posted on Mar, 28 2013 @ 01:35 PM
I posted this question on techguy.org as well, but I figured many people on ATS are pretty tech-savvy too.
Here is the background of my problem:
I tried to access a website after someone sent me a text message in response to a craigslist listing that I had put up. It had an address for an image
that my phone didn't load, so I went to that address on my laptop.
Here is the address: imgsend.com/?photo=387TWT
The website said I needed a Gimp plugin to view the picture, which I thought was weird since I have Gimp on my computer already. Anyway I went ahead
and installed the program even though I was suspicious.
After installing the plugin, the pictures still didn't load, so I checked into that imgsend website. It is apparently well-known for craigslist
phishing and getting people to install nasty things onto their computers (like me haha).
I used a program called process explorer to see what suspicious things were running on my computer, and the only thing of interest was datamn~1. I
killed the process and used HiJackThis to remove it from my registry, then I restarted my computer a few minutes later.
From that point on my computer started hanging on startup, and it would only boot into a black screen with the cursor and no functionality -- no ctrl
alt del, no ctrl shift esc, nada.
When I turn off the computer and let the system do the startup repair, it reports that it has successfully repaired an unspecified problem in the
startup configuration, and the next boot works fine. However as soon as I turn off my computer or restart, it boots to the black screen again.
So now any time I want to start my computer, I have to do the startup repair first.
I have cleaned my system with AVG, Spybot S&D, Superanti-spyware and Windows Defender and the problem persists. I am also missing my windows disc, so
using the disc is not an option right now.
Here is my system info:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 18.104.22.168
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium, Service Pack 2, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T6500 @ 2.10GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3963 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family, 1853 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 102399 MB, Free - 20594 MB;
Motherboard: TOSHIBA, Portable PC
Antivirus: AVG AntiVirus Free Edition 2013, Updated and Enabled