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I think my computer has a virus?


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#1 billiegirl

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 06:50 AM

I think my computer may have a virus. I am currently on another computer at the moment (which is mega slow) anyway my computer loads up windows xp fine but I cant seem to open any programs. The computer seems to have no memory, and I also have issue shutting down.

I booted the computer in "safe mode" and ran my spy ware but I cant run my virus scanner keeps saying "Cant initialize engine. Scan aborted"

Do you guys have any idea how I can fix my computer as I have no idea.

Thanks in advance & Cheers :D

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 07:28 AM

What virus scanner and anti-spyware do you have? Are they up to date?

Here is a minimum list of anti-spyware programs you should install, update and run on your machine:

Do you have any anti-spyware installed? If not download and update all of the following:Reboot your computer in Safe Mode and run the anti-virus scan and anti-spyware scans there.
If you are not sure how to boot in Safe Mode there is a tutorial here: Safe Mode

You might also be looking at a free space problem, try the following:

Do some basic maintenance:
(These instructions apply to Windows ME and XP, other versions may not have the functions described)
  • Clean your internet cache and temporary files:
    Click Start and Run then type in cleanmgrthis will start the windows disk cleanup tool.
    Tick the boxes beside Temporary internet Files, Recycle Bin and Temporary Files then click OK

  • Boot in Safe Mode and do a scandisk with the 'Thorough' and 'Fix' options checked.
    How to find scandisk:
    Start>My Computer. Right click the C: drive then Properties>Tools tab, click on Check Now

  • When that's finished do a defrag.
    Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter
    They will take some time but at least you will know your hard drive is working correctly and tidied up.

  • Reboot and see if there's any improvement.

  • Check how much free space you have on your hard drive.
    Start>My Computer click once on your C: drive and look in the Details box on the left.
See if that helps :thumbsup:

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