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Hard drive from one comp work in another comp like it did before?

Q: Hard drive from one comp work in another comp like it did before?

My dad has expensive construction software that he needs on a day to day basis, but his laptop is dying and very slow. Currently his laptop runs Vista x86, and I wanted to give him my laptop that runs 7 x64. Could I swap the hard drives so that its an easy transition, or would that not work? Thanks for any input and suggestions.

Preferred Solution: Hard drive from one comp work in another comp like it did before?

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Hard drive from one comp work in another comp like it did before?

"his laptop is dying and very slow"

that might mean his hard drive is bad, or that he has too many programs/malware installed, in which case you would not want to put his drive in your laptop.

But to answer your question, it depends on how different the chipset drivers are between the two machines. But if you have the win7 x64 install dvd, you should be able to do a repair install if windows is not able to boot after switching hard drives.

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Hello again,

I'd like to know how to tell if my comp will work with a certain type of hard drive.

All I know about the current hard drive is that it's an ATA, the hard drive i'd like to get is an "Ultra ATA" is there any difference between a normal ATA and an Ultra one? Is there someway to tell if my comp will work with the Ultra? (some sort of program) or some program/more details I can give you good people here that will allow you to tell me if it will work?


Edit: Is there some sort of program that will give me more details on my current hard drive?

A:Solved: How to tell if my comp will work with a hard drive?

It should work, but you'll need an 80 pin cable if you don't have one.Even then, it will work, but you'll get a warning about the cable.
We could tell you more if you gave us the hardware specs.

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Similar situation to a lot that I have read but slightly different and I just want to make sure.

I have an old computer with 2 hard drives inside it and I want to take the larger one out and put it into my new computer. The old computer has XP installed onto the smaller drive, and I want to put the larger hard drive into a computer with Vista. Not really concerned with having 2 operating systems on the new computer, happy with Vista for now. How do I physically go about it? What do I need to know? Do programs I have installed on the drive need to be re-installed on the new computer? Do I need to re-format the drive? Any help would be great!

I was hoping to transfer some games and uni work across but if I have to re-format is this impossible?

Keep in mind I am an absolute idiot when it comes to computers so any links that you know that could help me execute this operation properly would be appreciated.

A:Old Hard drive, new comp

All programs will need to be reinstalled after connecting the drives. You can copy over whatever you like before formatting to get the drive ready for storage use.

The jumpers need to be set correctly and the drive should then show up in Computer. Just click it and copy what you want.

After you have everything you want to keep moved from the drive, use Disk Management to remove the partitions, create nerw ones, and then format the drive. You can choose a drive letter, too.

Right-click Computer > Manage > Disk Management.

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It goes to a black screen and says hard drive not found

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System InformationOperating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional Processor: Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.00GHz (2 CPUsMemory: 3072MB RAMHard DrivesC: Used for the XP OS & ApplicationsNTFSCapacity 149 GBUsed Space 49.9 GBFree Space 99,1 GBE: Used for just Storing files (Vids, Music, Docs, Etc.) NTFSCapacity 232 GBUsed Space 28.2 GBFree Space 204 GBWhat I have done so far* Ran Malwarebytes 0 infected* Ran Spybot search and destroy Found InfectionsMicrosot.WindowsSecurtiyCenter_disabled MediaPlexDoubleClickFixed Selected ProblemsRan it againCongratulations! No immediate threats were found.* Ran CCleaner* Ran Windows Default Defragger* Ran Diskeeper Defragger* Ran Windows Default Disk Cleanup* Ran Microsoft BootVisI have gone through the tweaks for XP which wereStopping/Disabling/Manual settings for the ServicesThe startup only has one program checkedI feel it might be hard drive related, but I am not sure. Here is the quick back story when this problem started.I have a 500 GB external hard drive which had about 200 or less GB of free room, and well I wanted to transfer a video I took off my digital camera but that video was 20+ GB in size. Well without thinking when I first got the Hard drive I didn't format it and well it was a FAT32 system. So I needed to format the drive but didn't want to lose all my documents and such. So I transferred everything over from the 500 GB external onto my C and E drive which put the C drive down to 9 GB free space and the E drive ... Read more

A:Comp Lags, I think it's my hard drive

Start/Run...type chkdsk /r (apace between k and /) and hit Enter.Type Y in response to onscreen query, hit Enter.Reboot the system...the command will execute and then boot into XP.Since you state that you think it's your hard drive...did you run the appropriate hard drive manufacturer's diagnostic...on your hard drive?Hard Drive Installation and Diagnostic Tools - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/ Louis

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I recently bought a new computer but i wanted to save the hard drive from my old comp. It is a HP pavilion HD that has windows xp on the recovery partition. Why doesn't my comp restart into windows??? instead it says:
"Verifying MDI data pool" or somthing... then it asks me to boot from a CD!
i think it might be a problem with my mobo but i cant figure out how to activate the HD or whatever... It's plugged into the primary IDE.
i have a LanParty UT nF3 250GB mobo. anyone know if i need to activate my HD or something???

