Posted 21 July 2011 - 11:17 PM
Hi, I just reformatted an older Vista laptop (HP G60) and before I could load any protection programs it acquired the Vista AntiSpyware 2012 malware. I was able to remove it (I thought) with a quick scan using Malwarebytes, but the computer keeps turning off and shutting down now, even in Safe Mode.
Is it possible for such malware to damage the HD or other components? I've never seen this before, and have had many bugs in the past. In regular startup mode, the computer also show a Fatal Error.
Would reformatting the HD fix this problem?