Last night I found Bullguard via Microsoft support website. I decided to use the trial available. The download was seamless, no issues. I did a Full System Scan and it took an hour and found 9 issues. Some system, some were Trojan Serfim or something. It corrected the issues and then it said I needed to reboot. So I did. That's where the problem (s) began.
After Bullguard rebooted the computer, I was initially able to get to the password screen, but then for the first time in my life a blue screen came up. It was so quick that I was unable to read it. It automatically went to the screen where you're able to select "Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking" etc. I chose Safe Mode. Nothing happened other than a blank, black screen with cursor and then it rebooted itself.
I turned off the computer manually to deal with this morning. Now, I'm getting first thing the blue screen, then the "Safe Mode" screen. I tried Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, and Last Successful Start Up. Nothing happens to where I'm able to get into the actual Start screen, let alone the password screen.
Since the blue screen is so quick, I had to resort to taking a cell phone snapshot to get a clue what the issue could be. It says:
"A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.
A process or thread crucial to the system operation has unexpectedly exited or been terminated.
If this is the first time that you've seen this stop error screen, restart your computer. if this screen appears again, follow these steps:
Check to make sure any new hardware or softwar is properly installed. If this is a new installation, ask your hardware, software manufacturer for any windows updates you might need.
If problems continue, disable or remove any newly installed hardware or software. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. If you need to use Safe Mode to remove or disable components, restart your computer, press F8 to select Advanced Startup Options, and then select Safe Mode.
Technical Information: ***STOP; 0x000000F4 (0X00000003, 086DCB5A0*, 0X86DCB6EC, 0X82838AB0*) *= unable to decipher if last character is zero or letter 'o'.
Collecting data for crash dump.... Initializing disk for crash dump.... Beginning dump of physical memory. Dumping physical memory to disk: 90"
I do not have a disk, Windows Vista OS was pre installed. Simple deduction says that this issue is software, directly attributable to installation of Bullguard Trial. Hopefully I can be assisted as soon as possible to resolve this issue.
Thank you for your response. I did contact Bullguard Live support. They told me only two options: go into bIOS and get factory settings. Tried that. No change. Their second option was for me to take to computer repair shop. I did about an hour ago. Repair guy told me that Bullguards system completely erased the Vista OS. Now I'm out more than a few bucks to correct what he (and I) believe is Bullguards problem. Not impressed, obviously. My link was direct from Microsoft support partners website to Bullguard. So it's authentic, legit. Very irritated and will never recommend this software.
I am extremely sorry to hear about the issue you encountered using BullGuard.
However, while BullGuard does seem to be the culprit for your issues and it may have damaged a system file, I assure you that it did not completely erase the Vista OS. It bothers me that a technician could have made such a statement.
Unfortunately, without access to that computer it is impossible for us to give you an accurate explanation of what happened. In order to know what happened, the computer needs to get repaired with a Windows CD, then retrieve the error logs (the dumps that it created) and analyze them. Even if my answer comes a little late, because you took the computer to a repair shop, I can tell you that no one can sell Windows (even if it is preinstalled) without giving you a restore method. It's a Microsoft requirement. You either have a recovery partition, or a CD somewhere. Also, even if you had a CD and you lost it, because you have a genuine version of Windows, you can always download a new CD from Microsoft.
Thank you for taking the time to tell us about this issue. I will be sure to tell our management about the situation, so we can take necessary steps to avoid this from happening again.
I just got back from the repair shop and having the OS re-installed. I chose Windows 7 because the hard drive had completely crashed- it was an either/or choice. As well as Windows Security Essentials for anti-virus, etc protection. I did ask the repair guy to keep the error logs. So if you want them to review, let me know where and how to send it. Per the computer technician, he states AGAIN that the fault lies soley with Bullguard and the installation process where it stripped/corrupted some system.exe from the core of the hard drive that would not be noticed until a reboot happens and it can't find the necessary file.
I look forward to at least having my pain assuaged when the Bullguard techs take a look at the log and can resolve the issue for any future customers.
I believe that that the moderator is wearing rose colored glasses. You believe that I had access to a way to retrieve/restore the Windows OS either via CD or in some other format. I assure you, I do not and never did. De!!!!e a "requirement" from MS. Further, you believe that Bullguard could not possibly be at fault. It is. Simple as that. Due to me having to pay (and take time off work to resolve this issue), I will absolutely in the future tell everyone that I know to not purchase Bullguard (and certainly not take advantage of the Trial!). I did everything that the Bullguard Live Support suggested. Nothing more, as THEY should have at their immediate disposal someone to assist them with a major catastrophe that this has turned out for myself.
As the moderator stated she does not know my computer or anything, other than a faulty product that she must of course fly the banner for. I care not how many times you've installed Bullguard. I installed it once. And I'm paying the piper aggregiously for doing so.
If you have already sent them, please send me a private message with the e-mail address you used to send the logs.Andreea-Luciana Ostache Senior Support Technician EN email@example.com www.bullguard.com
Jintan you are correct that this was a hardware error, but the user had a Sirefef infection.
If one was to read about the infection here, for example:www.microsoft.com/security/portal/Threat/Encyclopedia/Entry.aspx?Name=Win32%2FSirefef, you see: When executed, the malware attempts to replace a randomly-selected system driver with its own malicious copy. The replaced driver could be any of the following: afd.sys i8042prt.sys ipsec.sys mrxsmb.sys netbt.sys raspppoe.sys serial.sys And the above list is not complete.
Sirefef does a lot of nasty things on the computer. There are multiple versions of it, but it usually creates a driver in System32/drivers, then locks System32 (you get access denied if you try to access it), it creates a service that is also locked (the system doesn't have any users in permissions) and it creates a process to run it all. Then it starts dropping other malware. It's pretty hard to remove an infection like this even with professional support, but I know for a fact that BullGuard blocks it, if BullGuard is already installed on the computer, even if this infection tries to kill the process that is trying to access it (any scanning tools). This makes the disinfection possible.
However, if I were to make an educated guess, because the user installed BullGuard on an already infected computer, it may be that BullGuard removed the system driver that was infected and caused the computer to throw the error, instead of booting normally. Unfortunately, without the logs we can only speculate.
It would be extremely helpful for our developers to get such logs, so we can see exactly what happened and prevent such an issue if possible.Andreea-Luciana Ostache Senior Support Technician EN firstname.lastname@example.org www.bullguard.com