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Got virus and pc shuts down after logging on

By wakeborder42
Oct 6, 2008
  1. So i have a problem...

    I was loading up Sony Vegas 8.0 and it asked me to download a couple programs that was a prerequisite for it to run. While downloading they both started to freeze up. All of a sudden my time clock switched to 24 hour time and right next to the time it said "virus alert!" My background changed to a graphic that told me i had spyware. Also there were 3 programs that popped up as an "aid to help" me get rid of all these different viruses.
    Getting scared with all this happening i decided to do a hard boot and i shut my computer off. I logged back on to my account and the graphic and all those programs were still there. I was going to system restore to a previous point so i hit the start menu and there were about 6 programs there and no option for the more programs arrow. Then out of no where, my computer shut off and rebooted.

    What can I do?

    OS: Windows XP Professional
     
  2. wakeborder42

    wakeborder42 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Bump the thread
     
  3. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  4. wakeborder42

    wakeborder42 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    sorry bout that
     
  5. wakeborder42

    wakeborder42 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    More info: when going into safe mode it hangs up on me

    i do not have a floppy drive
     
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Continue with the above clickable link
     
  7. wakeborder42

    wakeborder42 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Those 8 steps require me to be logged on to windows, which i cant do because my computer keeps shutting down on me after a mere minute
     
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Here's the best advice (now knowing this new information)

    Remove the physical internal HardDrive
    Mount it into another (working) computer as a Slave (I usually replace with the DVD Drive if it's and IDE connection)
    Or use some type of external USB connector or something

    Anyway, back up the HardDrive in that working computer
    Then re-mount the physical HardDrive back into the original computer
    Then install Windows from scratch (removing the partition and all)

    That is all
     
  9. wakeborder42

    wakeborder42 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I do not need to get any files off that computer. All i have to do is re-install windows?
     
  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Obviously you will need your Windows CD and Product key
     
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