Hi...I hope someone can help me with this one: My pc was infected with Conficker in late Jan/ early Feb. I system recovered, disinfected, and scanned with malwarebytes, AVG, Superantispyware, as well as Mcafee til everything came up clean. All I had connected was the router, cable modem, and Dell 720 printer or Brother MFC420CN--I'd alternate. Before the virus was discovered, both printers began printing blank pages, when they were working fine before.
The pc is a dinosaur--a Compaq Presario and it's running on Windows XP SP3. It is connected to my cable modem and router. My daughter's laptop, a Dell Inspiron 1200, also running WinXP SP3, was also infected, disinfected, and scanned til everything read ok. The pc's browser was ie; my browser of choice is now chrome or Opera. The laptop now browses with Firefox.
Early last month, some of the same symptoms crept back--my security programs couldn't be opened/disappeared; ie was gone, etc...i was unable to start in safe mode and shortly after Windows couldn't be read/found at all. When first trying to start in safe mode, hal.dll couldn't be found...then more files couldn't be found...then finally nothing.
Disinfected...Ran all the malware removal tools again; applied all patches; etc...til scans came up clean.
Decided to reinstall printer...updated drivers...same problem...printer "printed" blank pages. Ink is ok; settings ok... That was 2 days ago.
Today my desktop icons are a lot larger and my system is running sooo slowly! I tried starting in Safe mode, but was unable to: hal.dll couldn't be found. I am able to start up in regular mode, though.
I need some real guidance as to how to proceed...What's up with my system? And what's the best way to fix it??
I am so aggravated with this, it's not even funny!!