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spyware or hardware?


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#1 pouringreign

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Posted 28 September 2009 - 11:40 AM

Initially, my computer was acting strange. It took a long time to get to the internet and my screen was blinking. I thought the cause was spyware, but now I'm thinking it may have been a combination.

I scanned with malwarebyte and found some spyware and got rid of it. The same symptoms kept going on so I spoke t the person who takes care of my computer. He told me it might be a "rootkit" virus but he could not help much more.

I ended up reformatting the computer and it turned out that the video card was bad. It looked funny on the screen and it was still blinking. I disabled the driver, the blinking stopped. I looked in the device manager, the ethernet controller was not found and nor was the video controller. A generic video driver was used.

Because the ethernet controller is disabled, does this mean the network card is bad as well? I get to the internet with no problem and with the generic video driver I get video with no problem.

I am so confused why the correct video driver will not work with my video card and a generic driver works? Why does it look like my network driver is installed when it says the ethernet controller no found.

Can someone tell me whats going on here???? :thumbsup:



The bottom line is that I am confused on whether this was caused by spyware or some coindence.

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#2 pouringreign

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Posted 28 September 2009 - 02:48 PM

BTW, there was an extra ethernet card which was not functioning, I removed it and the ethernet controller error was removed from the device manager.

I guess I don't understand about the generic vga driver. I need a good video card, is the generic video card a good card?
Would spyware and/ or viruses make a video card bad? :thumbsup:




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