Help! My Computer Screen Is Flashing Blue!
F8 to the rescue!
I had a computer virus suddenly flash up on my screen. I used my anti virus, but not a lot happened. Then as I tried to 'go back to earlier setting' in my control panel, something happened.
As I turned it off, and back on, I got stuck on the blue sign in screen. But the sign in didn't happen. What did happen was the blue screen started flashing, but it didn't stop!
After a couple of hours sheer panic I finally discovered my saving grace! The F8 button!
Here's how I did it.
Flashing blue screen - WARNING! If you have Epilepsy don't watch.
Sounds obvious? But don't panic! Even if its a black or blue screen, there is a way in!
The Cause of it all.
I was fine, typing away, checking on facebook and so on, when boom! Virus flash! And then about 10 tabs opened up! Oh no! I grabbed the computer and starting hitting all my anti virus buttons.
But for some reason they didn't work! So I tried rebooting, but of course that won't get rid of the virus.
At this point I headed over to my control panel and grabbed the 'get back to an earlier setting' In System Restore.
You will find it in the control panel of your PC.
This was fine for a while, but then all of a sudden......
Everything started flashing!
So I quickly turned off the PC.
Do no ever turn off your computer half way through a system check! I panicked and did just that!
But it can happen for other reasons too...
It wasn't really me turning off the PC that made the screen flash. But it certainly didn't help.
After numerous times trying to get into the main menu, and just getting a flashing blue screen, I suddenly realised I could look up the solution on my phone.
I typed in 'blue screen flashing on windows 7' and was surprised to find a few answers.
So I gave those a go. It was the usual thing, turn off, try to reload on safe mode etc.
And maybe sometimes that works. But not for me.
So, what now?
Eventually I found the reference to F8. Now F8 and all the other F's are at the top of your keyboard. I have never really used them before. So here goes!
Now here's the thing. You have to quickly tap the F8 key when you turn on your computer. Keep tapping the key until the screen comes up.
Then you will see instructions such as:
- Enter in normal mode
- Enter in safe mode.
And so on. See image below for example.
This is called Advance Boot Options.
Repair your computer.
I tried all the safe options. With various results. But nothing seemed to work.
Then I went for the obvious!
Repair Your Computer!
Click on the link, and just follow the instructions!
Simple as that!
But that wasn't all.
Advanced Boot Options - then follow the instructions.
Blue flashing screen.
let it cool down.
Press f8 on entry
make sure you click On at the same time.
then you will see Advance Boot Options
Scroll up to repair your computer
This will take a while
Then chooseSystem Restore or 'go back to earlier setting'
this will take you back to the day or week before the problem
always choose the date at the top.
Open System Restore
Then the waiting begins! Do not touch your computer while its doing all the repair work!
Computer Virus alert!
There is one thing that by now you would have probably forgotten what with all the hoo ha going on!
Going back in time in System Restore, you are probably going to be carrying that darn virus again!
So yes you can do your virus scans, and no they may have a virus themselves....and the pages you open may still be going nuts so....
Best thing to do?
Go to your 'Computer' near your start up button, and go to uninstall. Find your Google Chrome, Firefox etc that you are using, and delete the whole thing!
Don't panic! For the next part you can open your Windows explorer. You only need it for a few moments.
Then download a brand new Google Chrome! Simple! Bang goes the virus! And what's even better is that a new Google Chrome is quicker and cleaner than the old one you have been using for years!
So, there you go.
If you get a blue/black screen, don't panic. Just follow these easy instructions.
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