|So, about 3 months ago my desktop computer was infected with a virus that wouldn’t allow me to boot up into Windows. When the computer was turned on after being forced to restart, there was a black screen with a blinking underscore, and that was it. I was able to boot it up from the CD, scanned for viruses, and the problem stopped, but only for a week. This cycle was repeated about 5 times before I was advised to format my hard drive. So, I did after backing up my files. The hard drive was wiped clean by formatting after transferring all my files to my laptop. Once formatted, the hard drive was put back into the computer and I reinstalled just basic programs like Windows Office, Adobe acrobat reader, Mozilla, etc. I also installed a free trial of Norton Internet security that came with the Windows XP Professional disk. I scanned the computer and it detected 52 viruses and resolved them. I was confused how there would be so many viruses after formatting the hard drive, but thought this would be a one time scan and removal of that many viruses after formatting. Nope. I scanned my computer literally every other day and got just as many viruses each time. Roughly 40-60 viruses were detected and resolved by the Norton Internet security trial. My PC % usage shoots up to 30% with nothing open and once I scan the computer, it drops down to ~1-2%. I have been scanning my computer for about a month now, and it’s the same story until today. What am I to do? Formatting the hard drive obviously did not help. |
PS: Scanned my computer while writing this and 59 security risks detected and 59 resolved.