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Quick and dirty way for alternate failover server?

Q: Quick and dirty way for alternate failover server?

I link my Windows home PCs (7 and some XP) to a separate file server box via a persistent network mapping. There's a separate mirroring server in place on the network too.

If one server goes down, theres an undignified scramble to remap drives so that work can recommence - but is there a quick way to have Windows 7 pick up the job of determining primary and secondary availability to speed this?

I know I could probably do something involved and complex via a virtual server and clustering but I'd prefer something simple and client-side if possible !

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A: Quick and dirty way for alternate failover server?

I thought the basis of this type of RAID setup is to redirect traffic from a primary to a secondary without interruptions. I didn't think you would need to do anything if the setup is correct.

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I am looking for a script that will dynamically update Windows 2003 DNS (AD) to the second server when the first server fails. The servers are appliance servers (not windows).

Does anyone have a script to do this?

Example of script function:
1. ping first server every 10 seconds
2. if no ping reply for 60 seconds DDNS the search.x.com DNS A and PTR record to the second box.
3. if the first server becomes available again for 120 seconds then DDNS the search.x.com DNS A and PTR record to the first box again.

A:Does anyone have a Windows script to update DNS for failover to second server-not RR

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I need to move files from an old Windows 2000 PC to one running XP Pro.

Is it possible to simply plug the Win2K machine into the USB hub of the XP machine and they'll see each other? (I am well aware you can't just go from port-to-port without damaging the computers' ports, which is why my question is about HUBs specifically.)

I'm looking to do this on the cheap... using stuff I already have, rather than waste money buying another null modem cable, Cat-5 crossover cable, or expensive USB "Laplink" cable with built-in circuitry, for a file transfer I'll only do once. My Ethernet hub is DOA at the moment, so I can't do it that way.

I have an OLD null modem cable... so old it has DB25 connectors on each end, while the PC's have newer DB9 serial (COM) ports. So using my old null modem serial cable is out, and I have NO desire to purchase two 25-to-9 adapters just to use it. Plus, it would take AGES to xfer gigabytes worth of data at even maximum serial port speed

"Removing the drives" from the 2K machine, even temporarily, is not an option because it is still in use. And why even go through the bother if I can help it?

Anyone else ever try this?

A:Quick & Dirty 2K to XP file xfer via USB hub?

Okay, will go the Hub route.

Thanks for the reply.

I have a old cheap-o 4-port Ethernet hub that is out-of-commission because the power cord was chewed beyond repair by my cat, and I've never found a cheap replacement p/s for it.

Also, after posting my question, I realized I don't have a "male-to-male" USB-A gender changer that would even allow me to plug the Win2K machine into one of the USB ports on the hub (I have a M/F extension cable, and a USB-A to USB-B cable, but nothing that would give me a "USB-A male" connector on both ends.

I guess I need to break down and buy another cheap hub. Thanks.

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Ok, Heres my deal. I have 4 computers on my network, running through a linksys 4 port switch/router. now from comp 1, I do cmd, then net view, and I can't see any of the other comps, from comp2, I do the same, and it sees itself on the network, and from comp 3, I can see comp1, 2, and 3..how can I get all of them set so they can all see each other?

all three comps are xp pro

A:quick and dirty networking instructions?

Check your computers and make sure the firewalls are either off or they allow the other computers to see them.
Also, make sure your computers are all part of the same workgroup.

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Hello folks,

As some of you tech loving adventurers may know, Microsoft has decided to release a preview of their newest operating system (OLD news I'm sure). Now I do like the idea of Microsoft updating and upgrading their operating systems, and am anxious to what extent they might go. But as I see the preview, I'm not too happy. The simple fact that that there's not even a start menu has worried me. I'm all too use to just going to the bottom left hand corner and having all my most used applications and the control panel (very important) in a neat little gui. I feel that this OS should only be for any upcoming smartphones and tablets, as the OS was designed around these devices. Microsoft is really pushing for this OS to be very user friendly, and I respect that, but everyone who has at least used windows 7 will see this as like "WTF are you doing." Another thing that bugs me is that you practically have to have a hotmail or live account in order to use all the features of the HOME page. I like the ideas behind this OS, but for us true windows users this is just a kick in the teeth (at least for me anyways). Well let's see if Microsoft makes any good changes to this OS when it hits the shops.

I'd like to know what you guys think. Will this be Microsoft greatest yet, or just another flop.

A:Windows 8 (quick and dirty review)

There is a start menu.. It just has its own window. I dont see all the hype about this being way different! Its close to the same thing, just now you have a different look and feel to the start menu. Its time to change people. We cant live with the old look and feel forever. I dont think it will be a fail if everyone would just try it out and get on board. Cant live on the Windows XP mentality, not like it was around for over 10 years! I say it was smart on MS part to do this. If they didnt do this, then well they will be seen as never evolving.

Which = Loss in Customers.

