My parents have a second hand, IBM Think Pad. We think it was originally purchased around 2000-2003, my parents have had it for 2 years. It has an Intel Pentium 3 processor and Windows 2000 with all the updates available from the web. For the first year they had the lap top it wasn't used that much, then a month ago we loaded SBC DSL onto it, and added an ethernet card into the side port. *I don't have details on that but I can get them if need be*
After loading SBC on it they also loaded Spyblaster, Spywareguard, MVPS Hosts File, Google Toolbar and AVG. After running scans with those it said the system was free of viruses/spyware. They also uninstalled Norton Antivirus.
The computer was running fine for the past month until Monday when while trying to boot up they received this error message on a blue screen:
STOP 0x0000007B Inaccessible Boot Device
Now they cannot get past that screen/message, even in safe mode.
They have unplugged the SBC modem as well as the ethernet card and they still get the same error message. I used the computer on Sunday and it was working fine. And nothing new has been downloaded onto it since they got the spyware/virus programs at the beginning of the month.
We're completely clueless so any help anyone can give would be greatly appreciated! Thanks again!