For the last few weeks, my computer, running on Windows XP, has been running really slowly. I thought I had some kind of adware because I kept getting pop ups (usually relevant to my last Google search or something I typed in a text box), but my basic scanning programs didn't find anything wrong. The problem escalated, and I got more and more pop ups, even when I was away from the computer and Firefox was closed. I tried removing and reinstalling Firefox, but it wasn't the problem, because then the pop ups started showing up on IE. I dealt with it for a while, but today, I was completely bombarded by pop ups like I had never experienced before (and I wasn't even connected to the internet! there were just tons of Firefox windows.) and my computer froze, so I restarted.
I logged on, but when I did, the computer just stayed on my wallpaper and didn't load my desktop icons or my taskbar. Ctrl + Alt + Delete did nothing because somehow, this virus or whatever it is, blocked me from accessing the Task Manager. I shut down and restarted several times and even unplugged my computer, but nothing's happening. I'm on this website on a different laptop.
I don't want to lose all of my files! Is there anything I can do to fix this problem, or even any way I could just access my computer for long enough to just put all my files on an external hard drive?
Edited by smackdabish, 29 January 2009 - 04:39 PM.