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Windows Update, IE, Avast, Steam, SpywareBlaster


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winabi

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OK... yesterday my computer was working fine without any issues whatsoever. This morning I started it up and wasn't able to open IE7 or Steam. When I would try to open them, they would crash, and I would get a window asking if I wanted to report the crash to Microsoft. I would also get a notice from Avast! saying there's was an error when updating the virus definitions. I've also tried updating SpywareBlaster's definitions and it crashes like IE and Steam did.

There's also a security update that I need to download and install. When I click the alert message to download and install the update, it downloads but fails when trying to install. I haven't tried any other programs to see if they'll crash or not. Oh wait, Windows Defender is able to download and install definitions and updates as well as Spybot S&D.

I haven't installed anything recently at all. I pretty much just use the PC for playing Counter-Strike:Source. In fact, I just had the PC on for about 2 hrs last night.

I did some searching on this site and found a command to run for an IE6 repair; sfc /scannow. I ran that command and it seemed to fix whatever the problem was for updating Avast! and SpywareBlaster and am now able to run Steam. I'm still not able to run IE7 or install the Security Update for Windows XP (KB933729).

When I try to open IE7 it runs and doesn't crash, but I get a Page Cannot Be Displayed error. In this page is a red outlined box telling me to run the diagnostic tool for connectivity which I run and am OK.

I've tried restore to a previous date but can't. When I've tried, there's some error and am not able to restore.


I don't have a clue what's going on. Oh, I've also ran chkdsk /r /p in recovery console and checkdisk through the tools windows in the properties menu from right clicking on the primary hard drive.

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!!!!



Edit:
Don't know if it really matters or not, but I'm running Win XP Pro SP2.

Edited by winabi, 10 October 2007 - 08:20 PM.

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bump.


Anyone out there that can help me?
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I've also posted this in the Malware section b/c a friend of mine recognized a symptom I was having. He thought it might be adware or some kind of malware. So please reference http://www.geekstogo...38#entry1069938 for HiJackThis and all scans that I've done.
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Hello winabi,

Lets go ahead and wait and see what the Malware staff says. If it has been more then three days you may post in the Waiting Room. Do not reply to your own topic(bump) or post a duplicate topic because it will only hinder us from being able to help you. Once you have been cleared by the Malware staff go ahead and come back to this thread.
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Thanks tuxmaster. I really appreciate the reply. I think it has been more than 3 days, but I'll check that out later tonight or tomorrow before posting in the waiting room.
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You might switch to Firefox. It prevents a lot of problems.

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/
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Already have. It allows me to access the internet on my PC.. but it still doesn't solve the problem.
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