My 12 year old son has gone to Germany for Christmas, taking my iPad with him. His worshiped 15 year old cousin loaded an app called something like Red Stripe (I'm still trying to decipher through the guilt tears) that was supposed to enable the iPad to download all apps for free. I told him never to load anything, have the damn thing password protected on itunes, but since it came alternative route I couldn't stop it. My iPad has crashed and they can't get it to do anything.
I've told him to leave it, told his dad (ex husband) to stop attempting to solve it using same ***** cousin, so it comes home vaguely intact.
Looks like he jail broke the device. Best route is to restore via iTunes. Plug in the iPad and once iTunes comes up click restore and follow the on screen prompts. If you did any backups from previous syncs you can restore the iPad with that back up and all your content will be back on the device just like it was before the iPad crashed.
Yes, you need to do a restore using the iTunes. It won't hurt the iPad, but will erase the disk on the iPad and reimage it back to the factory iOS image.
Yes, so in plain English it will be restored back to the way it was when you bought it. If you didn't do any back ups, no worry, just resync all the content. You will loose any info you added on the device it self before you gave it to your son, but hopefully its not much info and can easy be redownloaded.
I'd do backups at least once a week if you havn't already.