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EDIT: Moved to appropriate forum.~~ boopmeI have various problems. My XP Themes Service doesn't automatically start, My browsers are Hijacked prompting me to download fake spyware, I can't install anti-spyware programs like Malware bytes, sometimes the existing ones are blocked from updating, and if I do a Google search for Spybot Search and Destroy my browser takes me to other places for fake anti-malware downloads.I have AVG and Norton 360 installed, but they say my system is clean. I even had Symantec do a scan from their online service and they didn't find anything. So, I ran HiJack This and here is my log.If anybody can help me with what to fix, I'd be very grateful.Start HIJACK THIS log:*************************************Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4Scan saved at 7:34:34 AM, on 1/21/2011Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG10\avgchsvx.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exec:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\Antimalware\MsMpEng.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\Program Files\Lavasoft... Read more

A:Quick and Dirty - Analyze my HiJack This Log - various problems

Hi,Please do the following:Please download DDS from either of these linksLINK 1 LINK 2and save it to your desktop.Disable any script blocking protection Double click dds to run the tool. When done, two DDS.txt's will open. Save both reports to your desktop.---------------------------------------------------Please include the contents of the following in your next reply:DDS.txtAttach.txt. NEXTDownload GMER Rootkit Scanner from here to your desktop. It will be a randomly named executable. Double click the exe file. If it gives you a warning about rootkit activity and asks if you want to run scan...click on NO, then use the following settings for a more complete scan.
Click the image to enlarge it
In the right panel, you will see several boxes that have been checked. Ensure the following are unchecked IAT/EAT Drives/Partition other than Systemdrive (typically C:\) Show All (don't miss this one) Then click the Scan button & wait for it to finish. Once done click on the [Save..] button, and in the File name area, type in "Gmer.txt" or it will save as a .log file which cannot be uploaded to your post.
Save it where you can easily find it, such as your desktop, and attach it in reply.**Caution**Rootkit scans often produce false positives. Do NOT take any action on any "<--- ROOKIT" entries

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I want to log onto a friends computer with the remote desktop in XP Pro. I have had a practice on my own local network to see if all went ok and it did. I logged on with IP address, user name and password. How can i get my friend to give me his ip as i a bit confused at this point. Do i use something like this http://www.ipaddresslocation.org/ which will read his IP then he gives it to me. Just not sure as doest his ISP change his IP now and again ? I know his PC connects by a router
Scroll down half way on that page and it says
My IP Address
Also when setting up a static IP you need preferred DNS server and Alternate DNS server. The preferred DNS server i can get but where do you get the Alternate DNS server, is it something to do with your router
Thanks for you time DOJ

A:Remote desktop in XP Pro ? Alternate DNS server ?

Well, you can either have your friend set up Dynamic DNS (each word is a link to a different provider)

Or, like you said, have your friend read you his IP. (I prefer www.whatismyip.org)

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The "Home Premium" version of Windows that comes with most retail computers includes a one-sided (and intentionally crippled) Remote Desktop subsystem that allows my computer to connect to other computers, but doesn't allow other users on my network to remotely control my computer from their desktops. Is there any free software that can take the place of the missing RDP server component? (I'm not ashamed to admit, I'm a cheap S.O.B. who doesn't want to pay to upgrade Windows on all the machines on my home network, especially when this is the only component from the pricier versions that I want or need.)

A:Looking for an alternate Remote Desktop server

Welcome to the Seven forums.

I don't know of any such beast. I tend to use other tools anyway... like TeamViewer or a combo of Hamachi and uVNC.

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Need Registry Script to change DNS Server Preferred & Alternate IPs
I have an application that only runs when I remove static DNS Server IPs from the Local Area Connection Properties. The app actually launches, but after entering login info, it returns a connection error. Only after changing the DNS to automatic will it work properly. (If I then immediately set DNS back to static, the app works normally if I exit the program and launch it again.)

I'd like to crete a registry script that would set DNS to automatic, then reset it to specific primary and secord IPs. But most importantly, the script should allow for the "Apply" or "OK" function, so that the settings are refreshed at the completion of the script.

Anyone with any ideas as to why this problem may be occurring, or would anyone care to share a script that would accomplish the above? Thanks.


A:Need Registry Script to change DNS Server Preferred & Alternate IPs

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I am trying to setup the Failover where it plays a video file (mpeg2 with transport stream) upon failure. If I set this file to play as a file, it works fine, but then stops when finished. What I would like to do is have this file loop continuously until the network is re-connected. I have tried to set up a playlist, but it does not work. My playlist was created using notepad and is entitled ASIC .txt

Settings &#8230;.

Backup Channel &#8230;.. Playlist
URL box is &#8230;&#8230;&#8230;. file:///mnt/usb/sda1/mediafile/React (have also entered React.txt)

My txt file is attached, but is &#8230;.

media:file:///mnt/usb/sda1/ASIC .mpg
Any help would be gratefully received. Alternatively, is there a way to get the single file (that works) to continuously loop?

