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Re: Large file named 'Rootkit' scanned with anti-virus. 4 boot records detected

@Plevenco

This is what Wikipedia says about MBR.

A master boot record (MBR) is a special type of boot sector at the very beginning of partitioned computer mass storage devices like fixed disks or removable drives.

This means there will be one boot record for every partition. And if you have a Bootable CD inside the a machine even that may contain a boot record. So check how many partitions are present on your hard disc and if there are any CD in the system.

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Re: Large file named 'Rootkit' scanned with anti-virus. 4 boot records detected

Ok well it kind of makes sense now that I have 4 boots records, as I have 4 disc partitions.

So does anyone know why I used to have 3 boot records when I have always had 4 partitions? (Because I have an HP laptop and they come with lots of bloatware)

Perhaps previously it ignored one of the partitions, but the recent update led it to record all of them?

Looking at my partitions I have 3  NTFS and one FAT32, so maybe it used to ignore the FAR32 one?

Purely hypothesising here but if anyone thinks that's likely i'd be happy to close the thread.

I've attached an image of my disc management screen for convinience

Thanks,

Plevencodisk management 2.png

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Re: Large file named 'Rootkit' scanned with anti-virus. 4 boot records detected

Still no answer?

All i want to know is why it changed from 3 to 4??

Re: Large file named 'Rootkit' scanned with anti-virus. 4 boot records detected

We aren't experts on disk structure here but I would assume 1 for each partition.    That question is best asked on an actual Windows help forum.

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Message was edited by: Ex_Brit on 10/11/13 6:19:45 EST AM
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Re: Large file named 'Rootkit' scanned with anti-virus. 4 boot records detected

I had the same rootkit situation on a new computer as well as a scan of a flash drive. I went online & downloaded McAfee's rootkit remover. Remover Scan said there were no virus'. Glad to know that scanning Rootkit is not a scan of the file but for the file, which does take a long time. I concur that they need to relable this as it caused my heart to stop. A new computer that I am taking on a trip to do work, Not an enviable thought

Re: Large file named 'Rootkit' scanned with anti-virus. 4 boot records detected

nylaw620 wrote:

I had the same rootkit situation on a new computer as well as a scan of a flash drive. I went online & downloaded McAfee's rootkit remover. Remover Scan said there were no virus'. Glad to know that scanning Rootkit is not a scan of the file but for the file, which does take a long time. I concur that they need to relable this as it caused my heart to stop. A new computer that I am taking on a trip to do work, Not an enviable thought

See the first reply on page 1, quote:

The wording of that Rootkit message is misleading. We've already had a go at McAfee about this. It means "Scanning for rootkits", not that it's found one. Don't panic. Eventually they'll get around to changing the wording. In the meantime a lot of people get alarmed needlessly.
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Re: Large file named 'Rootkit' scanned with anti-virus. 4 boot records detected

Once I saw your response in reply to a similar issue---the first one in the series, the panic stopped, but thanks for the further heads up

Re: Large file named 'Rootkit' scanned with anti-virus. 4 boot records detected

Yes and as wheels move very slowly we are still pushing them on this.

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