Posted 15 March 2006 - 10:20 PM
I am having some serious trouble with my computer, I am pretty sure it is a virus but not positive. If it is a virus - I would love some help on how to deal with that! So here's the situation.....
I turned my computer (HP pavilion laptop - Windows XP) on yesterday and noticed that almost all of my desktop items had been renamed to things like...windows media player.ink, Microsoft Word.ink. So I tried to click on some of them and I got a pop up saying that "Windows is unable to open this file, because it does not know what type of program created it" and then it gave me the option to have the internet search for the right program, or pick from a list. At that point, I just cancelled. Trying to be smart, I clicked on Windows media player and when the pop up came up asking to pick a program to use to open it, I picked Windows Media Player (obviously) and it worked....although I must have accidently clicked something else because now all those ".ink" files, are now all trying to be opened through the media player and I don't know how to change that either. I cannot get into My Computer or any of the basic computer stuff. Despite all this I can still use the internet, I can still view all my pictures and other things saved to the computer.
Now the bad part....I do not have an anti-virus program right now....My Norton antivirus expired about a week ago and I was waiting for payday to renew!! So at this very moment I do not have any protection. I have tried to download a free trial from Symantec to cover me, but another problem I am having is that I cannot open anything I download. I get the same message that Windows cannot find the program etc....
So....I have done a online scan using Trend Micro House Call and it said that I had an infected file....Troj Agent FM.....so I deleted it and restarted my computer. There was no change. I am currently running the scan again and so far (about 50% done) there is no infection.
I wonder if anyone out there has any help for me!!!!