I go to turn on my computer the other day and it is going sooooo slow its ridiculous and it eventually hangs altogether (this happens three times). I remove some of my startup programs using msconfig thinking I've possibly just overloaded my system tray (though I like to keep my system tray pretty slim). I remove some unimportant vanity programs and everything is peachy again. It's running smooth and fast.
I feel like something new so I get rid of AVG and install Avast! Free 5 (not sure this has any relation at all, but I want to include all).
It finds three viruses in my System32 (which is weird because I wasn't experiencing any problems). They are named: luyijetu.exe, reditha.dll, and siwadofa.dll. I quarantine them and move on and everything is still working great, right?
The next day I wake up and go to the computer, which has a black screen. I turn the computer off and back on (hard reset) and hear it -- the click of death -- it's steady click is quite chilling. The black screen now has some white text saying it is having trouble locating Windows Vista. In agony I try over and over to boot up my computer ... and it EVENTUALLY works. It's back to running smooth again. I hurry and make back ups of EVERYTHING.
Now the problem is that when I come to my computer in the morning it's always suuuuuuper slow. SO much so that I have to do a hard reset. When it boots back up it works fine (I'm using it now). Is this just another symptom of a failing hard drive or is something else going on here? I leave my computer idle all day and come home from work and it works fine, so what is happening overnight?
Can you guys recommend any programs that could tell me if I've got a problem with the harddrive. I ran checkdisk and it found no problems and no bad sectors.
Is it possible that the quarantining of the three aforementioned items in my system32 could be causing these problems (I know its a stretch)?
Please don't die harddrive! P - L - E - A - S - E! At least until Christmas when I have a new computer and the money to buy another HDD.
EDIT: My computer, a Toshiba Satellite Laptop, is nearing its 8th birthday. I had a new harddrive put in after the first year, due to one dying on me (lucky for me it was under warranty then).
Edited by mb3ll, 07 October 2010 - 08:29 AM.