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Duplicate wireless network name appearing but with random changing modifications

Q: Duplicate wireless network name appearing but with random changing modifications

Hi, I am connected to the internet using a iinet BOB2 wireless modem and I'm using a Mac OS X at the moment.

When I enter my WPA key to connect to the network the dialog box says incorrect password. There are no issues with the password because I know how to change it and have tried various different versions in an attempt to explore the issue. Intermittently the connection does work however it then drops out again.

When I click the airport icon my network name appears as usual but a duplicate name also appears. I find this quite unusual, and the technical support person from iinet hadn't heard of it, because the name is the same but also has extra characters added to the end including garbled fonts (ie. wingdings). The name also appears and re-appears with different characters each time.

I share a wall with a neighboring university which has an extensive internet network covering a large area. I wonder if this is some kind of interference? or in a more sinister vein some kind of hacking attempt to get me to enter my WPA key?

I also have a Toshiba laptop which I've been using to double check the issues, but it has always had connectivity issues so I'm not sure its reliable. It is also intermittently picking up on this duplicate signal too but sometimes exclusively this and not the 'real' signal. When I try to connect to the 'real' signal it says acquiring network address and then stops and does not connect.

I'm at a loss of what to do, we had this issue with our first modem and ordered a replacement which encounters the same problem. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated and I can give more details if necessary. I'm currently using the ethernet cable to connect and there is no issue with this method but we do have more than one computer...

Thank you for reading this long-winded question!

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A: Duplicate wireless network name appearing but with random changing modifications

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Hello everyone, I have a big problem.
On my desktop computer, the wireless network icon does NOT appear in the bottom right hand corner, it also does not appear when I go to: control panel --->network connections

there is still no wireless network icon...

i have a d-link modem, i'm trying to get a wireless connection of my internet but I can't because there is no 'wireless connection icon', anywhere in the computer..

you know when you right click the wireless network thingie, then click on 'VIEW WIRELESS NETWORK CONNECTIONS' that icon is no where to be found..

i already right clicked on my computer then properties and checked in hardware under network connections, and the network things are all installed... i'm not sure whats going on with this computer...

anyone, PLEASE help me?

PS- modem is D-LINK [WBR-1310]

A:Wireless Network Icon(s) NOT appearing, anywhere. [PLEASE HELP]

Let's see if it's detected, which it doesn't appear to be from what you said.
Hold the Windows key and press R, then type CMD (COMMAND for W98/WME) to open a command prompt:

Type the following commands:


Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter.
Paste the results in a message here.

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yesterday i booted up my computer and when i logged in it would totally freeze halfway done loading all my startup programs. I finally got it logged in by logging in with the wifi switch off. but when i got on all my network adapters werent there i checked the device manager i had a bunch of new adapters but windows said it couldn't load any of them, i managed to get my wi fi and ethernet back by rolling back the drivers but my hamachi network adapter and a bunch of other ones still wont load. Any ideas?

A:Random Network Adapters Appearing in device manager (Windows 7 x64)

Delete them all one by one and reboot the computer upon reboot the drivers for the devices will be automatically installed again.

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problems with laptop, one of which is i am unable to get wireless connection again, no network connections are appearing in control panel? help

A:no wireless network connections appearing in control panel,

Hi and welcome to TSF what is the make and model of your laptop and have you checked in device manager for any error flags ie yellow ! or red X

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Hello everyone, i've searched up most of the thread but seem like i couldn't find a solution for my problems. I wonder if you guys can help me out.
My problem is im using a wireless adapter connect to my dad computer with a router. If i go on his computer i would see the name of my wireless for example let say it's AA that's connecting to the internet. Im wondering how to change that name to something else?

A:Need help with changing the name of wireless network

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I'm running Windows XP on my laptop and my hard drive is almost full. I have been trying to delete files, but everytime I try to delete a file, a duplicate file is created. How can I delete files permanently without creating duplicate files?

A:Can't delete files without a duplicate file appearing

When you right-click the file and select Delete, a copy of the file is made?

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Hi there, I'm having an extremely annoying problem. I use hamachi, and it and the internet work fine when I'm using the wireless network at my house. But, when I go over to my friend's house to play computer games with him, I can hook up to his network fine, but hamachi doesn't work no matter how much tweaking I do. Furthermore, it says I am connected to the internet through two networks (hamachi and his router's network), and it says it is connected to the internet, but web pages do NOT load, and they say something like: "Trouble finding DNS server." Now, I am not too proficient in computer networking, and I use Vista (which sucks), but if you tell me what I need to do, I can do it. Thanks in advance.

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Hello ladies and gents.

I have three different wireless networks I can connect to, but the one Windows connects to first by default is not my first choice. I'd like to reorder the connection priority.

Problem is, as you can see, no networks show up in my manage networks control panel! It clear as day shows that there are five choices, but, does not list them for me to prioritize! Is there a setting somewhere I'm missing that will make the networks visible?

Thanks as always for looking!


A:Changing wireless network connection priority

What happens when you click on the little arrow on the right? Does the list not expand as it should?

