|Thank you so much for all of your help and suggestions! |
I am touched and very thankful. Wanderer, thank you as well. One of my problems however, is that I've been locked out of any administrator privileges so I cannot log in as the admin to make any changes. I get past this roadblock, and I will try this.
Derek, thank you too. I use Malwarebytes, it's on my flash drive for virus and malware removal.
jgreenkc I thank you, and I would appreciate a link to this file. The drive was actually formatted as FAT32 instead of NTSF. So would a standard WIN98 startup disk work? That's how my amazing teacher taught me to start it up if any troubles ensued. May he rest in peace. If not, thank you for the link, (and please some instructions on how to use it?) Bless you.
Ed in Texas Thank you so VERY much for all of your great help. I certainly appreciate it. I have downloaded SAS to my flash drive. I certainly understand the 'cleaning' of all the restore points, but it has disabled like EVERY admin privilege, so when I right click on my computer, system restore doesn't even appear in the menu! When going to system restore in the traditional manner, it appears, but it tells me as soon as I click on it, "You do not have sufficient rights to access this. Contact (LMAO) a system administrator." If I had the ability to talk to the deceased, I would ask Jon for his password. I am a mere mortal however, so I will have to figure out another way. (Thank you Windows XP)
Anyway, I did a scan with my techie virus/malware removal flash drive, using AVAST AV, and it found as I suspected, a decompression bomb, no doubt sent to me by someone I know, completely by accident.
I've no experience (that I know of) working with decompression bombs or how to eradicate them so any help in this area would be greatly appreciated as well. I am doing my own searches and investigation in to this, but any shortcuts or tips would be sincerely appreciated.
I apologize for not placing this in the 'general' or 'virus' sections as well.
God bless you all for your help.