With regard to the “virus’, nothing detects it and I used AVG, AdAware SE Personal, CW Shredder, A-squared, Avast, AntiVir PE Classic, SpyBot S&D, SpywareBlaster, FireLite Scanner, Norton System Works 2001, Bazooka, Ccleaner, EasyCleaner, G-Remover, HiJack This, PC Pitstop Extirminate, a number of registry cleaners and lastly, Trojan Hunter today, but Windows Explorer keeps reporting IPFs and occasionally immediately follows that with a message saying something to the effect that “a program has cause an internal error and will close. You may have to contact [some other organization].” But all that happens is that the Task Tray loses some icons and if I have anything open in the System Tray, and I usually have at least 4 applications and 4 internet sites open, under Firefox, the System Tray boxes are reordered right to left, which is really annoying because I need to know what is where, as I am working on a translation project and the boxes don’t carry much identifying information. Recently, I have had two occasions when Thunderbird was attacked and immediately closed, but not before sending error messages to home base. Maybe I will hear from them, but I am not too hopeful. So far, Firefox seems to be immune. Two other possible symptoms: Microsoft Works Spreadsheet loses its “Existing Documents” list every time I restart, and Norton System Works virus scanner can’t read the boot sectors for either drive, which it reports as 0, 1, C & D, but otherwise it runs a full scan, I think. BTW, I think this is a virus because shortly after I transferred some files, Tbird e-mail, an MS Works spreadsheet and a small application data file, on different days, by floppy from my Ibex computer to my Gateway, that one began exhibiting the same problem, but to a much lesser degree, perhaps because I do not use it for the same purposes as this one, or as much.
Below is a sample of what I get in the Window Explorer Error Message Box on the Ibex:
IPF in module <unknown> at 0000:024e32dc
IPF in module <unknown> at 0000:01e73232dc
IPF in module <unknown> at 0000:025632dc
IPF in module <unknown> at 0000:023e32dc (when I double-clicked on my ISP icon)
IPF in module <unknown> at 0000:01ce32dc (when I clicked on Start)
IPF in module <unknown> at 0000:03bf32dc(when I right clicked on a file with Explorer open and called A-squared to scan a file. I got the error message, Explorer closed, but A-squared wasn’t affected and finished its process.
IPF in module <unknown> at 0000:022032dc
IPF in module <unknown> at 0000:034732dc
IPF in module <unknown> at 0000:020832dc (when I double-clicked on an app., from the Desktop, then the message “Explorer caused a GPF in module User.exe at 0003:00008fb3
MSWksCal caused an IPF in module <unknown> at 0000:75d81f00
IPF in module <unknown> at 0000:020432dc
IPF in module <unknown> at 0000:01b532dc
All the errors were caused by Windows Explorer, not Internet Explorer, except as noted.
Two things are immediately obvious: all error modules begin with 0000 (with one exception), and with two exceptions, they all end with 32dc. However, having no technical knowledge whatever, and wanting none, I offer this information for the benefit of anyone who might be able to divine something from it. I haven’t kept a record of the stack dump (a very suggestive and perhaps appropriate term) part of the error messages, but if it is necessary, I can do so for any future problems.
So, over the past 6-8 weeks, I have downloaded and run all kinds of cleaning programs, I have reinstalled Windows, removed Windows, reformatted drives, written zeros to Drive C and D and done more clean installs than I care to recall. But still the same problem. I can’t download any “Critical Updates” because of Microsoft’s ill-advised decision to cease supporting what is probably their most popular OS on July 11, 2006. In addition, the version I am using came with the Gateway computer and Microsoft says I have to talk to Gateway for support. But Gateway didn’t write the software on Microsoft’s disk, nor did they give it the serial number. At any rate, both Microsoft and Gateway are out of the picture, and my only hope is that someone here can help. Actually, until this episode 6-8 weeks ago, everything was working fine and I was happy. Now I am mad as a hornet and am ready to take a hammer to both computers, but I am also intelligent enough to know that that is a very immature thing to do. I will not let this “virus” problem get the best of me.
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Thanks in advance.