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Hi i'm trying to change my wireless network via command line. Is this at all possible? Thanks

A:Changing Wireless Network via Command Line

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This morning I installed an optional update from Windows Update. It was Ralink Technology WLAN 802.11 wireless LAN card.

Since then, when I try to print to my wireless network printer, the network would disconnect then come back on after a while. The update shows up in Update History as successfully installed but not in the installed updates. System restore is of no help here. The network configuration page shows normal. The web does not appear to be affected. I made a new network connection for the printer but it did not help.

Is there a way to reverse this update or should I uninstall the 802.11 LAN card and let windows re-install anew.

The printer is a HP Officejet Pro 8600e

A:Random network disconnect to wireless network printer

You can go into device manager -right click the network card and roll back the driver - then search for this in windows search - "change device installation settings" and select never let windows install driver updates - also hide the driver in windows update - that should do it - if it still installs u can turn off a setting in maintenance - from memory.

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I am suffering a bout of duplications in my Windows Photo Gallery under Vista. I am getting duplicates, triplicates and quadruple versions of the original file.
Despite turning off all Autoplay media types to 'No Action', I get random duplicates when I try to enter update pictures from camera or memory chip through a USB port. There is no 'Enter Updates Only' option, and Microsoft says that this is unnecessary as
duplication is prevented. The duplicates however appear with 'copy' in the file name after the image numbering system. My preference is to view the memory contents via 'Computer' - select and open the port, and view, then copy and paste into Photo
Gallery.  Photo Gallery kicks in to view the chip correctly, but often/always (?) promptly uploads uncommanded. It did not used to do this, only in the last year or two.
What do I do, it is driving me crazy ?  

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I have a laptop with XPhome and connect to broadband
using D-link access point with WPA.

Under Properties for Wireless Network /wireless network
(XXXX) [properties]/connection "automatic connection -
windows can automatically connect to the web". "Tick box"

I DON'T want to connect automatically to the web and
have removed the "tick" countless times but it keeps
comming back.

Where do I go in to remove it permanently ?


A:Wireless Network - how can I stop "tick" from re- appearing ?

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I'm dealing with this issue almost a month now and I still didn't figure out how to get rid of it .. It's just so annoying when you are playing for example WoW and you are about to win and it freezes and you have restart it and lose every progress you have made ... It started appearing more frequently when I cleaned my CPU from dust and applied a new thermal paste ... After that my CPU is running better performance and lower temperature then before but the BSOD's are appearing more frequently then before ... I updated almost every driver as possible in my PC and I hardly doubt that a virus is in my PC when I just month ago formated my HDD ... It happens really random when I play almost every game and my Hardware is cool and in a good shape so hardware shoudn't be the problem ... I also checked if the Voltage of my Processor is good and it is ... I really don't know what should I do And I don't even know if it's worth reinstalling and format my HDD because I don't want to lose my files when I don't havy any chance to back up them

A:Random BSOD appearing at random time while playing games

How to find and post your Minidump Files:

My Computer > C Drive > Windows Folder > Minidump Folder > Minidump Files.

It is these files that we need (not the folder). Attach to your next post the five most recent dumps. Notice the Manage Attachments button at the bottom when you go to post the next time. You can Zip up to five files per Zip; if you only have one or two you don?t need to zip them, just attach as is. Please do us a favor and don?t Zip each one individually.

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Hello! I have a medium sized network with several different OS's residing on it. Everyday a few of the computer will error with "A duplicate name exists on the network:" A quick Google search shows the same answer EVERYWHERE on the internet. So I changed the names of a few of the computers too something I knew was unique. Still though the problem persists/ it afters the two XP bases computers the most, but my main workstations (windows 7 sp1) has had this error a few times, although it appears to have left for a while. I have a feenas server but Active directory is not turned on. My router is a e4200. I was using DHCP server on there (and would very much still like to) although I have turning it off, rebooted both the router and the computers but to no avail... Thanks!

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I stumbled across something that I'd like to share as I triage my issue. I went into the device drivers and clicked on the wireless adapter and a message popped "corrupt WEP". Seeing this I returned to view connections and disconnected and reconnected but instead of using the key present I re-entered it. I was able to reconnect. So the question is - what's corrupting my WEP key?

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I just moved and my new internet provider is Comcast. Ever since they set up my modem/router, whenever I use the wireless network (which is preferred/needed) I eventually get a BSOD. Sometimes 3-4x in a couple of hours; the longest has been 1.5 days without - that was until this morning, when it happened again (and it's happened 2-3x since today). The BSOD error message is not always the same, but it only happens when I'm on-line wirelessly. Comcast has put in 3 routers over the last week... I'm sure at this point that it's not the router!

I've run hardware and memory diagnostics, defragged, checked bios, etc etc. I'm about 90% sure it's a wireless network driver conflict but my Device Manager says my drivers are up to date. A couple of the screens have mentioned drivers:
So -
1) I keep getting different error messages,
2) the computer seems to be fine, whether I re-boot normally or in safe mode, and
3) it only ever happens when I'm on-line through wireless router. I've been hooked up with an ethernet cable for much of the time the last week to be safe, and I've been on the computer but off-line, working in Word and Excel - no crashes. But when I go back to the wireless network....

