Around the time this all started McAfee alerted me that it stopped a trojan and quarantined it. I got an email from a friend and clicked the link to watch a video and bam, that is when I got the message about the trojan. I used McAfee to quarantine it and then delete it.
I have another computer, a laptop, that mysteriously has been acting strange in the last few days as well. I don't know if it is a coincidence, or if something got into my home network. The laptop is an Acer Aspire 3000 that I got in June 2005 and I have NEVER had problems with it. It has been the best computer I have ever had, until this week. Intermittently I cannot get it to respond for several seconds at a time, and the clock seems to lose time....It says it is earlier than it actually is, until I do a restart, then the correct time displays.
I tried to use system restore, but before it completed I got a message saying something about another hard drive, and it referenced drive G:
I have an external HDD that I occassionaly attach and it gets assigned G:.
The internal HDD's that I have are drives C: and F:
Finally, and I don't remember how I did it, while my computer was starting up, I pressed one of the F keys and was able to bring up a screen to offer me a scan of my hard disk drives. After completing the scan, I got a message saying return code: 7.
I then went into the setup and turned off my second HDD and was able to start up my computer with no problem at all, except that I cannot access any of my data.
I read somewhere that a code: 7 is not always accurate for drives larger than 80GB. I have also seen mention of something called 90/90 in regards to checking hard disks, but have not been able to figure out what it is.
I read in one place that a CHKDSK is recommended and elsewhere that it is a really bad thing to do because I can lose data. I don't know how to do it anyways, especially since I cannot get my computer to function with the second HDD turned on. I know I can do it from within Windows, but not sure how to do it from DOS prior to Windows fully loading.
I am running Windows XP SP3
I should also mention that I changed the battery on the mother board, just in case.
Also, I read in one forum that they recommend having the most up to date BIOS and in another forum saying don't mess with it unless you really know what you are doing. I have BIOS A05 and I believe the most up to date would be BIOS A09.
Is there anything I can do, or do I need to take the drive out and take it to a data recovery expert and get 2 new hard drives?... one to replace this one, and one for back up (that I should have had all along).
How can I figure out if my problem is really hardware, or if I have been hacked or infected?
Edited by Socrates, 02 August 2009 - 03:17 PM.