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A few questions about computer that wont boot.

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#1 jay000


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Posted 16 December 2011 - 12:12 PM

Not sure if this is the right place.. but yesterday when I was on my computer doing almost nothing suddenly lots of windows error popup things came up saying something about a file in system 32. After that I was planning on taking a screenshot of it so I went to my start menu but then decided not to. Thats when a new popup came up saying my hard drive has crashed. I am not sure.. but if it really was my hard drive I would think that I couldnt keep clicking things like in the start menu..

I tried to turn it on a few times.. then opened it up and listened to the hard drive and could hear that it was still running normally like everything else in the computer. To me this sounded like my harddrive died for some reason but I posted this problem on a gaming forum's tech section and they all said I had a virus that corrupted my system files so I would need to repair with my windows CD. The problem with that is I lost my cd.. and not even sure what windows version I even had exactly.. I just know it was windows vista x64 not sure about like home premium home basic etc.. whatever that stuff means

My questions are..
1. If I borrow windows CD from someone that has a different version like vista x32/7 would I be able to repair my computer and not have to restore the whole thing deleting all my files?
2. If I boot my computer from my flash drive with some free OS then download an antivirus.. will I be able to scan my C drive to fix the problem?
3. Does that really sound like windows problem and not hard drive failure?
4. Is my only option to buy the exact same windows vista (even though I dont know the exact)?

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 01:22 PM

Your computer is infected and you should go to our "Am I Infected?" forum.

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Please follow instructions. This is a virus that is trying to scare you into giving them your credit card information, which would be a bad move. Also never use a debit card on the internet.

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#3 hamluis



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Posted 16 December 2011 - 03:47 PM

Topic in AII, http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic432844.html/page__p__2512096#entry2512096 .

To prevent confusion, I am closing this topic.


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