I am having trouble with occasional Blue Screen and Black Screen with cursor on start up although sometimes the pc will start correctly, otherwise I have to F8 and ''start on the last good configuration''.
I used to have a Joomla website that was attacked. On trying to fix it I had to downloading the site to work on localhost I am wondering whether I infected my machine. I eventually gave up and took the site offline but could there still be a trace on my pc?
I have been working with one of our members to rid my pc of Montera Toolbar http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/498852/montera-toolbar-found-by-spybot-how-to-delete/page-2#entry3089325
but I am now wondering if I shouldn't just re-install and start from scratch hence my questions:-
1. If I re-install Windows would that wipe out ANY/ALL possible infection?
2. What happens if a clean re-install of Windows is done and I then have to refer to my files saved onto an exterior hard disk? I have scanned my hard disks with ESET anti-virus and have Malwarebytes installed. By the way neither of these two can find anything amiss on either laptop or ext. disks.
I am reluctant to re-install in case it is a problem with the hard disk although when I do the checks the pc tells me all is well. Perhaps it is just a corrupt Windows file that can be replaced and would save me hours of struggling to re-install,; I've never done it before and would have to learn that.
I have done a DDS scan.
Your advice would be appreciated.