A:New Comp Hard Drive Problems!

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I just bought a new computer, i7 860 and have put 7 x64 on it.

my motherboard is ausus p7p55d and has one ide socket on the board.

I was using this socket for my cd and dvd drives but I have detached them so I can plug in my old IDE hard drive.

I was using the IDE drive just 2 days ago in my old system.

Sometimes when I boot up the drive is seen and sometimes not.

when the drive is seen I try and copy some files over to my new sata drive I have in the new system. some of the files copy over but the the IDE drive always gets stuck. when I try to cancel the copy windows stops responding partially and I cant get out of the copy window and the old IDE hard drive explorer window.

So I restart windows and normally it now doesn't see the IDE drive.

What is going wrong?
How do I get my files off this hard drive???



ps. this forum is great. I'm very pleased it exsists!!!

A:How do I get files off old IDE hard drive onto new comp

Try using Teracopy to copy the files off your disk. No guarantees it will work, just a thought.

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topic start out here http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic153196.html but Bron' told me to make a thread here.

basically, i had a infected HD in an old comp... i nuked it, and put it in a new comp... not showing up, wont show up on bios. help!

A:Comp can't detect new hard drive

ok i went to device manager and uninstalled it, then re plugged everything back up... it says adding new hardware and that its adding a drive...

i restart...
its still not there! the hell...

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i have an hp comp, i bought it from best buy so i dont have the windows xp install cd. and i want to install a cloned hard drive from the hp computer onto a new computer i built. i cloned the hard drive with ghost and it works just like the original(i unplugged original and ran the pc on the cloned one and worked fine). but when i put it in the new comp it says searching for DMI pool and freezes, i read somewhere that you had to delete some drives before installing it but i have no idea what to do can someone please help me im desparate =/

A:installing old hard drive in new comp

Welcome to TechSpot

First off, we do not condone piracy here, which is what you are doing with your cloning.

Apart from that, unless the receiving computer has 100% identical hardware to the original computer, this will never work, because different hardware requires different mobo-drivers etc.

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Hi, I have a windows XP Prof. machine. I turned it of last night, and came home today, tried to turn it on, but wouldn't turn on. Bought a new power supply and comp. turned on and all, BUT while booting, It wouldn't sense the hard drive. This is a good Power supply, and all things are working. It sensed the CD drive, and floppy. I connected the HD to another computer, and the other computer would not boot up because it could not sense the hard drive either. PLEASE help me!

A:COMP Cant find Hard drive!

Check the MS/SL jumper on the hard drive. Is the hard drive showing up in either of the computers bios? That is does it show the correct size etc? If the hard drive will not show up in either computers bios it is probably dead. If you go to the hard drives manufacturers web site they usually have some kind of diagnostic program you can download to check the drive.

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I have a backup drive that we had used for for a while (WD 6000aak), previously in an external drive enclosure. I connected it today via USB to find that the computer has the driver installed, the drive appears in the Devices list, but it does not show in My Computer. In "Disk Management" the drive appears but is not assigned a drive letter. Also, all the options for the volumes are greyed out and cannot be selected - thus I cannot assign a drive letter.

I have tried this on multiple computers. I have also removed it from the enclosure and connected the drive via SATA... the result is identical. I checked the bios and the drive appears there.

The drive does spin when powering up. It is hot (even though it cannot really be accessed).

Any suggestions? Is this drive done?

A:Hard drive installed, shows in Drive Mngmnt, in Bios, but not in Comp.

Go to Disk Management, in the bottom part of the screen, right click the drive, select 'change drive letter or path', next window select add, next window select a drive letter from the drop down box. For an external drive it's best to use a letter lower in the alphabet. If disk management wants to initialize and format it, don't do it if there is data on it you don't want to lose. If no data or if you don't care, go ahead. It will show in computer when a drive letter is assigned.

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I have a drive 250Mb 3.5'' maxtor in external enclosure USB 2.0, it switch on, and it comes in the list of safely remove hardware and also in device manager under disk drives but I can't see anything under my computer, what can I do to use the drive???

