M0le from "Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs" directed me here for further assistance.
System is apparently clean now, but I am having problems with the CD-ROM drive. (before, as well as after the cleaning)
AFTER RUNNING RogueKiller I lost functionality of both autoplay & autorun.
After running "Microsoft AutoPlay Repair Wizard" and going through the 5 methods in KB330135(The AutoRun feature or the AutoPlay feature does not work when you insert a CD-ROM in the CD drive) I was able to regain functionality of AutoPlay.
I also ran tests on the drive from Dell's Support Center. DVD Linear Seek Test FAILED. I ran the test on commercially made, self made and blank disks.
The drive HL-DT-ST DVD +/- RW GSA-H73N DL should be able to write to DVD+RW, but I cannot. I couldn't even do a backup to CD-RW disks.
Drivers? I'm totally clueless about them. I did a driver update several months ago, but today I'm wondering if it is even the right driver for: 1) my system or 2) for the reading problem. The driver I updated showed as recommended on Dell's download page for my service tag. It was listed under the category of AUDIO and the drive listed is similar, but not exact to what is found listed in "Device Manager".
Device Manager lists driver as version 5.1.2535.0. The update I did was for HLDS GSA-H73N HH DVD +/- RW 16x SATA, firmware C109, driver R158511. Nothing matches between PC and Dell's webpage. This all has me confused. Is the driver I installed just for audio files, thus maybe I need to try updating the driver for the drive itself? Can info drawn for a service tag be different than what is found on the physical machine?
What's strange, too, is that I had this disk failure problem before and found an easy fix after many hours of searching and trial and error. Don't remember what the fix was. Can't find the sheet I printed and can't find that same solution. It does seem to me, though, that the problem was a commonly known problem...either with the hardware itself or within XP. This drive is rarely used. 3 times at the most per year.
Can someone please help to get this drive functioning properly. (Autorun, reading & writing)
Edited by nowizard, 29 January 2013 - 12:38 PM.