A:Failover from USB

There may be a way to script something to work like you want, but the script would be a lot more complicated than simply "play x". It will also need to check to see if the alarm has cleared and then stop playback. But it will largely depend on what exactly you are doing (or trying to do) as you haven't provided near enough details for anyone to help.

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Can ATA Center and Gateway (no lightweight) servers be configured for automatic failover/mirroring to another server?  Does ATA support this?

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hi everyone,how can i setup automatic fail over for this diagram.A and B are different ISP suppliers and we dont have to access for edit router configuration.both are leased lines.thank your very much for your support.

A:automatic failover

Many business class router/firewalls have feature called SLA where you can program a secondary Internet circuit as a backup to the primary. The router/firewall will do a continuous health check on the primary circuit to a designated site you choose on the Internet. If there is anything that drops under the threshold you set, the router/firewall will roll over the Internet connections over to the secondary circuit.

I'm not sure if the SMB router/firewalls which advertise themselves as dual WAN ports can operate in this manner. I do know their basic operation is to do a round robin or if link status for the primary fails will roll over to the secondary WAN port.

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We have an SMTP server on our network which we use for scan-to-email from photocopiers, UPS notifications etc.. I'd like to setup a second one in a different office which can take over the load incase the first goes down.

I've done a bit of reading, but haven't been able to find anything solid on how to set it up.. I was thinking something in DNS.. but from what I understand MX records are for incoming mail from other mail servers..

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My PC just crashed and I was unable to get online. The messages was 0x800CCC19 and then Autofailover
6/1/7600.16385 Can someone explain what this means, and is there a way to fix it?

A:Auto Failover

Many times that is caused by a anti virus program.

This tutorial will help with you system specs.

By Brink:
System Info - See Your System Specs

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Hi all,

I wanted to know how would i go about setting up a website and threw that site people would connect to my system to download specific files ?

I know it can be done with a simple FTP server but i want to setup an actual web page to my system.

Help would be appreciated, Thanks.

A:Server [ quick question ]

The first thing that would need to happen is that you would have to decide on a domain name and then make sure it is available. If you just want a simple website just for the sake of letting people download your files, I would recommend this program:


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I cannot get my computer to startup....please help

A:startuprepairv2 auto failover

Please tell us what happens when you boot your computer, what is the make and model of the computer, and do you have a install or recovery disc

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I am new to all of this, I have been thrust into a situation where I need to figure this out.

We have a 2800 connected to a microwave transceiver (our main uber fast connection) and a T1 via ADC Kentrox Data Smart Max T1 (our backup connection)

This is what I walked in to.

What we/I would like to do:
-continue using the MW as our main connection
-use the T1 as an automatic failover if the MW fails due to weather or other event.
-if possible, I would like to take the T1 directly to the Cisco 2800 bypassing other external equipment.

I believe we intend to drop our current provider.

Additional complication:
We are hosting our own website and customer services via the web via this connection, if failover occurs how can we assure that traffic still finds its way to us?

With all of that said, what do we need to do?

I know this is a huge issue and I hope I can look to this forum for guidance on these issues.

A:Cisco 2800 Failover

I have a 2801 chassis and I have a 2 port e1/t1 wic. So you would just need to purchase the a new card.

Next you need to re do your config.

You need to configure HSRP


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i have 2 network connections but my internet connection always defaults to "Local Area Connection". if my cable modem disconnects for some reason, i have to pull the ethernet cable from my windows 7 before it starts using the Wireless Network Connection
which uses my backup internet. how can i detect and failover automatically without buying a dual wan router?
Configuration for interface "Local Area Connection"
    DHCP enabled:                         Yes
    IP Address:                 
    Subnet Prefix:               (mask
    Default Gateway:            
    Gateway Metric:                       0
    InterfaceMetric:                      10
    DNS servers configured through DHCP:
    Register with which suffix:           Primary only
    WINS servers configured through DHCP: None

Configuration for interface "Wireless Network Connection"
    DHCP enabled:  ... Read more

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I am looking to design an active/standby failover but am wondering if to get clients to access the VPN you would need to have more than 2 usable IPs from an ISP? For example. the ISP inside interface will have public ip 1, the primary asa will have public ip 2, and the secondary ip will have public ip 3.

I basically want to the know the best way to design a network with 2 internal networks using active/standby failover.

A:Cisco ASA Failover Question

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I'm new to the forum. However, I really need help on my Vista OS on an HP desktop PC. I am getting the following reports:
1. "Startup repair cannot repair this computer automatically".

2. "Problem signature - 01 Auto Failover"

I have read some of the responses to this problem and have 2 problems. First, I am a novice when it come to this sort of thing, and next, my PC did NOT come with a disc.

Question: Obviously, Vista is Trash ie, most of the responses, and so is 7. However, since 7 seems to be the only option to upgrade to, how do I do that after purchasing a 7 upgrade disk, if I can even do it???

By the way, a common problem I find in your threads is the downloading of photos, which is the last thing I did before my PC crashed.

Also, will I lose "My Documents" if I can an upgrade???