A:hard drive usb2.0 doesn't appear in My comp

Go to disk management, click on it and figure it out from there.

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Hi, I had a hard drive crash that needed replacement(system could not detect hard drive at all). I replaced the hard drive and doubled my RAM from 512 to 1024. After reloading Windows XP and other programs everything has been slower, including downloading internet pages. Any suggestions/ideas? Thanks.

A:Replaced Hard Drive/RAM-Now Comp is slow..>HELP!

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I have a WD passport USB drive. It no longer shows up on my alienware laptop (running xp), but works perfectly on my desktop (running vista). It powers up on my laptop but does not show up in the disk manager, explorer, or on the my computer. I have tried everything I could think of to get this thing working but nothing has worked. The only thing I can narrow thw problem down to is when I installed a new USB cannon camera on my computer. The Drive worked fine before that, but does not work now. Other than that, I have no clue. Any help is appreciated.

A:USB Hard Drive Not Recognized on 1 comp but shows up on the other

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I was just wondering if there's a special piece I can connect to the hard drive internal plug (that used to connect to my comp) that will like change it and make it into a USB??

A:Can you connect old internal hard drive to new comp via USB??

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hi, ok so i just took my old hard drive out of my old computer and put in my new comp, but the user profile i was using in old HD is now locked and windows says i have no access to this folder? How can i gain acess to all my files out of this folder now through my new xp?

A:Old hard drive in new comp, users locked :(

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computer detects secondary hard drive on both ide1 and ide2 but wont detect detect primary hard drive. when i install a cd drive on primary computer detects it. hard drives set to mater....just secondary drive detected.

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im trying to install a second hard drive in a computer. when it reaches windows (XP pro) it finds the hardware and immediatly after that it restarts. anyone heard of anything like that before?

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How can I share an external hard drive with another computer at the same time? Is it possible?

A:Sharing External Hard Drive with other COMP

Hi 66rshine, and welcome to TSG.

You should be able to use file sharing if both computers are running versions of MS Windows and connected on the same local network.

I have asked a moderator to move this thread to a more appropriate forum on this site.

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I have a nine year old Dell computer with an ATA hard drive and a brand new Dell 8500 Windows 8 computer. I would like to be able to use some programs on the old ATA hard drive (Quicken, Quick Books Pro) but my new system will not allow me install the older programs.
I have figured out how to install the older hard drive into my new system but I am not sure if the programs will work once I install the old hard drive into the new computer. So..

Will the older hard drive work as a secondary drive in the new system?
Will I have to re-install Windows XP on the old drive once I install the hard drive?
Will the Windows XP software that came with the old Dell system re-install onto the old hard drive once the old hard drive is installed into the new system as a secondary drive?
Will I have to re-install the programs I would like to use that are on the old hard drive, once I install the hard drive into my new system?

A:Installation of old ATA hard drive into new windows 8 comp

Not going to work I'm afraid.

The older drive will work as a secondary drive.

If you are actually going to try and boot up to the XP install, then yes, odds are you'll have to reinstall. It's likely to crash trying to run the old drivers on the new hardware. At the very least you'll have to reactivate. If it was an OEM install activation will likely fail.

The old software on the old drive will not re-install on its own, and it won't be usable in Windows 8.

Yes you will have to reinstall the programs in Windows 8 for them to work in Windows 8. Just slaving the drive in will not magically make them work on the new system. Some stand alone programs that don't rely on reg entries may work but I'd be surprised if the programs you mentioned work without a reinstall. Copying them from one drive to the other won't work either.

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My computer was very slow so I added memory and installed a new hard drive. I checked that everthing was compatible with my computer. I had an 80 gig hard drive now it is 500gig. Memory was 512 now I have 2 gig. After installing I cannot get the computer to do anything. The message just says to strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility. Can someone please help me? I have never worked on my computer so I am very new to this. Thank you any help would be appreciated!!!

A:Solved: Installed a new hard drive comp. will not boot

Welcome to TSG.
If you will tell us what brand/model computer you have, what operating system you have installed, it will help us help you.

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Ok new problem has arisen,

I rebooted my system, the F8 key did not work and when i went to try and have it read my current system, it said that i didn't have one.

So now i have a clean hard drive but it still shuts down every time i turn it on. It turns off about every 5-10 minutes. i tried to put xp on my computer and as it was it shut off...so now i can repartition the hard drive but my main problem is the shut off problem. is there anyway that i can fix this w/o an operating system currently on the computer. PLZ help me this is very serious. If i can get my computer to stay on then i can do everything else i just have to figure out why it continues shutting off by itself. thx

A:comp shuts down during installment of xp on clean hard drive


Just to get things straight. If you turn your system on and walk away from it, meaning you're not trying to install windows or anything else will it just shut off? Or does it reboot when you are trying to install windows?

