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I've eliminated every possibility - does anyone have any ideas?

Q: I've eliminated every possibility - does anyone have any ideas?

I've come to the end of my tether. And I apologise, this is a long one, but I really can't solve it! I'm running out of hair to pull out!

A friend of mine brought around her computer which stopped working after her boyfriend was on there one day - he's known for downloading unsafe files (usually at the behest of someone who calls himself a techie but sort of lost his stride after dos). The problem is that it starts to boot up, the screen flickers black over and over, until the computer restarts itself and it all goes again. Usually doesn't even make it to Windows, but if it does, then there's weird black pixels, or letters are a bit garbled, and I even saw the white "o" in "Windows" disappear - but the shadow stayed perfectly in place as if the o was a layer just taken off!

Safe mode works perfectly fine. It just takes absolutely ages to boot up.

Before I get too into it, she's running XP home, sp2, P4 2.8ghz, 512mb ram, and I reckon the video was a Geforce4 440mx. It's only from 2004, so it's not all that old.

I've since read that this sort of symptom is generally a video card thing, and when I get home (I'm at work) I am going to test out one of our old cards in there. However, if you read on, this still doesn't make any sense.

I assumed it was viral, so popped on Antivir and got nothing of interest.

So, I tested booting up her hdd on my machine. It still showed the same symptoms, so I decided it couldn't have been any of her hardware (except hdd of course). So I copied all of her files on to my d: and did a format. Then I copied back over her personal files, chucked it back in her machine and did a windows reinstall.

Got most of the way into the install and then it continued doing flickering/restarting thing! So, I grabbed one of my old 8gig drives, shoved that in, muttered profanities about setting jumpers, and did yet another install, figuring at this point that it was her hdd.

Until it did it on that drive too!

So, I deduced that it had to be her hdd or software; but then it was proven that it couldn't be! So, after trying not to throw her flickery lcd into the wall, I came up with the following options:

- It is still viral; after all, I put some of her files back on the hdd. It would just have to be one that Antivir doesn't cover yet. I've got Trend Housecall running on my machine now. If it's a virus that hasn't been found by the antivirus companies yet, I'm a bit scared, seeing as all of her files are currently sitting on one of my drives. I'm also going to try not having her hdd connected, reformat my 8gig, and see if it goes again.

- It's several things. That is, there was a software or hdd problem, but the video card just happened to die at the same time, so even if I fix one problem there's another throwing me off.

- My 8gb hdd might have been screwed as well. I can (but don't really want to) test this by chucking my d: into her machine and installing xp. I don't think I can put my c: into her machine, as I'm running Vista 64bit and I can't see that working out well. Although... I suppose it'd let me get far enough to see if it still did did the flickering. Hmm... See, just writing this helped a little!

Anyway, if anyone has any ideas, I'm more than happy to listen to any suggestions at the moment. Please! I hate the idea of this thing beating me just because it seems to be refusing to follow the basic laws of logic.

Thanks for reading all of this! I know it's long and convoluted.

Preferred Solution: I've eliminated every possibility - does anyone have any ideas?

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A: I've eliminated every possibility - does anyone have any ideas?

I would remove the video card and reinsert it. sound like a hardware issue to me and not the drive.

I would also wrap the guy up in duct tape....or set him free in Jurassic Park, so he can be in his element. Ok not kind....but common.

Lady needs to learn to just say NO.

U r very kind to be helping with this!!

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Hi, my name is Felipe Guerrero

From Dominican Republic.

I need to know how to erase a virus, I have a windows xp sp3 I have also installed Bitdefender antivirus. and the name of the virus is: Back Door, To F SEE.GEN...

Please I need help with this. to take this out of my net.


Welcome to TSF

Read the instructions HERE and post the requested logs HERE as this thread shall be closed.. We do not deal with virus infections in this area of the forum.

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I have recently restored my laptop back to factory setting and thereby forgot all the software that I installed and disposed of. My question regarding bloatware is ,which one do I get rid of?

A:Which bloatware should I eliminated?

There are quite a few pieces of bloat ware on there for sure...

The trouble is, removing them all may end up destabilising your system so it's hard to make a recommendation.
And maybe some of the things on there you actually installed.

But things that do not exist in a plain windows install include anything that starts "HP", "Cinema Now..." "Cyberlink ", (/may/ need this to play DVDs, but I am pretty sure that windows plays DVDs by default now. Maybe leave this one installed anyway) "DVD Menu Pack", "Java", "hulu desktop", "Label Print", "MS office home and student" (That may only be a trial if it came for free), "Microsoft Works", "Movie theme pack", "Firefox", "MSN tool bar", "Norton..."(Replace with MS Security Essentials for free) "Photo Now" "Power to go", possibly "Power director", "Windows Live"

ALL of those things are added. Others too but are more useful like flash and adobe reader, hardware drivers etc and would probably be installed anyway.

