I went away for about 3 weeks, visiting friends overseas. My computer was fine before I left and nobody used it while I was away. While I was at a friend's house, I noticed he was having trouble with his pc. Just out of the blue, it wouldn't start properly. The error messages were in another language, so I don't know what happened. My friend is pretty smart with pcs, so by the next day, he had it fixed. Now, with my pc, I am having trouble. When I turn it on, I get the blue screen that says "A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer." Then it gives an error code and goes on to tell me to turn off the computer and start it in safe mode, etc.
Last night, I was able to finally get it online long enough to update windows, and noticed that one of the updates was a tool to fix malware. This leads me to believe that I might have a virus or a worm. I updated all of my software, and ran the scans, but nothing is found. Today, my pc is back to not starting and instead giving me that blue screen with the error message. I can't get anywhere with it. I can only run it in safe mode and cannot get online with it.
I am using Windows XP Home Office Service Pack 3
When I got online briefly, last night, I updated Windows and my antivirus software.
I ran scans last night and today with my AVG antivirus and Adaware,
I ran a check disk today to check and clean any hard disk errors.
My friend told me to try ComboFix but I cannot get online to download it nor can I load it via flash disk.
Thank you in advance for any help and advice you can give.
Edited by Beeker, 15 January 2009 - 04:38 PM.