Posted 14 August 2011 - 07:11 PM
I have a kid's XP pro sp3 system which was presented to me with wallpaper, no icons, and no taskbar. power down. Boot. Went to safe mode. Tried to look around, and after 3 minutes, was unable to pick on anything. Subsequently tried malwarebytes, spybot and avg, all hang after a couple of minutes of scanning, and with no commonality in their hanging. USB sticked a copy of SAS, and same thing happens. Created a bootcd for Avira rescue, and booted that. Scans OK, and when I went to clean things, it too hung. Smartctl says nothing wrong with drive, and it's running at 32C, so I don't think there is a HW situation.
Kid allowed he had hit various gaming sites.
I've spent about 7 hours on this, and I am about ready to pull a 1 month old image of the disk, and start over.