I downloaded a program that made my computer go screwy. I feared I had downloaded a virus or adware or sometyhing. So I performed a low level format to wipe out the problem. I have formated my computer many many times, so Im pretty familiar with the process and what my computer needs after I reinstall windows. However, this time when I load up certain web sites, the images look corrupted. Half of them look like they are eaten by green and bright pink or have banding lines in them or both.
At first I was only looking at my web site so I thought I had massive data corruption on my server. So to try and salvage my work, I loged into my server and started downloading the files off of my server and into a folder on my hard drive. The images looked corrupted just as they looked on the web. This got me really upset becasue I thought I was loosing all my work. As it turned out no one else had a problem with their downloaded images from my site, nor are they having any problems viewing it. my web site looks fine to them, and any jpegs they get from it are perfect, I was relieved that all my graphic design and illustration work had not been destroyed, but that meant the problem was somewhere else. So that narrowed it down to something on my computer being screwy. I started thinking it was an Internet explorer 6 problem. so to double check this I installed some other browsers and looked at my web site. I still had the banding and corrupted image problem in the other browsers, thought it wasnt quite as extensive as it is in IE6. I thought ok maybe the browsers just dont like something about the site, so I looked at some other web sites, and I had image corruption problems with them as well.
I looked on the internet for image rendering problems, web site image corruption problems, etc and came across some information about a vulnerability windows XP has. The symptoms being quoted seemed to be exactly the problem I was having, however after installing the patch, the problem still exists.
So Im thinking it has to be a system problem somewhere, but then that doesn't make sense to me because I have completed a fresh install of the system on a newly formated hard drive. Normally any problem Ive ever had just gets fixed with a format, so this is really bugging me. I also thought perhapse its a video card problem. So I made sure all of my proper drivers were installed. Any system software that was on my computer from when it was working properly is installed now. The problem is still there. Also my original design work and jpeg collection on my hard drives are all 100% fine. So I dont think its a hard drive data corruption problem. In fact Im sure of that. my drives have been properly patched, and Im running service pack 2. Any ways I'm just at a complete loss and I need help. Any information that can be given to help with this problem would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and attention.
My web site is www.particle9productions.com If you go there you probably wont see any banding lined or corrupted images. but if you do please let me know.