I'll make an effort not to ramble on too long. I'm not even sure if this belongs in a virus section or a hardware section.
I was on Amazon.ca about to purchase a power tool through one of their 3rd party sellers for an item that was suspiciously cheap. As soon as I entered all my purchase info and clicked the final confirm purchase button. My rig went dead. Went to restart and it would power up but not boot up. The power light on the case would come on and the Hard drive light would glow for a few seconds then nothing. I could not press Delete and get the BIOS to display. This is on a computer that has been functioning very well for many months up till this point. The monitor was picking up no signal and would stay in sleep mode. The wife starts yelling about how it's because of a sketchy vendor and they gave us a computer destroying virus and stole our information, so on and so forth.
Now I for one have never heard of a virus that can instantly destroy hardware, but who knows, I guess I'm not the expert. I would say what are the odds of my computer crapping out a second after making a purchase but then stranger things happen. People do win lotteries for example.
After phoning Amazon to confirm no order went through, I went to bed for a few hours. Based on how the computer was acting I figured I would be looking for a new mainboard and/or cpu.
I woke up a few hours later and the wife told me to try out the computer. She says try starting it up and pressing F11 (Just F11 by itself mind you). In my sickened food poison ravaged state I figured I would humor her with a hopeless task. And what the hell it actually is working now. I ran virus and registry clean up and am backing important files to an external in case the machine really is on the road to death.
Could anyone give me any insight here?