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Boyard

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Good morning! I need an answer to this problem but I'm quite sure where it belongs
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I'll try and describe my problem as best I can. I'm running Windows XP on an HP desktop small form PC. I can't give you all the details because I can't access anything much. I'm writing this on my wife's portable which is a feat in itself (Windows 7 in French)... So, this morning everything was purring. I checked my mail as usual on Thunderbird mail, downloaded and opened a pdf document from a friend about the dangers of microwaves and plastic dishes. Closed the programme then decided to reopen it and presto. A black Adove Air box displaying this message appeared:

Application Install
Sorry, an error has occured. The application could not be installed because the installer file is damaged. Try obtaining a new installer file from the application author.

I didn't worry and downloaded a fresh copy of Thunderbird from Mozilla's site.
When I tried to install it the fateful message appeared again. Worse: from that point on no application will start!
When I try to start a programme all I get is that box.
When I restart the PC the screen is literally bombarded by a succession of boxes...
Does this correspond to a known virus infection?
Please remember that my computer is useless in its present state. I am currently using my wife's laptop.
Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
All the best,
Boyard
 
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