I've uploaded the DM log.... Any help in deciphering it is greatly appreciated! I sure hope I'm not killing my computer with all these BSODs!

I can post some of the errors I'm getting, but I've only been copying down the first lines -
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A:Random BSODs when on wireless network

PS. I'm wondering if this zip file I created contains what it's supposed to? It seems to just have .dmp files through 10/5....? Please let me know if I need to do something else to provide information needed for my case. I followed the instructions here: Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions

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I have a Dell Dimension E521 running Vista Ultimate. Sometimes it connects to the available wireless networks (we have two) and sometimes not. Often when I turn it on it will connect for a few minutes and then for no apparant reason it will disconnect. I then try to connect to one of the two networks and it says 'windows cannot connect to [name]'. 'Diagnose the problem' just takes me in a circle by suggesting I 'try again' - it then spends 20 secs 'repairing' before saying 'windows tried a repair but a problem still exits' and giving me the unhelpful option of trying again.

Later in the day, the Dell will suddenly connect and there will be no problem for a while.

I'm using a Sitecom Wl-172 v 1 001 wireless network USB adapter 54G Turbo.

NB I have an EEE PC running on XP which has no problems connecting to the same wireless networks.

Would be extremely grateful to anybody who can tell me what I can do to get the computer to just keep connected.

Many thanks in advance.

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Hey there "Tech Support Guy"! New user here.For a few weeks, I have been having intermittent wireless trouble. This includes Ping spiking, Wireless network drop-outs (The network stop appearing on available network list) and packet loss. This is all completely random (though very common) and is frustrating to say the least. As far as I know, the problem is not nearly as bad on other devices in the house , so I suspect that my network card has become shoddy. I have tried updating,removing,and re-installing network drivers to no avail. I have also used cmd and I have pinged, which shows random ping spikes, and some packet loss as well. I hope this is enough info to get an idea on my situation. Any assistance would be great, thanks!
Currently using a BT HomeHub2.0 and Ralink RT61 wireless card

A:Solved: Random Wireless network dropout

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Ok so i got Windows Ultimate about last week and havent been able to solve this problem. I was running vista home premium and got ultimate and did a clean install. Everything worked fine until the internet disconnected. My computer is running on wireless so i checked my laptop and the internet was working on it. On the pc running ultimate i went to device manager and disabled the turn off to save power but nothing works..
The internet only works when i turn in on it works for about 10 min to up to 2 hours. I dont know what to doo please help.Also when the internet craps out the computer does too. For example if i try to run fireworks on it it will lag. Most of the time it doesnt even open up the program. When i try to open a program when its acting like this it will freeze.
Hp a6720y
Amd Phenom X4 quad core
6 gb of ram
Nvidia Geforce 9100
Usb wireless 802.11 b/g adaptor

If you need any more info let me know

A:Wireless Network disconnects after random period of tim

I have the same problem, would be great if someone could help us out

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Hey guys,

I am desperate for your help. In my 15 years of using the Internet, I never had to consult a forum directly, I always found my answer googling the problem. Not this time though.

Even though there are thousands of problems and answers regarding random disconnects from wireless networks, none of them helped me out, here is why:

Due to my job I am on the go all the time and have therefore in the past without any issues quickly connected to something like 15 wireless networks. Everything always worked as one would expect.
Now I am at a new place and I keep getting disconnected from the wireless network. This happens after 2 mins, 15 mins, even 3h after connecting. Usually I dont have to use the Troubleshooting, wireless will just reconnect by itself within a matter of seconds. However, constant disconnects annoy me and I need to get rid of this.
Since I never had this issue for 2 yrs with the exact same hardware and software configuration, I am thinking the problem must be on the router's side. Since I dont consider myself a newb in this regard, I feel save to say that all router configurations look okay, I didnt see anything odd that could cause this.
I am hesitant to change settings on my machine that I found when googling, because I was always able to connect without any problems to any wireless network. It seems just this one at my new place causes issues.

Can anyone help?


- Win 7 64 bit Home Premium on Asus Laptop with Atheros AR9285 wireless adapter
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A:Router Causes Random Wireless Network Disconnects

Hi murphy347,

Welcome to SevenForums.

The only thing that comes to my mind is that your present location is much more susceptible to Radio Frequency Interference.

Did you try changing the channel in the Wireless Settings of your router? ( There are 13 ) Atleast one should prove to be better.

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I recently changed my computer's network name from "My-PC" to "Main-PC".

Today, I was reviewing stuff in my documents folder and noticed that I now have triplicates of every PDF file (and some others).

For instance, if I had the bank statement "statement 01-2013.pdf" then I now also have "statement 01-2013-1.pdf" and "statement 01-2013-Main-PC.pdf" showing in the same folder.

The file "statement 01-2013.pdf" won't open with the following error message:
Screenshot by Lightshot

However, "statement 01-2013-1.pdf" and "statement 01-2013-Main-PC.pdf" will both open.

Mysteriously, this has happened across a wide range of folders, but not every file in those folders is affected.

A:Numerous duplicate documents appeared after changing PC name

You didn't change the account name right? Just the computer name?

