February 2, 2011

How to Remove a Virus With Fdisk

The hard drive of a computer is usually divided into partitions. These partitions contain information specific to the functionality of the computer. One such partition is the master boot record (MBR). This partition contains the boot instructions for the computer and is an important section of the hard drive.

Unfortunately, some viruses can specifically target and infect the MBR of a computer. These viruses, however, can be removed by using the FDISK command if your Windows operating system is an earlier version, such as Windows 95, 98 and ME.


  1. Create a boot-disk from a computer that is not infected by a virus. The computer must run the same version of the Windows operating system as the infected computer.
  2. Insert an empty diskette into the computer that is not infected. Click "Start," then "Control Panel" and select "Add/Remove Programs." Click "Startup Disk," then "Create Disk." The system will turn the empty diskette into a boot disk.
  3. Insert the new boot diskette into the computer with the virus infection. Restart the computer.Type "FDISK/MBR" at the "A:" prompt. The "FDISK/MBR" command will remove the virus from the hard drive.


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