Posted 17 March 2005 - 07:09 AM
I am running XP Pro on a Samsung X05 Laptop. Although I've been running the latest version of AVAST I managed to pick up some Trojans. Using HijackThis I have managed to all but clear out my registry keys of the infected items (although it does appear that some website details in the registry keys keep coming back).
I have since started using Mozilla and Zone Alarm and the pop up problems and homepage resetting has been resolved, however my computer seems to be running slow and I am experiencing several problems including Physical Memory Dumps, random system shutdowns, 'Operating System Not Found' on re-boot (after a few trys it does eventually start up), the system regularly runs a file system check on C due to the incorrect shutdowns.
I have also noticed a periodical whirring which sounds like it could be the hard drive or the CD drive, this short burst of whirring is followed by a click. I've noticed that if I'm listening to music the sound will be interrupted after the click for several seconds or more.
I have checked my hard drive and have around 8GB free space so will shortly be backing up and removing data. I have carried out a defrag which, due to the state of my drives, I hoped may sort the problem but it hasn't.
As above, I can't be sure that this is in anyway linked with the virus although I will run HijackThis and post it on the relevant forum. Is this likely to be a hardware fault or will re-installing the OS sort the problem?
Any help would be much appreciated...