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AIM Profile Virus killed computer

My college student daughter picked up something nasty by clicking on a link in an AIM profile. At first it was 'just' replacing her AIM away message/profile with itself but over the course of the day the performance of her computer degraded to the point where she could not even turn it off - she had to unplug it and remove the battery. Now it won't even complete the start-up - even in Safe Mode or Last Good Configuration. The computer is a Compaq Presario 700 laptop with Windows XP. Any ideas, suggestions? Thanks for any help.

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Two ideas.

Use the Compaq restore CDs but use a non-destructive restore.

Next, BAN "AIM" and go look up "GAIM". It may help in the future.


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Thank you. I will send her the restore CD's to try (hopefully, it's a relatively simple process). And I will check out GAIM. Thanks again.

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