But like I said, you may have installed some of those already and uninstalling any one or number of them has a chance to cause problems so I can't say that any one or more are "safe" to uninstall... Course if you do break something you can start over again

Some of them you may even find a use for. (i.e. Windows live is your only mail program i... Read more

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Hello everyone,

I had spyware quake in my pc somehow and i followed Flrman1's instructions to the T and it was gone! But then the next day it was back. I have kazaa lite resurection (hacked v1.5) and i figured maybe the spyware was recieved from there, is that possible? Does anyone know where Spyware Quake comes from or how it gets onto your pc?
Here is a HijackThis log

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 8:10:41 AM, on 3/29/2006
Platform: Windows XP (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 (6.00.2600.0000)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\ewido anti-malware\ewidoctrl.exe
C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE
C:\Documents and Settings\User\Desktop\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page = \blank.htm
O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\msdxm.ocx
O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar1.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Yahoo! Toolbar - {EF99BD32-C1FB-11D2-892F-0090271D4F88} - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Companion\In... Read more

A:Spyware quake Eliminated...or is it?

Sorry, but I won't help with cracked/hacked/warez software issues ...

Question, though.

Platform: Windows XP (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 (6.00.2600.0000)Click to expand...

Why have you not updated these?

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What gives anyway? I thought that 'upgrades' were supposed to give us MORE options, not take options away! 'Address' is not even LISTED as a Toolbar option in the Taskbar Menu in XP SP3! What WERE they thinking??? Is anybody else as aggravated as I am about this and - more importantly - does anybody have any idea how I can bring my Address Bar back to it's proper place at home on my Taskbar??

A:XP SP3 Eliminated my Address Bar in the Taskbar!!

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Strongvault snuck itself onto my computer with a program I downloaded from CNET (last time I use them). I've used Revouninstaller, CCleaner, Malwarebytes, SpybotS&D and Hijackthis to try and eliminate it. Now, It only shows up in CCleaner and MicrosoftFixIt, but neither are able to remove the program. Below I've included a SystemLook log. Any advice as to how I can get rid of the rest of this program?

SystemLook 30.07.11 by jpshortstuff
Log created at 20:58 on 22/02/2013 by Michael
Administrator - Elevation successful
WARNING: SystemLook running under WOW64. Use SystemLook_x64 for accurate results.

========== filefind ==========

Searching for "*strong*"
No files found.

========== folderfind ==========

Searching for "*strong*"
No folders found.

========== regfind ==========

Searching for "strong"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Cryptography\Defaults\Provider\Microsoft Strong Cryptographic Provider]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Cryptography\Defaults\Provider\Wave TCG-Enabled Strong Authentication CSP]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Cryptography\Defaults\Provider Types\Type 001]
"Name"="Microsoft Strong Cryptographic Provider"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\VSTA\8.0\AD7Metrics\Exception\{449EC4CC-30D2-4032-9256-EE18EB41B62B}\Common ... Read more

A:Strongvault partially eliminated

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Hello and thanks for reading this post. I had the virus rootkit.win32.tdss.d. I was running Kaspersky but it passed through it like dung through a goose. After reading everything I could find and running Kaspersky TDSS program the virus was still present. I d/l'd combofix and followed every instruction to the tee. I have a text log that shows virus was removed but for some reason Kaspersky still thinks it is in my system. I'm seeking help to find out if I've cleaned this problem or if something is lurking behind the scenes. Thanks in advance. Just let me know when to send the combofix log.


A:Assurance that a virus has been eliminated

Hello,Please read this topic: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/273628/combofix-usage-questions-help-look-here/ concerning the use of ComboFix.Please follow the instructions in ==>This Guide<== starting at step 6.Once the proper logs are created, then make a NEW TOPIC and post it ==>HERE<== Since you have run ComboFix, please include the ComboFix log in the new topic.If you cannot produce any of the other logs, then please create the new topic anyway, include the information that you were unable to produce the other logs and why and include the ComboFix log along with a description of your computer issues.Orange Blossom

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I have just updated from AVG8 to AVG8.5 on my laptop running on XP Home system. When doing a complete scan after update on my computer I found the following viruses that cannot be eliminated. I used to take the hard drive out and connect to another computer and then run the anti-virus program for cleaning. I wonder if I need to be that drastic this time. In fact I never saw such stubborn viruses and wonder if I can remove them without reinstalling whole computer. When I had AVG8 before I didn't have the resident shield running. That was probably why I got the attack I supposed. Is there anyway I can eliminate them in situ.

