Re: possibly not the silliest question ever posted
"This virus may cause damage to the Master Boot Record (MBR) and Boot Configuration Data (BCD). You will need to run the following commands using the "bootrec.exe" tool to ensure a complete repair of your computer:
using a linux diagnostic disk on a MS-enabled system would have 'unknown' results.
Specific recovery options are at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392/en-us
I'd stick to those.
If you want the things you've never had
you have to do the things you've never done.