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Ailiniel

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This have all occured after I've installed Zone Alarm and AVG, both have slowed down my computer a lot. So I decided to uninstall them. But the problem persists.

I've tried disabling most of the startup programs, disk cleanup, disk defragmenter, scan disk, registry mechanic, virus/spyware scanning, and uninstalling unnessessary files. Yet, programs are continuing to startup/run very slow. Which leads to freezing and crashing, forcing me to push the power button to turn the computer off. Sometimes the computer starts up but the screen remains black and I have to press the power botton again to turn it off, which I know is really unhealthy. Later on whenever I start the computer, a word pops up about a failed hard drive and asks me to press F10 to boot or go to computer set up.

I am using crappy ol Windows Me.

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Edited by Ailiniel, 13 June 2006 - 12:01 PM.

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Hi Ailiniel...

How long ago did you first install the Zone Alarm and AVG? Can you use System Restore (Start>Programs>Accessories>System Tools) to go back to just before they were originally installed?

You should also run ScanDisk (also in System Tools), selecting the "Thorough" option and selecting the "Automatically fix errors" checkbox. It will take quite a while to run this, be patient.

Your hard drive may be wanting a permanent vacation. :whistling:

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Yes I've already tried the thorough scanning and fixing. But it didn't work.

I don't have any Restore Points for System Restore. =(

Edited by Ailiniel, 13 June 2006 - 09:13 PM.

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Please download and install HiJackThis. Run it on the machine and save a log to your desktop. Attach the log to your next reply...this will allow me to see whats running on there.
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This is what I got...

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That was only part of the log, but it was enough to show me at least part of the problem. Your machine is infected with malware. :whistling:

Please go to the Malware Forum and follow the instructions.

That will give you several steps that will help you clean up 70 percent of all problems by yourself...then post a hijackthis log in THAT forum. Be patient, the Malware Forum is a very busy place and a two or three day wait is not unusual. DO NOT REPLY TO OR BUMP YOUR OWN LOG. If it shows a reply it may be overlooked as one that is being worked on.

If you are still having problems after getting a clean bill of health from the malware expert, please return to this thread.

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Really? How do I scan the whole thing?
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Open the HJT log on your desktop (or whereever you saved it to) and right click in the text area. Choose "Select All". Right click again and choose "Copy" (or press Ctrl + C). Open a reply here, right click in the text area, and choose "Paste" (or press Ctrl + V). The log should end with entries beginning with 023.

You'll definitely want to have the experts in malware help you with this. Follow the instructions available by clicking the link in my previous reply...then post a log in the Malware Forum.
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Thanks a lot for your help. =) The log didn't end with 023. Just 016.
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