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I believe it is a virus - a world of possibility
I believe it is a virus
I have attempted to

-defragment my computer
it continuosly re-started

-run scan disk
it said that some program was writing to the drive, and it therefore had to start over quite a few times.

I closed all the programs that may have been running (even though I had only booted the computer up and then ran scan disk). I even unplugged the ethernet card (yes, I have no clue if that does anything, it probably doesn't).

Still came up "something is writing to the drive" or something like that.

So . . .

any ideas people?

any volunteers?

I hope everyone is well.

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lordrexfear From: lordrexfear Date: July 25th, 2002 10:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Did you the ctrl-alt-del, to see if some resident program was running that you aren't aware of? I'd do that, write down what it was. Kill it and then find it, delete, go into regedit and remove all instances of it and all that jazz.
etrepum From: etrepum Date: July 25th, 2002 10:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Viruses don't typically work like that.. They usually infect an already existing executable file, commonly explorer.exe or the like, and a well written virus isn't going to show up in the task list anyways, so I wouldn't even bother with that.

Your best bet at this point is to try some antivirus software, AVG Free Edition has a pretty good detection rate, it cleaned off my parent's computer pretty well. If you can't successfully download and run it, you definitely have a pretty nasty virus (since AVG is less common only the nastiest viruses have anti-AVG; new ones are typically designed to avoid only Norton and McAffee's antivirus products). If that's the case, I'll have to make you a boot disk or bootable cd with some antivirus software on it, hopefully it won't come to that (or worse).
moowazz From: moowazz Date: July 25th, 2002 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thanks :)

I think I'm gonna have to use Norton though b/c there is now the error message "Driver(CORE) not found winerr=2" from that program".

Thank you though.

etrepum From: etrepum Date: July 25th, 2002 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think you'll have a similarly nasty experience with norton or mcaffee, don't waste your money. It's either a nasty virus, something seriously wrong with windows, or your hardware is failing. Antivirus software is like immunization, it can't always help if you're already infected because the virus has the opportunity to either disable antivirus software before it starts, and it also has the ability to just permanently damage files. I guess I can stop by on saturday and see what I can do, but you'll have to make me lunch or something :)

I need to know what version of windows you're running (e.g. 95, 98, Millenium, 2000, XP, etc.) and also if your laptop has a DVD drive or not. I have a MSDN subscription for work, so I have the installation media for just about every microsoft product... but they're all on DVDs these days. So if your laptop only has a CD drive I'll have to burn whatever version of windows you need to cd in advance, if it comes to that. Hopefully it's just a virus or two that didn't do anything irreversible to windows, because reinstalling is a pain.
moowazz From: moowazz Date: July 25th, 2002 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

actually . . .

I wasn't planning on buying it, tee hee

I had a few people who offered to lend me or send me a copy.

I have ME. I have a CD drive, no DVD (that is on my other messed up computer in MD). I can make you lunch, thought depending ~ I may actually be working for a few hours on Saturday, I don't know yet. I'll know tomorrow.

I hope you be well.
etrepum From: etrepum Date: July 25th, 2002 06:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, whenever works for you, doesn't have to be lunch.. I'm pretty much free saturday and possibly sunday.. but during the week I'm gonna be totally busy with work because I'm gonna be out of town monday night -> wednesday morning.
saint_monkey From: saint_monkey Date: July 25th, 2002 10:30 am (UTC) (Link)
if you can still access the internet...

1. copy down the exact error message you recieve
2. go to the usenet archives...google owns them now..http://groups.google.com
3. search using your exact phrase.
you will bring back results from usenet groups for people that have had this proble m in the past, and (hopefully) expert advice on resolutions.
moowazz From: moowazz Date: July 25th, 2002 05:33 pm (UTC) (Link)


will keep in mind for future reference (I don't remember the exact phrase).

I hope you are well

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