Hi, hopefully you can help me. I'm thinking I may have a virus of some sort, but it could just be mass corruption instead. I am on windows 7 home premium. Here's the situation.
About a month ago, my hard drive seemed to be crashing. I leave it on at night so I can listen to music as I sleep. Sometimes, when I would wake up, I would be greeted with a black screen telling me to insert the right boot device. Restarting my computer always fixed this though and it did not occur often. Most times, I could leave my computer on all day without any issues if I wanted. So I just assumed my HDD was having some sort of occasional fault, and was not long for this world. As such, I have been saving up for a new HDD.
Last week, I started noticing slow downs and decided it was time to clean up my old programs. I was uninstalling some old printer drivers when the uninstaller froze. I ran my computer through a Avast! anti-viris scan, which picked up nothing. So again, I thought it was just HDD issues.
Last night, I was playing ARK (a game on steam) with a friend and kept noticing lockups that would occur for a few seconds at a time at random. These lockups always seemed to resolve themselves, so I figured it could just be server lag from his end or my computer having a hard time with the game. But this morning it was worse. My browser was freezing up my whole computer for a bit longer and more often.
Deciding to see if it was my browser (which does have some script blocker apps on it) or my computer, I closed my browser loaded up a low end game. Everything seemed fine until several mins later, suddenly my computer blue screened. Before I could read the message, my computer rebooted and showed the message I had always awakened to in the past.
Ofc, I rebooted the PC, as that had always worked before. But this time, windows got stuck booting up. I decided to reboot again (as what else could I do?) and when it stuck again, I ran the start up repair option. This time, windows booted up.. but I was missing my background image and none of my programs would launch. All I saw were a bunch of messages about things failing to boot up and more freezing when I tried to use windows explorer to view my computer files. CRTL-ALT-DELETE did nothing.
So, knowing this was not good, I rebooted into safe mode with networking, where I am now posting this from. My computer behaves better in safe mode, although I get odd lockups for a few seconds still. I've looked at my installed programs and know where they all came from.
Figuring it might be a corruption issue, I ran the command /sfc scannow through command prompt with admin rights. Each time I do, it gets to 35% and then tells me "Windows Resource Protection could not preform the requested operation." So at this point, I'm thinking I have some kind of rootkit or other process hijacker. But maybe I'm wrong.
I have not run any anti-viral beyond the intial avast! scan. I figure it's better not to muck with anything at this point till I get some help determining if this is a rootkit or what. I would happily include my CBS.log file but if there is someway to attach it, I'm not seeing it.
Either I am overlooking the attachment option or it occurs after you post a message. So as soon as I figure that out, I will attach my CBS.log and wait for further instruction. I'm a little afraid to reboot or leave safe mode until then, so I'm hoping for a timely response, but I know you all are pretty busy.
Either way, thanks in advance for any insights.