There seems to be an abundance of Legacy Hardware in my device manager and an entire hidden section of something labeled Non-Plug and Play drivers. I struggle downloading any type of anti-virus - I have spent some major dollars on programs like Titanium Platinum and Mcafee 2013 Complete. It seems that even when I do get through the installation, the files are being downloaded from somewhere other than the CD I put into the drive.
I have gone through several new computers in the past few months - I bring them home hoping that this will be the one that acts normal. To me it seems that almost out of the box I begin to see the same things I saw on the one before and the computer begins to behave the same way. Thank you Costco for your gracious return policy!
I have used computers for well over 20 years and I never had any problems and now it seems anything I touch has weirdness.
I did discover that I was not on my own wireless but someone else's wireless and I chalked it up to nothing since both were named Default. I bought a new router and renamed my home network to Malware and then discovered that I was yet again on someone else's wireless (both named Malware, coincidence?) right before 9/7. It seems that Media Player wants to stream things and that image files are more than just image files now - I see logs about embedding and binding and I just do not know if these are normal terms. I have never delved into the inner-workings of what goes on behind the scenes of my operating system. I have been one of the Electric Sheep and now I am in a place where I am not certain if the information I retrieve on any subject is "real" or not. If you did not already guess, I have lost ALL objectivity on this subject and that makes it worse. I do not seem to know how to get back to my pre 9/7 mindset.
I feel as if I am on a server on my home computer and I don't know if anything I am describing is even a possibility.
Currently, I am on an HP Pavilion P7-1267c. My processor is 2nd generation Intel Core i-5 2400, 8 GB DDR3, 1TB HD, Wireless Lan (that I have disabled). I have nothing installed on the computer but yet it seems slow. I am connected to my modem/router combination provided by Comcast via Ethernet. When I access what I believe is my router home page the response time is SO SLOW if at all. I have seen other devices connected when I have logged in.
I have my own Motorola Surfboard Modem and NetGear Router that I have tried to use as well but still have the same issues.
I am attaching ONE file that seems odd to me - anything with API in it freaks me out right now.
Hope I do not sound too batty and that someone can tell me if this means anything at all. I would just like to be able to determine if I have a hacker of some sort or if I need a good doctor and some medication.
As things go, I do not even know if this will actually post in the forum or if I am in the forum.
My browser was adding res://ieframe.dll/dnserror.htm# in front of any http:// I attempted to navigate to. I don't even know what, if anything, that means or would do. I only saw it, even though I have taken to setting my URL's to display right to left, when I clicked on a Norton Safe Web toolbar.
This is only part of the file. It was very big.
Thanks for anyone's time, it is truly appreciated.
Edited by Orange Blossom, 07 December 2012 - 02:33 PM.
Moved to AII from Windows 7. ~ OB