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I brought back a PC supposedly to reformat it due to the fact that I couldn’t install a network card to it earlier as it was asking for the Win98 CD.

Surprising, the network card Realtek RTL8139/810 X Family PCI Fast Ethernet NIC was presently working when I took it home.

Nevertheless, it was having four problems:

1. vnetsup.vxd
2. vredir.vxd
3. dfs.vxd
4. msnp32.dll

where system.ini or regedit cannot find them.

Vnetsup.vxd and vredir.vxd and dfs.vxd are all associated with “Client for Microsoft Networks”. Having removed and re-add it to the network component, the system would ask for Win98 CD. Soon after, I realized that there is a folder which contains Win98 installation source. Thus, by pointing to it, the four problems is then solved.

Then I thought that since there is no problem, there is no need to reinstall everything because the system is behaving very well. I just need to defrag it and make a clone, that is all. This is good because there are some programs which I don’t have the installation CD.

Then I tried to be naughty and visited a malicious site and that is when karma comes. The site got me infected with the following immediately.

i-worm/netsky.Q
i-worm/netsky.R
Trojan Horse Startpage.19.J à se.dll

Immediately, it disabled my Internet surfing ability by killing wininet.dll (which is responsible for Internet connection setup and etc)

Se.dll is a worm which makes me unable to surf the following site:
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AVG antivirus couldn’t really help it, even though it is able to detect them.

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I tried to repair using Win98 setup and it couldn’t help with the purpose. Initially I though by running Win98 setup ontop of the existing system, I could get the corrupted IE to be repaired. But nothing happened even though it went through the installation process.

Then I tried to upgrade to Win2k and same thing happened. It seemed that worms still exist in the system, even though it did get the IE renewed.

Then I did the biggest mistake where I hooked in a second HD which wasn’t visible initially. Then I thought, it could be due to its existing NTFS partition. I was correct, changing it to FAT32, I then reinstalled a second copy of Win2k to the system. Initially, my plan was for it to replaced the one in C drive. But it ended up created an installation to the second HD’s primary partition. This caused the MBR to be shifted from the first HD to the second HD. This indirectly caused the first HD to be corrupted because it has no MBR and I couldn’t fdisk it or whatsoever.

Now, the biggest problem is the first HD is totally not usable. When I tried to fdisk, it says “No fixed disk present”

When tried to reformat, it says “Error reading C:, C drive is invalid”

Oh well, from a safe ground, I got myself into a bad situation. Now I have to replace the HD and try to fix the problem one.

I just wondering how to get the first HD back to shape.

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In my website, you need to download 3 files for NTFS patch & 3 for FAT,
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Ok what I have experience in my current company, all of the
Windows 98 contain worm virus, but I don’t bother to clean them,
Because it will come back no matter what I do, so I suggest you
have to love them, plus the worm is not coming from the porn site
only, I don’t know how they get in (Internet, floppy & etc), but once
in the network is very difficult to clean it.

For stand alone, I only can suggest to use at least win2000/ winXP
and must in NTFS. Then you must upgrade to latest service pack,
plus you need to switch on the firewall from the dial up connection
properties, go to advance and activate it. The worm cannot get in
easily, I guess this might just slow them down only, you will still
need anti virus & scan your HD frequently.

For network, is best to get a Router and have build in firewall
usually, possibly if home user can get one router also, anyway
its pretty cheap nowadays.

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Brandon Teoh said…
Now I'm confuse bran, you seem torturing the hardisk instead of
recovering them just like I did in the pass, installing Linux – windows 98, 2000, & XP back and forth Until the hardisk kong. I still can access the partition, but when i copy files into in it will took a long time (and the file cannot be retrive properly),
so I suggest, once install Linux dont install back to windows.

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