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When I start my computer the windows screen comes up with all kinds of garbled language. The whole screen is filled with exclamation points and I can hardly recognize the welcome screen. I can start the computer in safe mode and when I do the words are all unrecognizable. It's not a foreign language, just some of the characters are unrecognizable and it flashes. I can pick out safe mode with networking and then it boots up fine and I am able to get online. I have run norton antivirus and nothing was detected. Could I have a virus?
To "one stop way "to see whether there are any malware issues is to do this online scan and take the complete test. Please post back. However from the looks of it your boot.ini appears to be corrupted. Please read this article
Ok, I narrowed it down to the video card. It was replaced in June 2006, turns out it is a defective card, and it is under a 2yr warranty. I have to send it back to the manufacturer for replacement, ..... go figure!! Could take up to 2 weeks for replacement!!