Posted 15 December 2007 - 10:36 PM
I was redirected to this forum from the "am I infected?" forum.
Short version, my computer, which I have been having problems with, has gotten worse. It will not boot up, and makes a sound like a police siren when I try to start it up. (dee-doo-dee-doo)
This started while I was having a problem of my computer running out of disk space very rapidly
Here are my posts about the problem(s), with what in the responses caused me to write them:
Y'all recently helped me get rid of a kav0 infection, but now my computer is acting even more strangely. Basically, I'm getting messages every few minutes that I'm about to run out of disk space. I delete stuff, move stuff to my other hard drive, etc. but nothing seems to help, the space fills back up almost immediately.
I haven't done any risking surfing, so I think it was something that might have been lying dormant, or I just didn't notice until the damage was done, and it has to be something that survived the programs I ran to get rid of kav0. The only unusual internet activity recently was researching types of marble. . .not exactly high-risk surfing.
I'm running Win XP Pro
Any ideas? Thanks in advance.
[asked for more details]
It's the standard system messages on the tool bar. Hard drive icon with a word bubble over it saying along the lines of "You are running very low on space on drive c:. Click here to remove old or unneeded files to free up more space."
Whenever I free up space, it fills right back up, and I get the same message, every few minutes.
I don't think that the message itself is anything having to do with virus/malware, etc, but I think that the effect has to be.
I've run a chkdsk /f and things are working a little better right now, the computer is certainly running faster. I can't seem to defrag the drive, even in safe mode. AVG can't find anything, and AdAware locks up when I run it. (checks C: fine, though, it locks up while checking D:, which is my bigger, storage drive.
I haven't run the others yet, right now, I'm trying to uninstall some of the stuff that autoruns when I start the computer, just in case it's a RAM problem. (Which I was told it might be, I run out of RAM, the computer starts using the hard drive, and the files get stuck there.)
[asked about virtual memory, restore points, and programs]
I don't use IE, I use FireFox.
I have not started using an email client
384 MB Virtual Memory
4578 MB restore points (currently suspended)
[someone suggested that it was "computer cancer"]
Well, how can it be "diagnosed," then? And is it a virus or a malfunction?
I'm going to be replacing large parts of this computer soon, with parts cannibalized from a computer someone is sending me. If the OS is workable and there's another room to temporarily store everything on that particular drive, I'll reformat, but I don't want to spread it, so to speak, if it works that way.
And I'd still like to figure out if that is it, so that if it's something else, I can get rid of it beforehand.
[then the update that sent me to this sub-forum]
My computer will now not boot up. When I try to turn it on, it makes a "dee-doo-dee-doo" sound like a police siren.
1) What does this mean?
2) If I try to turn on the computer, will it damage the info on my hard drives?
3) If I succeed in turning on the computer, will it damage the info on my hard drives?
Is there anything that can be done here?
My first priority is preserving the data on my hard drives. I'm going to rip the computer apart and replace parts with parts from a junk computer I'm getting through the mail to cannibalize, so as long as the data on the hard drive is preserved, I'd just like to be able to use the computer to some degree until then.
Thanks in advance for your time and help,