Here's my issue - have a client whose grandkids probably infected her computer over a weekend downloading stuff. She's had NO virus protection enabled since her husband passed & it wasn't renewed.
Symptoms: Clicking on My Computer, or going to Start-->Settings or Start-->Control Panels does not open any of them, causes the system to freeze and/or give a Dr Watson Postmortem Debugger error, necessitating a hard reboot.
Can access other programs off the Start Menu.
Can access docs/programs on Desktop.
Can access internet & email via cable modem no problem.
What I've done:
Downloaded/installed Norton 2005, ran full system scan, quarantined/deleted 15 critical threats, deleted bunch of dataminer stuff
Dowloaded/installed AdAware, ran full system scan, quarantined/deleted critical threats, dataminer stuff.
Some items were unable to be deleted.
Downloaded/ran Belarc. she's running XP with Service Pack 2, build 2000 I think. Are there any later builds?
I have not:
Done any of the steps listed on main page in Malware forum. Will go back thru and do each one. Kicking myself I didn't find this site before doing previous steps!
Do I need to reinstall AdAware tho, or can I use the ver. I downloaded yesterday?
thanks in advance!