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Q: Mysterious drive

I have a C: drive that mysteriously was partitioned to contain a G: drive during the past 24 hours. I want to delete it. How? It contains files that relate to nothing as far as I know, but I cannot delete them.

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My Windows 10 machine stopped working so I did a hard reboot. It came back up just fine, it seems, but there was a drive assignment for a CD drive that doesn't exist on my computer. I panicked and restarted the computer and the mysterious CD drive letter disappeared. BUT, is there a history kept of prior drive assignments? I should not have rebooted so quickly. I would like to research what this was.
 

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So about 6 months ago, i was working on one of our desktops here with no user. Was at my desk, with a command window open ( with admin privileges) and running commands on her pc. i do not have the commands i was trying now, but was using psexec to run it remotely "on" her pc, and was trying to mount a share i think. it acted like it locked up and i closed the cmd window. then later, a z: drive appeared ( after my domain account logged into her pc), z: being the test letter i was using. it points back to c:\users\appdata\... . it cannot be disconnected like a network share. it acts like a real hard drive, but is not. we ddo not use roaming profiles, the only thing that would be, is a redirected "my documents" folder. non of the normal dos based commands work, they either assume network share or real drive. and it is not on every pc in out network yet. i went through and wiped out and reloaded that pc, and after i looged back in with my domain profile, the z: appeared some time later. it is a "phantom" drive junking things up, and i do not even know where to start. since im not sure what it even is, not sure what to look up in google. Please help.

A:mysterious drive appears

it definitely has something to do with "subst"
strange mapped drive - Spiceworks

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Hello all I'm new to this posting thing,
I have a DVD drive that disappears from 'Computer' every time I restart Windows 7. I have spent 14 hours on this, and still don;t understand why. I have done everything that I have found on the internet and am no closer to understanding the issue. If I put a disk in nothing happens until I take the drive out and put it back in then it works fine and the icon appears in 'Computer' and device manager is happy again.

I can tell you what it isn't:
Its not the BIOS or hardware because it has worked seamlessly using Mint, my default boot option, for two years and continues to do so, on the same machine.
Doing all the stuff in regedit 4D36E965... upper and lower limits does nothing, those limits have never been present. Other stuff with a DWORD also made no difference.
MicrosoftFixit.dvd.run actually does make it work, but this is because it asks me to take the drive out and put it back in. It also reports back that the problem is fixed due to the disc it asks me to put in being unreadable, even as I listen to the music it's playing.
The driver is fine, at least Microsoft finds no fault when I right click the device manager DVD icon and ask it to look online.

One possible clue. I made it restore to a previous time, in November, and everthing worked as it should. I could turn it on and off and all was well. I thought I'd won. Then it updated itself without any permission and it all... Read more

A:The mysterious disappearing CD Drive

Check Windows Update to see if you're set to automatically install recommended updates. If you restore back to the November restore point, try unchecking the option "Give me recommended updates the same way I get important updates" and let the system install the important and critical ones.

I wouldn't be surprised if a less important, "recommended" update is breaking something.

Is the PC in question the laptop mentioned in your specs or perhaps some other Desktop PC you have around the house?

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I have just finished a clean reinstall of XP Pro, it is running wonderfully but I have a mysterious extra cdrom in My Computer which also show us in Total Commander. but it doesn't show up in Computer Management or System Properties.

If i right click on it from My Computer and select properties it says the same as the proper two cd drives but the file system is unknown.

The only virtual drive program I have is Alcohol and it not from there so it has me bamboozled.

Could someone please help out in a way to get rid of this please.

Any help appreciated
 

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I have Win2000/SP4 on my PC, with Norton-Systemworks 2002 (with Speed Disk disabled), Agnitum Outpost Firewall Pro, Diskeeper 8 Pro and Stardownloader running permanently.

My (small but nagging) problem: every time I start up, after the desktop is already showing, some program checks my floppy-drive. I have switched off all access to A: in Norton-AV.

Could this be the network? I have tried everything, but to no avail.
Is there a sort of monitoring software out, that could tell me what program(s) access the floppy-drive?

Any help appreciated.
 

A:Mysterious check on floppy-drive

Yes, there are things that let you monitor filesystem access.

You should try completely disabling services. Start with Norton AV - set it to disabled and reboot.

Also, you should check if A:\ is in your PATH variable for some reason. Open command prompt, type set and press enter. Look at the PATH variable, does it include references to "A:" or "B:"?
 

