Posted 03 March 2005 - 02:27 PM
As briefly as I can: PC is Gateway 256 MB Ram; 60 Gig HD; Original OS was ME.
Updated to XP about 6 mos ago and have been having problems ever since. (ME was no card, but this is nuts). After upgrading to XP Professional the first time, I went online (as instructed) to download updates (service packs, virus updates, etc) I started getting hit after hit of viruses detection messages which my Norton was telling me was being caught. Obviously not. I got off line as fast as I could and contacted Microsoft for upgrade discs to avoid going online again. I got them, but not before I started having a host of new problems (D drive not working; error messages left and right, spyware freezing me up, unable to enable Norton Autoprotect, etc) Then I tried uninstalling XP and using my ME restoration discs. Well, now the system wouldn't read those, either. After trying for two months to enlist Microsoft to help me correct the problems I was having (deleting spyware; deleting registry entries w/zero bytes, changing registry values, etc. etc) I inadvertently wiped out the hard drive with my Norton Rescue disks that I made under the ME OS. (I am now told that's a no-no.) The rescue was a failed attempt and I then got nothing but a DOS screen and C: prompt. C'est la vie.
After badering Microsoft, Gateway and my ISP, I obtained new Discs for everything. Full XP OS with service packs 1 and 2; updated ISP disc, updated Norton definitiion list and bought brand new printer compatible with XP. I had a friend come in who wiped the hard drive and started from scratch, or so we thought. (Apparently, "Format C: doesn't necessarily do that). He reinstalled XP Pro and the XP Pro Office Suite. I reinstalled Norton, updated the virus definitiions immediately and loaded on the new printer. Thus there was NOTHING supposedly incompatible on the PC.
I was able to get online for about three days. Now....nothing. That was a month ago. Had another friend download HijackThis for me and ran a scan. It found a "dotnet" file that they told me to delete. Problem is, I can't find it....anywhere. I ran a full search of the hard drive, checking all files including hidden and system folders. Nothing...nada....zip....zero.
Short of taking the CPU out to the yard and putting it out of my misery, does anyone have any other suggestions on how to find this "dotnet" file???? ANY assistance would be greatly appreciated.