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Hi, I'm experiencing some difficulties with my hp laptop.

Some of my system specs are:
System manufacturer/Model Number: Hewlett-Packard/HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook PC

CPU core i7 CPU Q 720 @ 1.60GHz 4 cores 8 Logical processors
6.00gb RAM

Graphics card is an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
My Sound Device is ATI High Definition Audio Device
My Os is Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.It was already installed when I bought it.
I bought this laptop last december.

The drive I use the most is
Drive C:
Description Local Fixed Disk
Size 443.56 GB (476,268,457,984 bytes)
Free Space 325.69 GB (349,711,704,064 bytes)
Volume Name OS
Volume Serial Number CA5D3C54

My problem is that , for the last two months or so, a lot of BSODs have been appearing. At first, they only appeared when I was trying to shut down my computer. The most frequent stop error causing the BSODs was STOP ERROR 0X0000024, it said something about some problem with the ntfs.sys file and that I should run chkdsk. I did indeed run chkdsk and it said that 'the volume is clean' (which I interpret as my hard drive working just fine ).

However, that hasn't been the only stop error connected to the BSODs, some of the other BSODs were concernin stop errors 0x000007E, and 0X000003B.

At first BSODs would appear sometimes when trying to shut my computer down, but now, it's become totally random. Sometimes I'm just listening to music and the computer makes this awful noise and the BSODs appear. Sometimes I just leave it on and ... Read more

A:Random BSODs appearing at random

Hi alejando and welcome to SF

Let's check the file system first: open an administrative command prompt (Start, typi in CMD, rightclick on the icon, run as Administrator.)
In that black window you type
chkdsk c: /f /x
If that doesn't find/fix anything, follow this tutorial to check your RAM

That temperature spike definitely needs attention. If you can get to the heatsink, blow it out with some canned air.

RAM - Test with Memtest86+

Microsoft (R) Windows Debugger Version 6.11.0001.404 X86
Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Loading Dump File [C:\Users\David\Desktop\BSODs\alejandrog\052111-24382-01.dmp]
Mini Kernel Dump File: Only registers and stack trace are available

Symbol search path is: SRV*c:\symbols*http://msdl.microsoft.com/download/symbols
Executable search path is:
Windows 7 Kernel Version 7601 (Service Pack 1) MP (8 procs) Free x64
Product: WinNt, suite: TerminalServer SingleUserTS Personal
Built by: 7601.17592.amd64fre.win7sp1_gdr.110408-1631
Machine Name:
Kernel base = 0xfffff800`02e54000 PsLoadedModuleList = 0xfffff800`03099650
Debug session time: Fri May 20 23:03:50.589 2011 (GMT-4)
System Uptime: 0 days 0:01:29.682
Loading Kernel Symbols
Loading User Symbols
Loading unloaded module list
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Okay, usually when you hover over the networks listed and available from the taskbar icon, you get a nice little window with a few helpful tidbits of info for each listed network when you mouse action hover over the names. It tells you the encryption type, and the SSID, plus a few other details.

Well, on my computer, the information is appearing behind the list to where I can't read it. The network list is overlapping on top of the hover info. Talk about annoying. I searched for various things on google, with no luck. I tried:

Windows 7 network list obscuring hover details, and various other combinations to no avail. Anyone here have a clue what might be breaking this? I'd like the hover details to appear properly so I can read it. In the meantime I've installed the free version of Acrylic Wifi to work around the issue. Thanks.

A:Wifi Network info/details appearing behind Network List on hover.

The problem must be driver based or an add-on program because I don't get any of that. All I get is the name and whether it's connected or not. Check that your adaptor driver is up to date and/or the program you use to display the data is up to date.

Forgot to mention:
Dell adds "bloatware" to their PCs to "improve the user's experience" so I would check Dell Support for your specific model and look for updates.

Dell Support

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I had a disaster occur on my "guest" OS within VMware-Player. I had to start over from scratch! I am back in business, except for having the virtual machine recognized by my existing wireless network. The other two computers still communicate.

I went through the wireless setup routine for the new VM. A new "ID" was assigned. Obviously, this is different from the one currently in use on the network. I have the settings info on a flash drive. Can I simply insert the FD in the other two computers and have the new ID replace the existing one?


Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel Pentium III Xeon processor, x86 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 511 Mb
Graphics Card: VMware SVGA II, 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 65577 MB, Free - 56231 MB; E: Total - 20987 MB, Free - 18099 MB; F: Total - 15827 MB, Free - 12444 MB;
Motherboard: Intel Corporation, 440BX Desktop Reference Platform, None, None
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

A:Solved: Changing wireless network settings "ID"

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I've already posted one app-related thread this evening:

Store app started using Greek language

And now yet more crazy things happening.

I play Microsoft Solitaire, Mahjong and Sudoku, including the daily challenges. I play these almost every day.

Today I had Solitaire open while I was doing other things (including writing the other post). When I went back to the app it reloaded (as normal) but then an ad started to play. This was an ad for a different Microsoft game and it was not possible to close the ad, I just had to wait for it to finish, after which my game loaded as normal.

I played a couple of games, clicked on the next one, and once again got an ad first.