Is this a new build or was it a working system that one day didn't work anymore?

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I'm not sure if this is hardware or software but...
Just recently (a few weeks ago) my hard drive started constantly spinning. It doesn't matter what I'm doing, or doing nothing at all.
I've ran a Virus Scan (AVG and Mcafee) Ran Spyware/Malware ect.. Also did a disk clean up/defrag but the problem only seems to be getting worse. In the last week the internet has slowed down, not my actual connection it doesn't seem, but when I first open it, it seems to freeze for a moment. This happens with every program I use, Media player for example, was listening to music and the program froze briefly, the song started the skip and what not. Also many programs keep going to a 'not responding' state. I am using Windows Vista Home Premium, and I've had this computer less then a year.
I'm not sure what other steps to take other then a reformat which I would really rather not do.

A:Solved: Hard Drive Always working + slow comp

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I just plugged my external hard drive into a firewire plug of a Mac. I'm a PC person and do not know much about macs. After a while of looking for where the mac had a shortcut to my hard drive, i gave up. When i disconnected the hard drive a menu came up with the option to ignore, repair or try again... i tried all three. none of them got my hard drive to load up on the mac.

When i plugged my PC back up with the external hard drive, it says that it needs to be formatted... it no longer recognizes the old name or shortcuts that i had for it. I had my life in pictures, music and videos in that hard drive. I truly need to recover it. Is there anything I can do?

how can I repair it? or basically, how can i get my old files out and reformat it... any option will do. Please, help.

A:External hard drive was erased by plugin into mac comp

Please don't post multiple threads on the same topic, continue here: http://forums.techguy.org/hardware/520284-how-recover-hard-drive-if.html

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The first few days it was doing fine and had no issues until I just had a random bsod. I figured that it wasn't much of an issue since it didn't happen again for a couple of days. Now after around 10 days, i can't start up my computer because every time i log in, it bsod.
My computer is a HP Pavilion a6242n PC.
I have a NVIDA graphics card and I run windows vista.

A:Comp still BSOD after factory reset and new hard drive

Have you applied all the Vista updates up to and including Service Pack 2?

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Hey folks,

I'm getting rid of a 2005-bought Gateway 6510GZ laptop which, for some unknown reason, no longer works on regular mode (it just completely freezes immediately following boot-up), so I could only get it to work in Safe Mode.

Obviously, I want to scrub/delete the contents of the hard drive as thoroughly as possible before donating/recycling this piece of crap, but some of the methods I've tried just don't seem to work under Safe Mode - any suggestions??

A:Comp only works in Safe Mode & need to scrub hard drive

Have you tried a clean install of the operating system?

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Okay so I broke my lap top screen so i cant see anything anymore. i was curious about my computer so i took it apart and found this removable hard drive (hitachi it said jumper at the top). Is it possible for me to take that and put it into another computer so i can still have all my data from the old computer? Do I need anything else from the laptop to do this? if it is possible. Please HELP!!!!

A:Broken laptop screen, hard drive out, how to install into other comp?

Yes, it can be accessed in another computer for data. There are adapters that will do the trick. I would choose to connect via the USB. Some adapters can handle both 2.5" and 3.5" HDDs. A laptop is a 2.5" HDD. Expect to pay $25-$45 for the adapter.

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Hello, thanks in advance for the help.

About ten months ago I purchased a new 150gb hard drive (E drive). Having a lot of stuff on my old maxtor 12gb hard drive, I had a friend install the new E drive while attempting to keep the old maxtor working. When this failed, I purchased a new 75gb drive to be my "C" drive, copied over the stuff from my maxtor 12gb, and planned never to use it again for storage beyond what is already on it, and use my new E drive for all my other needs.

A couple days ago I went to install an old game (starcraft to be exact) and discovered I had an instance of the game still somewhere on my computer. While searching for this, I re-discovered my maxtor backup folder, which included everything I had backed up 10 months ago, including what appears to be the full version of Windows XP...meaning I (think) I have a copy of Windows XP on both my C drive and my E drive.

Uninstall programs as well as add/remove hardware was not working for me, so I deleted the starcraft folder from the "maxtorbackup" folder on my E drive. I was then able to install the game and play, however upon my next system restart I've noticed everything runs a lot slower. Everything from opening new programs to switching worksheets in excel.