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Just reinstalled xp home on my pc - amd xp 1900+, 768 ddr ram, 1x60gb maxtor, 1x120gb wd cavier

My Western Digital Cavier is my second drive. I reformatted and parttioned my smaller 60gb one and left the other alone(but still connecte). It had about 75gb of files on it and was used to back up all my other stuff. Now it is not there... but it is?:O

It is connected and i have checked all the cables and jumpers etc. On start up it is there on the bios and the back screen that tells you all the info at the start.

When windows launches, it is only the smaller 60gb maxtor hd and its partition that are shown. I have checked for hidden file, but there aren't any here. In the control/admin tools/comp mgt... the hd is shon as forign with a yellow '!' sign beside it. It has apprently no data, and here the other hd shows up ok. In device manager, the hd is there but when i try to populate it there is nothing there..... I'm thinking of reformatting the 2nd hard drive (120gb) but rather not. I am not sure what happened to it but i have reinsalled xp 3 times since just to see if it was xp.

I would really appreacite any help any one could offer

many thanks

felix
 

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I have my hard drive partitioned into a System Drive (C) and a Document Drive (E).

Recently, the system told me that my C drive was nearly full. So I increased its size from 20G to 25G. (Also ran Windows system clean up, CCleaner clean up, emptied Recycle Bin, etc.)

Practically overnight, the system was telling me the 25g was nearly full. Could I have acquired nearly 5G so fast?

When I use "properties" on C Drive it tells me I have used around 23.5g.

When I examine the contents of C Drive, adding up each file, I get only about 8G.

When I run a newly acquired program called WinDirStat I am told I have used about 13G.

I had thought that the problem was caused by annoyingly frequent updates (windows, adobe, avast, etc., etc.) but now I don't know.

What is going on? I am thinking about wiping the partition and reinstalling the OS, but would like to avoid that.

A:Mysterious Rapid C Drive Fill Up

The Windows 7 OS takes up about 16 GB of space off a clean install. After updates it could jump to around 20-25GB. 25GB is no where near the recommended amount of space that you should be using on a Windows partition. You should have at least 50GB of free space on your C:\ (or OS partition) to be running Windows. Either expand the partition to meet around this amount of space + or re-format and re-install Windows on a partition with more space available.

As for the rapid increase in data, it was most likely caused by updates.

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Recently formatted my drive and decided to partition
Once formatted a folder appeared named
System Volume Information (a hidden folder)
when trying to open it tells me "access is denied"
This is my home home computer
Question is this normal or is it hacker activity

Also when I formatted my drive with XP format facility on the XP disc
8 meg was partitioned off by XP and made inaccessable
Seems a lot to me!!!!
Is this also hacker files hiding on my system?
Or does XP always reserve this much partitioned inaccessable unseen space before installing the OS as normal?

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I have a non-serious, but puzzling situation. I have an external USB Iomega hard drive. I have it set to be Drive Y. It works just fine. But every once in a while, its drive letter changes. The first time this happened, I thought that the drive wasn't working, because I tried to copy something to drive Y, and found I had no drive Y, even though the power light on the drive was lit, and the drive appeared to be functioning. The only tell tale hint I had was that right after Windows finished booting, I got what I'll call an "error beep"--the sound that Windows makes when you try to do something you aren't allowed to do. Rebooting did not, however, bring the Y drive back. However, what DID happen was that after Windows had booted, I got a dialog box that asked me what I wanted to do with the Iomega drive J--the kind of box you get when you insert media into a removable media drive. That gave me the clue that the drive was working, it had just been assigned a different drive letter (J was the first unassigned drive letter on my system). I went to Disk Management, changed the drive letter back to Y, and all was well.

Since then, this has happened about 3 or 4 more times. Each time, I can use the Disk Management feature to reset the drive letter, and it is then fine for several days or weeks. Does anyone have a clue what could be causing this behavior?

A:Mysterious Drive Letter Change

Hello RP McIntosh,

The next time this happens, you might see if using OPTION TWO in the tutorial below instead to change the drive letter may be able to allow the drive to always keep the Y drive letter.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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A friend of mine asked: "I used to have two harddrives in my system. Each time I booted up, just before the Welcome screen, Windows XP added an extra screen that made me choose which drive I wanted to use. I was forced to use the arrow to toggle up or down to make a selection. No matter how I changed the bios, I still had to do it. I knew it wasn't right but I endured it for 3 months. Now that I no longer want the second drive and have removed it, guess what? I still get asked that question. If I choose correctly all is well. If I pick the drive that is removed from the system, I get a message saying that Window does not have the proper files and On My Compter, the phanton second harddrive does not appear. What can I do to bypass the need to choose and get rid of that screen?
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As an aside, is the Lian Li really the best case, or are other, cheaper aluminum cases good alternatives?
 

