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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

oh yeah, also... troubleshooter did not work and i can not find any drive... Read more

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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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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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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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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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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Hi everybody,

This is something I've never seen before...

Today I found a file in my hard drive's root that was called simply "L" (no extension). When I opened it in a text editor, I found it was a listing of my hard drive's entire contents---in the standard DOS "dir /w" format, but with all my folders and all they files they contained.

I can't imagine why any program I use would create such a file. Could this be virus-related? I use a firewall and an up-to-date AV program, and a SpyBot scan showed nothing. Thanks for your suggestions.

A:Mysterious textfile!

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I am running a Dell Pentium 4 with XP OS. All of a sudden (last few days), whenever I go to an internet site, the page seems to be displayed in a slightly wider aspect requiring a slide bar at the bottom of the screen to slide left and right to view the entire screen. This has just started recently (I have two teenagers who like to fiddle with settings). I have tried adjusting through the display window in the control panel with no results. Does anyone have any idea what could have caused this sudden widening of internet screen sizes? (slide bar only appears when on an internet site). I have also tried changing text size to smaller and smallest settings--this also did not work. Thanks TJWeeks

A:Mysterious Slidebar

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I have been looking into the Windows Explorer -- under
C:windows. The hierarchy shows a number of folders which I never created and which were not there when my computer was brand new = 2months ago.

There are "prefetch" files, "shared" files... and "user" files among others.

I know I can safely delete temp internet files but I am afraid to touch any of these other folders and files for fear that I may create a mess..... advice??? help???? missfuffy

A:mysterious folders

Leave them alone.

Shared folders are where windows puts files that more than one programme might use

prefetch is a method of widows speeding up using certain regularly used programms

If you don't understand them don't touch them or you will definitely muck up your system

user files tend to be a log of what you have done on the computer and can work in much the same way as prefetch files.


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I have a Dell Poweredge 2400, with a hot-pluggable HD backplane. I recently added a second HD to the backplane. After I did, I started to hear a weird, two-tone, long-short beep coming from withing the system (doesn't seem to be coming from the PC speaker). The sound re-occurs about every 60 seconds. Other than the sound, the system is working great. The new HD is fine, and everything seems normal. Weird...


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i have a 15 gb INM hard drive with a mysterious 4 mb "partition" on it for lack of better words. The only thing that will see this partition is Norton Ghost. Tried using FDISK, Norton GDisk, System Commander, and Partiion magic, none culd see it. Ran IBM's Wipe.exe, to wipe the drive no go, ran IBM's drive test's erase utility - no go. Ran a debug script -- no go, refdisked to make one big drive, then format /u, -- no go. norton antivirus 2001 with definiitions finds nothing.
Tried reloading an image onto the drive, and it will not use the remaining 4 mb's. Tried switching ports on motherboard (trying anthing at this point) with only thing attached being hard drive, no go. tried sam ghost cd on 2 other machines one having same model of hard drive, no 4mb partition. The partion info from norton ghost is:

part id type volume size data sixe
[email protected]*_______4______________
[email protected]*___14649______________

the I's are the capital I's with two dots on them, the * is a smiley face.

sys specs:
800 AMD Athalon
4meg Media Graphics PCI video
network card
dual usb port addon to board (total of 4)
external CDRW
and good ole floppy
128 meg SDRAM

any ideas guys?
called norton, and they refered me to ghost support, which told me to use GDISK, that didnt help. called IBM, and they couldnt do anything else. T... Read more

A:mysterious partition

Interesting...the only thing I can say, is that I've seen smiley faces for info on my drives only twice, 2 different drives, and they ended up dead...hopefully not your case...but, prepare for the worst.

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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.

A:Mysterious restart

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Howdydo my fellow techies, I have a question for you regarding a strange problem I am experiencing recently on my PC and hope you can help me to solve it, or at least confirm what I suspect it might be. I've worked in IT and built/fixed many PC's down the years hence I would like to think I understand a bit about hardware and software, however what is happening is unlike anything I've come across before.

So to the problem, I built this current machine back in October 09 and after about one month of everything running tickadeeboo I started to experience a 'No Video Input' message upon booting up. Immediately I thought bing!... graphics card failure. So opening up the machine I had a look at the card, fans were running so obviously some power getting to it. I powered down and felt the heatsink, it was warm so seems it had been operating to some extent. I unplug everything, pop the card out, reseat it, replace all connectors and switch on... powers up as normal, Sweet! So I use the pc, runs fine for several hours then I shut it down.

Next day I go to boot my machine... 'No Video Input'. Hmm, power down, open pc, do same procedure as last time, go to boot but this time I get same message

In the past I've had strange issues with ram modules causing a similar problem so I decide to take modules out one at a time and boot... same issue. Next I tried them in all different combinations, trying each stick in each slot... same... Read more

A:Mysterious Problem - PSU?