They attached to the following files:

Below is some of what I exported from the program.
Resident Shield detection
Infection;"Object";"Result";"Detection time";"Object Type";"Process"
Trojan horse Win32/PEPatch.AO;"C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe";"Object is white-listed (critical/system file that should not be removed)";"19/04/2009, 5:54:30 PM";"file";"C:\Program Files\SUPERAntiSpyware\SUPERAntiSpyware.exe"
Trojan horse Win32/PEPatch.AO;"C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe";&qu... Read more

A:Detected Virus cannot be eliminated

I see you posted a log to malware removal after posting here:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/220569/trojan-horse-win32pepatchao/To avoid confusion, this thread will be closed--and as soon as I contact a moderator.I've glanced over your log and can tell you that there are signs of a very serious infection, so the malware removal forum is the best place for your issue. Unfortunately I don't have time to commit to working your topic there, but it appears to be a variant of, or kin to the Gromozon rootkit that involves a type of file that is very tough to remove. It can be done, but not every malware removal specialist knows how--I just looked at a couple of topics in other forums where the key file was overlooked or it was given up on deleting and they moved on to doing repair install of windows or a reformat.So be prepared for a reformat--that may be your best bet anyway. In addition to the likely infection, you have installed four or five registry cleaners which usually hurts more than it helps and makes recovery even harder than it should be. Don't believe the advertising out there, when you have a problem or error, try to find out what is causing it first instead of just running a reg cleaner.This is why we always advise that you not make any changes to your system--such as running reg cleaners. Also, as you probably already know, don't attempt to delete any of the following files, as they are important system files:Windows\explorer.exeWindows\System32\spoolsv... Read more

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Would appreciate help with knowing what programs should be eliminated from my startup process, so that the computer boots up faster and runs quicker.

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I have been working on one of my wifes friends PC. Ran Shredder, AdAware and SpyBot Search and Destroy. Shredder indicated the system was clean adaware and spy bot search and destroy found a little over 300 different malware, hijackers and spyware on the system. Removed all of the indicated problems. The problem now is you cannot access the net using MSN browser, IE, Windows explorer or control panel. In addition ctrl-alt-del will not bring up task manager. I will try to post HJT if some one can tell me how to install and run it from the disk I downloaded it to. I am almost certain that I saw P2P networking on the system so I am not to confident on Shredder saying the system was clean. When I started trouble shooting the system had no virus protection active and no firewall with a dsl line. System now has McAffee virus scan and Firewall. Please let me know how to run the HJT from the disk and I'll post the results. Thanks.

A:[Resolved] Hijackers eliminated now more problems.

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I appeared to have a Trojan virus and after cleaning up and quarantining files, etc. affected, my email programme is constantly sending out email on its own to invalid emails, etc. and I cannot clean it up at all. I have tried everything and it is continually sending emails but my laptop computer is working fine for emails, etc. I try to download my messages from my desktop and it is downloading over 1500 emails because of all the sent emails being redirected back to me as invalid mail. How can I get rid of this and is it possible that there is still a virus present even though adaware, etc. has all been cleaned out.

This virus originated in an ecard. exe file disguised as being from a friend.

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OldTimer has helped me to eliminate all malware and Spyware from my computer in the HijackThis Forum, http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/47896/having-problems-with-wmp-and-javascript/ but 3 or 4 problems remain from the latest infection. As all spyware has been eliminated from my computer, OT suggested that I list the problems in this forum.1. Windows Media Player will not open. I get the message: "Internal Application Error." I have uninstalled and re-installed WMP 10 a couple of times now, but I still get the same error message after re-installing.2. RealPlayer plays audio but no video. Video files play audio only. I can't seem to download a new version of RealPlayer.3. I get this error message on some websites: Enable javascripts. Some shopping websites don't work properly as I try to advance through on-line catalog pages. Javascript pop-ups don't open. I don't know how to uninstall Java, but I have attempted to download the newest version, and I am unable to do so.4. When I have more than four or five IE windows open at once, my computer slows down significantly. According to my computer, I still have 25 GB of available hard drive memory. My computer has 512MB RAM and a 2.80 GHz celeron processor.I'm at a loss.Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.Update: I went into Internet Optionsand found that "Active scripting", "Allow paste options via script", and "Scripting of Java applets" are all already enabled.

A:Infections Eliminated, Problems Persist.

Ok with three problems this might take some real work. Do you have your system disk for Windows?Do you have Service Pack 2 installed? And does your system disk have Service Pack 2 right in it?What I am thinking of doing is a system Repair. It is like a full restore but does not make you have to reinstall all of your programs. However due to the fact that this is Windows I would suggest that you back up all of your important files anyway just to be safe.Please follow the next information and print out the document for reference.How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install = http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htmThe only thing after this is you willhave to go to www.java.com to reinstall Java, but that is easy. If you think you are going to have trouble with any of this please either have someone who is experienced at computers help you or post back here and we will try to help with this process.

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I have recently been cpjacked with "think Point" malware, I went ahead and removed it through a long process. Now my system does not to boot. The computer turns on but a black screen with a bunch of codes appears if I try to go on safe mode. If I try to try loading on to a previous running configuration, the screen goes black and stays black. I already took the mb battery to see if I can default, but still the same thing. Should I throw the thing off a cliff? (I have Vista btw)... Thanks and help!