A:The Case of the Mysterious Drive Letter

First, you must have your Explorer settings to be able to view all files AND extensions. Then, look in the root directory (C:\) for a file named... boot.ini
Double-click this file - it will open in Notepad. Copy the entire file (it's small) and paste it into your next post. It will be VERY easy to edit this file and fix the problem.
 

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Hi Fellas:

We recently built a computer for a client using a FIC KA-6110 motherboard, 128 mbs of 100 mHz memory, etc. Everything went smoothly until we attempted to use the floppy drive in WIN 98 SE. Disks in the floppy drive cannot be read. We connected 5 different drives in the FDD connector on the MOBO and no dice. We have checked the CMOS setup, examined the connector for bent pins, changed cables (brand new stuff) and can't get any action from the drive. Can we conclude that the MOBO's FDD connector is the culprit. (By the way, FIC's web site offers nothing in the way of addressing this issue).

Thanks a bunch.
 

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I have 2 hard drives on my system. Occasionally when my computer is started up the D: drive registers as 2 seperate drives. There will bo the normal D: drive but also an additional E: drive with the exact same contents as the D: drive. Please help!!!
 

A:Mysterious appearing hard drive...

My son has the same thing happening on his XP machine, doesn't seem to hurt anything. I've tried to get rid of it with no luck, have contributed it to a microsoft bug. Maybe a update will fix it.
 

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Hey everyone,

My problem is that my hard drive free disc space is mysteriously going down by 10mb about every 5 seconds without anything installing or internet going so it couldnt be downloading anything. So i would look at it and it would say Free Disc space 7.24GB - five seconds later - free disc space 7.23GB...ect. This would continue until it would say you have 0 bytes remaining on your hard drive. But if i restart my computer the free disc space would go back to 7.24GB and start the count down all over again!

My OS is WinXP and absolutely no error message has been popping up and all viruses have been deleted and it stilll continues.

Any help would be great! Thanks heaps.
 

A:Mysterious Hard Drive Space Disapearing

Try this first...

Go into Windows Explorer,Right Click C:\ Select Properties\Tools \Error Checking\Check Now

Check both radio buttons and Reboot.

This will check your HDD for bad sectors ect......
 

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Hello,
Started having problems with my web pages being hijacked and in looking for a solution discovered that there is a Q hard drive on my system connected thru USB port 0 that can't be delete. Did delete it once and it came back but without the properties. My computer has hard drives of C & D with ports thru G or H. I don't have anything connected to the USB ports except my printer.

I do not have administrator privileges and have discovered about 10-15 mysterious users (ie. trusted installed, administrators, user$, performance log users, etc.) that I don't know how to delete. I suspect that my computer has been hijacked and I am using a clone of it(?),if that makes sense and is how it works. I don't really have that much experience with this. I think this because I can not find any way to gain Administrator privileges which are all in network. Which should not be the case because I don't belong to any network. Please help if you can?

Thank you!!

A:Mysterious Q Hard Drive appears thru USB Port 0

hello,let;s get an MBAm log and see if it shows something.Next run MBAM (MalwareBytes):Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.Download Link 1Download Link 2MBAM may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
For instructions with screenshots, please refer to the How to use Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Guide.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareLaunch Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareThen click Finish.MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue.If you encounter any problems while downloading the definition updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.On the Scanner tab:Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.Then click on the Scan button.If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and cl... Read more

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I have 2 DVD drives, one is a Pioneer 112 SATA and the other is a LG H20L SATA Blu-Ray drive. One is on the motherboard RAID controller and the other is on a RAID card in the PCI slot.

All of a sudden I have had a really odd problem, both drive trays open and close on their own and without me touching anything. There can either be a CD/DVD in or not, it makes no difference. They open seperately but both open and close. Sometimes the tray can stay out for 5 minutes and then closes, other times it opens and closes loads of times in succession. It is a bit like gremlins, the drives have a mind of their own, I can't work out the link. I have tried pushing in the power cables, I have tried shutting down the net in case of a virus, I have virus checked, and nothing comes up. I have searched the net for an answer but previous people who have had the problem have never seemed to get an answer, most replies are about a stuck eject button, but this happens to BOTH my disc drives.

