My PC has been acting up ever scents some storm a couple weeks ago.
I'm pretty sure it got some electrical surges, the lights in my office got a little brighter at moments, and the PC rebooted several times during the storm.
The results were PC sometimes failed to start, when you push the start button nothing would happen as if it were unplugged.
I tested the power supply by shorting the green wire to a black ground on the ATX plug and the power supply works.
But now I can't start my PC without jump starting it, by shorting the green and black and then pushing the normal power on button. Something on the mother board got screwed up that tells the power supply to turn on.
And now I seem to be getting bad sectors on my C: HDD
Then last night I spent 3 hours trying to delete an e-mail that seemed to have a virus, unless the e-mail happened to land on bad HDD sectors. I also found in a FOUND.000 chkdsk dir bazaar non identifiable files that I couldn't delete until I changed the dir name.
So tonight I'm thinking maybe the storm surge fried some HDD sectors besides screwing up my power on motherboard controls.
Tonight my wife couldn't get the PC started while I was at work. Sometimes it will start and sometimes you need to jump start it, with a paper clip shorting the green and black ATX cable.
So it may not be a virus, but just a chain of problems from a surge.
But I know there are viruses that attack the HDD chips, but I haven't seen that for 10 years.
I might just put a momentary button on it to short the green and black so my wife can start it up. And put in a spare HDD if the wacky file thing keeps occurring.
Just short it out and it will start every time LOL hahahaha