Thinkpad T61 (Vista) doing scary things. Extremely naive about computer matters. Any help appreciated.
This morning I woke up and noticed that Avira had failed to update, but stupidly didn't think anything of it. Throughout the day, Opera kept crashing. I didn't think too hard on it, but I did run a system scan using Avira and it came up clean. Then this evening, I was innocently going about my business when suddenly all my programs closed on their own volition and I realized, "Oh, crap! I bet I have something bad on my computer!"
Since that reboot, I have been unable to access Avira, Adaware, Spybot, and Windows Defender. I was able to Download Malwarebytes, though, and a few things came up on the scan. One was a Trojan, the name of which I did not catch and the other was "rootkit.bagle." Oh no!
After I typed that last paragraph, my computer crashed again, flashing me the blue screen of death before it went. Eek. I apologize if there are millions of posts like this, but I have not been able to answer my questions from reading them. I looked at the advice from this
post and plan on doing those things as soon as I can (unless you tell me otherwise). Here are my questions:
1. Do I need to say my goodbyes to all the movies, music, etc. on my external hard drive?
2. What should I do if I need to start from scratch? I just realized that I don't have the discs with me (I'm in China... I was sure I had brought the discs with me... Ugh.). Should I/Will I be able to use the "restore to factory settings" the Thinkvantage button gives me?
Please forgive me if I'm saying stupid things/leaving out important details/whatever. I'm typing fast so I can post this before my computer unexpectedly shuts down again. Oh, I just remembered, all these things are still true when I'm in safe mode. Ok. It's bedtime here, but I'll check on this thread as soon as I am able. Thank you, metafilter!