2003 End of Windows?? is this a virus?

  [DELETED] 14:55 23 Dec 2003

Hi all,

my girl was trying to view a website, Citizens Advice, and well when clicking on a certain link the webpage froze. Tried to end task via task manager but it wouldn't work, even trying to end the process was useless. Waited for a bit, in the mean time she opened up one of her word files. That froze too. So eventually we restarted, Word came up as the laptop was shutting down and then closed itself.

More worrying, was the fact that during the shutdown process i'm sure i saw something VERY Worrying... It looked like a slide that'd been made in Powerpoint and said...

End of Windows"

The slide itself was pretty basic, white text on black background with a few red and blue lines in the corner.

Please help!

  [DELETED] 15:01 23 Dec 2003

she has Norton AV 2003 and Firewall 2003 installed. We made sure they were updated, and ran AV scan, nothing found.

Windows XP is upto date. Also installed, updated and ran Swat-It trojan remover, Adaware6 and SpyBot.

Lots of ads found and deleted.

  [DELETED] 15:25 23 Dec 2003


  [DELETED] 15:28 23 Dec 2003

Have you booted the PC back up again and then shut it down - does the slide appear again?

  [DELETED] 15:33 23 Dec 2003

no it doesn't... It came up very very briefly, my girl didn't even see it!

  bremner 15:35 23 Dec 2003

Have found several references on Google to an article titled

"September 2003 End of Windows 98"

which describes the ending of MS support for 98. Could the machine or website have had a document / presentation about this.

  [DELETED] 15:46 23 Dec 2003

If the PC is working OK when booted back up and the slide doesn't appear when shutting down then everything seems to be OK.

  [DELETED] 15:47 23 Dec 2003

was open as far as i know.

  [DELETED] 15:58 23 Dec 2003

..it wiping itself on new years day or summat?

  hugh-265156 16:44 23 Dec 2003

try an online scan just for peace of mind if you want click here will take a while

bring up task manager/processes and google them for info if you think any look out of place.

  Pidder 18:55 23 Dec 2003

You could always bring 1st January forward by altering your calender/clock and see what happens!!!

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