When I turned on the computer, it was fine. But this happen all of a sudden after I tried loading Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer pretty much crashed when I opened it. So I Ctrl+alt+tab to close it thinking it was like a usual crash I've often encountered. After this, my not up to date antivirus (bitdefender) twice launched a quick pop up stating it blocked a virus from my computer and my comp is protected. After this, my windows began responding extremely slow or not responding at all.
With this, my computer began loading extremely slow when I tried opening folders on the desktop or even simply loading the menus after I clicked start button. It would take 3-5 minutes to open a folder after I double click on them. When I try opening any program even a simple one like Microsoft Word or Paint or Calculator, it would try loading the program for like 30 seconds and then stop as I could see the hourglass of the cursor for that duration, but then would turn back into an arrow as I know it stopped loading. Everything on the operation system would just respond extremely slow or not respond at all. The mouse scrolls fine. I'm running on Windows Xp Sp3.
Knowing it is likely caused by the virus thinking Bitdefender probably didn't block all of the virus that it had notified earlier, I tried launching Bitdefender to do a scan right there. But it wasn't loading like any other programs. With this, I tried launching Malwarebytes to do a scan, and it wasn't loading as well. After numerous restarts and shutdowns, most of the times, my computer failed to loaded up windows as it was lagging and loading extremely slow or not loading at all. In the times it did loaded up the desktop, it again wouldn't load up any programs or respond slowly or not at all. So I decided to do a system recovery, and that didn't do much either.
I then decided to go to Safe Mode. There, the computer loaded fine without any lags as it responds normally. There, I try to execute Bitdefender to do a scan, but it wouldn't load. Could it be that the antivirus couldn't load because it is in safe mode??? I then launched Malwarebytes successfully, and did a scan. It did detected 3 infections and deleted it and quarantined it. After that, I did a shutdown. And this is the point I am at.
My question is then, is the scan I did with Malwarebytes enough to remove the virus that I think is causing the problem, or would I really have to launch my out-dated bitdefender (not able to update it since it is expired) again to do a scan? Any other suggestions to fix this? Would a windows xp repair fix this as well? Or would I really have to do a full reformat on my windows to fix this? Thank you in advance.
Edited by The weatherman, 17 May 2009 - 06:44 PM.
Moved from xP to a more appropriate forum. TW