Posted 16 October 2011 - 01:01 AM
I know, Emachines not the best but I am disabled-got what I could afford.
At any rate. Last week I was searching using FF. Got a popup warning about a possible Trojan. Backed out and got another set of popups with FF crashing.
From that point to this I cannot run many programs including IE/Safari. FF either tends to freeze or redirects me to a series of search engines or sites I've never heard of.
I get a continuous string of errors of the '0xc0000005' type along with errors of 'dwwin.exe', FBSearchkeeper [?], 'svhost.exe', 'java.exe' among the most common.
Za firewall has also pretty much crashed along with Win updates and AVG. No matter the route I take I cannot seem to get them running again.
I tried to DL and install a number of virus scanners to see if I could locate the trojan but none would run or install. I finally used a live cd of Kaspersky to remove four trojans however the issues still remain.
I decided the best option would be to wipe the drive and reinstal XP. That leads to the next problem-I have moved several times since buying the box on '07. I do not remember getting any disks like in the old days and once I saw the D: partition thought 'cool' I can reformat from there'. THat has not been possible because using F11 brings up PC Angel asking for a disk. Tech support told me to use ALT/F10-this does not work and brings me to a rollback screen-rolling the machine back to a previous date has not worked-generally it fails.
I got a c0py pf ERD from a friend and it took me three days and finally saving the iso to SD, booting as Admin and moving it to the Admin desktop to get the burner to properly burn the iso to CD.
I also have a couple of Linux based Live CD boots but after almost eight hours trying to get this box to burn the iso to a cd I'm just plain tired.
Using ERD allows me to 'see' into the partition but it seems there is no option to reformat using the D: partition [[that I am aware of]].
So I am wondering what folks who actually *know* what I am attempting might advise?
Buying a new box would be my first choice and I am saving up for it but at the moment it's a no go so...I can figure out how to get this box running again without the issues, try and reboot my 2001 era ME box [[had it up for a couple of hours yesterday but was missing a file to get it back online. Came back to this box to get OL, got the file and now it won't boot-acts like something is plugged in wrong. I suspect the floppy is shot and have tried it plugged and unplugged in various was but no joy there either.]]
Thoughts? Advocew? I'm loading the shotgun to use this box for target practice unless I can get R done.
Oh and I do still have the disks for the ME box and disks going back to Win95 and Win98 so that's why I am thinking there was no disc with this thing for booting past PC Angel.
I've also tried F11 but get no option to do a full disk recovery just the three or four versions of Safe, booting to curser and so on.