Does anyone know how malware could remove the ability to select a boot device? It also distroys the system restore records dated before it took over the computer so there is no easy fix. Actually there is no fix if you can only boot from C:. I bought system restore disks then discovered I couldn't use them. I took the computer over to my favorite computer repair with the disks and let them do it. I got the minimum charge. If the disk was a 3.5" I would have pulled the disk and low level reformatted it as an external disk. I have pricesd out an external adapter that will do 5.25 - 2.5 and IDE as well as SATA. Before I plunk down the cash I am wondering if there is a smarter way. The adapter is cheaper than the minimum charge so I will buy it if I can't figure out a better way. I expect I will see that problem again.