If ANYONE would be so kind as to offer me some advice (in NOVICE Terms Please , I would greatly appreciate it.


A:Signature 01 auto failover

See if you can boot from a boot DVD?
Create a Recovery Disc
you create a recovery DVD, you may be able to boot to recovery options
Create Recovery DVD

The Vista recovery disk is used to boot Vista when it won't boot - to run Startup Repair, System Restore, access a Command Line, Recover using a Vista Backup Image, etc.
System Recovery Options

If Vista will not start now, boot the Recovery CD to run Startup Repair which automates System Restore as well as numerous other tests including System File Checker which can repair system files which are not corrupted beyond repair.

If Vista still will not start, try booting into Safe Mode to run sfc /scannow to repair System files.
Special Thanks Given to Seven Forums.

Below is a bulletin distributed by MS to explain the start up procedure when Windows will not boot.
Startup Repair. Startup Repair is a Windows recovery tool that can fix certain problems, such as missing or damaged system files, that might prevent Windows from starting. Startup Repair is located on the System Recovery Options menu, which is on the Windows Vista installation disc. If your computer has preinstalled recovery options, it might also be stored on your computer's hard disk. For more information, see Startup Repair: frequently asked questions and What are the system recovery options in Windows Vista? If your computer does not include Startup Repair, your computer manufacturer might have customized or replaced the tool. Check the informati... Read more

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I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong but I can only get it to connect to my enternal IP. I was wondering if anyone could tell me how to set it up with my external IP so people can externally connect to my FTP Server.

A:Quick'n Easy FTP Server Problem

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hey guys whats up well i am not that familiar with quick book i know that its for business stuff... Now my friends wants me to make him a server with quickbook on it, does quickbook have a server software, or.......

First i can setup the server for him that is not a problem but how do i do if people want to connect to this server and use the quickbook that is on this server....

meaning that if i have them connect to this through vpn would they be able to use the quickbook books from there ????

Or is there a server software for quickbook that runs as a server than can do it easier ????

and sorry i knw i have not explained that good

A:quick book and server helpp

He'll have to get additional licence(s), see this link,


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I'm doing a script to fail over my company's W2K3 cluster with 2 nodes.
The idea is to simulate a cluster fail over by the script, count the time of fail over for each group and put them in a .html file to send by email.
I found some useful scripts on the web, where I took part of the code.
Here's what I have until now:

Option Explicit
Dim objClus, WSHShell, objNet, objFS, strSysName, strDir, strClusDir, strOutputFile, fsoOutputFile
Dim itmNode, itmGroup
Dim c1, c2, c3, p1, p2, p3, v1, v2, v3
Dim cOff, pOff, vOff, cOn, pOn, vOn, cSt, pSt, vSt

Set objNet = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Network")
Set WSHShell = Wscript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
Set objFS = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set objClus = CreateObject("MSCluster.Cluster")
objClus.Open ""

strSysName = objNet.ComputerName

strDir = WSHShell.ExpandEnvironmentStrings("%SYSTEMROOT%")
strClusDir = strDir & "\Cluster\"

strOutputFile = strClusDir & objClus.Name & ".htm"

'if (objFS.FileExists(strOutputFile)) then
' strOutputFile = strClusDir & objClus.Name & ".htm"
'end if

Set fsoOutputFile = objFS.CreateTextFile(strOutputFile, True)

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A:VBScript for W2K3 Cluster failover

Hi and welcome. Please don't post more than once for the same subject.

Reply here:


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I need to configure my router for three routes ( two separate fiber links and a radio link) with one of the fiber links being the primary link, the other fiber a secondary route and the radio a backup route for the fibers.

I am looking for a best fail-over configuration that will allow traffic to flow primarily on fiber link A and failover to fiber link B incase of failure in link A and incase of failures of both fiber links, the traffic to flow on the Radio Link. The configuration should allow for reverse once the fibers are restored.

I will be routing via eBGP to the provider end and OSPF on my internal network.

A:configuring 3 redundant routes with failover


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is there anyone here can answer my query?
is it possible to set failover clustering to two Windows 7 desktops? How?
We want to provide high availability set-up to prevent any downtime.

Thank you.

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Hi all. I have written the following query in Oracle which I am pretty familiar with but i now need to run it on SQLServer. The it's pretty basic so the only problem is with the last line. Could someone let me know the SQL Server equiv of a '(+)' in Oracle?
select raise.school,
raise.First RaisedFirstname,
raise.Surname RaisedSurname,
logit.First LogFirstname,
logit.Surname LogSurname,

from ( select s.name School,
e.startdate Date,
p.forename First,
p.surname Surname,
e.summary Event_Summary,
e.comment Event_Comment,

from school s,
event e,
entityinvolvedinevent i,
person p

where e.parentEntity = s.school
and e.event = i.event
and i.entity = p.person
and i.involvementtype = 'raise'
) raise,
( select s.name School,
e.startdate Date,
p.forename First,
p.surname Surname,
e.summary Event_Summary,
e.comment Event_Comment,
from school s,
event e,
entityinvolvedinevent i,
person p
where e.parentEntity = s.school
and e.event = i.event
and i.entity = p.person
and i.involvementtype = 'logit'
) logit
where raise.event = logit.event(+)

A:Quick question about converting Oracle SQL to SQL Server SQL

The last line is an Oracle right join (as far as I can remember). You can use the standard SQL syntax and that will work on MSSQL.

