I have a problem with my laptop that started a few hours ago. I was using it as usual but then it crashed/froze and I was forced to do a hard restart. I'd been having problems with it a few weeks back but managed to sort those issues out (constant freezes) - I mention this in case it's relevant. I have Avast Antivirus and Spybot installed and run weekly scans with both. Anyway, after doing the hard restart, my computer started acting strangely. Usually it would say that windows wasn't shut down properly and give me the option to reboot in safe mode but it doesn't let me. I eventually get to my desktop picture but no log-in screen ever loads and my computer just gets stuck here. Doing a hard restart (and weirdly, I only have to touch the power button instead of holding it for about 5 seconds like usual) powers down the computer, I restart it and get the same problem again.
I've already tried a few things, namely pulling the battery and the charger cable. I've also downloaded Kaspersky Recovery 10 Disc (at the recommendation of someone else) but it didn't work. When the computer is booting up, I've tried the F8 thing but that didn't work either. I'm a computer noob so I have no idea what to do now. I'm hoping my laptop isn't dead because I seriously have no money right now so any advice you guys and gals can give to resurrect my expensive brick would be very welcome! I don't want to lose any files because, while I do have a backup that's a few months old, my hard drive is in Canada and I'm in the UK for the next 6 months... so if anyone makes a suggestion that would erase files, please warn me in advance!
Thanks for any help you can give,