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Hi, i am new to the forum....will start out by prefacing that i am not very computer literate. That being said, this is my problem:

while starting up my computer today, during the booting process, a continuous clicking noise was to be heard....this continued while the computer VERY SLOWLY booted up and came to the windows screen.
upon reaching the windows screen, the clicking stopped. everything seems to work fine while now ( can log on to internet, seems to perform functions fine, not excessively slow etc. ), but i did notice that ONE of my hard drives ( WD 40 Gig , secondary) is not accessable anymore. for that matter, according to my computer, there is no 2nd HD.

my question...Is this a Hardware problem? motherboard dying etc OR could i have some wierd virus, worm etc??

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 10:25:17 PM, on 10/6/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\AVPersonal\AVGUARD.EXE
C:\Program Files\AVPersonal\AVWUPSRV.EXE
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\j2re1.4.2_05\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hpobnz08.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hpotdd01.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hpoevm08.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\Bin\hpoSTS08.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\Ontrack\PowerDesk\PDExplo.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.comcast.n...110111108100115
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\msdxm.ocx
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NeroCheck] C:\WINDOWS\System32\NeroCheck.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVGCtrl] "C:\Program Files\AVPersonal\AVGNT.EXE" /min
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] C:\Program Files\Java\j2re1.4.2_05\bin\jusched.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Gamma Loader.exe.lnk = C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Calibration\Adobe Gamma Loader.exe
O4 - Global Startup: hp psc 2000 Series.lnk = C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hpobnz08.exe
O4 - Global Startup: hpoddt01.exe.lnk = ?
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - (no file)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - (no file)
O9 - Extra button: Related - {c95fe080-8f5d-11d2-a20b-00aa003c157a} - C:\WINDOWS\web\related.htm
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Show &Related Links - {c95fe080-8f5d-11d2-a20b-00aa003c157a} - C:\WINDOWS\web\related.htm
O16 - DPF: {62475759-9E84-458E-A1AB-5D2C442ADFDE} - http://a1540.g.akama...meInstaller.exe

any help would be appreciated....<_<
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how fast was the clicking?

Could of been a bad bearing in a HD, or a wire hitting a fan or something. D/C the HD, boot up and see if it stops. If not, shut down & reconnect. Will be a fan problem if its not the HD.

Most likely not a virus that causes the clicking, but could be whats slowing down the PC. Would reccomend norton, if you can. AVG dosn't find many viruses, norton has 68176.
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I don't see anything of concern in your log. Usually clicking is a sign of a dying hard drive. I'd recommend backing up any data ASAP and begin looking for a replacement.
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