Virus On my Friend's PC

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  1. Myidentityisasec
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    Myidentityisasec Advanced Member

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    When I shut it down, it says installing updates and never ends. When I go to safe mode, it's the blue screen of death and just says "?" Also, since it won't shut down, I can't do a system restore. Please help. Thanks
     
  2. Hatsu

    Hatsu Someone's been killing, eh?

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    That might just be a computer problem. If your friend has a backup, tell him to re-install Windows, then restore his stuff.
     
  3. XWolf

    XWolf GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    That's not necessarily a virus - sometimes crappy windows update can do that. Have seen it before. As previously suggested, easiest fix is to back stuff up and reformat.

    If he/she doesn't play a lot of games then suggest Linux to him/her, either Ubuntu or Linux Mint. Both can be run from CD to try them out first without installing. I really recommend it as they don't get issues like this and most non games windows software works on Linux (or there are free alternatives).
     
  4. steve-p

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    if you do try Linux then install "wine" from winehq.org

    it runs a lot of windows programs - not all, but most.
    and often a bit faster than windows does!!! [​IMG]
     
  5. Elritha

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    It's a common enough problem on windows XP, if that's what you are running. Try the following and see if it helps.