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Hi,

My Windows box runs like total crap. It takes a several minutes to log
in, and can take that long to launch an application like Firefox.
Every time I power up, the HD needs to be checked for errors (which
are found and supposedly repaired); this process takes about 15 hours
for a 40 GB drive, with only 17 GB used. I have run the trial versions
of Spyware Doctor, AVG, and XoftSpy, but they turn up nothing at all
other than some tracking cookies.

Can anyone tell me if this sounds like a virus infection, and what I
might do to fix it. Do any of the anti-virus vendors have any money
back guarantee if their products don't work?

Thanks!

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I had something like that-computer was running real slow- I went on line and
googled online spyware removal. Got one for $25 and it worked.Can't find the
name of the company or the file..don't know where it is..but for $25 did the
trick. I had to download some of it.. I felt like I had nothing to lose. I
am looking through my MC receipts but can't find it.-found it--called
spyware removal--setupxv.exe is the setup file to spyware removal
Had to download this--but it worked... good luck




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Sounds like hard drive failure.

If you do not think it is your hard drive, back up any files you can
(including bookmarks/favorites), reformat the drive and reinstall your
OS.

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| Hi,

| My Windows box runs like total crap. It takes a several minutes to log
| in, and can take that long to launch an application like Firefox.
| Every time I power up, the HD needs to be checked for errors (which
| are found and supposedly repaired); this process takes about 15 hours
| for a 40 GB drive, with only 17 GB used. I have run the trial versions
| of Spyware Doctor, AVG, and XoftSpy, but they turn up nothing at all
| other than some tracking cookies.

| Can anyone tell me if this sounds like a virus infection, and what I
| might do to fix it. Do any of the anti-virus vendors have any money
| back guarantee if their products don't work?

| Thanks!

Sounds like a hd problem and that is lowing you down.

Go to the hard disk manufacturer's web site and download their diagnostic
software.
Best way, get the .ISO image and burn a CDROM and boot off the CDROM.

Examples:
Hitachi/IBM - Drive Fitness Test (DFT)
SeaGate - SeaTools
Western Digitals - WD Diagnostics.

Additionally, steer away from the XoftSpy crap.

--
Dave
http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html
Multi-AV - http://www.pctipp.ch/downloads/dl/35905.asp



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Hi David,

Monday April 20 2009, David H. Lipman writes to All:

 > Sounds like a hd problem and that is lowing you down.
 > Go to the hard disk manufacturer's web site and download
 > their diagnostic software. Best way, get the .ISO image and
 > burn a CDROM and boot off the CDROM.

Thats what I was going to suggest.

Good tip!


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santiago538 wrote:
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If your HDD is capable of Self Monitoring & Reporting Technology
(S.M.A.R.T) you might want to enable it.
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You mean money back if the original issue wasn't viral, but mechanical?

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Thanks everyone, I'll try to troubleshoot my hard disk. I didn't think
that could be an issue it other disk failures I've experienced caused
different behavior, and this issue seems like almost all of the memory
and processor usage is being eaten up.


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No, if the issue is a virus and the software failed to detect or
remove it.

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On 04/20/2009 08:32 PM, santiago538 sent:
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Hello:

The only one I'm sure that would issue you a credit is Malwarebytes.org
MBAM.  However, their freeware never expires and paying to upgrade adds
useful bells and whistles.

This isn't to say that other vendors don't have a similar refund policy
though.  YMMV.

Pete
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santiago538 wrote:
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Ha! Good luck with that. Won't ever happen due to the nature
of computer security.

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On Mon, 20 Apr 2009 17:51:23 -0700 (PDT), santiago538

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It doesn't sound like a virus infection. My first try would be to swap
the hard drive.

Steve

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Something is wrong, troubleshooting is needed.

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Do you have a backup of your harddrive's data? If not, you should make
one before doing anything else.

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Running all sorts of scanners on a possibly failing harddrive is *not*
recommended if you haven't backed up your important data.

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It doesn't sound like a virus infection to me.

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The free versions do. :o)

You shouldn't expect *any* of them to never fail.



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santiago538 wrote:
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15 hours for a 40 GB drive? Wow. First, check the Event Log for the details
of what the chkdsk did. You'll find the entry in the Application Log with
source=Winlogon.

While you're in there, check the System Log for hard disk errors. If it's a
hardware problem you should see a lot of red X's. (E.g., "The driver
detected a controller error on text.")

Finally get the HDD manufacturer's diagnostic and run it. If it finds bad
sectors it may be able to substute spare sectors, but for a HDD that's
dying, that will only be plugging the dam with you finger.

If the HDD tests good, your problem may be software related. I had a similar
problem once where files would disappear on reboot, and chkdsk would find
all sorts of problems. Something deep inside windows was messed up. Solution
was painful: Back up all data, reformat and re-install the OS. Then put
everything back.

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No, it does not sound like a virus. If it did turn out to be that, you would
probably want to reformat and re-install anyway.
 --
Jim



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