This morning my computer froze, so I turned the computer off and turned it back on again. When I got to the login screen I logged in and it had a black screen for a little while and I could move the mouse around. After about a minute it gives me a blue screen and restarts. When I tried to go into safe mode the computer froze. I can access task manager in the minute before it crashes, so I tried ending explorer.exe and re run it. Did not work.
Edit: It also occasionally can't find the HDD to boot from. It happens on an off.
I'm also using Windows 7. Or was.
This is the computer I use:
I wanted to make sure this HDD and SSD would work if I needed to replace the one I have:
And maybe some suggestions on a cheap HDD with a warranty. I'm looking for 1TB or more.
I don't know if the failure was just because the hard drive was old or if it was a virus. I was searching for free books for a class that I had and went onto some sketchy websites, but I did spyware and virus scans afterwards and they came up clean. I did install anti-spyware just yesterday as well, so I don't know if it deleted something important or not.
My computer has been kind of slow for the past week and it was making funny sounds a few month ago, which is why I'm having a hard time figuring out if it was a virus or old hardware. The computer is about 4-5 years old and I don't dust the fans very often because the computer is a pain to open without breaking parts of the panel off.
Thank you in advance!
Edited by MyComputersTrashed, 24 August 2016 - 12:33 PM.