See http://www.w3schools.com/sql/sql_join.asp for quick syntax help.

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We have a fairly unstable Internet connection through Dodo (Please no quips about peanuts and monkeys, I know Dodo is a terrible ISP). They, and Telstra have refused to fix the problems, preferring instead to blame my equipment, despite the fact that I have replaced every part of the network many times over. Line noise on the connection is terrible, and causes anything up to 30+ disconnections a day, from anywhere between 10 seconds to 90 minutes.

As my sons play a lot of online gaming, disconnections not only kill the game, but also get them demoted on the servers.

So, they have a 3G mobile phone with 1.5GB data allowance per month.

But we are having problems finding any software (preferably FREE), that will let us set up a fail over environment such that when the PPPoE connection fails it switches to 3G, and automatically reverts to PPPoE when that service comes back online.

Any one know of any software that meets this need?


A:Internet connection failover PPPoE & 3G - What software

I think you are looking for Connectify dispatch which can use both the ISP connection and the 3G at the same time though it's not exactly free it may still be worth the price.

Connectify Dispatch - The Software Internet Load Balancer

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Laptop is acting strangely as of late. I was playing a game and had a GPU driver crash, which subsequently locked up my system. After having to force power it down I got stuck in the startup repair loop. I tried startup repair at least 10x, and it would always say it couldn't correct the problem. On every attempt it came back as a "Bad Driver" as the issue. On my last attempt to boot it finally went through to windows, but things are randomly crashing. I checked AVG, which says resident shield isn't active and it cannot turn itself on. I tried to run several scans and they all fail automatically saying that they were terminated. I ran Malwarebytes and it did not find anything. I would appreciate any help that I could receive.
DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_AMD64 
Internet Explorer: 11.0.9600.17041  BrowserJavaVersion: 10.51.2
Run by Lucas at 13:43:21 on 2014-04-27
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium   6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.6038.3784 [GMT -4:00]
AV: AVG AntiVirus Free Edition 2014 *Disabled/Outdated* {0E9420C4-06B3-7FA0-3AB1-6E49CB52ECD9}
SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
SP: AVG AntiVirus Free Edition 2014 *Disabled/Outdated* {B5F5C120-2089-702E-0001-553BB0D5A664}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Program Files (x86)\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 7\ASCService.exe
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A:Auto failover: Bad Driver, finally booted. AVG not scanning.

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That is the message I got when I ran gparted in a attempt to make a new partition on C: Partitioning is no big deal at present but what is . . is:

I am unable to run chkdsk or chkdsk /f in "run" or at the command prompt. The message I get is "the type of the filesystem is NTFS. Cannot lock current drive. Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process". I also have gotten "do you want to run it the next time you boot up". At next boot, I get that chkdsk was stopped and that one of my discs should be checked. Now when I go to a text document or want to type anything what occurs is a constant line of ++++++++++++++++++++++++ continuing on into the sunset.

I have more than enough room, (3 hard drives totallying 520 GB) and memory 1500MB RAM.

Ran a registry cleaner. nada. I do not have a recent repair point that is good.

A:"c: Is Dirty"

Try running chkdsk from the Recovery Console.See the article for info http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058

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Basically I have been having various minor problems with boot being slow and some icons not appearing on the Taskbar. I also had an 'experience' where my firewall (PC Tools Firewall Pro) suddenly decided to restrict sites I should have been able to get to such as MS Update and my ISP; this was cured by uninstalling the firewall and reverting to the Windows offering.

I did a check to see if the 'dirty bit' was set and found it was - the drive was 'dirty'. I ran chkdsk /f /r which has showed no problems with either the NTFS system or the drive, however when I check the dirty bit it shows the drive as still dirty. I should add that no automatic request for chkdsk to run has ever shown up during boot which would normally be the case if the dirty bit was genuinely set. I have also found that Windows defrag will not run as "Chkdsk is scheduled on volume C: ..." but this is less of a problem as I can use a third party item.

I am aware that MS has never revealed the location of the Dirty Bit and it appears no one has found it. I am also aware that many have tried to cure 'stuck-in' dirty bit indications with little success. Any help/advice/experience would be appreciated.

With thanks in anticipation.

A:The Dirty Bit in XP

Boot to the recovery console and run chkdsk /r

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I cannot defrag C:, nor can I perform a chkdsk C: /f on start up. I get dirty bit is set on the volume (0x89000015). I'm not sure what to check or what my next step should be. I hnave booted from my win 7 disc and did a repair but it did not help.

