Damage caused due to worms and viruses is unparallel. MSBlast.exe is one of the worms that can infect any Windows computer that is connected via network. It exploits a known DCOM RPC vulnerability of Windows XP and Windows 2000 operating systems. By starting a denial of service attack on windowsupdate, it can make downloading Windows patches difficult. MSBlast.exe is known to cause several system oddities including but not limited to BSODs and unbootable computer. Thus, it acts as one of the causes that can make your NTFS stored data to become inaccessible and require you to take some corrective NTFS Data Recovery measures.
To show its potential of causing system instability, here is a perfect example. A Windows XP user, without any notion that his/her system is infected from MSBlast.exe worm, tries to download a Windows XP Service Pack from Windows website, for say Windows XP SP1, on the computer. While SP1 is being downloaded, suddenly a crash occurs and the computer shuts down unexpectedly.
After this sequence of events, Windows no longer boots. On each further attempt of starting the Windows XP computer, it goes into an infinite boot-loop. Trying to boot the computer in Windows Safe Mode has no affect as it shows the same behavior. Consequently, all the files and folders that are stored on hard disk NTFS partitions cannot be accessed.
In case, you encounter the same or similar situation as above, you can solve it by any of the below, whichever suitable, methods:
Mirror your hard disk by attaching it to another machine Boot your computer using a Windows XP install disc and execute commands like, sfc /scannow and chkdsk.
If this doesn't work, you can erase the entire hard disk, reformat, and then restore NTFS data from the backup.
Restoring from available backup might sometimes not be possible because backup file is either corrupt or not updated. In such circumstances, you need NTFS File Recovery
solution. NTFS Data Recovery software can scan NTFS formatted hard disk and restore all the files and folders at a safe location.
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