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Very overactive hard drive, sometimes to the point I cant access opera


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emeraldnzl

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Hello again hattrick1,

Thank you very much for your time and assistance in this matter.


You are welcome.

I would like to in some way pay you for your services or donate to Geeks to go in some way.


Completely up to you. See my signature and here.

We have a couple of last steps to perform and then you're all set.Posted Image

Follow these steps to uninstall Combofix and tools used in the removal of malware. This will also clean out and reset your Restore Points.

  • Go to Start > Programs > Accessories and click on Run
  • Copy and paste the the bolded text below in the box then hit OK

    Combofix /Uninstall

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Step 2
  • Double-click OTL.exe to run it. (Vista users, please right click on OTL.exe and select "Run as an Administrator")
  • Click on the CleanUp! button
  • Click Yes to begin the Cleanup process and remove these components, including this application.
  • You will be asked to reboot the machine to finish the Cleanup process. If you are asked to reboot the machine choose Yes.
Any other tools remaining may be deleted.

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A reminder: Remember to (re-install if uninstalled during cleaning) update and turn back on any anti-malware programs you may have turned off during the cleaning process.
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Here are some things that I think are worth having a look at if you don't already know about them:

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It is good security practice to change your passwords to all your online accounts on a fairly regular basis, this is especially true after an infection. Refer to this Microsoft article Strong passwords: How to create and use them.

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Regularly check that your Java is up to date. Older versions are vunerable to malicious attack.

  • Download Java for Windows

    Reboot your computer.
    You also need to unininstall older versions of Java.
  • Click Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs
  • Remove all Java updates except the latest one you have just installed.
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To help protect your computer in the future:



If you do not already have automatic updates set then it is recommended that you do set Windows to check, download and install your updates automatically.

* Click Start > Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Update
* Under Windows Update click on Turn automatic updating on or off
* Check items shown to ensure you receive updates automatically. Click OK.

Be aware of what emails you open and websites you visit.

Go here for some good advice about how to prevent infection.

A fun way to check your online safety literacy.

Quiz - getsafeonline

Have a safe and happy computing day!
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Hi,

This is for anybody who might have the same issues as what I had.

I found out what it was after calling tech support, it turns out it was a bad hard drive.
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Thank you for that. :)

I guess there were some pointers to that being the problem although the symptoms showing were not that indicative to me. I'm not a tech though :lol:

Out of interest, how old is that machine i.e. is it still under warranty?
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Out of interest, how old is that machine i.e. is it still under warranty?


Yeah 8 months old still under warranty thankfully, put the new hard drive in yesterday and its been good so far.. :thumbsup:
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They do sometimes just go.

On the other hand sometimes they last a very long time. My XP hard drive died two weeks ago and I had had it since 2000.

Best of luck for the future with your new one. :)
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