Posted 28 August 2009 - 12:50 PM
I think I've had some kind of low grade infection for some time - links in google searches thru Firefox and IE were being redirected. I thought this was something with google or the links, reading here makes me think it was partly my problem.
Then several days ago I was google searching and caught Windows Antivirus Pro. Tried to get rid of it, to no avail - locked up Add/Remove Programs, and started locking up other programs and Windows in general.
I needed to reformat the drive anyway, and I keep everything on two external hard drives, so I went through a reformat. In the reinstallation of Windows XP, about 2/3's through the installation a bogus window opens with DOS prompt gibberish. After it finishes installing windows and reboots, it gives me a red/orange flashing window telling me not to press anything, wait twenty minutes, etc garbage.
I thought another hard drive might help, as well as removing the battery on the motherboard - so just this morning I unplugged the original hard drive and put in another old drive I had, removed the battery on the mother board, then attempted to reformat that drive and reinstall windows XP. I still have the same problem!
I'm at a total loss, as the virus has the computer completely locked up, I can't get to windows, and every time I reinstall Xp the virus seems to get worse. Please help!!