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My computer has been infected by some software called "Windows restore" - naturally it's saying my computer has tonnes of problems and is telling me it's in critical condition and that I should buy the software to resolve them. It won't let me access any files or programmes such as task manager - it's saying things like harddrive failure as well. What do I do?

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You've picked up a virus all right. Don't believe or try to open or download anything having to do with these pop ups. Download the the free verson of Malwarebytes here;
http://www.malwarebytes.org/
If you can't download normally, try to start in "safe mode with networking" and download. After download is finished, it may give you the option to run a quick scan immediately. Allow this and let it make the necessary repairs If you have anti virus protection now and your happy with it run a full scan now and make necessary repairs when done. If you don't have anti virus protection you can get it here for free;
http://www.avira.com/en/avira-free-antivirus
After the download from them run a full scan and let it make necessary repairs. Will probably take a couple of hours. When thats' finished, go back to Malwarebytes and run a full scan. This also will take a while. You can set your Avira to run automatically and in the wee hours of the morning. I run mine everyday.
Good luck
Dave

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