Re: Can malware kill a computer?
I agree with the responses. However, there was a comment in the OP's statement that I've heard all to often.
I can't count how many times I've heard this from Windows users. Primarily, I think it's due to fear and a lack of understanding the box. They may have taken a PC to a repair facility (assuming they can afford it) only to be quoted or pay a high price for repair. Thus, immediately upon any future issues or failures the response is "I need a new PC". If I recall correctly, there's even a TV commercial for an online diagnostics site where a young lady says exactly that.
friend who's been talking to me on the phone, crying that a virus or something has killed her computer and she has to buy a new one.
With all the available support on this forum, I'd be shocked if one started a thread here about the box issues and didn't receive assistance in diagnosing the problem. It may be a hardware problem, but until one takes the initiative to identify the problem the source remains unknown. For example:
As others have pointed out.
Does it even turn on: AC power switch (including the power supply switch)/cord/outlet, etc.
If it turns on, can one get to the BIOS to change boot order?
If so, will it see either a Linux live disc or stick on startup?
Identifying these three basic steps may place one in a position of "running" from boot Ubuntu/Linux or one of it's versions, which can then be used to check system functionality. With little to no experience, one could (with just a little help) establish that their system is operational and all that need be done is to install or re-install an OS. Which should then format and petition the drive, hopefully removing the offending software. If one's not sure how to test their system, start a thread here and ask questions. You may be surprised at not only how much you learn, but how many here are more than willing to help.
I was once told that: "If it's already broken and you don't want to pay to fix it, then anything you do - can't hurt it". Don't be afraid to mess with it. Be cautious you or your someone else doesn't get hurt, but you may find that it's something simple and easily correctable. Ignorance is curable, we all have it to certain extent. But IMHO by being afraid or refusing to try/learn, one simply remains ignorant on certain topics.
Just my $0.02
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