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Scandisk/disk Defragmenter

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#1 techhalfwit


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Posted 10 October 2005 - 08:13 PM

Greetings to all. I tried to run the scandisk and disk defragmenter functions on my P.C. recently. They would run briefly and then stop. The disk defragmenter function seemed to get hung up when it reached the point where it advises that it will now check for lost file fragments. This started happening after I visited a website advertised on T.V., www.Stopsign.com, downloaded the trial version of the security software that company markets, and then, after running it once, deleted it. The product seemed of dubious value to me when I ran the Adaware software that I have on my P.C. and it listed the files for the Stopsign product as threats. I followed the usual procedures to have Adaware do away with what it I.D.ed as threats. and the stopsign product was subsequently gone. I suspect that I created the problem by doing what seemed the obvious thing to do, rather than simply closing Adaware and following the uninstall procedure after clicking on the Stopsign icon. I will know better if I'm in a similar situation again. Meanwhile, is there any way to restore the scandisk and disk defragmenter functions on my P.C. without resorting to a professional's service?

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#2 Herk


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Posted 10 October 2005 - 08:29 PM

Have you tried running Scandisk and Defrag from Safe Mode?

#3 just_a_nobody


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Posted 10 October 2005 - 09:43 PM

Also, if you are using win98, you might look online and download the winME defragger. The winME defrag program works much better than win98's. You will need to look in the WINDOWS folder and find the standard defrag program, and rename it by just adding a dash and the word old, then put the winME defrag program in the WINDOWS folder, and you're all set.

Just like Herk says, you should always defrag in safe mode, and turn off any screensaver, because you don't want any processes running in the background.

I would also recommend you download and use the following spyware programs, and forget those advertised programs, these have been proven to be good programs:

Adaware: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
Spybot S&D: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
SpyWareBlaster: http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html

Also if you need a good anti-virus program, I suggest you get AVG free: : http://www.majorgeeks.com/download886.html http://www.download.com/AVG-Anti-Virus-Fre...tml?tag=lst-0-1

Edited by just_a_nobody, 10 October 2005 - 09:49 PM.

#4 jgweed


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Posted 10 October 2005 - 10:00 PM

Make sure ALL of that dubious application has been deleted from your hard drive. If, after verifying the complete removal, you still have problems with scandisk and defrag, the run both of these in Safe Mode. Doing this may self-correct any problems you have running them.
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