This happened several times, sometimes an ad before each game, sometimes I could play 2 or 3 games before getting another ad. The ads are random. I've seen ads for Bingo, Solitaire, Mahjong, Sudoku and some other Microsoft games.

I tried playing games from a Solitaire Star Collection - same thing - I got ads.

I tried playing games from the Mahjong Daily Challenges. Again I got ads.

I didn't try Sudoku because frankly I'm beginning to wonder if I'm going mad .

This DID NOT happen yesterday when I played these same games.

My partner is sitting next to me playing the same games and he is not getting these random ads appearing.

What is going on with my Store apps?

A:And now random ads are appearing in my apps!

You must have a "guest" on the computer, you can start by downloading and using https://www.malwarebytes.org/mwb-download/ it may clean it up. Make sure you decline offer for Pro upgrade.

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i keep getting random advertising pages appearing and also when doing google searches i get taken to other pages here is my hjt log thank you

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 19:44:10, on 05/12/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16735)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Pinnacle\InstantCDDVD\InstantWrite\iwctrl.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
C:\Program Files\Nokia\Nokia PC Suite 6\LaunchApplication.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\msvc32.exe
C:\documents and settings\tricia pettit\local settings\application data\amceq.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\nTune\nTuneService.exe
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Almost every time the computer is turned on in the morning a new folder is created in c:\
It has a random alpha-numeric name, and contains an empty folder named "Sandbox"

I am running Windows 7 Pro-64bit with AVG enterpirse edition.

What creates these folders? Is there a way to get them to stop popping up?Thanks.

A:Random Folders keep appearing on c:

Quote: Originally Posted by Benjiotl

Almost every time the computer is turned on in the morning a new folder is created in c:\
It has a random alpha-numeric name, and contains an empty folder named "Sandbox"

I am running Windows 7 Pro-64bit with AVG enterpirse edition.

What creates these folders? Is there a way to get them to stop popping up?Thanks.

A program called sandboxie creates those filders. Yes un-install sandboxie.\

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Hi guys, i'm running on Windows 7, and a small blank application window will keep appearing at random points then vanishing almost immediately after. I used to only run Microsoft Security Essentials, and that picked nothing up, so I downloaded Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, which picked up lots of PUP's and a couple of exploits. I have deleted these, but still this window keeps appearing and tabbing me out of anything i'm doing, and slowing my computer down. I keep running both Malwarebytes and MSE every 2 weeks on the most comprehensive scan, but still nothing is picked up.
Any suggestions on what I could do or even if this is a virus would be great.

A:Random application that keeps appearing

Welcome aboard   Download Security Check from here or here and save it to your Desktop. Double-click SecurityCheck.exe Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box. A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.NOTE 1. If one of your security applications (e.g., third-party firewall) requests permission to allow DIG.EXE access the Internet, allow it to do so.NOTE 2. SecurityCheck may produce some false warning(s), so leave the results reading to me.NOTE 3. If you receive UNSUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM! ABORTED! message restart computer and Security Check should run Please download Farbar Service Scanner (FSS) and run it on the computer with the issue.Make sure the following options are checked:
Internet ServicesWindows FirewallSystem RestoreSecurity Center/Action CenterWindows UpdateWindows DefenderOther ServicesPress "Scan".It will create a log (FSS.txt) in the same directory the tool is run.Please copy and paste the log to your reply. Please download MiniToolBox and run it.Checkmark following boxes:Report IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Devices (do NOT change any settings here)List Users, Partitions and Memory sizeList Restore PointsClick Go and post the result. Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) to your desktop.NOTE. If you already have MBAM 2.0 installed scr... Read more

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I seem to have an issue as of late with random freezes in various intervals where everything hangs for a period of 1-3 seconds.

This had only started happening in the past 2 days, with the same settings and programs I've been running for months now without problems.

I have not made any modifications to the system, nor have I installed/uninstalled any programs. This happens even when my computer is idle with only winamp running.

Comodo, MWB, SAS and Spybot all return clean, HDD defragmented also.

This only happens on Windows 7, and does not happen if I boot into Ubuntu.

A:Random freezes appearing

Maybe these ideas may help

Here are my solutions to freezing, and an excellent article, which I hope is of some help
Go to search type device manager and look for any yellow warning markers
Download and run malwarebytes, a full scan after you update
Run antivirus scan
Check memory with memtest86
Make sure that you are not over heating.
Try in safe mode; report back if it works properly.
Try a clean boot
Make sure PSU is working properly
If overclocking, restore to original
Test hard drive at company website.
Test in safe mode, does it still happen?
Try with clean boot..

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Hi. i just got my laptop a few weeks ago and the BSOD will appear when i am surfing the net or playing games can u pls help? thx.

