unbootable infected PC
« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2011, 11:14:20 PM »
MSE engine in a defender wrapper...interesting...
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Re: How to boot an unbootable infected PC
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2011, 04:38:03 AM »
Microsoft released a Standalone System Sweeper Beta to Remove Malware from Infected PC and allow booting the computer.
Hope it helps on malware removal  :)

Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Beta is a recovery tool from Microsoft that can help you start an infected PC and perform an offline scan to help identify and remove rootkits and other advanced malware. In addition, it can be used if you cannot install or start an antivirus solution on your PC, or if the installed solution can't detect or remove malware on your PC.

Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Beta is not a replacement for a full antivirus solution providing ongoing protection; it is meant to be used in situations where you cannot start your PC due to a virus or other malware infection.

To get started, please make sure that you have a blank CD, DVD, or USB drive with at least 250 MB of space. Next, download and run the tool – the tool will help you to create the bootable media required to run the software on your PC.

http://www.askvg.com/download-free-microsoft-standalone-system-sweeper-beta-to-remove-malware-from-infected-pc
It's not all that easy if you're on XP. I downloaded it and told it to make an ISO of the disc and got the following message. It does the same thing if you tell it to burn to a disk. It will work with Vista or 7 though according to the Microsoft site. I chose not to install the XP files because I didn't want to chance messing up my installed burning software. If I use it, I'll put it on a USB stick since it says you can update the definitions if you do it that way.

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