This didn't happen before I got the LG 4 days ago, but at the same time it didn't happen until about 2 days after it was installed, so it wasn't immediate.

I run Windows XP Pro SP2, 2gb ram, I have lots of software, and the new drive came with about 10 items of DVD software. I have tried to shut down anything I see that may cause the problem, like CD/DVD software running in the background, but again nothing helps. It is so odd how sometimes the drives can open and close like mad, then ... Read more

A:Mysterious drive problem (opens and closes on its own)

My guess would be Malware of some kind, perhaps you should post a HijackThis log.

Please read this before posting a log :- http://forums.techguy.org/malware-removal-hijackthis-logs/622404-posting-help.html
 

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Mysterious Hard Drive Partition in Windows XP

I recently noticed a F: partion on my computer that I did not create. It is about 46.9MB in size and contains a bunch of .MDM files, which I think are (Machine Debugger Manager) files and a directory labeled DELL, which is my PC's manufacturer. Anyone know what could have caused this? Virus Scan reveals nothing. Also, how do you remove a partition?

Thanks

A:Mysterious Hard Drive Partition in Windows XP

To remove a drive or partition in XP, go to My Computer, right click, Manage, Disk Management, Select the drive you wish to remove, Right click, Delete logical drive.

BE CARFULL. You could regret it. Backup all your data first. It?s easy to make a mistake.

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hello,

so far i've actually been quite impressed with win xp. although its power will never compare to that of linux or any other unix based system, its by far the best system microsoft has made to date.

lately i've been dealing with 2 problems, neither of them critical, but annoying enough to try to seek some help on.

1 - ever since xp was installed it would make mysterious noises every 1/2 hour or so, the rising chimes, then the dropping chimes. i just disabled system sounds because they were a piss off anyway. well w/e xp is doing behind my back is taking a large amount of cpu usage, because when it does this in a game a get a small freeze, probably only a second, but enought to piss you off during online gaming/ or single player for that matter.

2 - for some reason the OS is telling me I have used 27gb on my hd when i KNOW i have used 10. i've totalled up memory usage on every flder in the root, and it adds up to ten perfectly. not only that when i "dir/w" in a command window it tells me "29,048,497,152" bytes available. (about 27gb) on a 40gb hd, well actually 37.4 if you know about the whole bits to a byte thing

- i've been a morpheus user for awhile, for those of you that didn't know morpheus did NOT have a software problem, the fasttrack network and main morpheus servers where hacked. any users that tried to log on after this hack had changes to their registry made, and so far those changes are unknown..i think my hd problem could... Read more

A:mysterious sounds, hard-drive confusion

Have you tried running a up to date virus scanner? A free online one can be found at http://housecall.antivirus.com

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G'day all, would really appreciate some help here.

anyway, here's the story. I left my computer turned on earlier in the day with everything working normally. i came back about 3 hours later to find that my two cd drives (LG HL-DT-ST CDRW GCE-8523B, Samsung DVDrom SD-608) and one mounted virtual drive (Daemon Tools) had dissappeared from My Computer. Device manager (Win XP pro) showed the above devices with a exclamation mark against them and the "device status" for each read: "Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing. (Code 39) Click Troubleshoot to start the troubleshooter for this device."

Straight off, i tried backing up to a system restore point from yesterday and then the day before that, all with no luck. I then tried updating the drivers just by clicking on the update driver button which said it could not find a better match. I then tried uninstalling all the devices which it seemed to do, but upon restarting, still no drives in My Computer although they were back in the device manager with the same message as before. nb. the devices show up same as usual on bootup.

Sorry for the long post and thankyou very much to anyone who has persevered with me so far. thanks in advance if anyone can tell me what's doing or (hopefully) that i'm an idiot and have missed something incredibly simple. Cheers guys.

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A:[SOLVED] Mysterious Death of two cd drives and virtual drive

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I looked in my My Computer folder and everything looked OK (C, D, E , F drive icons...C and E are partitions of my master(1) hard drive with Win98 and W2K on each respectively....D and F are partitions of my slave(2)hard drive where I put data...D for Win98's data, and F for W2K's data files).

But for some reason when I looked in My Computer in Win98 awhile later, I also found 2 New drives being shown, called G and H. I don't know if it is related or not, but it was after I had attempted(as I need to do for my computing reasons) attempted to convert the E(W2K
operating system partition) and F(the W2K data partition) to NTFS format.

the new "drives" appeared to have "no size", but where shown as being "full").....OR What could have cause this??

