1. I bought an HP Pavilion last year with Vista on it, and I downgraded it this year to XP (it took a year for 3rd Party programmers to get the drivers out, because HP was too STUPID to have even one driver/device for Pavilion compatible with XP)
So, I thought the major (I mean MAJOR) crash I experienced 2 weeks ago to be because of my spit-n-tape fixing of XP, and maybe it was just two drivers conflicting.
About the crash: I couldn't restart it at all. No Safe Mode, No Restart at Last Known Configuration, No Nothing.
I had to install XP on my second harddrive (D:), access C: from it and use NTFS Undelete to salvage my files.
Then formatted C: and re-installed XP, uploaded the drivers, etc. etc.
Now it works.
2.Here's where things get interesting . .
My website was hijacked just after the crash. But all that was done to it was a <iframe line of code in the index and home pages was re-directing visitors to a malicious site (usaforwarding.cn).
Got my site blacklisted by Google.
That's all been sorted out. Other than there were no brute force attempts on our FTP.
Our only conclusion is they got my password from my FTP program on this PC?
It certainly wasn't a low-level security password, by any means.
3. Finally, today I had a 'DrWatson Post Mortem Debugger has encountered a problem and has to close' message. My PC froze and I had to turn it off manually.
So, here I am.
Not knowing what to do next
Grudgingly, I must confess and also mention I was downloading something from the pirates bay just as it crashed.
Any connection there? or just coincidence?
(no judgement, please )
I assumed a virus/trojan from torrent files wouldn't be able to run until you clicked on it (??)
My wife said the last time she even went to that website, her anti-virus went bananas and she had to 'clean stuff up'
Thank you for your time and consideration.