If I haven't completely confused you yet, I was wondering if the changes I made to the "maxtorbackup" folder could be causing this slowdown. My secondary question is if the maxtorbackup folder needs to even ... Read more

A:Solved: Backed up hard drive data - slow comp

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Hi guys. My computer has a major problem that will need a complete system restore to fix. At this time i cannot boot into windows at all and everything i have tried has failed to fix this. I need to do a complete system restore. Before i do this i want to try to recover as much data from my hard drive as i can. I do not want it lost when the drive is wiped. I have an external hard drive but i cannot connect it to the computer since windows will not boot. Is there a way for me to remove the internal hard drive, somehow connect it to a laptop and recover files and then put those files onto my external hard drive? Thanks!

A:Solved: How to copy files from an internal hard drive that has been removed from comp

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Help! This is my first post here. I was having computer freezing issues on my Windows 7 64 bit Professional laptop today. I didn't have time for a full backup through the windows backup utility, though I did one in August 2013. However, I had several new/updated documents that I needed to save quickly, so I just copied/pasted to my external hard drive, the same one with the August 2013 full backup.

Now, most of my documents from the copy/paste set of documents (pdf, notepad txt, doc, docx, ppt, but not mp3, all of those work fine, as do pictures) open but are completely blank when opened or have many numerical zeros in them. However, ALL documents that I pulled from the August 2013 backup work perfectly fine. Documents that were unchanged from August to today and that I also copied/pasted also do not have content displayed, or they have an error message through adobe if opening a pdf ("Adobe Reader couldnt not open [name of document] because it is either not a supported file type or because the file has been damaged (for example, it was sent as an email attachment and wasn't correctly decoded).

When I copied/pasted my documents, I just copied/pasted the main "Documents" folder itself. Interestingly, the problem of opening blank documents only occurs when I open the document from the main "Documents" folder. For files that were originally on my desktop that I also copied pasted to a separate location on my hard drive, no problems occur. ... Read more

A:After copy/paste to ext hard drive and comp reformat, docs now blank

Was your my documents folder set to be private or encrypted. It's possible the encrypted files were copied over. Now you are running out of a new install your encryption ID has been lost. I am not aware of a way to recover them.

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You guys have helped me a lot in the past and i appreciate the help again. Here are my logs.
Problem is avast wont activate and ive crashed a couple times, comp is running very slow.
Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) (x64) Version:03-06-2015
Ran by Brian (administrator) on BRIANASUS on 03-06-2015 20:48:22
Running from C:\Users\Brian\Downloads
Loaded Profiles: UpdatusUser & Brian (Available Profiles: UpdatusUser & Brian)
Platform: Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 (X64) OS Language: English (United States)
Internet Explorer Version 11 (Default browser: Chrome)
Boot Mode: Normal
Tutorial for Farbar Recovery Scan Tool: http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/335081-frst-tutorial-how-to-use-farbar-recovery-scan-tool/
==================== Processes (Whitelisted) =================
(If an entry is included in the fixlist, the process will be closed. The file will not be moved.)
(NVIDIA Corporation) C:\Windows\System32\nvvsvc.exe
(ASUSTeK Computer Inc.) C:\Windows\System32\FBAgent.exe
(NVIDIA Corporation) C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\Display\NvXDSync.exe
(NVIDIA Corporation) C:\Windows\System32\nvvsvc.exe
(ASUS) C:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\ATK Package\ATK Hotkey\AsLdrSrv.exe
(ASUS) C:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\ATK Package\ATKGFNEX\GFNEXSrv.exe
(Avast Software s.r.o.) C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\AvastSvc.exe
(Trend Micro Inc.) C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\AMSP\coreServiceShell.exe
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A:Something is wrong with my comp. Avast wont activate, comp running slow, crashin

Hello, Welcome to BleepingComputer.I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps in the order listed.===Remove these programs in bold using the Add/Remove Programs applet.Download Updater (AOL LLC) (HKLM-x32\...\SoftwareUpdUtility) (Version: - ) <==== ATTENTIONRewardsArcadeSuite (HKU\S-1-5-21-2814915296-174591460-2764255659-1001\...\RewardsArcadeSuite) (Version: - 215 Apps) <==== ATTENTIONSearch Protection (HKU\S-1-5-21-2814915296-174591460-2764255659-1001\...\Search Protection) (Version: - Spigot, Inc.) <==== ATTENTION===Open notepad (Start =>All Programs => Accessories => Notepad). Please copy the entire contents of the code box below. 


HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer: Policy restriction <======= ATTENTION
HKU\S-1-5-21-2814915296-174591460-2764255659-1001\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer: Policy restriction <======= ATTENTION
HKU\S-1-5-21-2814915296-174591460-2764255659-1001\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = https://search.yahoo.com/?type=282369&fr=spigot-yhp-ie
URLSearchHook: HKLM-x32 - (No Name) - {7aeb3efd-e564-43f1-b658-5058a7c5743b} - No File
URLSearchHook: HKU\S-1-5-21-2814915296-174591460-2764255659-1000 - (No Name) - {7aeb3efd-e564-43f1-b658-5058a7c5743b} - No File
BHO: TmIEPlugInBHO Class -> {1CA1377B-D... Read more

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I have been reading on different sites to download different anti-spyware programs. Right now I have:

1. Ad-aware
2. Spybot
3. IE Spyad w/ Zoned Out
4. PC pitstop driver alert
5. Spyware Blaster
6. ATF Cleaner
7. PC Pitstop Driver Alert
8. Hosts Xpert
9. Windows Defender

Will these slow down my system, or make it take longer to shut down and restart my comp? Is there anything on this list that I should not have? If it's not a big deal, does anyone recommend any more apps I should download or things to do to make my system better?

If I install almost all of the reputable spyware removers and system optimizers, etc. on my comp, will it slow down my system? Will there be any negative consequences?

Right now I would opt for a faster computer over a secure one, so I would prefer speed over an increased possibility of a virus, etc (still want an anti-virus though). I'd like my comp to shut down and restart quickly, but of course it's not that big of a deal.

With that in mind...I was wondering what the computer "gurus" think is the best way I can optimize my computer? If you have a lot of experience, then what would/do you do, and what do you download for your comp? What programs should I download or buy? I'm willing to pay money for programs that I can buy at the store or pay to activate full versions of trial software, etc. if it will help optimize my computer or help my computer's speed. My system specifications are at the bottom of thi... Read more

A:Newbie questions. Will anti-spyware, etc. slow down comp? Best way to optimize comp?

As a rule, you use:
1 firewall
1 antivirus
* Norton is not the best program around, and it's a resource hog, but since you bought it, you'll have to live with it until it expires.
* Using more then one of each is asking for problems (conflict).
As for antispyware programs, you can have as many, as you want, however, I wouldn't use more then 2 as startups, since you want fast computer.
Your computer specs look very good, but the lower number of startups, the better (this is another thing to check).
As for antispyware, I'd keep Spyware Blaster as a startup program, and I'd add a-squared: http://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/free/
You may want to run others, you have once in a while, or when any problem arises.

In addition, you want to keep your computer clean of garbage, and for that purpose, you want to get CCleaner: www.ccleaner.com

Once a month, you want to run defrag. I recommend free jkDefrag: http://www.kessels.com/JkDefrag/ instead of Windows defrag.

That's about it. If you have more questions, please, ask.

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I loaded all my documents and folders from "My Documents" on my old computer (XP) and when I went to load them on my new system (8.1) only about 8 were included on the memory sticks. I used 2 sticks and assured that all the documents were loaded in full.
Any suggestions or ideas.

A:Solved: Loading Saved Documents & folders from my XP Comp. to Windows 8.1 on New Comp

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My computer has been running a bit slow lately, and i get constant popups in sets of 20 or 30 that will not close, and randomly my computer will have black and blue lines run across the screen, or will completely blank out, i have had some issues with freezing and then it wil begin to make noises at me if i touch any keys or click, not sure whats wrong i suppose i just post my log?

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\CLI.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\issch.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\DellSupport\DSAgnt.exe
C:\Program Files\AIM6\aim6.exe
C:\Program Files\Digital Line Detect\DLG.exe
C:\Program Files\Palm\Hotsync.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell\QuickSet\quickset.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\ieuser.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exe
C:\Program Files\AIM6\aolsoftware.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\CLI.exe
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A:Comp a bit slow, uncloseable popups, random comp shutdowns, freezing

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Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from Here or Here
Double Click mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
Make 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.
The scan may take some time to finish,so please be patient.
When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart.(See Extra Note)
The log is automatically saved by MBAM and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
Copy&Paste the entire report in your next reply.

Extra Note:

If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove,you will be presented with 1 of 2 prompts,click OK to either and let MBAM proceed with the disinfection process,if asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately.

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I have been reading on different sites to download different anti-spyware programs. Right now I have:

1. Ad-aware
2. Spybot
3. IE Spyad w/ Zoned Out
4. PC pitstop driver alert
5. Spyware Blaster
6. ATF Cleaner
7. PC Pitstop Driver Alert
8. Hosts Xpert
9. Windows Defender

Will these slow down my system, or make it take longer to shut down and restart my comp? Is there anything on this list that I should not have? If it's not a big deal, does anyone recommend any more apps I should download or things to do to make my system better?

