Posted 13 August 2010 - 03:58 PM
Basically, earlier today I was happily surfin' the web, when my computer siezed up for a few seconds. A little while afterwards, my computer started to tell me it was infected, and begged me to perform a security scan with some suspect looking anti-virus software that I have never heard of. I can now longer open any program or application without a message telling me said program or application is infected, and telling me to perform a scan with the aforementioned anti-virus software.
Being the expert computer hacker that I am, I turned the computer off and on again, to find I can no longer get on any website other than *surprise* the anti-virus software website. All other websites will apparently "harm my computer". I can also no longer access my existing anti-virus software.
Luckily, all this trouble and strife was confined to my own user. I am currently using my parents' user.
Now I have a confession to make. Being from a frugal family in times of economic recession, our anti-virus software is "Microsoft Security Essentials", which we use as it is free. I performed a full scan using Security Essentials, which detected several threats and dealt with them swiftly as it has in the past. Thinking all my problems were over, I went back on to my user to find that nothing had changed, I was still basically unable to do anything; the problem remained.
It was this that made me suspect that "Microsoft Security Essentials" might not be the best anti-virus software in the world. After performing another full scan it maintained that everything was fine and dandy, when I was quite sure some kind of virus was attacking my computer.
Basically, is there an easy solution? I would love if one of you lovely folk comes along and gives me one. Or is it time to back up all my photos, music, files etc. and abandon ship. I would sincerely love to not have to fork out fifty quid for Norton or McAfee.
This horribly infected and diseased computer is an eMachines laptop with a Windows Vista operating system.
Any help greatly appreciated.