I've got a good one for you!! I probably have a number of issues with my HP Pavilion dv4114AP which have not been addressed promptly enough.
Reason being I teach in a college in China (yeah! right) and the network there is filthy - absolutely crawling with malware. so each time I take a presentation I'm bringing home something horrible....
However, this week I bought a cheap gamecontroller which had a driver disk (unusual) the virus is actually on the driver - can you believe it?! BUT it took 2 days to be detected by AVG (Housecall & Kaspersky found nothing) strange?
It's a model 8101 - the brand escapes me ("e" -something it's made in Shenzhen,PRC) I threw the box away...... twin ps to pc Converter seems to be the main folder it dumped about 4 folders!! the only signature I can find in a setup.inf file is from GASIA International Ltd.
I think it's an 'old' virus & curable but I've had audio problems prompting me to ask for some stepwise ......errr steps as I think there may be some deep-lying registry problems (hunch - how do I find out?) Stranger still, I think it temporarily fixed my headphone socket - I only have right channel audio through phones ... the speakers are fine - I was going to open up the case to sort it out but 2 nights ago I had stereo phones I was so excited!!
I was actually going to keep this little beneficial virus - just for that reason but last night's audio was back to right ear only (so it's not the socket!???!)
I'm going to do ANOTHER scan in safe mode now - and ask you lovely people to browse through my other aliments after you've had your morning coffee
3 weeks ago while I was cleaning up my files (music etc) to put onto a CD (don't want to use my external HD as that is also infected and has managed to lose a 30G partition!) I Got a BSOD about a missing ntoskrnl.exe ....
Now it's the end of term I'm physically quarantined from that place - I can get down to some diagnosis.
I've upgraded AVG to version8 (but didn't remove 7 first -should I have done?) It seems a lot more bulky & hungry than V7...
I FINALLY took Norton off my machine because I was suddenly getting millions of popups and warning
(yes I was running 2 AV's BUT AVG seemed to be taking care of everything on it's own for a couple of months - it was only when I brought home a couple of worms that Symantec started flagging the same files (mostly in the restore points) but was really going bananas - have I also just removed my only useful firewall?
Why I have been taking so long to do anything is because I can't boot up to see what's wrong.
the power button doesn't work - I lift the lid, press, nothing happens (I'm on AC power) It has happened about 5 times in the 7 months following my last post but never before..... I used to walk away, get a coffee come back & try again - it would boot up. Battery? well, mine won't charge up - BUT when I snap it in and then put in my AC cable I do get a brief flash from the power indicator - I have no idea!
So it had been an occasional annoyance -
But it's increased in frequency/intensity over the past 5-6 weeks dramatically not responding for hours - preventing me from doing any virus fixing which has been a real pain When I do get running the clock is wrong and it seems to have stopped when I first pressed the power button. The time difference corresponds to my downtime...... but not on every instance.
* however this problem has been decreasing dramatically in the last week - I'm guessing it's humidity, but the machine runs very hot -so it ought to be dry?
STOP PRESS I've just this second checked the virus vault for the names of the bad apps and now there's an infected file from AFT sysclean (I ran it last night to free up space on C: due to audio problem (only 7G free) Wasn't there before this has a worm/agentC (not fujacks)
I think I'll stop here & wait for what next ..... thanks
Edited by beyond_me, 16 July 2008 - 11:28 PM.