A:Random BSOD appearing


The BSOD dumps show the following out of date drivers as probable causes:

Module Name: MREMPR5
Display Name: MREMPR5 NDIS Protocol Driver
Driver Type: Kernel
Link Date: 23/11/2004 7:36:46 AM

Module Name: MRENDIS5
Display Name: MRENDIS5 NDIS Protocol Driver
Driver Type: Kernel
Link Date: 23/11/2004 7:36:39 AM
The above drivers are usually found as part of ISPs software. Uninstall the software (if it is necessary to use the software to connect then see if they have released a newer version)


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When I get onto Google Chrome 3-5 new windows just appear in the other tabs randomly. It's just a blank white page with the URL:

I can't tell why or when they pop up, but I haven't been doing anything different with my computer that I can think of. Also, when i close Google Chrome it will start it up and open the windows anyway. I even tried to delete Google Chrome, but the windows just opened in new tabs on Safari! I was just wondering If there's an easy way to stop this happening because it is just an inconvenience to close them everything few minutes. I don't think it's a virus? but I'm not sure what it really is because when I search online I don't get any information about the website that keeps popping up. I also think a couple of times the URL was something staring with: post.ozoki but I'm not sure and it hasn't happened again.

I just want to stop it from happening,


A:Random Windows Appearing in my Browsers

Please start a new thread in the Virus & Other Malware Removal forum and provide the logs requested in the sticky post at the top of that forum.

I'll close this one.

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Hi All,I have been having problems with my PC which AVG was constantly reporting as KLOB.FC or LOH.AX - I seem to have stopped that happening having run the following:Spybot S&DLavasoft Ad-AwareGrisoft AVG (Free version)Grisoft AVG Anti-SpywareStingerVundofixRegistry Booster...but I still see two winlogons in Task Manager, and I understand that I shouldn't actually see any?I have attached a copy of HJT from my machine. Any assistance would be much appreciated.(Moderator edit: log post moved to Team Forum for analysis and Member help. jgweed)Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 12:25:34, on 04/03/2007Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16414)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\guard.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exeC:\Program Files\PCI Latency Tool 3\LtcyCfgSvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOW... Read more

A:Winlogon.exe And Random Dlls Appearing

Here is my latest HJT log which shows evidance of the ddaby.dll? Can anyone offer some advice for the removal of this and anthing else that is obvious from the log? Many thanks.Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 19:02:08, on 05/03/2007Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16414)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\guard.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exeC:\Program Files\PCI Latency Tool 3\LtcyCfgSvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\MsPMSPSv.exeC:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exeC:\WINDOWS\CTHELPER.EXEC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exeC:\P... Read more

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I have recently installed a secondary hard disk into my HP Pavilion DV7 laptop running Windows Vista. Everything works correctly with that drive, and the primary C drive. This isn't the problem, but might be related. Continued:

I have noticed that when I insert a removable media / flash disk into the computer, a "Local Disk" appears in addition to the "Removable Disk", which contains the flash drive contents. I have confirmed that the flash drive does not have a secondary partition by using it in another computer -- It only displays the one drive on any computer I've used it on.

The Local Disk entry contains the next letter assigned by Windows. The disk is 0 bytes, and does not appear in Device Manager, or in Computer Management / Disk Management. It cannot be opened or removed. I am afraid to "format" the drive, since doing so may cause damage to other disks, if the problem is linked to them.

When removing the removable media, another Local Disk entry appears, taking the next logical letter after the previous Local Disk. There are now two Local Disk's appearing.

This pattern occurs every time a removable disk is added to the computer. Eventually, the computer becomes overwhelmed once the Local Disks hit the letter Z, and new removable media will not be auto assigned a drive letter.

The cache of drive letters can be cleared by deleting \??\Volume{CLSID} entries in the registry from HKLM/SYSTEM/MountedDevices, and restarting th... Read more

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Soooo I'll be hitten up any game, and usually when I hold CTRL and press a series of keys, a random box appears? typing random stuff which is very annoying. Better yet, it'll be in a foreign language so I got nooooo idea what is going on. Any ideas?


A:Random Text Box appearing in Games

Unless you set up the box, then no and I don't think its part of any of your games.

Run Malwarebytes:


then SuperAntiSpyware:


and if anything comes up re-scan. What antivirus app are you using?

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Hi, I have a Lenovo idea pad Z570.   I keep getting the boot menu screen (attached) appear on my computer when the computer is already on.  It does not appear on start up or shut down. If I click 'Exit', it just reappears.  However, when I restart the computer it seems to go away for a while. Can someone tell me what this is and how to get my computer to stop bringing up the Boot menu on its own? Or is this a sign my computer is dying?Sorry, I am computer illiterate but I'm also in school during exam time and this is getting frustrating. Help would be much appreciated.Thanks.

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When I get onto Google Chrome 3-5 new windows just appear in the other tabs randomly. It's just a blank white page with the URL:

I can't tell why or when they pop up, but I haven't been doing anything different with my computer that I can think of. Also, when i close Google Chrome it will start it up and open the windows anyway. I even tried to delete Google Chrome, but the windows just opened in new tabs on Safari! I was just wondering If there's an easy way to stop this happening because it is just an inconvenience to close them everything few minutes. I don't think it's a virus? but I'm not sure what it really is because when I search online I don't get any information about the website that keeps popping up. I also think a couple of times the URL was something staring with: post.ozoki but I'm not sure and it hasn't happened again.

I just want to stop it from happening,


Also, I can't seem to run any of the programs like HijackThis,DDS or GMER on my Mac.

