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XP Anti-Virus 2011 removal- XP not visible -BIOS won't read USB

XP Anti-Virus 2011 removal- XP not visible -BIOS won't read USB

XP Anti-Virus 2011 removal- XP not visible -BIOS won't read USB

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Last week my Asus Eee PC 1005HAB was invaded by XP Anti-Virus 2011 even though I have protections ongoing. I have successfully dealt with previous versions on other computers but this time I was unable to get rid of it. After several days of fighting it, my screen went completely blank with only an unresponsive cursor in the upper left. I allowed the battery to deplete and when I plugged it in and rebooted I briefly got the Asus logo and was able to get into setup. To see the Asus logo I have to let the battery run out and then plug in the power and reboot...If I don't go into setup I get right back to the blank screen. I had downloaded Kapersky rescue onto a USB stick on another computer and wanted to change the BIOS to read the stick before the HDD. No matter what I try, and I am a moderately knowledgable computer user, not an expert, I cannot get the computer to read the stick. I change the boot order but when I return to the main page in the BIOS it still reads HDD and when I reboot, I get the same blank page and cursor. The notebook does not have an onboard CD drive and I could get an external CD drive, but next to CD it says disabled and it won't switch to that either. Any suggestions as to how to get the computer to boot off the stick and/or make my OS accessible again?

RE: XP Anti-Virus 2011 removal- XP not visible -BIOS won't read USB

I don't think netbooks will see a USB or CD/DVD device as being a boot option unless the USB/CD/DVD is already connected and is a bootable USB stick or the CD/DVD contains a bootable disc.

Check that your USB device is bootable on another machine.

RE: XP Anti-Virus 2011 removal- XP not visible -BIOS won't read USB

Best bet is to slave the hard drive in another machine using a USB to IDE/SATA adapter.

Then you can scan for viruses, do a manual system restore, delete virus files, clean out temp files, edit the registry - etc., etc.

Like this is probably your best bet.  Cheap and works for 2.5 & 3.5 IDE and all sata devices using standard sata interface.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812232002
 

RE: XP Anti-Virus 2011 removal- XP not visible -BIOS won't read USB

If you want to boot from alternate sources, there is usually a hotkey at boot that will allow you to go to the boot options screen, where you can change your boot options.

On many laptops and desktops I've seen, that's F12.. particularly with Dells.  I don't think.... maybe one???.. that I've had my hands on any of the Assus EEE machines to date..

Also, it's possible that there's an issue with your USB stick you're trying to boot from, or else the port where you're trying to boot from... also possible that the machine won't boot from some devices, but will others.

another option would be to use a USB optical drive (CD/DVD), and try booting from a CD rather than USB flash/thumb drive.  Of course, assuming you have one.. I've still not bought one.

.... well, got curious... I looked at the adapter... didn't read the details yet, but from there found the one I use... I've got 3 of them right now (b/c I always misplace things blush)

So here's the one I have used for quite a while with great success:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812156102&cm_re=bytecc_ide_sata_usb_adapter-_-12-156-102-_-Product

One sorta neat geeky thing I've done for a USB DVD/CD drive is this:
Used one of the SATA/IDE to USB adapters that goomb mentioned along with a spare desktop internal CD/DVD drive, and basically turned that into a USB CD drive. (this only works with some adapters, not all - I didn't look at the recommended one to see if it does)

 

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