Reinstalling win95/98 remotely (no CD drive!)

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manny61

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I have an old laptop (Digital Hinote) running win95, which was recently infected by a virus (Funlove), as there's nothing on there I wish to keep, I decided the safest thing to do is to reinstall the OS. The issue I have is that the laptop doesn't have a CD-ROM drive, it does however have a network card: how can I reformat the drive and reinstall the OS remotely? To add to this, I do not have a clean startup floppy (can it get any worse?). I do have 2 desktops running 2000 and XP, which I could use to connect to this laptop (via network).
Any suggestions, recommendations gratefully received!
Thanks in advance, Manny
 

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Being infected by a virus does not mean you have to reinstall the operating system(which you will have a big problem doing anyway without both a floppy drive and a CDROM drive).

Go to the spyware tools section at http://www.majorgeeks.com and download HijackThis 1.99.0. It will be in a ZIP file. Unzip it and copy the HijackThis.exe file to a floppy disk. Create a folder on the desktop in that laptop and name it HijackThis. Copy the file from the floppy disk into that folder.

Double-click the file in that folder to start HijackThis. Click "Scan" and allow the scan to finish. Click "Save Log" and save the log in text format with Notepad. Copy that log to a floppy disk, then use a computer with an Internet connection to post the entire contents of it here.

Post it in this thread and do not start a separate post.
 

manny61

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Flavalle,

tried running Highjackthis on the infected win95 m/c as you suggested, I get an error starting program: "required .dll MSVBVM60.DLL was not found".

Any suggestions?
thanks, manny
 

manny61

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Thank you John,
here's the log file from HijackThis:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.0
Scan saved at 11:32:19 PM, on 2/14/05
Platform: Windows 95 B (Win9x 4.00.1111)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v4.70 (4.70.0000.1155)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\KERNEL32.DLL
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSGSRV32.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MPREXE.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\EXPLORER.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\FLCSS.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\SYSTRAY.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\MICROSOFT OFFICE\OFFICE\OSA.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\MICROSOFT OFFICE\OFFICE\MSOFFICE.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\MICROSOFT OFFICE\OFFICE\FINDFAST.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\ADOBE\ACROBAT 5.0\DISTILLR\ACROTRAY.EXE
C:\HIJACKTHIS\HIJACKTHIS.EXE

R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page =
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName =
R3 - Default URLSearchHook is missing
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\PROGRAM FILES\ADOBE\ACROBAT 5.0\ACROBAT\ACTIVEX\ACROIEHELPER.OCX
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SystemTray] SysTray.Exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ActiveMovie File Extensions] ActMovie.exe /Check
O4 - Startup: Office Startup.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA.EXE
O4 - Startup: Microsoft Office Shortcut Bar.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\MSOFFICE.EXE
O4 - Startup: Microsoft Find Fast.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\FINDFAST.EXE
O4 - Startup: Acrobat Assistant.lnk = C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Distillr\AcroTray.exe
O12 - Plugin for .spop: C:\Progra~1\Intern~1\Plugins\NPDocBox.dll
O13 - WWW Prefix:
O13 - WWW. Prefix: http://
O13 - Home Prefix:
O13 - Mosaic Prefix:
O13 - FTP Prefix:
O13 - Gopher Prefix:


Thanks in advance,
Manny
 
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:) HERE is a link with a removal tool and instructions for removing the FunLove virus. Whatever you do, DO NOT network that machine to another computer unless you want to infect it as well.

Good luck.

Kilowatt
 

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Manny61:

Go here and download and save the MSCONFIG.EXE file(for Windows 95). Once you've saved it, place it in the C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM folder. Reboot afterwards. After your computer restarts, click Start - Run, type in MSCONFIG, then click OK. If all goes well, a System Configuration Utility window will appear. Click the "Startup" tab. You will see a list of programs with a checkmark next to them. Uncheck the following:

ACROTRAY.EXE

FINDFAST.EXE

MSOFFICE.EXE

OSA.EXE

Once you're finished unchecking them, click Apply - OK, then reboot.

Doing the above will prevent these programs from loading during startup and running in the background, which is completely unnecessary and a drain on your computer.

Get back with me and let me know how it went.

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manny61

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Thanks guys.
So I run the removal tool first and then follow Frank's steps, right?

Will report back later today,
thanks again, Manny
 

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Manny61:

Go ahead and take care of the virus problem first.
 

manny61

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Well, the Funlove removal tool seems to have done the trick, however I need to scan using an AV that will not crash my m/c!
However the MSCONFIG suggested by Frank didn't work, it just wouldn't run in 95.

Is there anything else I should try? If the m/c is clean, then I'm sorted.
Thanks for your help and prompt response,
Manny
 

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Manny61:

Make sure the file is named msconfig.exe and make sure it's in the C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM folder(open the WINDOWS folder, then open the SYSTEM folder and place it there). Make sure to reboot afterwards.

I've never copied it to a Windows 95 computer where it didn't work.
 
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