Having to recognize caracters in order for computer to stay on (Wi

Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by gsmith, Mar 25, 2010.

  1. gsmith

    gsmith Guest

    I have started having a window pop up showing windows xp professional and it
    demands that I recognize characters within 2 minutes or my computer will shut
    down. Help!!!!!!
    gsmith, Mar 25, 2010
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  2. You are infested/infected with something.

    Please provide some background information:

    - Fill in the blanks:
    Windows XP Professional with Service Pack _, __-bit?
    - AntiVirus application you have installed - name, version and latest
    updates applied as well as the last time you did a full computer scan with
    - AntiSpyware/Adware/Malware application(s) you have installed (pro-active
    or reactive versions) and the last time you did a full scan with an updated
    version of them?

    Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 or greater, 32 or 64-bit - here
    is what I suggest with just that assumption:

    Download, install, run, update and perform a full scan (separately) with the
    following two applications (freeware versions are the ones to use for this):



    After performing a full scan with one and then the other and removing
    whatever they both find completely, you may uninstall these products,
    if you wish.

    Download and run the MSRT manually:


    Come back with the answers to the questions and results of the scan and, if
    needed, someone can continue assisting you in cleaning up your system. ;-)
    Shenan Stanley, Mar 25, 2010
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  3. The facebook borne worm "Koobface" does this I think.

    ....does it actually shut down?
    FromTheRafters, Mar 25, 2010
  4. Your parents want you to do your homework?
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Mar 25, 2010
  5. gsmith

    gsmith Guest

    No but it freezes up and I have to cut my computer off and restart it.
    My computer is supposed to be protected by Ciber Defender but they
    haven't been able to clear it.
    gsmith, Mar 27, 2010
  6. Do as Shenan Stanley advises.

    FromTheRafters, Mar 27, 2010
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