W32.ExpDwnldr & F8 Function not working

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I have been battling a pretty nasty virus: W32.ExpDwnldr. There is a thread on this site that explains how to get rid of it. My problem is that upon booting, no matter what I do, the F8 command does not seem to work and therefore I can not start up in Safe Mode. Any advice?

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At startup press CTRL and keep it pressed until the Start Menu appears.

Zee
 

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Zee -

I have tried that, but to no avail. I also have tried getting either a booting disk or a recovery disk from Sony. Turns out that my model# is no longer available and therefore such disks are no longer available (go figure) -

Why can I not just use a "generic" booting disk?
 
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Love_2_Drive said:
Zee - Why can I not just use a "generic" booting disk?
Have you tried one?

www.bootdisk.com is a good source for those.

Sony says...

1. Switch on your VAIO.
2. When you see the Sony logo, begin to press F8 several times.
3. The boot menu will appear, select Safe Mode using the arrow keys, and then press ENTER.

Zee
 

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Zee,

I have tried several different options for boot disk(s). Nothing seems to work. The computer does go and check the A: drive, but then it goes back to the hard drive, and after a while, everything stops, i.e. no lights on, no sounds, no indication that the HD does anything or that the computer would boot up.

Last time the computer did boot up, it had the virus: W32Exp.Dwnldr on it. To get rid of it, I had to start the computer in Safe Mode. Since the computer would not start up in Safe Mode, I enabled "/Safe Mode" in msconfig while Windows was still working. Every since... no luck getting the computer booted.

Is this dead in the water?
 
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When the logo appears press F2 to enter Bios setup.

Change the boot order for Floppy first.

Try restarting with a boot floppy after that.

Zee
 

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Hi you may have a boot Virus.
Do you hear any beeps at startup?
Any lights on keyboard and monitor?
 

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Hi beeps at startup indicate Power Supply or Motherboard are ok.
No so the hard drive.
If you have a boot sector Virus..the hard drive will not boot up.
"Last time the computer did boot up, it had the virus: W32Exp.Dwnldr on it".
My guess is that the hard drive is dead.
 
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Love_2_Drive said:
The problem is that I do not get any Logo, or, really, anything on the screen/monitor.
Is the monitor plugged in correctly?

Is it turned on?

Is the light on the monitor green or orange?
 

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Zee -

Monitor - plugged in right
Monitor - turned on
Light on Monitor remains orange through the entire boot-up (or lack of). If it did boot up properly, it would turn blue.
 
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Love_2_Drive said:
Zee -

Monitor - plugged in right
Monitor - turned on
Light on Monitor remains orange through the entire boot-up (or lack of). If it did boot up properly, it would turn blue.
It may be a damaged graphics card.

Is it on board or other (PCI, AGP...)?

Zee
 
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