Seems like a power issue. Just because a power supply is running does not mean its supplying what its suppose to supply. The one hour time limit your talking about seems like enough time for all capicators to disharge while the PSU is cooling down.

I would suggets replacing the unit with a stronger PSU and testing it. You will be suprised how much current is drawn when you start a system, for sure its a spike but if you dont get enough then it simply will not start.

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I have run several virus and malware scans which find nothing. There seems to be no post
I can find anywhere of this malfunction. I'm running xp.

Every time I open a folder, the window comes up onscreen with the proper name of the window ("my documents, for instance)........and then, after 2 to 10 seconds or so, the folder name in the upper bar changes to something like


each time it's a bit different. Weird symbols appear, too.....chinese, whatever.
Problem began in last day or two, at first was intermittnet, now it's always.
Internet windows not affected

Otherwise computer seems to work normally. Any help apprecated!!


A:mysterious window name changes

Have a look in the Event Viewer for any errors at the time of the name changes.To open the Event Viewer go to Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Event Viewer. Alternately, go to Start > Run and type in "eventvwr.msc" (without the quotes) and press Enter.Check in all the categories.If you find an error that occurred at the time right-click on it and select properties. Copy the information in the window and post it back here. This will help us diagnose your problem.How To Use the Event Viewer

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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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Whenever I start my PC a message appears telling me that some new hardware has been found and do I want to install the drivers for it.

I recently had to reformat my PC because of a problem I had and I'm unsure what hardware I have in it that requires a driver.

When I go to the Device Manager list I can see that there is a 'other devices/multimedia controller' with a question mark next to it.

How would I find out what this device is?


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A:Mysterious hardware

Right click the yellow ? item in Device Manager, click Properties, then the Details tab. Under "Device Instance Id" you should see a text string like PCI\VEN_1106&DEV_3065 (the rest of the string is not usually relevant to finding a driver).

Then on this website: http://www.pcidatabase.com (or a similar one) enter the vendor and device numbers. That should tell you what hardware you have. From there we can help you find a driver for it.

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So I'm on dial up and one of my computers (a dell desktop) is having problems connecting to the internet. When it connects, it has a slow speed (even for dial up) and disconnects shortly after connecting. First we thought it was the modem and replaced it (several times in fact), but still the same results. Then we check the phones lines thinking that Bellsouth had screwed up in the wiring, but that checked out to be fine too. So I was going to do a system restore on it, hoping that for some reason that would help, but we don't seem to have the disks to do so.

This problem seems to be connected to a clicking sound that you can hear from the computer and through the phone. If you unplug the computer entirely from the wall, you can't hear the clicking sound, but if you plug in the monitor and the monitor is connected to the tower, then you get the clicking, but if the monitor isn't connected to the tower, but is still plugged in, you don't get the clicking. So there is something in the tower (not the modem) that's causing it.

Any ideas?

A:Mysterious clicking

ah possibly could be some sort of EMI (electro magnetic interference) sometimes i get that sort of click or pop when my cellphone is around. also could be interference from cordless house phones. some stereos and speakers / other electronic equipment around the computer could also cause this. hm try eliminating anything in the area that could be causing interference. my best guess ?? otherwise, i'll leave this one up for someone smarter!!

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Hi, I was using EasyCleaner's "Add/Remove" feature and I got a list of programs that I've never seen before. After Googleing each one, I couldn't come up with much. Almost NO information whatsoever; I only found a few forums where some people had the same programs. These do not show up when I go in through Control Panel to Add/Remove. However, I did try running Uninstall Manager on HiJackThis and found them on there as well. I get a sneaking suspicion that it might be some kind of virus. Does ANYONE know ANYTHING about this? Can someone help please? ThanksThese are the programs:mCoremDrivermMHousemPfMgrmProSafeMSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB927978)mWlsSafemXMLHere's my HJT log just in case:Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 11:14:04 PM, on 3/14/2007Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16414)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\guard.exeC:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\DefWatch.exeC:\WINDOWS ... Read more

A:Mysterious "m" Programs

Hi,I deleted your duplicate thread.There's nothing wrong with your log, can't see anything suspicious and next programs are ok as well:mCoremDrivermMHousemPfMgrmProSafeMSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB927978)mWlsSafemXMLThese "m programs" are installed with your Dell+Intel Wireless so nothing to worry about.The MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB927978) is this one: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927978Came with a Windows update.

