Blue Screen of Death- WIndows 7 x64 Home Premium
Posted 19 April 2012 - 04:37 AM
This wonderful open source program immediately discovered the partitions on the drive and re-wrote the MBR. I had to do a quick boot repair with the Windows install DVD, but it looks like windows actually will boot. I did not let it get far, because my primary concern is the recovery of the user data on this drive. I am going to have the customer bring his USB drive in and copy the data over in safe mode. When that is done, I will attempt to repair Windows however i can.
The BIOS on this laptop is strange - first of this type I have ever seen - it does not show the hard disks in the system. It is quite locked down. In linux, I could see the drive, but no partitions. Active Partition Recovery was not the right tool to run on the drive, I think. I am not sure exactly what it was doing, and it took quite a while to accomplish an analysis on the drive. Testdisk picked the partitions up within about a second of starting the analysis of the disk.
In any case, the MBR was definitely corrupted somehow. How it got that way, I am not sure. Windows might have messed with it (not sure how), or it may have been hit by one of the malware threats Corrine thinks may be present on this machine.
I think the best course of action is to get the user data off and wipe the machine and reinstall Windows. What do you think?
Posted 19 April 2012 - 06:30 AM
Running Spybot Search and Destry on it, and it confirmed that the "misplaced" svchost.exe was in fact malware.
We are waiting to see if the scan finds anything else.
EDIT: The only other thing S&D found was a few tracking cookies.
Posted 19 April 2012 - 05:22 PM
After that, Mike (co-worker) began a defrag of the drive (still in PE environment), and it was running with no end in sight when we left five hours later. Yikes!
Posted 19 April 2012 - 06:40 PM
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Posted 20 April 2012 - 08:58 AM
I've rebooted it several times this morning. So far, so good.
Mike also ran some system stress tests on it and those passed with flying colors.
It also boots a LOT faster.
Posted 20 April 2012 - 12:02 PM
If you would like the system to measure and report boot time to Desktop, download and save this VBS script to Desktop -
bootspeed.vbs - http://sysnative.com/0x1/bootspeed.vbs
Close all Windows. Double-click on bootspeed.vbs
Your system will reboot. Upon reaching Desktop, it will display the boot time
Regards. . .
J. C. Griffith
Windows Expert - Consumer
Posted 20 April 2012 - 03:21 PM
It seems that it is booting in about half the time it took before. The hard drive had not been defragmented for quite some time, it seems.
This was a computer for a client, and not my machine.
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