A:Dirty bit is set

Click on Start then Run, type cmd and press Enter. Next type fsutil dirty query c: where c: is your boot drive. This queries the drive, and more than likely it will tell you that it is dirty.

Next, type chkntfs /x c:. The X tells Windows to NOT check that particular drive on the next reboot.

Now manually reboot your computer, it should not do a chkdsk and should take you directly to normal Windows login.

Once Windows has fully loaded, bring up another Command Prompt and enter chkdsk c: /r. Reply Y when asked if you want this to happen on the next boot. This should take you through 5 stages of the chkdsk scan and will unset that dirty bit. This can take an hour or more depending on the size of your hard drive, be patient and let it complete.

Once booted back to Windows, open another Command Prompt and query the dirty bit again by entering fsutil dirty query c: and Windows will confirm that the dirty bit is not set on that drive.

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I am running windows XP media center edition version 2002 service pack 3, and have been using IE, firefox and safari all with the same results= constant browser crashes and slow sometimes (not responding) messages when I try to perform mundane tasks. On rare occasion the screen will turn blue and say that i need to restart my system due to DRIVER RRQD NOT LESS OR EQUAL even though i havent messed with the drivers.

I have tried to download spybot, adaware and hijack this but spybot will not run properly even though i installed and see it in my taskbar and on my system. I have run adaware and that seems to be the only program running properly, and hijack this shows up but will not do anything past the run prompt window during install.

I am not very familiar with pc software but thought i was following the right steps, please help me get my system back.

A:Think my pc is dirty dirty

Hello nbhooligan69,Please note that you should post only ONE topic per issue per computer. Posting more than one confuses things for everyone involved. The only exception is when you are directed to post a new topic in a different forum in which case the original topic is closed to avoid confusion.In your case, you created 3 topics here in the Am I Infected forum. This one, and these: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/209706/ie-and-firefox-infections/http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/209702/malwarebytes-spybot-s-d/The two others have already been closed because of the presence of your HiJack This topic. But wait, you have two of those as well. Therefore, I shall be deleting one.This one shall remain: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/209732/browser-hijack-unknown-virus-name-nasty-sounds-right/I shall also edit that topic to include contextual information you failed to provide in that topic.Because you have a log posted here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/209732/browser-hijack-unknown-virus-name-nasty-sounds-right/ 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 HJT Team member, nor should you continue to ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show in the log you already posted. Further, any modifications you make on your own may cause confusion for the helper assisting you and could complic... Read more

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Ill get straight down to it

I have a IBM ThinkPad which lately is running very slow and in the past, virus warnings have came up (i just deleted them with norton, and for a day or so, it seemed to go.

i have token a HJT log. I would really appreciate it if one you pro's could take a look at it and give me some advice.

Thanks a lot. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 19:47:53, on 30/06/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\InCDsrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\IBM\IBM Rapid Restore Ultra\rrpcsb.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
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A:pc is dirty

forgot to say. this is not my computer, so do not have direct access to it. meaning, asking me to run a program and post a report, may take several days. so it would really be great if you could give me large batches of stuff to do.

hope you understand.

thanks again

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whats the best way to clean my pc from viruses?

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 5000 Dual-Core Processor, x86 Family 16 Model 4 Stepping 2
Processor Coun
RAM: 1791 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7025 / NVIDIA nForce 630a, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 152625 MB, Free - 124313 MB; E: Total - 76308 MB, Free - 62726 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., M2N68-AM Plus
Antivirus: AVG Anti-Virus 2013, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

A:dirty pc

The "best way" depends on who you ask. My way is to format the partition and reinstall or re-image Windows.

If you want help with malware removal ...

Read Everyone MUST read this BEFORE posting for help in this forum and post the requested information here. When I see that you have posted the information I will move this thread to the Virus & Other Malware Removal forum.

Bump your thread there once a day--no more often--until you get a reply. They're kinda busy over there.

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I see allot of crap but I'm not sure what I should be deleting. I'm also wondering why I have so many svchost.exe's running. I thought that there was only supposed to be like 4. One of them takes up alot of "Mem Usage" in the task manager.It shows 9 svchost.exe's in task manager but in the HJT log it shows only 6. Why is that?Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 7:52:33 PM, on 7/6/2007Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16441)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\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\wscntfy.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\RunDLL32.exeC:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_01\bin\jusched.exeC:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\Reader_sl.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\regscan.exeC:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\WMPN... Read more

A:Log Looks Dirty

Hello there and welcome to Bleeping Computer's security forum.My name is David, I will be helping you with your log today.It is a good idea to print off these instructions. There is a possibility some of the instructions will need to be carried out where internet access is not available. It is important that you complete the instructions in the right order, and that you don't miss out any steps.Please set your system to show all files. Click Start, open My Computer, select the Tools menu and click Folder Options.Select the View Tab. Under the Hidden files and folders heading, select Show hidden files and folders.Uncheck: Hide file extensions for known file typesUncheck the Hide protected operating system files (recommended) option.Click Yes to confirm.Start HijackThis, close all open windows leaving only HijackThis running. Place a check against each of the following if still present:R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,SearchAssistant = http://search.bearshare.com/sidebar.html?src=ssbR1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://search.bearshare.com/sidebar.html?src=ssbR1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://search.bearshare.com/sidebar.html?src=ssbR0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = http://search.bearshare.com/sidebar.html?src=ssbR3 - URLSearchHook: (no name) - {D3DEE18F-DB64-4BEB-9FF1-... Read more

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I am involved with an online community and gaming group, and one of the features of the game is to earn points by visiting affiliate websites.

