Posted 04 June 2010 - 04:26 PM
Freezes at Login, After Security CTRL-ALT-DLT
Just the other day I started to be unable to access my IBM thinkpad (laptop) T60, because it freezes AFTER i press the security CTRL-ALT-DLT at login for Windows XP, the one you have to get through before typing in your password.
The keyboard works fine until that point, because i have an encryption password/username point to get through before startup, and everything is O.K. However, after I get to CTRL-ALT-DLT, the computer stops recognizing anything-- even the mouse stops moving. The only thing I can do at this point is to force quit (the mouse mysteriously is moveable when it starts shutting down again).
I have tried safemode, safemode with networking, etc etc, most of the options that I get on the F8 menu. Everything and anything that takes me back to the login screen with CTRL-ALT-DLT freezes no matter what.
I suspect malware or a virus (not too sure how to categorize them) is a partial cause of this, because "Antivirus Soft" has been popping up a lot recently, goes away with Spybot, then comes back again. So I definitely think my computer is infected.
I don't really have experience with computers, but I'm thinking now my only resort is the recovery XP disk? For some reason I have not been able to get my disk to work even though I set it up as boot CD first through BIOS. Maybe something else has gone wrong with my BIOS?? And, even after I get the disk to work, I'm not too sure where to go with it-- do I repair or wipe everything clean? How do I salvage a few important files before that?
Thanks for taking the time to read through this post! I really appreciate any help and advice.