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I would like to create a template that has a .gif (company logo) embedded.

Problem: the logo consumes X amount of space, so if you have a 1,000 letters using this template, that would mean: 1,000 X .gif ##. (consume's too much space)

Solution??: How do I go about having the .gif associated with template, without being saved inside the template, meaning: you can have 1,000 letters, but with one .gif logo associated to all 1,000.

**I hope you can understand what I'm talking about**


A:Ideas Ideas (Template w/.Gif) w/ out consuming space

As long as we're talking the same person's PC, just link the logo instead. For instance, Insert-Picture-From file select the Link to file box.

Now, don't move the logo from its current location and it'll always link up. Send the document via email won't work unless the recipient has access to that location as well, such as a shared network drive.

Brainbench MVP for Microsoft Word

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The following Trojan was the final cause of the google browser hijacking on my system. It had not been identified by any Norton McAfee or Kaspersky scan. It ended up being identified through the use of the free, dowloadable Microsoft Security Essentials and it was successfully eliminated from my system after I ran this executable program from the Microsoft site. The trojan was a recent addition to their scan profle.


Once this Trojan was deleted from my computer there have been no further problems.

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Dear Bleeping Computers team,
a few days ago, I became aware that my laptop has been infected with the Zero Access rootkit (shows up as Google Update.exe). I read through various forums etc., scanned my computer with different programs, and told them whenever they found it, to remove it. So far, this has not helped; another rootkit malware removal program was also not successful.
My system is Windows 8.
Could you please help me remove it? I think it's already acting in the background, my ISP threatened to cut me off today, because they claim that viruses/trojans/etc. are being sent from my IP address.
Thank you for your help!
Best wishes,

A:Infected with ZeroAccess Rootkit, repeated scanning has not eliminated it

Hello Anke, Lets do this one if you haven't Download Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit from HERE to your Desktop.Unzip downloaded file.Open the folder where the contents were unzipped and run mbar.exeFollow the instructions in the wizard to update and allow the program to scan your computer for threats.DO NOT click on the Cleanup button. Simply exit the program.When done, please post the two logs produced they will be in the MBAR folder..... mbar-log-xxxxx.txt and system-log.txtPlease download Rkill (courtesy of BleepingComputer.com) to your desktop.There are 2 different versions. If one of them won't run then download and try to run the other one.You only need to get one of these to run, not all of them. You may get warnings from your antivirus about this tool, ignore them or shutdown your antivirus.rKill.exe: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/rkill/dl/10/iExplore.exe (renamed rKill.exe): http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/rkill/dl/11/Double-click on the Rkill desktop icon to run the tool.If using Vista or Windows 7 right-click on it and choose 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.Do not reboot until instructed.If the tool does not run from any of the links provided, please let me know.If normal mode still doesn't work, run the tool from safe mode.When the scan is done Notepad will open with rKi... Read more

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I did not update to Win10. I started Win7 and then Firefox 2016.07.31. and found. All my desktop shortcuts have been eliminated, only the standard MS icon are shown. Task bar was moved from top to bottom. File Explorer's "Desktop" does not show the desktop I used to have one day ago. DesktopOK lost all stored layout data and its shortcut, (like all the other shortcuts I made), has been removed. The desktop picture has been changed.
In Firefox all book marks were eliminated.
Downloads folder is empty. Document folder is empty.
There is much coincidence with MS ending WIN10 free.

Who was it?

A:Who killed desktop layout, eliminated bookmarks, documents, downloads

Win 10 have nothing to do with these, as like they are killing themselves.

Have you consider that the malware, virus, etc; are active in your computer.

Do you have Antivirus &or Internet security, which may also not working properly.

There are some free antivirus, such as

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I have a desktop with Windows XP Pro SP3, and a netbook with Windows 7 Home edition SP1. It appears that the "Thumbnails" (picture) option has been eliminated from the video files "View" menu options, so I can no longer see a pictorial snapshot of the contents of my video files.

Is this option completely eliminated or is there something I can do to retrieve this feature for Windows 7?

A:Thumbnails view option eliminated for video files in Windows 7?

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Big problem, when i first turned on my computer in the past i got a blue screen and needed to enter a password to get to the page that gave me an option of clicking on admin account or user account. To get rid of the first screen which was a hassle because i'm the only one who uses the computer i went into boot and got rid of the admin account password in boot .

Thought everything would be fine but upon finishing i now have the same blue screen that comes up just like before but now it won't accept any password and i can't get in.

Any ideas , yeah i know i screwed up.

A:Eliminated admin password in boot, now can't get past blue screen of d


What blue screen are you getting ?

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so i used about 25 different programs, including combofix, and i can't find any more remnants of the virus. i used unhide and a program called usbshow, and all of my menus and programs are no longer hidden. the problem is only that the actual shortcut icons are still missing. before i spend another 3 hours making all new shortcuts, i wanted to see if anybody here knew anything that could help. i you need me to attach logs or reports i have no problem with that.

i searched over a dozen similar topics, and the ones that were successfully completed never said how they got the icons to show back up.

thanks a bunch..

