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#1 brista

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 04:34 PM

My friend has an Eee PC with Windows XP. Today she got inundated with messages that her computer was being attacked, things like "unauthorized person tries to steal your passwords and private information" and "your computer is being attacked from a remote PC" and "it is strongly recommended to remove this threat right now. Click on the message to remove it." The messages said that you had to purchase a license to protect the computer. There were three or four icons on the desktop for porn sites and a shortcut to "Antivirus" with an icon that looks like the icon for Windows security. The properties for this shortcut showed that it was linked to a program on the computer, avt.exe. I tried to manually delete it by right-clicking and sending to trash, but it would not let me. I also tried to open the task manager to kill the process but when I did that, a message popped up that task manager had been disabled by the administrator. I ran Spyware Doctor, which found some things and recognized that there was malware/virus, but it did not fix anything. The computer then popped up a warning that it was going to restart itself in 30 seconds and there was no option to cancel/postpone. It restarted and now there is a black screen with only a white underscore blinking. It does not do anything else.

What can I do?

Edited by brista, 03 November 2010 - 04:37 PM.


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#2 Elise

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 07:15 AM

Hi, do you have an XP CD at hand?

At which point does the black screen come up? Can you still access the Advanced boot options by tapping f8 on startup? Do you still see the XP splash screen?

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