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Mysterious drive

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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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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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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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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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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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


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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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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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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?
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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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.


Hope this helps,

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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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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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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?


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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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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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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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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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.


A:Mysterious pop-ups

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

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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?


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A:mysterious cd/dvd rom

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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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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.

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:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.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 Support Center\bin\sprtsvc.exe
c:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Shared\sqlwriter.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\Rtvscan.exe
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A:Mysterious Pop Ups

BUMP. please...

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a new file appeared on my computer's desktop; it is a microsoft one and it has a ~ underneath the microsoft symbol...I have tried to get rid of it but when I open the desktop icon, I cannot open it....I believe it may have entered my computer's desktop when I was using Outlook express for emAils
Can you advise me how to get rid of it.
Thank you

A:mysterious tilde

It's a bug in an OE update. It is a backup of your address book. Rename it "bug.wab" and you can open it.

You can rename it to "something.wab" and save it as a backup, or delete it. It will appear whenever you make a change to your address book, and probably from another update, vanish as mysteriously as it appeared.

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My wife's laptop (IBM T40 running WinXP, SP3) mysteriously powered up early this AM. She believes that when she shutdown last night, there were opsys updates in the queue. Is it possible that one of these updates required a reboot and automatically did the reboot. It would mean that the updates took several hours. I guess that is possible.


A:Mysterious PowerUp

A number of things can power up a machine, from a schedule set in BIOS to almost any program with the option to power on the computer to complete a scheduled task, like defragging or a malware scan. Check the Event Log.

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I was just using my computer, doing nothing intensive, bit of light surfing, infact I was not doing much, just about to type something when *poof* reboot!!

It came up with the post screen saying HP computer or whatever and had the 'hit f1 for setup'
'hit esc for whatever.." I noticed on this screen, that there appeared to be a 'dead pizel' it was white when it should have been the blue background.

Then it rebooted again. I switched it off at this point, I though I would leave it for a while and let it 'cool down' (although there was nothing to indicate it was over heating or what ever).

Background to this isI have recently installed a new x2 amd processor, i think it had once rebooted before with that new processor in.
I had also recently installed an extra gig of memory, I think it may have reboot once before since then but my memory is not to confident of the exact timings of things.

So what does that indicate?

Processor problem?
Memory problem?

Anyway I am up and running as normal now but a little concerned. I guess time will tell if this is going to be an ongoing problem, or worse still get worse.

Its a HP Pavillion 1309 IIRC x2 3800 AMD and 2 gig of DDR memory.

This obviously sounds like hardware. Bad memory or bad processor?

The 'bad pixel' on the screen indicates bad memory perhaps?
Or maybe it is the processor, however it was not running under load at the time.

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A:Mysterious reboot

I have that very processor. It's a good one.

It has been a very long time since I switched from a single core 3200+ to a dual core 3800+ but if I am not mistaking there is an amdcpu.exe patch for dual cores running under XP.

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I see this mysterious icon every time I hit alt-tab, anybody know what this is?

A:Mysterious Icon for Alt-tab

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I have a folder in documents/shared called startup2. It works exactly like all other folders.

However when I rename it to startup it acts strangely. Entering the folder in explorer it sometimes shows no files at all. Other times it shows all the files in all sub-folders and does not show the sub-folders. In addition the option to create a new folder in the right mouse menu is missing.

Have created folders called startup in other folders and they all work normally.

Easily solved by renaming the folder as anything except startup. But what the heck is going on here?

A:mysterious issue

Hello rainbow3, welcome to Seven Forums!

Naming folders/files "startup" isn't a good idea as there are OS system files with that name, below is the one that comes to mind, does it need to be named that?

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Greetings to all.

It's been two years since I had a run-in with Vundo, and now something has managed to wriggle past my McAfee protection and has started popping up periodically with one of those "Your computer is infected with spyware- Windows will now download the best spyware fighter for you," which is a huge crock of fake concern and actually both insidious and misleading. Periodically, it tries to download itself. Which is horrifying...

I'm not exactly sure what is in play, because my McAfee can't identify anything as being wrong. But I have suspicions that it involves this: 684898cc37e0231ef, a folder which saved itself on my external hard drive and which will not allow itself to be deleted.

