Posted 24 December 2010 - 01:51 PM
A friend of mine asked my to look at her laptop because it wasn't working right. Its a basic HP with Windows XP Home Edition. Originally it was part of a laptop exchange program at our university. I apologize in advance for not having any screenshots, or hjt logs. Because of this it may get a bit lengthy. On the plus side, nothing on this computer needs to be salvaged and I plan on just reinstalling windows when this is finished. My post is of sheer curiosity because I have never seen this sort of activity on a computer. To begin, when it tries to connect to a wireless network, it does not try to connect to the default address (192.168.1.1 & 255.255.255.0). Instead it tries to connect to a random IP address. Also when searching for networks it lists an unsecured connection named "any" with higher connectivity than the router two feet away from it. When I opened my personal laptop I could also view the network, when I shut off the infected laptop the connection was gone. I eventually tried to install an antivirus and as expected it failed. At this point I decided to just reinstall windows. I tried to save a few documents and pictures from the infected computer to a disk just to see if it would work and it would not allow any files on to the disc. Finally when I did try to reinstall windows, the computer displayed a message stating that there was no hard disk drive available. I tried a few more times with the same result. Any information as to how i could reinstall xp would be greatly appreciated.