Master Boot Record Alert!

  coolteentom 17:09 22 Jun 04

I have just started a scan with Norton Antivirus 2003 (with updated virus definitions), and it says the Master Boot Record has changed, and this should only happen if you change your OS etc. However, I have not updated the OS. I have been getting alot of Email from the Postmaster bouncing back emails that I have not sent.

These could be related, but I have scanned the system, and it cannot find anything. What will 'Restoring the Master Boot Record' do? (Will it take of all my documents etc.)


  Gongoozler 17:24 22 Jun 04

This is almost certainly not a problem and not connected with the email problem either.

The bounced unsent emails are usually the result of the computer of someone else who has your email address in their address book being infected with a virus. Emails are sent out in your name, so you get the bounces. These usually die out after a week or two, and meanwhile there is nothing you can do about it.

The changed MBR is more likely to be caused by your computer having crashed and the MBR getting out of sync with the files on your computer. This is common with Windows 98 computers when they have bad shutdowns, and the user cancels ScanDisk which is trying to correct the error. Restoring the MBR SHOULD put things right.

  coolteentom 17:30 22 Jun 04

Thanks for the info Gongoozler

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