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T43 flashes "signature failure"

2010-10-06, 17:32 PM



My T43 Thinkpad has a big problem.


I was on the net and suddenly, I get a Microsoft warming window ( red color) saying one of my webcam software has a Trojan and it is extremely dangerous and needs to be removed ASAP. I then, removed that software programe from my PC. Then, it showed another window that my  Win32 or System 32..something like that( can't recollect ) has the same problem and needs to be removed. I know that this is some system file and have no knowledge of it's know-how. So, I decided to shut down the computer.


I restarted after 1 hr or so and the regular Windows XP starting screen came up( with the press IBM access  blue button to interrupt normal start-up). Sooon after this, a black screen with a white line saying:  "There has been a signature failure" came up multiple times with a scrolling action.



I tried the access blue button, it gives me  the option to go to BIOS but not let me do the F11 recovery/rescue thing. When I tired the F11, the same signature failure thing flashes!!!!


Can anyone suggest what is the potential reason for this and how can I switch on my T43?


Thanks for your time!






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Re: T43 flashes "signature failure"

2010-10-06, 20:53 PM



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Re: T43 flashes "signature failure"

2010-10-07, 8:22 AM



It sounds like you were the victim of a fake antivirus program or web site that displays similar messages.  Criminals do this in an attempt to get you to give them your credit card to purchase a "cure" which, of course, does nothing. 


Based on the description, I am guessing what occurred was of the malicious program variety, and not a web page. 


At this point, my suggest would be to contact the technical support department of the company which makes your antivirus/antimalware/security software and start a support session with them to investigate the problem.  These types of rogue programs are constantly updated to avoid detection and prevent removal by legitimate programs, so some specialized assistance is often necessary.




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Re: T43 flashes "signature failure"

2010-10-07, 11:50 AM
Go to www.malwarebytes.org and download the free version. Run a complete scan. If it solves your problem, get the paid version to say thank you to them.. Good luck.
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