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With the help of bleeping computer users I fixed my NTLDR problem. But when I did Emachines system recovery The HDD was twice as full and when I first install Norton internet security It scanned over 400,000 items for a recovered computer with nothing but XP and Norton. why is it taking up so much space? Please help! . And XP doesn't take up more than 50,000 items.
The disappearance of programs...coupled with the fact that you were doing a restore/recovery on an OEM (boxmaker) system...should have been a red flag.
If it had been me, I would have tried the recovery/restore process again...and I would also have checked the hard drive very carefully...and I would not rule out the possibility of malware, since I don't know exactly what you consider the recovery/restore process to be.