Posted 26 March 2008 - 11:24 AM
I have waded through a few pages of search terms (but not all 40-odd that pop up no matter my keywords), but nothing I've yet come across seems to quite match my problem.
My computer begins booting up fine, passes the POST, then flashes white and fades to black like putting pressure on an LCD screen, and goes no further. Sometimes it repeats the white-fade. It's really quite pretty. It shows up on the network, and I can drop files onto it from another machine but the problem computer doesn't visibly enter the operating system. I can, however, start it up just fine in any of the three Safe Mode options and NO others, but when I attempt to restart and fight my way back into Safe Mode, it doesn't treat it like a reboot, making virus removal difficult at best.
I HAVE cleaned out the guts of my machine and made sure everything was properly seated. Up until my computer was infected, it worked pretty normally. Since it doesn't restart properly, I can't get Avast! to schedule a boot-up scan. I have run MBAM and SmitfraudFix. Smitfraud doesn't see anything, but MBAM sees a dozen infected files, tells me it has deleted them, and when I restart they're all back; sometimes with friends.
I KNOW I have an infection - Trojan.Vundo. Perhaps it precipitated this event?
I have received no errors notifications. Except from MBAM when I accidentally try to open it twice.