Doctor, doctor, tell the news, I got a bad case of computer blues
November 15, 2011 5:33 AM Subscribe
My home computer seems to have been attacked, and possibly wiped of all programs and files, by some kind of virus. Is there hope for my computer or is all my data (which includes 75% of a rough draft of a novel) hopelessly lost?
posted by orange swan to computers & internet (21 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Last night I turned the computer on and found that when it boots up there’s… nothing on it. All my programs and files seem to be gone. When I click on Start, it’s blank. After it’s been up and running for a bit, weird things start happening. I get twenty or so pop up messages saying that my computer can’t open various systems folders.
Then I get a program starting up that’s called “System Restore” and claiming that it will scan and fix my computer and giving me a listing of the things that are supposedly wrong with it but that sound like bullshit (i.e., “memory RAM temperature is 82 degrees Celsius”). Then it claims it can only fix some of the problems, and demands that I subscribe to the program so it can fix the others. I’ve tried booting up in Safe Mode with networking, but my computer is still blank, and when I’ve tried to run a system restore to an earlier date, I can only get as far as picking a back up date before the program just seems to stall – I click on “Next” and nothing happens.
Is there anything that can be done? Keep explanations simple and clear, please, as I am but a humble technopeasant.