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Secure CTRLALTDEL at startup freezes

Lenovo/ibm thinkpad T60
June 5, 2010 at 20:31:47
Specs: Windows XP
Starting from the other day, I have been unable to access my computer because when I press CTRL ALT DEL at startup (the one before username/password) the computer just freezes. Even the mouse stops working! (the mouse mysteriously is moveable again only after I force quit and it starts shutting down)

I have tried this in safe mode, safe mode with networking... sadly, to no avail.

I suspect it could possibly be a virus that is causing this problem, or just because my computer is kind of old. Either way, I need to find a way to get back into my computer!

I am thinking that either I can reformat it using the recovery disc, but for some reason I haven't been able to boot from the CD drive even though I set it to do so from BIOS. Or, I am thinking to use some program that will allow me to bypass the CTRL ALT DEL part of the login. Although I'm not too sure what would happen after that, I think that is worth a try?

Thanks for reading this. Any help appreciated!!!

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June 5, 2010 at 22:08:35
danceb, my SWAG is sorta along the same lines. I suspect a worm/trojan. Scan in safe mode.
Be aware that a virus and a Trojan are similar, but not the same. Many times, an AV detects one it can't clean, other times, it gets missed entirely.
If you need to clean one, Superantispyware (info only. I’m not paid for recommendation) can do the job and you can get it free @:
among other places. They have a Vista compatible version if needed. Dunno about Windows 7 or later.
If it turns out that you need to use it, be sure to update Superantispyware prior to running and disable 'restore' (restart after cleaning) so the nasty doesn't get put back. They just released a new update recently and it changes all the time. Things are in a constant state of flux.
The restore thing is critical. May not be your deal at all, but won't hurt anything to try.
Ed in Texas.

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June 5, 2010 at 22:19:41
thank you so much for your suggestion! the only thing is, i cant access my computer at all, so the question is more of how to get into it...

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