If I install almost all of the reputable spyware removers and system optimizers, etc. on my comp, will it slow down my system? Will there be any negative consequences?

Right now I would opt for a faster computer over a secure one, so I would prefer speed over an increased possibility of a virus, etc (still want an anti-virus though). I'd like my comp to shut down and restart quickly, but of course it's not that big of a deal.

With that in mind...I was wondering what the computer "gurus" think is the best way I can optimize my computer? If you have a lot of experience, then what would/do you do, and what do you download for your comp? What programs should I download or buy? I'm willing to pay money for programs that I can buy at the store or pay to activate full versions of trial software, etc. if it will help optimize my computer or help my computer's speed. My system specifications are at the bottom of this ... Read more

A:Newbie questions. Will anti-spyware, etc. slow down comp? Best way to optimize comp?

Well dude.. i would just go with ad aware.. it wont really slow the comp down

somthing activly scanning such as norton avast etc.. will slow your comp down by taking resources... just go with a scanner like adaware that doesnt use resources..

EDIT: Norton sucks... seriously

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Scan saved at 12:47:59 PM, on 12/14/2003
Platform: Windows 2000 (WinNT 5.00.2195)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\McAfee\McAfee VirusScan\Avsynmgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\McAfee Firewall\CPD.EXE
C:\Program Files\McAfee\McAfee VirusScan\VsStat.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\McAfee VirusScan\Vshwin32.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\McAfee Firewall\CPD.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Network Associates\McShield\Mcshield.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\McAfee VirusScan\Avconsol.exe
C:\Program Files\DownloadWare\dw.exe
C:\Program Files\Sqwire\uc.exe
C:\Program Files\syslaunch.exe
C:\Program Files\Media\Media\UpdateStats.exe
C:\Program Files\SuperBar\sbhc.exe
C:\Program Files\ClearSearch\Loader.exe
C:\Program Files\Common files\updater\wupdater.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\slmss\slmss.exe
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A:Friends comp... u know, the ol' popup not online... close IE/ freeze comp... HIJACK

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alright were havin a little problem first let me tell you about the two computers:

Computer A: Windows XP Home Edition
Has the Cable modem connected to it
Has the router connected to it
512mb ram

Computer B: Windows 98SE
Being Wirelessly connected to the xp computer

Ok well i know i have my network set up because a) i went through the XP computer, and The 98SE computer is getting an internet connection and finally C) because the XP can connect to the 98SE but not visa versa

Now every time im on the 98SE computer and i try to connect to the XP comp i get this "Resource: \\MAIN\IPC$" Then its askin for a password, ive tried every single password ive known it wotn connect, i have even made an account exactly the same as the 98SE computer on the XP computer. IE (this is true) The windows 98SE computer has a username of Default and password - nothing. So i went to the XP connection, i made an account named Default and in the password field put nothing. I dont know what else to do ive tried everything plz help soon!!!

A:problem connecting 98SE comp to Xp comp but not visa versa

On the XP machine:
1) Is the firewall turned off? If you have SP2 it is turned on by default.
2) Have you shared any folders yet?

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i have win 7 ultimate x64
my comp won't stop BSOD and mentions ntoskrnl.exe+80640 as the main cause for this, the pc also freezes repeatedly, also recently it started rebootin and beeping after that.
can't find the solution im strugglin from that more than a month
the bios also behaves wierdly lately, it changed it self time and system time and also changed RAM frequency.
after turning driver verifier my comp reboot more frequently
i hope some1 can help me get to solution becauze im really lost, i added all the files required for you to help me.
thanx , mark

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I want complete access to my comp at my parents house from my comp at my sisters pad.
How would I go about doing this?
It would mostly just be for grabbing files.

A:I want complete access to my comp at my parents house from my comp at my sisters pad.

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I've got an annoying problem I'm trying to smooth out. On my 3-computer LAN, I've got network shares set up on all three comps. (Not homegroup; not public folders; those aren't workable for my situation.)

On my main work computer ("Comp A") (Win 7 Home Premium), whenever I open the sharelist on either "B" or "C", I have the extreme pleasure of waiting 8-10 seconds before the shares on the requested machine are presented.

Other than that, the shares work perfectly, except for the annoying delay every time I want to use Comp A to open the list of shares on Comp B or Comp C.