Has anybody see that before?
(and it is very weird additionally because E and F that were converted to NTFS still showed up also in the Win98 My Computer folder....and NTFS drives aren't supposed to be seen by Win98)

Has anybody seen this before, or know what kinds of things might cause that to happen?
 

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Ok last week I notice some driver in my computer on "My Computer" that I don't have, and it was marked as a CD drive (E.

I though it was strange, but because it was Christmas and everything I let it go, with no much concern. The last thing I had burn on my dvd burner was a cd.

This week I burned a DVD, and when I went to the "My Computer", so I click on the DVD drive to test it out, I notice that the CD drive was gone, and in place of that, was DVD drive (E, and no, it is no my DVD drive (which is D.

So I unplug all my usb cables as I though it might be something related, and the drive still there.

I click on properties and it shows as free space 0 used space 0.

I did not tried to deleted, and here's why;

A few months ago, some mysterious file appeared on my desktop, nothing seemed to have changed in my computer, I didn't tried to open the file or anything, I just drag to send the file right at my recycle bean to deleted, as soon as I did that, my computer went crazy open a bunch of screens and installing programs, I unplug the cable from my internet right away, my anti virus didn't pop up warning me about any of viruses, I went online and search for the programs that seem to have self install which I could see vaguely installing itself, and all turn out to be spyware malware or some sort of that, and the answer was to get "Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware", which I still have in my computer.

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A:Mysterious drive appeared at "My Computer"

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Hello,
I may have something funny going on with my system as i removed some programs and started gettin some pop ups even with my Google Pop U Blocker. I followed the 5 teps and below are m Hijackthis ad Active scans. Thanks in adance for any help.
Dan

HijackThis Log
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 9:35:27 PM, on 8/19/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16705)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\WLTRYSVC.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\bcmwltry.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\AOL\ACS\AOLacsd.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Small Business\Business Contact Manager\BcmSqlStartupSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\DefWatch.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell\NICCONFIGSVC\NICCONFIGSVC.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell Support Center\bin\sprtsvc.exe
c:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Shared\sqlwriter.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\Rtvscan.exe
C:\WINDOWS\wanmpsvc.exe
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A:Mysterious Pop Ups

BUMP. please...

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What the H E double hockey sticks is a program with a name like "52955b66-582f-400a-a216-94fb4a79167d.exe"? I found it when sifting through application control in zone alarm. I've temporarily frozen it until I can figure out what it is. I googled it and for the first in my life google said No Hits. Anyone know how to figure out what this is?

A:Mysterious exe

Where is it? The path may give a clue. What does it say if you right click on it and look at properties?

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I have 8.1 I just happen open a Gif, and noticed it open by Internet Explorer
 
I'm not exactly a PC whiz but it would seem to me the internet address that it is displaying is my computer.
 
What's that all about because if it is what I think it is ?????
 
Then, . .  I need to say, . . .  personal computer security is a subject I may get interested in discussing. 
 
Like the first thing I would have to say is ;
 
ARE YOU KIDDING ME !!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
 
 

A:8.1 is a little mysterious to Me

What the hell are you talking about, opening gifs in IE is pretty normal, it works in Windows 7 too. How is this a security problem? Just because your IE can access local files, doesn't mean another website can like the same way... Chrome and FF can do this too, such as downloading PDFs and then opening them through their pdf viewer. 

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Hi,

In my device manager I have spotted a mysterious cd/dvd rom (I only have one cd/dvd rom drive). I have now disabled this unknown drive (see screeshot), am I OK to do this and reset my PC?

Cheers,

C h r e d g e
 

A:mysterious cd/dvd rom

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I am currently using Mozilla Firefox as my default browser. However, I have IE installed. Every so often, 10,15 mins or so, I get a random pop-up, even after completely blocking the sites and adding them to the blocked sites within my IE (what browser the pop-ups are running with) settings. I don't see why I should get IE pop-ups when IE is entirely blocked? I cannot uninstall it, seen as MSN uses it to run applications.

All help will be highly appreciated.

Cheers.
 

A:Mysterious pop-ups

you are infected, and this question belongs in the secuity forum
 

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Ok, so on my 'about computer' page it states that my processor is AMD A8-6410 APU with AMD Radeon R5 Graphics 2.00GHzbut on my 'Directx diagnostic tool' it says that my Display card is Microsoft basic display adapter. Why didn't it use the AMD Radeon R5 graphic card??? Is this normal? if not how can I fix it?
Also my computer ran to an error where it had to delete everything except my personal files, I re-downloaded the games I had before the error and suprisingly the game I used to be able to play smoothly started lagging badly.

