|Hey all, just recently set up a buddies computer. He's been using it previously but we set it up at my place. Here's what went down:|
1) I noticed that he did not have an active virus scan on his computer. he said he hadn't had one since getting it. I quickly installed AVG and ran a scan, it found one virus, looked harmless. Unfortunately I did not copy down the name of the virus at the time.
2) I then installed Spybot Search and Destory to check for adware and spyware since he had not used a virus scan or adware program since getting the machine. It, too, found a few bits of spyware. Once again, nothing seemed serious, and so I did not copy down the name of the spyware at the time.
3) Windows then wanted to download and install SP3. I downloaded the update using windows, installed it, and then restarted the computer.
Now after this the computer cannot start. It comes to a screen that says "Windows failed to start properly" and then asks if I want to try restarting, restoring to the last known good configuration, or starting in safe mode.
I tried restarting it again, and it still did not work, so I tried restarting using the last known good configuration. No dice, it still wont work.
I can start the computer in safe mode, and in safe mode with networking, but no other way. I've tried running another virus scan, which found nothing, and also disabling unneeded startup programs thinking that they may be corrupt. Nothing I do will make it restart normally.