Good morning all.
So, I got the dreaded Vista Antivirus 2010, not once, but twice while trying to download a torrent (yeah I know-bad idea), anyway, I was able to remove it both times using spybot first followed by malwarebytes. However, now it appears I have a very heavy paperweight left as a laptop.
I am on an Acer Aspire 5050 running Vista SP 1, upgraded to 2.5 gig RAM couple months ago. I noticed after the last attack of virus that computer would start to intermittently freeze after a short time and I would have to hard boot. Now PC is totally useless unless in safe mode. Upon start up it will freeze within minutes. I have run a registry repair, spybot, malwarebytes and verizon virus scan, all of which have been on my pc for quite some time so I do not believe they are in conflict. I tried chkdsk on command prompt but it keeps saying disk is in use and will not allow the scan. I set it to chkdsk on next reboot but it is not initiating. I would venture to guess that my registry has been highly damaged but I just do not know quite where to begin.
If anybody can give me some suggestions on how to start a repair on this I would greatly appreciate. I do not have any disks that came with the system in my possession right now. I am out of town for a while and unable to get them. So I have to do this all with just trial and error.
Thanks to anybody who can help