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#1 67camaro

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 05:57 PM

My C: operating drive 40.8 used space, 70.9 free space. Is running very slow and is buggy. Just now on start up it asked to check the C: drive and began to run checks on it. The last time this happend was on my d: drive(storage) B4 it shot craps. I took my computer to Tech Gurus here in kansas and they charged me alot to fix it and its still running just as bad. They tell me to bring it back but I dont trust them. Ive had my computer get bogged down b4 over the years and have taken it to Hyper tech here in kansas and it alway come back running nice and fresh. I just dont want to spend the money again, even though I do trust these guys. I figure if I reformat the drive and reload windows xp, hopefully it will erase any bugs or problem.

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 06:07 PM

Right click on the C drive in Explorer and go Properties > Tools > Check Now (under Error Checking). Check both boxes then click "Start Now". A message will pop up saying that Error Checking will run after you restart the computer. Restart the computer and Error Checking will run automatically after the restart. After itís finished it will restart into Windows automatically.
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Posted 03 March 2010 - 08:05 PM

i have a virus a bunch of porn sites and a dr gaurd antivirus and antimaleware defender has taken over my computer. Im trying to run malwarmalbyte spywareblast and spybot and avg. Help

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 08:15 PM

Are you able to run a Quick Scan with Malwarebytes?
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Posted 03 March 2010 - 09:26 PM

If I can butt in here...
Run RKill.... first then MBAM

Please download Rkill by Grinler and save it to your desktop.Link 2
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  • Double-click on the Rkill desktop icon to run the tool.
  • If using Vista, right-click on it and Run As Administrator.
  • A black DOS box will briefly flash and then disappear. This is normal and indicates the tool ran successfully.
  • If not, delete the file, then download and use the one provided in Link 2.
  • If it does not work, repeat the process and attempt to use one of the remaining links until the tool runs.
  • If the tool does not run from any of the links provided, please let me know.
You will need to run the application again if rebooting the computer occurs along the way as the malware programs will start again.


Next run MBAM (MalwareBytes):

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (v1.44) and save it to your desktop.Download Link 1
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MBAM may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.
  • Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
  • Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
    For instructions with screenshots, please refer to the How to use Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Guide.
  • When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
  • When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:
    • Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    • Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.
  • If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue.
  • If you encounter any problems while downloading the definition updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.
On the Scanner tab:
  • Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.
  • Then click on the Scan button.
  • If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.
  • The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.
  • When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".
  • Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.
Back at the main Scanner screen:
  • Click on the Show Results button to see a list of any malware that was found.
  • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
  • When removal is completed, a log report will open in Notepad.
  • The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply. Be sure to post the complete log to include the top portion which shows MBAM's database version and your operating system.
  • Exit MBAM when done.
Note: If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you will be asked to reboot your computer so MBAM can proceed with the disinfection process. If asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot normally (not into safe mode) will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware.
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Posted 07 March 2010 - 03:19 PM

I tried all the above steps but when I double click on the MBAM setup icon the computer thinks for a milisecond then quits. I try repeatedly to no avail.

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 10:51 PM

thanks for all you info and help guys but drive failed. had to puchase new one and start all over.




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