Here's what happened. I was checking my email and saw something from the IRS. Or what I thought was from the IRS. In retrospect, I shouldn't have opened the email. Anyway, I did and it said there were forms I needed to fill out & send back. I thought it was suspicious but wanted to look at them. I downloaded the attachment but then thought better of it and deleted it. Then I kept getting the pop-up "a program needs your permission to continue" and I clicked cancel but it wouldn't close the window. So I shut down. Sigh... Now I've turned the computer back on and it is going NUTS. Immediately, a window titled Windows Vista Repair popped up. 11 errors detected. It immediately started fixing problems. 6 have been resolved, 5 were unable to be fixed and are listed as critical. I have 3 pop-ups that are titled Hard Drive Failure and the message is: The system has detected a problem with one or more installed IDE/SATA hard disks. It is recommended that you restart the system. It has one button, just OK. I have one that is titled Windows - Delayed Write Filed and the message in that one is: Windows was unable to save all the data for the file \\System32\\496A8300. The data has been lost. This error my be caused by a failure of your computer hardware. There are 3 buttons in the box: cancel, try again or continue. I just got another one that is title Critical Hard Disk Drive Error. Inside the box it says: Windows Vista Repair detected a bad sector on your hard disk drive. This error may cause the following problems: - Data corruption and loss - Hard drive inaccessibility - System errors and failures The buttons are Fix problem which takes me to a page to purchase advanced system repair software or cancel. Then under the buttons it says: It is strongly recommended that you fix the detected problem immediately. Please run a full system scan and fix errors. All of these boxes are in the foreground. When I opened my Chrome to see if I could go online, they stayed in the foreground and Chrome opened in the background. I'm also getting Windows Notifications about my RAM usage being critically high. I don't know what to do. I am totally panicking right now. Does anyone actually KNOW what to do in this scenario? I've tried calling my friend who fixes computers for a living but he is not answering his phone right now.
Answer by midnightmoma at 11:45 AM on Jun. 19, 2011
Answer by tangleballlover at 11:41 AM on Jun. 19, 2011
Answer by midnightmoma at 11:48 AM on Jun. 19, 2011