The three features I'd like to present are relatively static compared to other changes I've seen. These are the same each time. There is probably much much more but I'm not a tech and don't know what I'm doing when it comes to this kind of thing. I just keep trying to wipe, reformat, and reinstall the OS. The first issue I present is a partition I have that I can not remove. I've tried Hiren's Boot Rescue CD and Darik's Boot and Nuke and wiped, zeroed, low level formatted, and written to the hard drive in an effort to clear the 100 MB partition shown below. All to no avial. It survives everything. It starts a fresh install with around 25MB and has increased to its present volume over the past four days. Here is what I show:
Secondly, on the root of every drive I have a file called "$RECYCLE.BIN" that is installed. If I plug in removeable media it also gets an "empty" folder of the same name. Its a non-hidden folder which is installed at the root at every drive or removable media I connect to my pc.
Third: I have upwards of 30 locked registry keys. Two are HKEY_USERS that have a windows live mail "progid" and the other 30 or so are all HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software keys.
Taken just these three facts I'm very curious for opinions and any advice on how I should proceed to invesigate this further and provide more useful information that could help to identify and resolve this. Thank you for reading.
Edited by Honorable Patches, 07 September 2012 - 12:37 AM.