Can someone explain to me just WTF compels certain people to create computer viruses/trojans/whatever the hell they are and unleash them on random unsuspecting people?? Are they really that bored or screwed up in the head that they have to do this?!!!!!!
When I started my computer this morning, the desktop didn't load completely. Then the screen kept going out. No interruption of power to the monitor, it was like the computer itself was causing the desktop to disappear and everything to go black. I tried to figure out what was causing it but nothing worked and the computer was being abnormally slow. I restarted and the desktop loaded completely, but the screen kept going out (again there was nothing wrong with the monitor). For a split second, this Symantec window came up (I have both Norton Antivirus and Internet Security) that said something like "your computer may be at risk." I couldn't read the rest of it because the window disappeared as quickly as it had appeared.
I decided to do a virus scan. It's been about 2 hours and it's still running. Every so often everything will appear to stop and the screen will go out, then come back on. And it's sooooooo slow... if I can be sure it's still running, anyway.
Only thing I can think of is that it's a virus. I hate not knowing exactly what it is. I can't call Dell tech support because my warranty expired. I have no idea who can help me with this. If the virus scan doesn't pick anything up I may reboot in safe mode and see if I can do "last known good configuration" or something like that. The thing I really need to do is back up my files, especially email folders. I've been meaning to for a long time, but my stupid CD-RW drive doesn't work right. I can only back up to things like pen drives or external hard drives. If this stupid thing will let me do it now...
Sorry I'm so slow with replying to comments. I just hopped onto my mom's laptop in order to give you all an update of what's going on. I'm not sure if I'll be able to resume the picspams tomorrow like I promised. If I can't get this stupid computer working again, it's going to set me back a little. I'll get back on here later and let you know what the status is. I just hope I can figure out what the hell this is and how to fix it.
And it was working fine last night.
People who create computer viruses are the scum of the earth.