I had an exceptional bout of good fortune with y'all two years ago, so I return to you, pride sloughed off, and trying to make my computer what it was.

Many thanks, and here is my Highjack This log...
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 5:31:48 PM, on 8/18/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16876)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
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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....

A:mysterious freezing on xp

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I run a small network for my own business. The size of the network is about 50 computers (well its kinda small)

Anyways the network consists of

2 Mac OS X servers
1 Win 2000 Server
1 Unix Server

1 Cisco 1600 Router
1 DSL Box

Basically the weird problem is I'm running an all Mac network. We experience slowdowns on the network every 15 or so minutes. The computers OS's range anywhere from Mac OS 8.6 to OS 9.2

The users will be doing work and then the whole network will pause freezing everyones computer for 45secs to 2 mins. Then the pause goes away and things go back to normal. I've tried many things to try and figure out what the problem is to no avail.

Someone please help!

A:The Mysterious Network Lag

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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?.

A:Deleting a mysterious .jpg

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All of a sudden I have had a user appear on my computer (but not on the welcome page) called "ASP.NET Machine A..." (yes, the ... is part of the name.) What is this? Virus or what>

A:Mysterious new user....

Did you install MS dot net? it's part of that.

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Sometime overnight a shortcut to 'MSN Installer' appeared on my desktop.

I have had a fresh reinstall and had yet to use MSN mail and browser but that shortcut was not previously there before.

Later, tonight, the first time since the reinstall, I went to access my MSN mail through the mail program thus hitting my personal MSN icon which I keep in quickstart. This must've triggered the installer because it began to install something and wanted to walk me through the process of purchasing a passport account (which I didn't realize you had to purchase).

Anywho, as I was in a rush and didn't want to deal with the headache I went to www.msn.com to get to my mail account from that direction and Opera gave me two warnings about submitting my personal login info to another page??

I ignored the warnings and went ahead anyway.

Now, in my MSN mail the address in the address bar is begining with 'sn' and a number, dot, 'snt' and another number.

Is this normal, am I being paranoid? Did win update put the installer shortcut on my desktop? Does using msn mail or hotmail now cost? Does it now cost to use the explorer browser? Am I lucky to have an msn email address before they began charging?

A:Mysterious MSN Installer

I messed around with it again. It's trying to get me to pay to sign up for something called 'NineMSN'?

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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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A:mysterious hw prob

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A computer at an office where I work has developed a mysterious habit of restarting itself. At a stroke of the key or movement of the mouse, the restart is initiated. This happens unpredictably, but there is a tell-tale clue. Every time the Sophos icon in the taskbar is greyed out, experience suggests that a restart is imminent.
A colleague has put it down to the fact that he replaced the out-of-date Norton Antivirus with Sophos antivirus software, since which time this curious symptom has emerged. Even though the Norton Antivirus was properly removed, he speculates that there might be a clash between remnants of this and the new software.
We could deactivate or even uninstall Sophos, but that does rather remove the point of getting it in the first place. I guess I could try removing and re-installing Sophos next time I'm at that office to see if it's any better, but it does seem a most peculiar symptom.

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Hi everyone,

I have been using a friend's laptop HDD connected to my intel dg 41 desktop motherboard. That was the only HDD connected to the computer and was working fine. A few days ago the friend asked for his HDD and I bought a new desktop HDD.

Here after the mystery begins.. I plugged the newly bought HDD to the PC and it didn't get detected. I changed cables, ports and the result was same. I got really frustrated, but then I remembered I have another 'laptop HDD' in my locker. I connected it to the PC so I can find out whether the motherboard or the new HDD is faulty. You know what, the laptop HDD worked fine! So before heading back to the place I bought my new HDD, I connected it again for one last time. Surprise! The HDD got detected! and I have been using it till now without any issue.

Is there any explanation for this case?

thank you!

A:Mysterious HDD problem

First thought would be a loose cable (data or power).