A:Windows Recovery Virus Eliminated But Start Menu Icons Are Still Missing

Let's see, if we can find your shortcuts...Please download SystemLook from one of the links below and save it to your Desktop.Download Mirror #1Download Mirror #264-bit users go HEREDouble-click SystemLook.exe to run it.Vista\Win 7 users:: Right click on SystemLook.exe, click Run As AdministratorCopy the content of the following box into the main textfield:


Click the Look button to start the scan.When finished, a notepad window will open with the results of the scan. Please post this log in your next reply.Note: The log can also be found on your Desktop entitled SystemLook.txt

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I recently purchased an XPS 15 9560, Windows 10 and am having the trackpad dead zone issue (the pointer does not move until I move my finger about 1/4"at which point it has perfect response / tracking / precision). Each time I start to move the pointer using the trackpad I must go through the dead zone prior to the pointer responding normally. The dead zone appears to be a circle around the spot that I touch the trackpad.
When I disable the HID trackpad device in device manager, this dead zone problem is eliminated. Is there a way to access the trackpad driver registry settings to see if there is something I can change that will eliminate the dead zone?
Alternatively, is there a way to find out which trackpad brand I have that will allow me to try a different driver? I tried the Synaptics fix but I was not happy with the two finger scroll performance even after changing the registry settings.
Thank you,

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If you have the same setup you can take the plugins from the disk drive and route them to a laptop sized hdd and you can fit it on top of the hard drive and have the case still completely close

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I used to have a particular HD called Western Digital Caviar few years ago.It's a 10GB belonging to another PC,of which, is now totally spoiled since it uses WinME and totally corrupted.

My dad and i try to use that as our second HD as we know that is possible.we scanned that particular HD with avast antivirus,clean it and formatted it.

I wondered how to install it and make it a second HD in my PC.Could you show me how?

I'm using Intel Pentium 4,Asus motherboard(i don't know whats the model)
Windows XP Home.

A:the possibility of 2 HD in one PC.

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Hi all

I had to reset my t p link router TL WR1043ND, which is connected to a t p link modem TD 8717. Since then there is no security at all on the wi fi connection. I'm not paranoid but I would like a password at least. I have gone into and no where but no where is there a wireless tab so I can activate wep.

I have hooked the computer up with an Ethernet cable as I made the original changes with my tablet but this was not successful

The attachment shows the user interface screen.

Any help gratefully received.



A:no possibility to set wep tp link

theres an emulator here
although does not look like your screen shot

whats under advance settings ?

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Well my parents computer got a huge virus on it a while a go and they took it into get it fixed. It seemed to be working fine but since I know a little about computers I knew that there was too much junk and stuff on it. I formated it and put windows 98SE back on it but after awhile I got an exploer problem and windows didn't load. So i formated again and put windows XP on it. It works alot better just slow because we need more RAM. I ran a norton anti-virus check and nothing came up. So i thought that problem was fixed, but it wasn't now I get a message saying "some symantec product settings have been changes by an unauthorized program. this can indicate that an attacker or virus is attempting to diable your protection." Then it goes on about your settings will be changed back and you need to restart you computer. Click ok to do so. I click ok but nothing happens. the computer still boots fine but the message still comes up. WHAT DO I DO?

A:Virus Possibility?

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I had a HD few years ago.It is a Western Digital Caviar WD102AA.It has 10GB.It used to be part of my old computer that runs WinME which is now unusable and corrupted.

Me and my dad tried to make it a second HD in the PC as we know that is possible.We have cleaned it, scanned it with Avast antivirus, and formatted it.

How to install the second HD into one PC and show me how?

I'm using Intel Pentium 4,Asus Motherboard(i don't know what's the model),
Windows XP Home, 40GB HDD Western Digital.

A:Possibility of putting 2nd HD in one PC.

Please don't start duplicate threads for the same issue, continue with the old one.

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The CPU in my PC (upgraded to Win 7 Home Premium x 64) Dell OPTIPLEX 520 is (Pentium D 2.8GHz) old and slow. The MoBo model Dell 0RJ290.
What CPU with max. performance is acceptable for this MoBo, if at all?
My goal is to speed up my PC on the cheap. Would Microsoft require a new product key or refuse giving out one, or the present key will suffice?
Thank you

A:CPU upgrade possibility?

You aren't going to want to hear this, but no new CPU in that system will make much of a difference.......and I doubt you will be able to "feel" any difference at all IF you can find parts for it. Time to save up for a new build that you will be happy with instead of sinking money into an old computer that won't be any better off than when you started.

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Does anybody think a P4 3ghz machine w/ a gig of ram can handle a 6800gt or Ultra? I am also looking for a chart for camparison.

