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Hi, I have Windows XP and have had some recent problems that I do hope you can help me with.

1) When I turn my Computer on, it comes up with a messege saying something about recently adding a hardware or software that has caused some problems (read problems 2 & 3) even though I haven't downloaded anything recently. Then it asks me if I want to start in safe mode, last configuration mode, or just start Windows normally.

2) When I am in windows, my Macafee Virus Scanner is disabled from the start, when it shouldn't be. But when I click enable, it doesn't do it, I have to wait like 3-4 minutes for it to enable. Also, until that is enabled, I can't use any programs which includes Internet Explorer, and MSN Messenger.

3) This is the first problem I noticed. I wanted to go into the C: drive and go into an online game folder that I play, however, when I put my mouse on 'My Computer' the bar doesn't open up, where you can access the C: and D: drives etc, it just crashes, and I then can't use the start button for about 5 minutes.

These all happened at once, and am hoping someone can help me fix this problem.

PS: I don't want to delete anything such as Macafee, MSN etc.

Hope you can help.

Thanks to all who help.
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Sounds like a possible infection. Is your antivirus up to date? Do you routinely run any kind of spyware removal? I'd suggest posting to the Malware forum.
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Looks like you have some spyware infection your computer.

I suggest getting Ad-Aware SE (Completely Free) and running a scan on your computer

Also like Linda said, make sure your virus protection is up-to-date.
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Please go to malware forum and follow the instructions at the top
Specially the CLICK HERE.
That will give you several steps that will help you clean up 70 percent of
all problems by yourself. If at the end of the process you are still having
difficulty and you may not be
Then post a hijackthis log in THAT forum.
Click Here before posting a Hijack This log.


Please be patient it may take some time before one of the
experts can address you problem.
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