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I was looking at my user acounts today and saw that there was a new one that I didnt set up. The name of this acount was asp.net and it was password protected. Is this something used by windows or is it something i need to worry about. Can I just delete it?? Thanks

A:Mysterious second user

Keep it. It was installed by a Windows Update and may be used sometime in the future for an online program you might use. It is harmless and causes no problems, so just ignore it. It is required in order to give an ASP (Application Service Provider) an account on your machine if you ever use one of that type of service. It is a normal XP account.

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For a while now I've been getting BSODs when I play any game. The amount of time it takes for the BSOD to appear varies but it happens 100% of the time if I leave the game on for long enough. I'm a total noob when it comes to dealing with BSODs, so any help is greatly appreciated!

The error I get is 0x8b with all zeros in the parentheses. There's no error description and no file associated with the error. If there's any other information you need, let me know.

OS: XP 32-bit
Age: Varies
OS Age: Aug '07
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 FX-62 (Aug '07)
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 260 896MB (Jan '10)
Mobo: ASUS M3A79-T Deluxe (Nov 08)
PSU: Antec TruePower Quattro 1000W (Nov '08)

A:Mysterious BSOD's

Please post this over in the XP forums: http://www.techsupportforum.com/f10/

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Hey guys, So, recently I got an infection on windows 7 (from being stupid). It affected flash content in browsers (as in Twitch.tv would no longer work, pandora would skip about 30-50 seconds at a time) and it stopped my downloads (so if I tried to update steam, games or viral definitions, it stopped them at 50% and deleted the new information.) I did everything I could think of and, having dealt with this sort of thing before, determined it was a rootkit or possibly a bootkit. I switched from 7 to 8.1 to take advantage of the UEFI configuration, just in case this was a bootkit, and it seemed to work pretty well for a while, but now I'm getting the same symptoms (programs cant update; pandora and twitch arent working). I'm currently running Avast, bitdefender and Malwarebytes premium. None of them are picking it up. Does anyone have any ideas as to what I could do and what it is?Edit: Topic moved from Windows 8 to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

A:Mysterious Infection

Hello would you please run Rkill and MBAM (Malwarebytes) immediately after that and post back 2 logs.Please download Rkill by Grinler and save it to your desktop.Link 1Link 2Double-click on the Rkill desktop icon to run the tool.If using Vista, right-click on it and Run As Administrator.A black DOS box will briefly flash and then disappear. This is normal and indicates the tool ran successfully.If not, delete the file, then download and use the one provided in Link 2.If it does not work, repeat the process and attempt to use one of the remaining links until the tool runs.If the tool does not run from any of the links provided, please let me know.Do not reboot the computer, you will need to run the application again.

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Alrighty, so I'm pretty sure I downloaded a virus with some bleepty game, and I ran Ad-Aware and did a scan in HijackThis, and Ad-Aware found some problems and it supposedly got rid of the problem, but it kept finding the same problem for every subsequent scan I did after the first one. I looked through the HijackThis log and didn't see anything too suspicious, but I'm no pro so hopefully someone else would be able to find something... My CPU usage is usually never more than 10-20% and it keeps running now around 55% and sometimes as high as 100%. If someone could help me out with this issue, I would much appreciate it.


A:Mysterious CPU Usage

Welcome aboard Download Security Check from HERE, and save it to your Desktop. * Double-click SecurityCheck.exe * Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box. * A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.=============================================================================Please download MiniToolBox and run it.Checkmark following boxes:Report IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Users, Partitions and Memory sizeClick Go and post the result.=============================================================================Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (aka MBAM): http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free to your desktop. * Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program. * At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish. * If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version. * Once the program has loaded, select Perform quick scan, then click Scan. * When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results. * Be sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected. * When completed, a log will open in Notepad. * Post the log back here.Be sure to restart the computer.The l... Read more

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I have had this deal going on for some time now ...Norton's Firewall alerts me to the following:

An instance of "C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\KRNL386.EXE" is preparing to access the Internet for the first time

I have been told that KRNL386.exe should not attempt to access the internet ...I suspect that somehow spyware, keylogger etc. has somehow been introduced into this file ??? I previously had the stuff remotely installed and removed ...maybe this is another, smarter way to install it ?

I've used several different scans of the KRNL386.exe file and all have said its clean ..but the alerts continue.

Anyone got any ideas ?


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