I'll cut to the chase, a couple days ago I had some family over and they used my computer to access the internet doing who knows what. Well, later that evening I had a sh!t load of problems. Pop-ups everywhere claiming a virus attack and all the normal BS that goes with it. The computer re-booted on its own and then I get something similar to the blue screen of death except there is a smaller page in front of it claiming I violated a copyright issue. I immediately knew it was bogus and did a hard re-boot as I couldn't control anything. Did that 3 times until I could get access to my desktop. Even after getting access to the desktop it took about 15 minutes of misc junk of pop-ups, .exe warnings, porn site(s), etc to load until I could even access the tool bar but still couldn't do anything, including accessing the internet. I then discovered I got hit by the infamous antimalware doctor virus. I have my normal firewall on and running the free version of Avast. The virus(s) obviously got past both.
There's a lot more that went along with the above problem but that's not why I'm here. I say that because I finally got all the needed AV programs on a jump drive and was ready to kick the dog poo-poo out of the virus, and get this, the computer would NOT fire up. Possibly coincidental, but I suspect the power supply has died. I'm talking a 5 1/2 year old computer here.
So, here is my need. I would like to salvage the info on the HD, but since it's infected how can I go about doing it using a different computer? I'm sure it will matter but my old computer was/is running XP and the computer I'm now using is running Vista Ultimate.
Edited by doingitwell, 06 May 2010 - 11:33 PM.