Posted 30 June 2009 - 10:55 AM
Hello, and thank you for reading.
I am running Windows XP Home (SP2) on a Gateway MX6214 notebook. I've had a history of problems with the system, and recently (~1 month ago) I re-installed Windows for a whole host of reasons. If I remembered them in more detail, I'd explain them here.
My current problem began in the past 4 days, shortly after my Google search results began to get hijacked in Chrome.
I have had repeated BSODs saying "DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL" and the machine reboots before I get a chance to read the rest of the message and look for other helpful info. I am happy to post the minidumps, and to DL and run HJT, but was not sure exactly what information would be most helpful and how best to present it.
Sometimes I get the BSOD after a period of use (hours, minutes, anywhere in between), but almost every time that it happens, it will reboot, and recur, and reboot, and recur-- at least twice, often 3x.
Trying not to panic, but because I am pretty sure that I've had malware problems before me recent reinstall, and because I suspect I do not typically run strong enough security, I'm worried about the integrity of my system. I need the computer to work properly for my job, as does pretty much everybody else on here.
Thank you again for taking the time to read this, and for any help or guidance you can offer. I'll keep looking for similar topics, but from what I've read I suspect this is a very specific thing & am reluctant to try to duplicate someone else's fix.
Intel Celeron 420 @ 1.6GHz
504 MB RAM
Windows XP Home w/ SP2
Windows Firewall (I think? Never confident it's running properly)
High or Medium-High browser security settings
Bittorrent (shocking, I know)
What else is helpful to know?