A:Bottleneck Possibility

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Hey guys, so I did something super stupid. My hard drive self destructed and had to get a new one. So instead of installing windows xp full version like I should have (I was out of it that day ) I installed a windows 7 upgrade version. Now of course when I tried to authenticate it wouldn't let me, hitting cancel after realizing what I had done it proceeded to install this very very basic version of windows 7 on the computer. I found my xp full version cd but can't downgrade because there was no previous version of windows installed and hence no windows.old file I can use. Can't format either as this is the only harddrive on my comp. What are my options? and please don't make me spend more money on the full version of windows

A:Win 7 to XP but with no window.old possibility

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My computer just hung and it went back to normal and when it hung, i was doing something in IE and i heard a beep sound in the mobo. Could it be a virus?

A:Possibility of a virus?

Sometimes if your computer hangs and you press a few keys, the keyboard buffer will fill and cause some beeps. I don't suspect a virus given this info.

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Here's my log, hope it helps:Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 19:42:04, on 07/03/2008Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgamsvr.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgupsvc.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgemc.exeC:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehRecvr.exeC:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehSched.exeC:\Program Files\McAfee\MBK\MBackMonitor.exeC:\PROGRA~1\McAfee\MSC\mcmscsvc.exec:\program files\common files\mcafee\mna\mcnasvc.exec:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\mcafee\mcproxy\mcproxy.exeC:\PROGRA~1\McAfee\VIRUSS~1\mcshield.exeC:\Program Files\McAfee\MPF\MPFSrv.exeC:\Program Files\McAfee\MSK\MskSrver.exeC:\WINDOWS\... Read more

A:Virtumonde Possibility, Hjt Log

Hi Dogfingers, Please download VundoFix.exe to your desktop.Double-click VundoFix.exe to run it. Click the Scan for Vundo button. Once it's done scanning, click the Remove Vundo button. You will receive a prompt asking if you want to remove the files, click YES Once you click yes, your desktop will go blank as it starts removing Vundo. When completed, it will prompt that it will shutdown your computer, click OK. Turn your computer back on. Please post the contents of C:\vundofix.txt and a new HiJackThis log.

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Well, I have been under the impression that people are spying on me..I don't know if it's through an installed program..or if there is some kind of tracking device or something that connects to my internet and follows it..but either way, I want to make sure that's not the case.
Currently, I am monitoring the remote addresses in TCPview, and was wondering if there are supposed to be a bunch of different IPs and what not?  I can post a picture, but I don't know if that would be a detriment to my security.  
Process Explorer gave no indication as to there being any malicious programs all receiving a 0 score from VirusTotal, save for a few processes with no score (System Idle Processes and Interrupts)  Neither of which I think are malicious, yet still somewhat skeptical about interrupts.
Currently using Malware Bytes Anti-Rootkit right now to see if that is the issue.  So,for now, I'm just keeping updated on the situation and asking for any other suggestions.
The first question was (seeing as it as in the middle of the post and may have forgot) is  that I was wondering if there are supposed to be a bunch of different IPs and what not?
Edit:  As of now Facebook is viewing that thread..it's just weird, because people seem to make reference to me a lot of the time over really obscure things that I would browse and such.

A:Possibility of People Spying On Me?

Hello HC, face, google and others monitor sites like this , it is not you personally. But we can check your machine.. Post your MBAR log when it's done. Please download MiniToolBox, save it to your desktop and run it.Checkmark the following checkboxes:Flush DNSReport IE Proxy SettingsReset IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsReset FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Users, Partitions and Memory size.Click Go and post the result (Result.txt). A copy of Result.txt will be saved in the same directory the tool is run.Note: When using "Reset FF Proxy Settings" option Firefox should be closed. Download TDSSKiller and save it to your desktop.Extract (unzip) its contents to your desktop.Open the TDSSKiller folder and doubleclick on TDSSKiller.exe to run the application, then on Start Scan.If an infected file is detected, the default action will be Cure, click on Continue.If a suspicious file is detected, the default action will be Skip, click on Continue.It may ask you to reboot the computer to complete the process. Click on Reboot Now.If no reboot is require, click on Report. A log file should appear. Please copy and paste the contents of that file here.If a reboot is required, the report can also be found in your root directory (usually C:\ folder) in the form of TDSSKiller_xxxx_log.txt. Please copy and paste the contents of that file here....ADW CleanerPlea... Read more

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Quickly just some issues I have faced when I followed your instructions.
-DDS did not install as it said that my system (WinXP 64) was not compatible
-GMER did not have all the boxes available (Only services, registry and files were non-greyed)

The suspicious .exe is xeuiwe.exe, I cannot find it using search, nor kill the process in msconfig but can kill after boot using Task Manager, it also taking up 30% of my CPU. An older scan using MBam said it removed Holita. Running a scan using Ad-Aware.

