Hi, thanks for any help you can offer me.
Recently my computer got the Failure - Security Options thing where the compy freezes up about 5-10 minutes after start up, with only the mouse working and trying to draw up the ctrl+alt+del box fails with a "Failure - Security Options" error message, forcing me to use Safe Mode, which works fine. I tried disabling all anti-virus software including Windows Defender with no success. I canceled out readyboost and superfetch but nada. I even disabled the firewall and Windows updates (which strangely got stuck at 94% every time), but nothing helped at all. Then I found somebody on the relevant forum saying it might be a virus that activates whenever an anti-virus software tries to remove it, so I reinstalled Spyware Doctor and ran it in Safe Mode to see what would happen. Sure enough after it hit a certain file everything froze (absolutely the same symptoms), even in Safe Mode. So it's got to be a virus, right? The guy in the post said use Combofix, but the "consult a professional!" disclaimer is really scary, so that's why I'm here. Should I use Combofix? Is there another way? Help!
I was redirected to this thread: My link in the malware section and ran ComboFix and it didn't turn up any viruses. m0le told me my computer is clean, which is great except for the fact that now I have no idea what's causing this. I can't think of a single thing I could have done to trigger this. Please help!