A:Random Windows Appearing in my Browsers

Hi MariaCatherine,

My name is OCD. I would be more than happy to take a look at your log and help you with solving any malware problems you might have. Logs can take a while to research, so please be patient and know that I am working hard to get you a clean and functional system back in your hands. I'd be grateful if you would note the following:

I will be working on your Malware issues, this may or may not, solve other issues you have with your machine.
The fixes are specific to your problem and should only be used for the issues on this machine.
Please continue to review my answers until I tell you your machine appears to be clear. Absence of symptoms does not mean that everything is clear.
It's often worth reading through these instructions and printing them for ease of reference.
If you don't know or understand something, please don't hesitate to say or ask!! It's better to be sure and safe than sorry.
Please reply to this thread. Do not start a new topic.
Copy and Paste logs directly into the reply window. DO NOT attach the logs unless specifically instructed to do so.
IMPORTANT NOTE : Please do not delete, download or install anything unless instructed to do so.

DO NOT use any TOOLS such as Combofix or HijackThis fixes without supervision. Doing so could make your system inoperable and could require a full reinstall of your Operating System and losing all your programs and data.

Please stay with this topic until I let you know that y... Read more

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For the past week I have been getting oddly named files appearing randomly on my desktop. (soon after I updated to explorer 8.0 -- hmmm....) The file names are always something weird like ^w Properties show nothing, Norton anti-virus scan has no virus detected, spyware doctor detects nothing. Currently the file content is :

1/23/2010 14:23:50|251|hComboIE7:0|hHookPC:0|hIFrame:0|hWndAddress:0|wndLong:0|wndLongCB:0|wndPC:1|TabProcessID:0|TabThreadID:0|Message:SetSite(); before ReadParam()|Redirect:|Text:;

Anyone have any ideas what causes this random file to appear and how I can get rid of it? It is annoying. Thanks!

A:Random files appearing on desktop

I had a friend with a similar problem, it ended up being malware, I not saying you have any malware, but from experience that might be the culprit.

Your antivirus software may not be picking up on the malware, try downloading MalwareBytes
Run the scan, and hope for a detection...

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If you look at the image that I've attached, you'll see that there's an arrow pointing towards a block/box that randomly appears on my desktop. This happens every time I use my laptop, and it's gotten really annoying now. I've also hidden my desktop icons so that it can be seen better. If anyone knows how to fix this problem, please let me know, and thanks.

(Also, I don't know where to put this thread, so I just put it in this section.)

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Hello, a couple of days ago random websites started appearing while I'm online. I think it was either caused by a website, or some DVD burning
software I installed and then deleted the other day. I've had everything else on my computer for a while, and none of it has caused any problems online or off. The new pages don't appear constantly, but they can pop up at any time without warning.

Thanks for your time and help. Here's my HJT log:
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 6:24:58 PM, on 2/4/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16762)
Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aawservice.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\hpcoretech\hpcmpmgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Works Shared\WkUFind.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Version Cue\ControlPanel\VersionCueTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\ISUSPM.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\QTTask.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee.com\Agent\mcagent.exe
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Whenever I run MSIE, random named files appear on my desktop. They are varying in size, but always less than 200 bytes. They can be opened in notepad or Word and look something like - 0:8:9|944|hComboIE7:0|hHookPC:0|hIFrame:0|hWndAddress:0|wndLong:0|wndLongCB:0|wndPC:7274610|TabProcessID:0|TabThreadID:0|Message:SetSite(); before ReadParam()|Redirect:|Text:;

It is a Toshiba Satellite Notebook, running Vista SP2.
Hope this is all the info I need to post.
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 8:24:53 PM, on 17/05/2011
Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v9.00 (9.00.8112.16421)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\ConfigFree\NDSTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\ltmoh\ltmoh.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\Power Saver\TPwrMain.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\SmoothView\SmoothView.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\FlashCards\TCrdMain.exe
C:\Program Files\Camera Assistant Software for Toshiba\traybar.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\SGPSA\ie3sh.exe
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A:Random Desktop Files Appearing

Reset internet explorer settings has worked.

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Hello everyone!

This is my first time here, hopefully not my last

I have a major problem with my computer, and i am freaking the heck out.

Starting this month, i have been receiving a TON of BSOD! There is a pattern with some of them, but the rest happen haphazardly, at random moments.

For example:

1. I would be playing a game (League of Legends, Battlefield 4 etc). I Alt-Tab to check something, BSOD.

2. I would be playing a game (Same as before). I CLOSE the game normally, BSOD.

3. I would be browsing the internet/computer/files, i close a window, BSOD.

4. I open my torrent downloader, set up my downloads, shut off monitor for overnight download. I wake up today and it says my computer had suffered a BSOD.

I don't understand why this is happening. I have not changed anything in my computer, and it just started happening. I have a feeling reinstalling Windows will not help me here.

What could possibly be going on?

One of the errors (the 0000x stuff) ended with 3b. This one appears after anything full screen closes.

Please help me guys/gals! My computer is very important to me as i had built it myself after years of saving and i would appreciate everyone's help!

Thank you very much!

