Posted 28 June 2012 - 09:10 AM
I think my unit has been infected. I am currently running on Windows XP.
The problem started about 5-6 days ago. I first noticed something strange when my iTunes acted highly laggy, crashed when attempted to minimise or "show in windows explorer" option on songs. Then, DotA crashed when loading maps or loading save game.
From then, I had run updated Spybot S&D and Malwarebytes scans with nothing showing up and also "repairing" windows twice using the XP disc that came with my laptop before doing a full reformatting of drive C: (where my Windows is) and a complete reinstallation of Windows.
From all 3 attempts at purging whatever is haunting my laptop, there has been a rather steady pattern to how things roll out after.
Everything will seem normal and well initially. iTunes doesn't do anything weird anymore but after about 2-3 hours of usage, internet connectivity will fail (i.e. it says that it's connected but webpages refuse to load when at the same time other devices within the vicinity of the laptop can access and utilise the same connection(wireless) ). Also, on and off, Warcraft III(when opened) will pop up with an error message saying that the sound system isn't working and sound has been disabled.
Lastly, at the low point I would attempt to shut down or restart the laptop (I find that once restarted, things will seem fine but it's actually just the same cycle mentioned above) it refuses to do anything until I do a force shut down. The last few times, when I decided to wait it out, it pops up with a message to say it cannot end the Dell Touchpad program properly and asks if I want to end it now. It doesn't make a difference either way.