Just a note, OS is XP and I run Avast Antivirus.
A little while back, I received popups saying something about system memory errors (I can't remember exactly, it's been a couple months). The screen went black, and I couldn't access anything. I did a system restore, ran an Avast scan, ran a Malwarebytes scan, caught a few viruses and everything seemed to be working fine after that. Then the other day I noticed that I was getting search engine redirects. I ran scans again, but didn't catch anything. I decided to post on here, tried running DDS, but it froze up each of three tries before posting a log (actually froze everything, had to restart each time). In the process, as I was trying to use the internet, Firefox starting shutting down on me. Then, Firefox wouldn't even open (neither would IE when I tried it instead). I did a system restore, and ended up with nothing but a black screen and mouse pointer. Tried system restore again to an earlier date, same thing. I was finally able to get the black screen to go away by opening task manager (CTRL-ALT-DLT worked), hitting new task, and typing explorer. Read somewhere online about the trick, luckily it worked. I now have my desktop back, but am afraid to do anything or run anything (I'm on my laptop right now instead) without talking to an expert first, that's where you guys come in
Edited by jbjax99, 23 January 2012 - 04:33 PM.