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Does anyone know what this thing is in the attachment that crosses the screen?

Right clicking on it doesn't render any useable options or information and it's on every webpage though it appears on each one randomly as I scroll up and down. It last about 2 seconds and disappears.
 

A:Solved: Mysterious Bar.

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On my desktop there is a mysterious black box, I can re-size it but I can't close it. Here is a screen shot of it:

A:Mysterious Black Box

Can you click on the black box area, Then use Alt F4 to close it ?

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Mysterious hardware prob.

Appears heat related, but can't be sure.

New system ran great for 5 weeks then started its schizophrenics.

Symptom is *poof* blank screen, hard drive and cd lights lit, fans all running. System may come back up, system may not come back up until power is off for several minutes. In any case symptoms reappear very shortly. Crash can be observed while in BIOS setup screens, so believe it is hardware. Temps at time of crash are very low, 118-123 degrees F. Time from cold system to crash varies from 2 to 10 hours depending on activity (playing games makes crashes occur faster)
Original setup:
Albatron KX400-8X default BIOS settings
AMD Athlon 2400+ running normal speed
512 MB PC2100 DDR chip
ATA 100 controller card with 160GB hard drive/CDRW attached
generic 32MB SIS AGP video card
ethernet card
firewire card
Windows XP home
Installed additional fan - system crashed

Increased MB voltages to AGP/memory/processor - system ran longer then crashed

Replaced power supply - system crashed

Replaced 512 pc2100 memory chip with 256MB pc2700 - system ran *much* longer, then crashed.

Slowed main clock speed down to 200MHz - system crashed faster

Removed all unnecessary cards - system crashed

Changed keyboard, mouse - system crashed

Plugged HD/CDRW into MB IDE controller, removed controller card - system crashed

Replaced MB with Albatron KX400-8XV MB - system crashed

Changed video card with different brand - system crashed

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Hi, on many screenshots (even in the Help and Support section of my 5384 build !) there is a gadget shown that I can't seem to find. It's just a square where you can add (as it seems) desktop-icons (example on this webpage ).
Is this a gadget that is still available and how do I enable it?
 

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I never use Internet Explorer, mainly I use Firefox and Google chrome. Recently, however, IE windows started opening automatically, usually with you tube and eBay ads. After closing the ads, I open task manager and see the process iexplore.exe sometimes 2 or three times even though no IE browsers are open (sometimes I see them even when there are NO browsers open). I also see a process which I Google'd but could find no information about. its image name changes regularly but it's always ctv followed by 4 numbers (ctv1234.exe then ctv5645.exe etc.)could this be the cause?? I downloaded hijack this and scanned the computer. heres the log file.Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 14:04:32, on 18/9/2009Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\BitDefender\BitDefender 2009\vsserv.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exeC:\Program Files\Microsoft\Search Enhancement Pack\SeaPort\SeaPort.exeC:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMAgent.exeC:\WINDOWS\syste... Read more

A:The case of the mysterious IE ads

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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i have a dell dimension e310 with windows xp media center.... It has; an intel pentium 4 2.80 ghz and 512 mb of memory....the video card is apparently contained within the board itself...After a few minutes of use it freezes up....sometimes the mouse is still usable and the taskmanager will open....when i do this it shows no activity in my cpu and no memory being used....sometimes i can restart and sometimes i cannot....as well, a constant beeping comes from the back, but this doesnt lways happen...I have been searching like crazy for an explanation....any help would be greatly appreciated....i dont think it is a virus as i have checked with avira and malware bytes....
 

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU G2030 @ 3.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3967 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, 1791 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 448568 MB, Free - 382883 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0XFWHV
Antivirus: Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition, Updated and Enabled

In my hidden AppData folder there are a hundreds of files of types *.xml and *.rss . Could someone please explain what purpose they serve?
 

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HELP...I installed network protocols on a Win 2K Pro notebook computer in order to hook it up to my cable modem, and all of a sudden after rebooting it calls for a password, and I cant log on. Before installing the protocols, I never needed a password in order to boot Windows. I tried every imaginable default password I could think of to no avail. I did not give the system a password, or I would know it. When the OS was factory installed, could they have given a password? I am at a total loss. I have to give this laptop back to it's owner at 8 tomorrow morning.

