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I can't do anything if I don't have the CD.
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Well, you can try to browse to C:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles\i386 and see if the required files are there, otherwise you may have to reinstall SP2
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I have the following files: Cyberlink, Downloaded Prgoram files, kudos. My Albums, My ebooks, My google gadgets, my music, my pictures, my psp files, my videos.
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I reinstalled SP2. When the computer started, it had a blue sceen that said wait. and then it started. Hope this works.

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I searched P2P and there are a whole bunch. Do I delete all of those?
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I appear to be getting lost again.

We were working on the SFC which was asking for the CD to copy original files across to your PC. You said you didn't have the CD, I suggested that you might try directing the programme to the Service packs\i386 folder.

Did that work?

Did you re-install SP2? Was it successful?

Do you still have the problem, which is a software conflict. It is not malware, it is not malicious either, simply an annoyance.
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If you are thinking in terms of P2P programmes being the problem, please read on.

P2P Security Risks

P2P (peer-to-peer) file-sharing is a very popular and easy way for users to share music, movies, videos, and other files over the Internet. However, using P2P software is very risky, because it makes you very susceptible to infection, attack, exposure of personal or company information, and even copyright infringement issues

Installation Of Malware
If you use P2P applications, it is difficult, if not impossible, to verify that the sources of the shared files are safe. P2P applications are often used by attackers to transmit malware (malicious software). The files may contain spyware, viruses, Trojan horses, or worms. When you download the files, your computer can become infected. Currently, experts have estimated that over 70% of the programmes shared on P2P networks contain some sort of malware.

Exposure Of Sensitive Information
When using P2P applications, you may unknowingly give other users access to personal or sensitive information that is stored on your computer. People may be able to access your financial or medical data, personal documents, sensitive corporate information, or other private information. If your computer contains other people's or companies' information, you may even become legally liable if their information gets released in this way.

Vulnerability To Unwanted Attacks
Many P2P applications require you to open specific ports on your firewall to send and receive the shared files through. However, by opening those ports, you may give attackers access to the information on your computer or enable them to attack your computer by taking advantage of any security vulnerabilities that may exist.

Self-Induced Denial Of Service
Downloading files with these applications causes a significant amount of traffic over your internet connection; it also relies on certain processes to happen on your computer. This activity may adversely limit or even block your access to the Internet while you are running these types of programmes.

Prosecution Due To Copyright Infringement

Downloading or sharing copyrighted software, music or videos is illegal. If you download them, even unknowingly, you may be faced with fines or other legal actions.

Conclusion
This article lists only a few of the risks that P2P programmes can open you up to. I urge you to strongly consider not using these types of programmes. If you still choose to use them, research what the best security settings are for the P2P programme you choose using your favourite search engine, use a very good firewall, run daily scans of your system with your antivirus and antispyware applications, constantly monitor the activity and file content in the shared directories to help ensure you don't violate any laws or expose your own data here.
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After Sp2 was loaded, i did the sfc again and it went thru. It is still locking up. Wouldn't it be best just to restore to original settings, before all the problems? Please advice.

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You could certainly try that as an option. Without a system CD, you can't do an XP repair. If you could recall what software change you made just before the problem started you'd know what to uninstall.
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Dell has a website just for restoring.
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I didn't know that, I just thought they sold you a CD to factory reset.

You have to be careful, some restores wipe the drive of other info too.

Anyway, whatever you try at least you know you don't have a malware problem.

Good luck.
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Thanks. I'll keep you posted.
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I did the restore thing, and it seems to be working. Thank You very much for your help and patience.
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I'm glad that you got it fixed.

You are very welcome to the help.

I will leave this thread open for a few days in case of misfortune.
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Since this issue appears to be resolved ... this Topic has been closed. Glad we could help. :whistling:

If you're the topic starter, and need this topic reopened, please contact a staff member with the address of the thread.

Everyone else please begin a New Topic.
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