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I've been around computers for more than half my life. I was in the business of fixing them for several years. And already, I know that this problem is going to be a doozie--intermittent problems always are.For the past few years, I've been experiencing a very annoying phenomenon when watching video files on my PC. It probably isn't even limited to just videos, but that's where I see it happen the most. And since I watch quite a few Star Trek episodes that are ripped to my hard drive with my roommate, I feel bad that he's not experiencing the episodes in the best possible manner. Allow me to explain:Every few minutes--or possibly every 1 minute (I haven't really timed it)--the video we're watching appears to slow down for a few seconds. The audio plays normally, but the video goes in slow-motion. Afterward, while the audio is still fine, the video rapidly speeds up for about a second, as if it were in fast-forward, catching up to the audio. Once caught up, it plays normally again for another minute (or few minutes--as I said, I haven't timed it). This happens several times throughout the 45-minute episode that we watch and seems to be regular, rather than random.I'm inclined to believe that this issue is software-specific, not hardware-specific, since it did this very same thing on my last computer. Yes, there were three bits of hardware that I brought over from my old computer to this one, but I doubt they'd have an effect. Those thre... Read more

A:Mysterious slowdown…

It has also happened when I had Windows Vista Ultimate on my old computer, as well as my current Windows 7 Ultimate OS.Are we talking here about same computer, upgraded from Vista to 7, or two different computers?What player do you use to play videos?

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While switching windows, I came across an unknown icon.

(screen shot taken with a camera as I do not know how to take a screen shot of the task switcher)
The icon in question is on the far left, showing a red, yellow and blue square/box, within a white box.

There is no description when this icon is selected.
After spotting the icon and attempting to check the task manager for a running program with the matching icon, it is no longer shown in the task switcher.

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This is realated to games, but i think it is a hardware problem.

My computer seems to turn itself off (as if it was ripped out of the power) in most games. Now my logic stops functioning, when my computer crashes in games like Audition, which don't use as much resources as other games. Yet my computer does NOT crash, in Battlefield 2, and Half Life 2 Deathmatch. (These are the only two games that do not crash). My PC also does not crash in older games, which don't use 3d graphics. What i have tried...

1) Complete format of computer
2) Reinstalling every driver i can think of (Downloading them off the hardware manufacturer sites)
3) Cleaning the computer inside-out
4) Checking the temperatures (They seem normal, and are the same as when i didn't have the problem.
5) Reseating the video card, Ram, CPU.
6) Manually overloading CPU, Video card. (Does not crash).

The problem just started occuring out of the blue, with no hardware or major software changes.

Edit: The computer crashes after a random interval of time spent in the game, sometimes it's 5 minutes, sometimes it's 30 minutes.
Computer specs in the attatchment.

A:Mysterious problem

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I recently sent in my computer to be repaired and it was returned to me newly formatted with a fresh install of Windows, however it still needed to be updated. I updated it to point that i felt comfortable and did absolutely no websurfing, NONE. And yet when it was all said and done I opened my task manager and bam, some nice Vundo and Virtumonde viruses were deviously working away. I got rid of most of the stuff using trend micro, vundo fix, combo fix and my local antivirus (Avast! Antivirus) but i can't seem to shake this last one which affects my web surfing through redirects to annoying and obscure search engines. My head hurts from all the formatting that has been done to this machineover the years, and although it is a last resort I am not willing to do it again. Please help and I thank you in advance.

*** I'd like to add that the dpvoic.dll seems to be what's giving me the problem, i researched it and all i could find was that it was a legitimate directX file, I've tried fixing the entry with no results and tried deleting the file in safe mode, again with no results.***

Here is my current HijackThis Log

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.0 (BETA)
Scan saved at 11:25:30 PM, on 9/27/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
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A:Mysterious redirects

I've done some research into my issue, the dll runs as a part of my explorer.exe. I've killed my explorer process but can't seem to get registry keys or file to be deleted. Someone please help.

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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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This is my first attempt at posting a HJT log. My issue is this. I have tried every adware and spyware removal tool and none of them will rid me of this pesky link issue.When I load a page in IE several common words such as "account" or "help" will become links. The links bounce off a URL similar to :http://server4.103092804.com/release3/link...1099,1118322065Thanks in advance for any help you can provide me on this.***********Log*************Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 9:12:42 AM, on 6/9/2005Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\ibmpmsvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\S24EvMon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\inetsrv\inetinfo.exeC:\Program Files\Network Associates\Common Framework\FrameworkService.exeC:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\Mcshield.exeC:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\VsTskMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.... Read more

A:HJT - Log - Mysterious Links in IE

Anyone have any ideas on what I can try to do to remove this ? Just this morning I tried ccleaner - http://www.ccleaner.com/ and it still didn't get rid of it.Thanks for any help you can provide !

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i haven't been on my computer for the past few days, and when i got back on, the 16 gig hard drive was completely full. before, i don't even think it was 1/4 of the way there. is there any way i could have gotten a virus or something of the like and it took up all of my space? help me.

A:mysterious gig dissappearance

not likely
havent heard of a virus that would just take up lots of space

run scandisk and defreag

there is a utility called 'spacemonger'
u can get it from download.com i think
it will give u a visual of what it taking up space on your hd

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