Situation: I was downloading files from Rapidshare. One link was clearly hijacked as my computer stalled for a moment (as though malware was installing in the background) and then continued. However frequent messages were displayed saying things like "your computer is infected, do you wish to activate antivirus software?". Obviously fake, they weren't branded and I kept closing them. Firefox began to display the error message "internet explorer cannot connect to the host" or something - "go here to fix the problem" all of which links looked like they went to the same ad site.
I turned my computer off, and now when I turn it on, it boots past the manufacturer logo (I see setup options i.e. F2 and F12) and then displays a black screen with a flashing white underscore in the top left. Can't boot into safe mode, or at least can't figure out how to do it.
Specs: Running Windows XP SP3
Edited by Orange Blossom, 05 February 2011 - 08:32 PM.
Moved to log forum. ~ OB