Posted 16 November 2009 - 07:51 PM
I believe I have some sort of infiltration to my computer which runs on Windows XP. A few days ago (6 to be precise), my screen saver appeared as scheduled, but became extremely distorted. Its the standard "acquarium" variety. My system basically froze, forcing a hard reboot. Upon restart, the low-res graphic showing Windows XP with the black screen had several dashed vertical blue lines through it. After the screen changed and my desktop loaded somewhat normally, except for several application icons which were "blacked out", completely missing or had faint horizontal lines through them (this did not happen to everything). Further, my mouse pointer also had several faint black horizontal lines in the background (but only when the arrow was showing. Sensing a problem, I ran a virus scan with McAfee and found nothing. I went to the control panel and checked the screen savers and the distortion appeared in the screen saver preview. I installed a newer version of McAfee, scanned and found nothing. I began searching online for possible "graphics" related viruses. One thing I saw mentioned to turn off the system restore and rerun the antivirus package. I did this with no results.
One other thing that was happening during this time was the system kept prompting me to install updates to different programs (programs included Adobe Acrobat, Java, HP scanning and Windows). As a test, I actually went to install the Java update and I immediately received a virus warning. Because of this, I turned off Java updates and Windows updates. When I turned off Windows updates, I had a red shield appear in my tray and my McAfee tray icon now has a yellow exclamation point. McAfee says I am at risk and when I try to fix my protection, windows autoupdates are restored.
I still have the icon problems mentioned earlier (even some of the icons on my explorer toolbar are blacked out). I still see distortion on the low-res windows screen when I reboot. If I leave my computer for a long enough time, the screen will freeze, then restore as a very low-res version and force me to reboot. I have installed MBAM and SPYBOT which have found issues, but have not corrected the problems after rebooting upon removal. Also, everytime I reboot, McAfee shows as a newly installed program. Finally, I have not reactivated the system restore or Windows Automatic Updates features. In short, I feel I am back at square one with no real solutions available.
Does this crude discription sound familiar to anyone?