Originally Posted by UsedPaperclip
You should zero your drive. Some viruses can sit in the MBR and affect it even after a format. Its not a network virues, I can tell you that. If you're the only one affected then it could be on your flash drive or in your mbr. Just secure wipe your hdd and flash drive with some bootable media like gdisk or something.
I tried zeroing my drive with killdisk so I could clear the MBR and completely start fresh.
I don't think it's any component dying because before it happens a ton of randomly named processes start popping up which, to me, signifies that it's some type of virus. I'll test my ram with memtest to make sure, though.
Currently I'm running killdisk again to completely wipe the drive. Then I'll probably clear CMOS and flash my BIOS to try to clear out anything in there. I know BIOS viruses are super rare, but might as well do it to be safe.
From there I'll reformat and as soon as everything loads I'll run kaspersky anti-virus on all my drives and kaspersky TDSSKiller to check for rootkits.
Should I run the anti-virus software in safe mode or would running it in normal boot be sufficient?