Uploaded hijackthis log, GMER log and MBam Log

QUOTE("HiJack This")Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 08:47:08, on 11/02/2010
Platform: Windows 2003 SP2 (WinNT 5.02.3790)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWService.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG9\avgwdsvc.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\AMT\LMS.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Intel\Privacy Icon\UNS\UNS.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG9\avgemc.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG9\avgcsrvx.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\xeuiwe.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\HijackThis.exe

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A:Trojan.Holita Possibility

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. Please include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Please refrain from running tools or applying updates other than those we suggest while we are cleaning up your computer. The reason for this is so we know what is going on with the machine at any time. Some programs can interfere with others and hamper the recovery process.Even if you have already provided information about your PC, we need a new log to see what has changed since you originally posted your problem.[We need to create an OTL ReportPlease download OTL from one of the following mirrors:This is THE MirrorSave it to your desktop.Double click on the icon on your desktop.Click the "Scan All Users" checkbox.In the custom scan box paste the following:CODEnetsvcsmsconfigsafebootminimalsafebootnetworkactivexdrivers32%systemroot%&#... Read more

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I recently installed a theme that made me change files such as shell32.dll and explorer.dll. Unfortunately, the theme is now messing with things such as Microsoft Word (Page colour is always grey instead of white -.- ) and a calender organization software. I'll show a picture of what I mean:

Other than this, everything seems to look good, but this program doesn't have themes you can change. So basically is there a chance I can use an original shell32.dll files for example and have this organizer program use those files, while everything else uses the custom shell32.dll? Or are there any other solutions anybody can think of? Hopefully this is in the best possible section... There were several areas I could have put it.

Thanks in advance anyways!

A:Possibility to use multiple shell32.dll?

Still looking for an answer.

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hey i know i posted a while back about my other pc but i've recently brought a new one it's not great but im just woundering if it will run windows 7, My screenshot will show spec's of the pc just to let you know it does include hyperthreading.

I do reckon the ram could do with a bit of an upgrade but i think the maximum my tower will allow is 2GB,
My tower is a dell optiplex 210L.



A:possibility of running windows 7?

you can run Windows 7 on that 1gb RAM if your system is 32bit, if 64bit u need atleast 2gb...
though, more RAM the better.

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Hello! I'm having a hard time with my windows updater, especially the security updates. They are failing and refusing to update, what can I do? I ran AVG the other day and it brought up trojan backdoor infections and put them in the virus vault, but I don't think all of the infection is out of the computer. I have ran AVG again, nothing. Spybot search and destroy, again brought up nothing, and I've ran Malwarebytes Anti Malware, and again, nothing. I am running on Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition Version 2002 Service Pack 3. Thank for your time.

A:Trojan backdoor possibility

Now that your log is properly posted, you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc) unless advised by a Malware Removal Team member, nor should you continue to ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show it the log you already posted. Further, any modifications you make on your own may cause confusion for the helper assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.From this point on the Malware Removal Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the Malware Removal Team members are very busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the Malware Removal Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another HJT Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.To avoid confusion, I am closing this topic.

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This will sound stupid to most people, but. Is it possible to burn movie files(from a dvd) onto a cd and play it on a computer that only has a cd drive & windows media player or does it need a movie codec or something?

A:Solved: Video Possibility?

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i need to get a 32-bit iso of win7, and i keep getting bumped out with this gem:

The webpage athttp://wb.dlservice.microsoft.com/dl...n7-rc-32/enus/ might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new web address.

could someone allow me the courtesy of moochin off of 'im for the strict purpose of evaulating the OS? i'm sure bill wouldn't mind since he's put it out there for us any how. but i'm getting tired of clicking and clicking only to get that 'error' above shoved in my face each and every time. it seems that no matter how i arrive at that point, i continue to get bushed by the begone bewilder.


A:what's the possibility of me grabbing win7 elsewhere?

PM sent.

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You'll have to be patient with me here because my computer knowledge is minimal and I am incapable of performing the most rudimentary tasks.

I always have the latest free versions of Zonealarm and Avast, and both show nothing suspicious. I have taken online tests that scan my ports and these have given me the result that I have nothing to worry about.

Yesterday my computer was making a lot of 'vr-vm...vr-vm...vr-vm' noises whenever I was online so I did a Netstat -an to check what connections were established. The ports on my computer were all safe ones, but in my panic and computer retardation I read into the external addresses I was connected to, and there were ones starting with '69' and '87', and googling those numbers came up with ports that were traditionally used by attackers.

Since these were external addresses, is it a mere coincidence that some of the addresses started with these numbers? Do I have anything to worry about? Help.

A:Possibility I've been hacked / I'm being monitored in some way

I dont understand your post: you said you googled for the ip addresses and came up with port numbers?

I sometimes go to http://cqcounter.com/whois/ and type in ip addresses to see where they are located.

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The other day i received a phone call from a friend, who claimed they clicked something and now the computer was dead.

