need help computer problem (in Off-topic)
my computer is really mess up i got a lot of infection in it i cleaned it out but i cant get out f same mode when is says do you want to get out of safe mode and and do a system restore hit yes i do then it says system restore is not able to protect your computer please restart your computer and run system restore but then every time i do it it just say the same thing i got no internet or anything just safe mode i cant get out im on my cousin lab top now please help me thanks
August 17 2008 12:48 AM EDT
Probably best off reinstalling windows. I'm sure you've thought about that since it's what everyone says first, so I'm really asking, why not reinstall windows? What's preventing you? What OS are you using? What kind of computer?
i cant do that need the internet dont i and in safe mode i have no internet
if you have a home network you should be able to get on the net with safe mode with networking. Sounds like you're using windows xp but you've removed the restore files from your machine. if you still have your windows cd you can insert the cd and run the restore installation
August 17 2008 1:40 AM EDT
if you still have you system disk then I would suggest doing a repair. In my many years of PC work I have never had a restore actually fix very much, it can take care of minor issues but large virus issues it typically won't fix. What has happened is that what ever you got your system infected with caused some of your major system files to be beyond repair so when your anti virus program deleted them then it made your system get into this loop.
Basically you boot to your the system disk, then first screen if I remember correctly hit enter then next screen it should detect a version of windows on your pcs and it will ask you if you want to repair, and just hit R for repair. Just be careful if you go hit the wrong options you can wipe out your PC. it has been abit since I have had to do one but if I remember correctly and it is XP then the steps should be this:
boot to the disk
and just follow the instructions after that.
If you get to any spot that says anything about formatting or deleting partitions then stop because you are about to wipe out all your files.
I would suggest though that once you get it up and running, go and download the AVG trial and run a full scan on the PC to clean up what you can.
i forgot to mention i dont have any of that system recovery stuff my brother lost it
August 17 2008 1:59 AM EDT
Heh. Are you up for the possibility of switching to another operating system. I switched to Ubuntu last year and accidentally completely erased my Windows when I was trying to partition it. And I can say I'm happy. Then again if you're really into games you might be a little annoyed at how few online games are available for Linux.
But eh, CB and not having to worry about any type of malware is good enough for me.
lol @ ubuntu. I haven't heard of that OS since my freshmen year.
August 17 2008 2:15 AM EDT
"Are you up for the possibility of switching to another operating system. I switched to Ubuntu last year ..."
I don't think this guy is ready for Linux.
Anyway, once you get things repaired, get these FREE programs and run them regularly (at least once per week):
Also get an anti-virus program. I use AVG, and despite it being free and "weak," to this day I have yet to get a virus, and I'm sort of obsessive compulsive about Internet security: http://www.grisoft.com/
Again, run it at least once per week. I run it once a day. Keep it updated, otherwise its useless.
i restarted the whole thing like a brand new computer so far its loading so i think its just like a brand new computer since ma 9 2003 thats what it says lol
now it says to acces web sites or mail you must have an internet service provide and a blue bar i cant click on
You could also get avast, its a free anti-virus software which might be a little better then AVG. Oh and zone alarm is a very good free firewall but it can get annoying sometimes, I just ended up getting rid of it.
August 17 2008 5:18 AM EDT
Spy bot Search and Destroy, that is key.
August 17 2008 8:50 AM EDT
Playing CB is the cure for AIDS.
"now it says to access web sites or mail you must have an internet service provide and a blue bar i cant click on"
That's the network setup wizard. You really dont need to set that up until the installation is complete. It's a copy of the "Add network Connection" button
No idea what blue bar you are seeing but there should be next/back/cancel at the bottom. If you hit cancel it will move onto the next step.
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