I would appreciate any and all help.
 

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My friend clicked a mysterious link in a PM on a runescape forum and downloaded a virus, and so now she needs help. She THINKS she got it off with SpyBot, but she wants to make sure. I know that the virus has something to do with the file update.exe but I dont know what exactly.

NOTES ABOUT THE SUSPECTED VIRUS:It is supposedly a keylogger used to steal passwords to things such as forums, games, etc. and may possibly steal credit card information and things like that. The neame is unknown to me.
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 5:07:26 AM, on 11/23/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16544)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgupsvc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgemc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\McAfee\HackerWatch\HWAPI.exe
C:\windows\system\hpsysdrv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe
C:\WINDOWS\AGRSMMSG.exe
C:\WINDOWS\ALCXMNTR.EXE
C:\Program Files\SiteAdvisor\6172\SiteAdv.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_02\bin\jusched.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee\MSC\mcmscsvc.exe
C:\HP\KBD\KBD.EXE
C:\PROGRA~1\AIM\AIMWDI~1.EXE
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgcc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe
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Can no one help me?
 

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When I load Firefox or IE my google and msn results are being injected with ads.



The link titles/descriptions look ok but actual hyperlinks are leading to ad sites. I looked in my hosts file and I found a bunch of ad sites that are mapped to localhost. Next to each ad site entry there was "# added by CiD" or something like that. I googled for CiD but my symptoms aren't the same as other peoples. All it does is inject ads into my results, no popups or changing titles of applications (ex. "CiD: <title here>"). I found out that it is running a type of adserver on localhost http://1.2.3.0 using Apache/CentOS. I tried AVG/Adaware/CWShredder but it didn't help. Anyone know the name of this virus or what I should download to remove it?

Thanks,
Tyler

And here is the Hijack this log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 4:32:17 PM, on 12/5/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16574)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\TGTSoft\StyleXP\StyleXPService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehRecvr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehSched.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\LSSrvc.exe
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A:Mysterious Adserver

Hello Tyler,

We require a more comprehensive set of logs to determine the presence of malware. Please follow the instructions in our sticky topic Read This Before Posting for Malware Removal Help and post the requested logs in your next reply and we'll get started.

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A friend of mine has a website at
http://www.ericamanfred.com/

Some people can go to it, but others get a server not found error.

Any clue as to how to investigate this?

bob
 

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The system is running windows 8.1 64bit. I do not use IE as my main browser, yet saw two instances in task manager. Using process explorer the command lines are "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" and
"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" SCODEF:1004 CREDAT:267521 /prefetch:2 .  IE is the default browser and at version 11.00.9600.18123.

A:Two mysterious instances of IE

If you rarerly or never use IE you should change the default browser.
Control Panel -> Programs -> Default Programs -> Set your default programs. Then, you’ll be able to choose the browser from the list.

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This attached square has been showing up on the center of my desktop. I tried uninstalling my recent updates, but nothing's working.

Any thoughts?

[IMG]file:///C:/Users/Mom/Desktop/error.jpg[/IMG]

A:Mysterious Square

Try to solve using clean boot procedure
How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows Vista or in Windows 7

If that does not work use system restore going back a few days before the problem began.
System Restore

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Invalid VxD Dynamic Link call to device number 3, service B. Your windows configuration is invalid. Run setup.....

Not a nice way to be greeted by your computer in the early hours of the day.

So, I went for the immediate scanreg /restore.....successful....that's nice.....

Restart, same error.

Ok, no problem, will boot to my secondary master....same error....didn't bother trying to restore anything for that drive....didn't try booting from my secondary slave.....

Checked cpu, re-inserted ram chips (2 - 128's).....no good. Pulled one ram chip.....good restart....everything happy, so I figured one ram chip had gone to heaven.....

Got curious today, pulled the 'good' ram chip, popped in the other one....no problem...good restart again.....put the other chip back in, only recognizes 128.....

Now, I ask....if there was a problem with mis-matched ram....why has everything been running for nearly a year? Is there any way the registry restore? naw, couldn't be......

Any ideas???
 

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Ok, I decided to post this here because it happened on two separate machine. What happened on the first machine, a windows Xp thing, I noticed it started to run sort of goofy, and i remember there being a prompt to install a new version of Adobe reader or some harmless program like that. It caught my attention after it kept popping up after I would hit cancel.