I drove out and found the computer infected with security tool. The item that suprised me was that the operating systems was Vista premium 64 bit edition.

To make a long story short i was able to remove the infection with malware bytes.

I also did a scan with Spybot S&D, also SuperAnti Spyware.

All scans turned out clean once i removed some items with malwarebytes.

I also ran a scan from ESET and the scan turned up nothing.

I ran ADSspy, and deleted two entires realated to the recylce bin.

Once finished I applied all immunizations from spybot search and destory, as well as javacools spyware blaster. Also i updated their Anti-Virus (McAfee... yuck). A final note was i installed Microsoft security Essentials, i might as well test it on more compuetrs than just mine.

The computer seems fine, my question is

Do root kits exist for 64 bit operating systems and if so, what tool should i run to try and find this.

Note: This computer is not at my disposal, this will be something i may check on the weekend.

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I have a decent Win Vista machine that the Windows Compatibility app said I could install Win 7.

However I use Win Vista Home Premium 32b. Can I upgrade on the same machine to Win 7 Professional 32b?

Will I run into any problems? How long should it take and are there any possible issues that may come up?

A:Win Vista Upgrade Possibility

You will be fine.
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version[2]=General Tips

I would take the upgrade advisor to double check. If you are approved just follow the easyinstuctions for the install. You have to buy another key, however.

But after that you will love the system, I do.

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Recently my computer crashed and I reinstalled Windows and formatted my computer (Windows Vista Home Premium). I created a backup (consisting mostly of photos and old school documents) after my computer crashed using an advanced option provided by my computer. The first I reinstalled Windows, I didn't format my computer. It told me that in order to perform updates, it needed to restart my computer, so I tried restarting it, but after waiting a long time for it to log off, a blue screen appeared saying "A problem...". I couldn't read it because it disappeared really quickly, but it obviously meant that something was wrong. When I turned my computer on again, it went back to Startup Repair, and I reinstalled Windows again. I didn't format my computer. This time it froze and ended up shutting down. I turned my computer on again and reinstalled Windows, but this time I formatted my computer. It seems fine now, but I'm worried that my backup holds some sort of virus or the cause of my computer crashes. If i move my backup onto this computer again, is there a possibility that my computer will crash again?

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-I was already using my pc's hdmi port to connect it to my tv monitor.
-I then purchased a wacom citniq 24hd and noticed there wasnt a 2nd port to connect it with.
-I purchased a graphics port, thinking the built in hd port on it would provide a 2nd hd outlet, along with the pc's one.
- it turns out it overided the pc's port so i was just left with the one port once agin
- this forced me to use the unfavourable altrnative- the dvi connection

just found out 10 minutes ago the wacom isnt showing colour on the screen now, my pc no longer recognises the device!

please help! my illustrating career is sort of depending on this right now!

A:Is there any possibility of using two hdmi ports from my pc

Using an addon card will almost always disable the onboard gpu. You could simply purchase a video card that has two HDMI ports. Or you could simply use the DVI port. The only difference between the HDMI port and the DVI port is that the HDMI port also supports audio. The video signal (quality) is the same as they are both a digital signal.

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I`ve looked through the forum and I know some G500`can have the CPU upgraded and some can`t, I`m assuming because the CPU is soldered to the board? My G500 details areSerial Number:CB28347943Machine Type:80A6 Not sure of the processor in there but it`s not an i3, I`m hoping it could be upgraded to an i3 or an i5, if I need to add any info to help me please let me know, I`ve posted this at work but could find out more on the current CPU if it helps.

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Hi guys, new and not sure what category this belongs to but I was wondering if its possible to boot windows 8.1 remotely.

I know in previous versions of Windows, you can send a magic package and use the WOL feature, however as far as I know this doesnt work with windows 8 because of fast boot.


A:possibility to remotely boot

Try disabling fast boot & try to boot it remotely.

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I was not entirely sure where to post this topic so I chose this forum seeing as it seemed the place to put it.
Anyways my mom is not the most technologically smart person in the world, and she knows nothing of phishing attacks.
I literally just caught her like 15 minutes ago filling in information to a "WalMart Gift Card" site. She did this
by using the Bing! search engine, searching WalMart, and clicking on the "sponsored" link that said "Official WalMart"
website. After this she said she filled in information, and decided to stop because it asked for her cell phone
number. Being the paranoid generalized anxiety disordered person I am, I got really worried that she might have given
more information that she was willing to tell me. (She claims she only gave her address and name, but I don't believe her,
as well as don't believe her when she told me it was the first time she ever did this sort of thing). So, my question is,
is there any possibility of identity theft? Should I be worried? I know that some websites can retrieve information without
having a new page loaded or a continuation of the "information process" (although she did hit the continue button anyways).
Thanks to anyone who helps me out!

A:Possibility of identity theft?

Can you find back the URL of the presumed phishing site? For example by looking into the browser history?

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