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Crashed PC - Very nasty virsu?!


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#1 Blackmonkey

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 02:48 PM

Hi.. We have a Time PC that we were given a year or so ago. A while back a file was emailed to one of the kids which, when opened instantly crashed the pc. With the little knowledge I have and by refering to websites etc I managed to get rid of the 'virus' and all has been well until now!!
The pc crashed a couple of days ago and I am unable to get it going again so far. A file containing a virus has not knowingly been opened but could be possible especially knowing which one of our kids was on the pc at the time!
I have the 'Reload' cd, inserted it but nothing at all happens. It dosnt even appear to try and read the disc. Rightly or wrongly!, I restarted the pc and hit 'delete' to enter the settings screen. I wanted to make sure its set to read from cd disc first? After being in the settings page for a matter of seconds the pc 'locks up' not giving me the chance to navigate to the correct screen.
Could this be a 'massive' virus which has 'killed' the pc? Thank God its not the main pc in the house! By the way I think its about a 1600 processor with 1 gig ram and running XP.
Thanks in advance for any help, suggestions or advice even if it's chuck it away!!

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