The problem I am experiencing is the website's monitor by IP as to who accesses it, and then refers to the community website database in order to see who it is so that the points may be credited to the correct user.

All of the affiliate sites only provide to users in the US, and a few smaller ones to the UK and Australia. I am looking for a way around this, so as to do the survey/sign up/review/etc, without it throwing the error of not being able to continue because the offer is not available to my area.

I've heard a little about IP Spoofing, will this work for me, and how would i go about it? Obviously i would have to log onto the community server so it logs my alternate ip address, and then to the affiliate site, so the points can be credited.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards.

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Dear All,

I have a network of 30 computers running on a workgroup, currently the router is connected to the switch and all the users are getting internet without any firewall or interuppption. I need something that is alternate to ISA and can provide features of website blocking and bandwidth limit to the individual user.


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some time ago i removed the dirtydecrypt virus..
but alot of my videos and pictures has this "file is encrypted" on it.. the filename is intact and the size seems ok also..
the movies wont run..

something i did find that might be of some use to crack this baby..
in the encrypted files (if you open with notepad it always says something about:

tEXtSoftware Adobe ImageReadyqe<

this is from an image.. the same thing can be found in movie files..

i do not know if this is a clue or not.. hopefully there are a way of getting atleast the movies back..

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 20:14:23, on 31-07-2013
Platform: Windows 7 SP1 (WinNT 6.00.3505)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v10.0 (10.00.9200.16635)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
E:\Program Files (x86)\Origin\Origin.exe
E:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steam.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology\IAStorIcon.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Contour Shuttle\ShuttleHelper.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG2013\avgui.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
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A:dirty decrypt

i found something more.. lucky for me i could restore from another date by right clicking.. i then tryed to compare the 2 files and found a difference in the first part of the file:

This is the first part of a JPEG file (not infected) orginal.
IHDR   ߊ IDATx|K,ے3[̽ѥV#*
5 ɘ1DL1A1*iU1 iuUݪ:g0c`+bs;3}-3?\<.7nw>z9&nsw朌1PUr Ue *rb CRhʸ9[nw̍T
&vb8Y3ȵDhINI AIqqD$>Wi*#$!'BkY&+/뿣oVjND74Jʹs1F;lA\f3so1cPKe+ h>1lCEU0SDDHZQWW_Wr_
g1s ֓ t5QUZط*&Fi, %g齓r
Aq3T$ owZ}>[email protected]}AsA; !//s_kfdl '[email protected] .dURP%'e<trqat RR\` k{5gNg C"P*'"~PrB0?... Read more

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I was time constrained and antsy when my hp upgrade kit came. Did a dirty install, now want to start over. I was dumb and did not make 'recovery disks'. I do have the hp recovery directory copied to a separate hard drive now, after the upgrade. I also have a licensed full version of MS Office H&S, but no disk. Thanks HP. I do have the key code however.

I'd like to know what I can do to get back to a clean install, and if I can get MS Office onto it also. I've read most of the tutorial in detail, but don't know if my embarassing predicament has really been covered.


A:dirty install....

Welcome to clean reinstall. These are the challenges we face when we attempt to overcome the sponsored bloatware that manufacturers have come to enforce, since it provides most of their profit margin nowadays. Now even to get ahold of a clean copy of OS DVD is a challenge for many, but fortunately MS has forced manufacturer's to provide one in the Upgrade Kits; they know their OS runs better without the bloatware.

I would call MS Office tech support and ask for the CD to reinstall with your license, or borrow or locate one otherwise. You can read all of your license keys by running Belarc Advisor hard/software audit. There should be HP apps/drivers you may need on their Support Downloads page for your model. Many makers include a drivers/apps CD with the Win7 Upgrade kit.

Adobe flash/Reader and Java runtime/free compatible Ofc suite are at their sites.

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my c drive is dirty and chkdsk runs everytime i boot my computer
i try to follow this

1.Click on the Start menu and open the run dialog.
2. Type "cmd" and return (without quotes)
3. Next type "fsutil dirty query <letter of drive that chkdsk keeps checking>" (for example, C:
4. If the returned message indicates that the volume is dirty, go to step 5
5. Next type "chkdsk <drive letter> /f /x"
If you get this below answer YES.
Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another
process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be
checked the next time the system restarts? <Y/N>
6. After that finishes, repeat step 3.
7. If the volume is no longer dirty, reboot and chkdsk should not reappear.