Then the next day I boot it up and it starts with the windows xp bios loading screen with the green little bar across the screen. Then it flashes a blue screen with alot of information on it. I can't read what it says since it's gone so quickly. It then restarts it's self and goes to the screen where you have the option of running the computer in safe mode, safe mode with networking, normal, etc. No matter what I choose it does the same thing.

The odd thing is, the same exact symptoms happened to a identical machine I was using till I got the first one fixed. I imagine if I can see what the blue screen says, but I have no idea how to get a look at it.

Thanks for your help in advance!

A:Mysterious Behavior

That is called a BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death). When the machine is booting tap F8, this will bring up the advanced boot menu with safe mode options etc. Select the option which says 'Disable automatic restart on system failure'. The machine will then attempt to boot windows, this time when the BSOD occurs it will stay on your screen. Note down the error message and error code (in this format 0x0000000). Post it on here or search it on microsoft for information on the error :)

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I found this file "sdlvdkbd.exe" on it's own in the -Program Files folder it is linked
to autoexec.nt and config.nt.

performed search on google and metacrawler to no avail.

Anyone have an idea about this file?
tx
NeptuneDog
 

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Hi, Welcome to TSG!!

You had posted in the Archive form for W2K and XP so I have moved your thread to the Security Forum.
Click here to download HJTsetup.exe
Save HJTsetup.exe to your desktop.

Double click on the HJTsetup.exe icon on your desktop.
By default it will install to C:\Program Files\Hijack This.
Continue to click Next in the setup dialogue boxes until you get to the Select Addition Tasks dialogue.
Put a check by Create a desktop icon then click Next again.
Continue to follow the rest of the prompts from there.
At the final dialogue box click Finish and it will launch Hijack This.
Click on the Do a system scan and save a log file button. It will scan and then ask you to save the log.
Click Save to save the log file and then the log will open in notepad.
Click on "Edit > Select All" then click on "Edit > Copy" to copy the entire contents of the log.
Come back here to this thread and Paste the log in your next reply.
DO NOT have Hijack This fix anything yet. Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required.
 

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Hey guys just thought if ya's get the time and check this log out tell me if anythings up or if its just my imagination

And just concerned with if I have to many processes running and why?

Good work to you all BTW for doing such a big job with so many of us "newbs" haha

-Juztin

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 4:32:40 PM, on 8/20/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16705)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgwdsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\SiteAdvisor\McSACore.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\PnkBstrA.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgrsx.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgemc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgtray.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\RUNDLL32.EXE
C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\MsnMsgr.Exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\WgaTray.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\usnsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
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O.k. So I'm a little worried about this JPEG file on my computer.I went to go delete after clicking on it because nothing popped up at all.When I right click it my options are Open,Edit,Print,Preview,Open With..., and Send To.So then I tried left clicking and selecting "File" Then "Delete" and it still didn't do anything,it just stayed there.Tried dragging it onto my recycle bin and nothing,still there.Scanned it for a virus with Norton and it said "The above file name is invalid".I'm completely stuck,I don't know if it's a virus or if somebody's tracking me but I can't even open it any ideas?.
 

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Intermittently, I'm having this problem where my laptop will freeze up, playing the sound it was playing like a broken record. This has happened when I've been listening to music in Winamp or playing UT2004.

The first time this happened was in mid-January when I was playing UT2004. All of a sudden, it froze solid with the sound repeating over and over again. This necessitated a hard shut down.

At the time, I was still using the sound and video drivers that the computer had come with in October, 2007. I updated my HD RealTek sound from their site and my nVidia GeForce 8700M GT video driver with one from LaptopVideo2Go in hopes this would take care of the problem. It seemed to go away for a few months.

The next time it occurred was on Good Friday. I was reading Oliver Twist in my text file viewer and just listening to MP3s on Winamp. Again, the sound repeated like a broken record. This time though, it resulted in a BSOD.

I updated my sound and video drivers again from LaptopVideo2Go and HD RealTek's site.

About two weeks ago, I was listening to music in Winamp while using Firefox when the music began repeating like a broken record. I was able to get to Winamp and stop the music. I then sat with the laptop while it had a seizure for lack of a better term. The CPU core usage was spiking and the HDD LED was going crazy.

It finally calmed down and I decided to reboot it to be on the safe side. When I came back into my Windows account, I was greeted with an error m... Read more

A:Mysterious freeze ups

not sure if this will help, but i had the same problem whenever i resumed my pc from sleep mode, games would freeze just the same. I resolved it by installing latest nvidia beta drivers.

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