What I'm sharing: My user directory on each comp. (I'm the only user on this 3-node LAN.) Sharing with Homegroup or Public Folders isn't feasible.

When the delay happens: Courtesy of Wireshark, I've learned that when the delay occurs, it occurs after "Negotiate Protocol Response" and before "Session Setup Request".

I'm also getting the same delay behavior on one other computer (Comp C), but only when accessing the share list Comp A. Here's the specific run-down...

Computer A
Windows 7 Home Premium
8-second delay opening shares on Comp B and Comp C.
Computer B
Windows 7 Ultimate
No delay opening shares on Comp A or Comp C
Computer C
Windows 7 Ultimate
8-second delay opening shares on Comp A (Home Prem.) but *not* Comp B (Ult.)
I'd really appreciate any troubleshooting suggestions. End result: When I click a computer to ... Read more

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I want to be able to print from my XP Computer to the Vista computer in the other room, wirelessly.

XP Home
Vista Home Premium
New, Shared Printer

Printer on the Vista computer is "shared"...I don't know anything about networks
I use control panel: "add a printer" -> "A network printer" -> "Browse for printers" -> it shows some sort of window with icons that don't really mean much to me:

One category is called "Workgroup" and when I click it, the Vista name of the computer in the other room shows up, but nothing happens when I double click that. I connected to a wireless printer a long time ago this way when one was connected to an XP computer, and the actual name of the printer would show up.

Does anyone know how to do it?

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I recently set up a workgroup called "workgroup" so that my two PC's could share files.

The XP comp is called Qing, and can access the workgroup and log onto the linux server called Han (running Fedora 6 with Samba) . Once logged onto Han from Qing, I can see the shared folder, but when i try to access it I get the following message:

"\\Han\share is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions. The network path was not found."

On Han, the linux comp, I have set up a shared folder called "share" with full permissions.
I have enabled NetBIOS over TCP/IP and rebooted and still no luck,
I have searched the internet and these forums for a similar problem but was unable to find anything that I could use.

Any help would be great!


A:XP Comp cannot access shared folder on Linux Comp

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Well this is my first post. I am a fledgling hobbyist at this computer thing and I got this lil comp from my friend for free. It was working great and I was really enjoying checking emails and listening to music on it while browsing the webernet. Two days ago I encountered a virus on the comp while installing some pirated (eeek) software. Needless to say I got my due! The comp rebooted... or I rebooted -I am still hazy on it- and I could not find my taskbar and it looked like half of my desktop icons had been moved down the screen. I tried to move them but nothing worked and I also tried to recover the taskbar using ctrl-esc. Anyway I found your website and someone suggested using DR Web and AVG spyware as well as Smitfraudfix I did all of this and still nothing has changed. There was also a suggestion to use hijakthis so this is the point I am at now. Any further help would be appreciated.Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 11:37:30 AM, on 8/7/2007Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Boot mode: Safe modeRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\guard.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exeO2 - BHO: Adobe PDF Re... Read more

A:No Taskbar, Beeping Comp, Cannot Use All Comp Resources

Hi Jibrilski,

If you still need help please post a fresh HijackThis log and I'll be happy to look at it for you.

Thanks for your patience.

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is it possible ffor me to vue a webcam from another comp on network on my comp? I want to monitor my house. i have webcams on my comps on the lan, and i want to moniutor my house. Can i do it, how do i do it.... win 2k pro is on all the computers.

A:is it possible ffor me to vue a webcam from another comp on network on my comp?

Try these links:



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My computer has had two things happen to it. The address folders in Thunderbird have been wiped clean and i have been reciving messages for undelivered mail that I never sent. I think my comp has become a zombie and part of a bot net. how do I regain control? I have not seen any error messages, no reset of desktop, and i have run many security programs in safe mode

Current security is Trend Micro PCcillin 2006 (updated daily)
I also run adware 2007, Ccleaner, Auslogics disk defrag, Registery fix,

Machine specs:
Dell 4300
OS - Windows XP

please help me determine the extent of this problem and how to fix it.


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I have a 32bit comp, W7 Ult, 1TB HD and I would like to clone that onto a comp that is a 64bit. HD is the same capacity, question is, can this process be done? Will the programs from the 32bit work in the 64bit comp.? I'm thinking of using Acronis True Image Home 2011.I was given a newer desktop minus the HD and was going to retire my old desktop and I wanted what was on the old comp(32bit) transfered to the new (64bit) tower. Thanx in advance for any advice.

A:Transferring Everything From 32bit comp To 64bit comp

You can't do it.
64-bit has to be a clean installation.
You can transfer your data, but all programs have to be reinstalled.

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