The "fsutil dirty query" reports the current state of the flag.
"Chkdsk /f" forces Chkdsk to run whether or not the flag is dirty--- it's a way to ensure that errors are fixed, regardless of what the flag says.
"Chkdsk /x" goes a little further and helps ensure that any files that were left open get closed; it actually implies "/f" so you don't need the /f if you're using /x .
With either /f or /x, at the end of the run, Chkdsk should set the flag to clean

somehow it just keep on repeating step 5 and 6 non stop
plz help me out

A:Volume is dirty

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I have a reoccuring issue with my computer that I may have finally tracked down. I sometimes have a dual-monitor setup (2 CRT's). If i turn the second monitor on after the computer's been on for a while, it will usually give me a blue screen (i forgot exactly what it is - something about a kernel image error, but i can probably replicate it pretty easily).

At first I thought I was hitting some kind of limitation with the video card or chipset, but then I had the monitor hooked up to another computer and it gave me the error on my primary comp when I turned the monitor on.

About a week ago, there was a thunderstorm coming in, so I was about ready to shut down when I saw a lightning strike about a mile away or so (i think). At that instant, I got the same error.

Can anyone verify my hypothesis that faulty power is causing my issue?

A:Dirty power?

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I have a 1TB Iomega eGo hard drive, formatted exFAT for compatibility between mac and windows. The volume has recently become dirty. I'm on a PC with windows 7, but I also have a macbook pro with Mountain Lion if there's a better option.

When I run chkdsk on it, it tells me:

"The type of the file system is exFAT
Volume serial number 5010-40A2
Both copies of the boot information for this volume are corrupt
Chkdsk cannot continue
An error occurred while examining the boot region."

What can I do? I have an AVID project on the drive that I think is the issue. I can't delete it, and when I transferred it to this drive (the other Iomega I had it on originally became dirty as well) it became dirty.

Any assistance is appreciated.

A:Volume Is Dirty

Download DataLifeGuard for Windows in my signature Run the Short and Long tests on the drive. This may solve the problem, but if either tests fails, the drive needs to be replaced

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I used the following to check if the drive is dirty:

chkntfs x:
It said it is dirty
So I ran chkdsk on my computer the the drive x like this:

chkdsk x: /F /R /X
And then I used

chkntfs x: /C
and restarted my computer.
After that chkdsk ran and seemed like it hadn't found any problems.
After I entered windows I tried to defrag it using the GUI program.
Bad luck it wasn't available for defrag. So I used CMD.
In CMD I used the command

chkntfs x:
And it said it's dirty.
I repeated the other process though the night.
Today, I booted up the computer and the bit is still set.

Question: How do I unset the dirty bit using the CMD or a GUI program?

A:Dirty bit not being unset

I don't know where you came up with the term, "dirty bit," referring to your hard drive. The phrase you are looking for is more than likely, "bad sectors."

Try running chkdsk with the following options:

chkdsk x: /F /R /B

and leave both the /X and /C switches out. /B will attempt to either repair or mark your bad sectors, you don't need the /X switch if it's your system drive, and the /C switch kind of defeats the whole purpose of even running chkdsk and chkntfs. you don't want to skip any steps in the process.

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Ok I confess I'm a AMD guy, but I've ordered my first Intel mobo at a crazy discount ....which is how I do this hobby and why I've leaned strongly towards AMD for so long. So I bought the MSI P67A-GD80 (b3) see link: MSI USA ? Mainboard - P67A-GD80 (B3)
Now I'm shopping for ram and the CPU. Of course I want to give a modest overclock a go. I'd like peoples opinions and if they are actually running something similar their input would be great.
I'm leaning towards only Sandy's:
i5 2550k @ $239.99 usd
i7 2700k @ $319.99 usd
Corsair Dominator Platinum 4x4 @ 2133 @ $249.99usd
G.Skill Ripjaw X's 4x4 @ 2133 @ $175.99usd
Time is on my side so I will watch the ram but is time short to grab a Sandy? Will Intel continue to make these chips or have they moved on the Ivy and the supply out there is it?
Please help me to make a good next move as I feel a little like I've just cheated on a best friend.....lol Is feeling a little dirty a bad thing?

A:I feel a little bit dirty but need your help !

My new system, that I built primarily for my Sonar recording studio is using an i7 3770 and 16GB of GSkill ripsaw memory (type listed as compatible by motherboard vendor). The motherboard is a Gigabyte Z77X UD5H.

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I just want to clean my computer out really well, and I'm not sure of the best procedure. I only ask because my computer is slowing down and I'd like to keep it fresh

A:Nothing Bad, Dirty Computer

Hello, RPLets run these first and check for malware.I moved this too the Am I Infected forum.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 CleanerPlease download AdwCleaner by Xplode and save to your Desktop.Double click on AdwClea... Read more

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I was going to try cleaning my printhead with isopropyl achohol as some have suggested, but when I pulled it out noticed that there is ink on the gold parts of it that I know are not to be touched. Does this mean my print head is permanently damaged? or?...

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