A:BSOD appearing at random moments(so it seems)

Oh dear, i posted without uploading the required file. My apologies everyone. I have been trying to induce the BSOD to get the dump files, but there are many version of the BSOD appearing at different moments i don't know if i captured them all.

I am in deep trouble

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So I noticed a random file on my desktop called Thumbs.
Screenshot: Screenshot by Lightshot
I'm pretty sure it is safe, but where does it really belong at? Idk how it got moved or anything

A:Random file appearing on desktop.

You can delete it, it shows up when you have a Folder on your desktop that has Images in it. You can also delete the "Desktop.ini" files.
"Thumbs.db" is actually a database file for Thumbnails. You can delete it from the desktop, but if it is in any Folder with Images that is on the desktop, you have to leave it there or your Thumbnails will vanish and it will just re-create the file.

As to how it got there, you probably opened your Desktop Folder in your User's folder with Explorer, and whatever View setting you chose got saved in that DB file.

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I have three computers in my house, all running Vista, all on the same network. I have recently had Verizon FiOS put, although I'm not sure if this is the cause or not. On two of the computers, about once a day, this random text box will pop up on the desktop. All it looks like is a small, blank internet browser window. It gives the current date at the top, but says nothing else. I have run through scans on both computer with Webroot Spysweeper w/ Antivrus, which I have found to be a great program for rooting out malicious software, but it finds nothing.

I just can't figure out what this random window is. Also, you can't "x" it out. Only way to get rid of it is to open Task Manager and manually end the task. I have posted a screen shot of it. It seems these computers started doing this after I got FiOS installed, but i'm not positive. What could it be?

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Hey guys!

This has been bothering me for a while.. A few months ago I bought a 750GB external HDD and when I started placing files inside, created this weird folder with a really long name made of random characters and numbers.
Example: "ef3827d5c0cdc10fe51fa6f447172f00" Screenshot will be attached.

I open the folder and there's a whole more bunch of files in there labelled with other numbers as well as one named "Graphics". I can't access any of these folders as I don't have "permission" to do so, even if I'm the only user in my computer and I'm administrator. It won't even let me give permission to myself by fiddling with the permissions, it just pops up and error and says that I can't access the files. I can't even delete them!

It says the whole folder takes up 0bytes so I have no idea why it's there and even less why I don't have access to any of it. Worth a mention that sometimes a new one pops up and the old one gets empty and only *then* can I delete them. (I move them into a random folder whenever they pop up in the "entrance" of my HDD, this doesn't change anything)
What gives?

A:Random file keeps appearing on external HDD

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Hi, my computer keeps playing sounds out of no where, mainly advertisements but somethimes just weird music/noises. They tend to come and go, I have no idea how I got it...please help.
DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_AMD64
Internet Explorer: 8.0.7601.17514 BrowserJavaVersion: 10.7.2
Run by Phillip at 10:39:38 on 2012-12-01
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 6.1.7601.1.1252.61.1033.18.4094.2663 [GMT 11:00]
SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Outdated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG2012\avgcsrva.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Program Files (x86)\NVIDIA Corporation\3D Vision\nvSCPAPISvr.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k RPCSS
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\Display\nvxdsync.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
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A:Random Sounds advertisement keeps appearing!

Please do the following:Download the appropriate version for your system of the Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to a flash drive.Plug the flashdrive into the infected PC.Enter System Recovery Options. To enter System Recovery Options from the Advanced Boot Options:Restart the computer.As soon as the BIOS is loaded begin tapping the F8 key until Advanced Boot Options appears.Use the arrow keys to select the Repair your computer menu item.Choose your language settings, and then click Next.Select the operating system you want to repair, and then click Next.Select your user account and click Next.To enter System Recovery Options by using Windows installation disc:Insert the installation disc.Restart your computer.If prompted, press any key to start Windows from the installation disc. If your computer is not configured to start from a CD or DVD, check your BIOS settings.Click Repair your computer.Choose your language settings, and then click Next.Select the operating system you want to repair, and then click Next.Select your user account an click Next.On the System Recovery Options menu you will get the following options:Startup RepairSystem RestoreWindows Complete PC RestoreWindows Memory Diagnostic ToolCommand Prompt[*]Select Command Prompt[*]In the command window type in notepad and press Enter.[*]The notepad opens. Under File menu select Open.[*]Select "Computer" and find your flash drive letter and close the notepad.[*]In the command window type e:\frst.e... Read more

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My PC is randomly rebooting. Sometimes it will go to the BIOS page. I did a Restore with Norton, and my computer is obviously working now, but I'd like to know if there is a way to determine the cause.

Not sure if this is related but it's very strange that when I use Windows Explorer (I have XP SP2), I have 2 different listings for Program Files, that appear to be duplicates.....which sounds like another whole can of worms.

Any help is appreciated, thank you!


A:Random Reboots & Duplicate Prog. Files Listing

Not sure what the cause would be.

It wouldn't be half a bad idea to run a scan or two with your anti-virus. You may also want to consider downloading HijackThis and posting a log in the HijackThis forum. Just to see if you have any infections. The problem may have stopped, however, if it was a virus, then there is a chance that your computer is still infected.

HijackThis Download Link: http://www.majorgeeks.com/download3155.html

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