I have a notebook computer which has a work-infected hard drive (Windows XP). The system will boot, but then won't allow me to do certain things, like restore to an earlier date or start Task Manager. I have files on the drive that aren't backed up elsewhere, so don't want to just reformat the drive.
Is there a way I can create a bootable CD which can then scan the infected drive to remove malicious software?
You could try a Knoppix (Linux) boot CD but I would definitaly not boot from the infected hard drive until all data was safe.
So, start your computer with the boot CD, rescue all important files and then reformat/reinstall Windows.