Posted 19 March 2009 - 11:42 AM
My computer seems to have contracted some sort of virus. Iīm from California, but I am currently in Spain. My computer had the exact same problem last time I travelled out of the country for a length of time. Iīm running Vista on a Dell xps M1330. I took the computer to a repair place here and they told me that they would have to wipe my entire computer. Since I donīt have any of my installation disks and drivers with me, etc, I canīt really afford to do that. The last time my computer caught this virus, the person I took it to was able to fix it within a day and leave my programs and files intact. I am trying to see if I can fix it on my own in order to preserve all of my information and programs, etc.
A few days before it completely stopped working, my computer began to run slowly and I had difficulty opening programs like firefox, but eventually they opened. The last day that my computer worked at all really, I was able to open fewer and fewer programs. Finally, my computer started to freeze upon booting. I couldnīt open firefox, word, itunes, or even turn off the mute or open the start menu. Nothing happened when I clicked on the icons or tried to open them manually. I kept rebooting my computer, and then it would work normally for a few seconds and then go right back to freezing. I tried ctrl/alt/delete, but the computer screen just went black and a few minutes later I got a message saying that it was unable to open task manager and sent me back to the desktop.
Any suggestions? I would be grateful for any help. I really donīt want to lose all of my information.