Re: bios virus???

From: David H. Lipman (DLipman~nospam~_at_Verizon.Net)
Date: 10/07/04

Date: Thu, 7 Oct 2004 16:21:06 -0400

You are misinterpreting the screen. It is NOT BIOS generated and there are NO BIOS viruses.
There are BIOS infectors that erase the BIOS of flashable BIOS's but if that was the case,
your PC would never have booted.

If you have a menu to choose WinXP Home or WinXP Pro then someone installed WinXP Pro ontop
WinXP Home.

This is easily curable by editing the hidden file, c:\boot.ini


"andy smart" <> wrote in message
| steve wrote:
| > When i boot by system i am prompted in the Bios to pick a
| > version of XP ...I have XP home but there is a choice of
| > that and Professional. I have been told this is a serious
| > virus on my motherboard chip and that microsoft have a
| > download to fix it. any ideas
| I've heard of viruses that can damage your BIOS, but not one that
| exhibits this behaviour. It sounds as though XP's boot loader thinks
| you've got both types of XP on the machine and wants to know which one
| to boot.
| How long have you had the PC? and when did this start happening? Did it
| suddenly begin to give you the choice after a reboot?
| I assume you run anti-virus on your computer and that it hasn't found
| anything?

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