Hi. Im new to this forum, and running a dell D-600 laptop with windows XP PRO, SP3, with only 1 gig of ram and a small 80 gig HD.
most of the time when running internet explorer, surfing the web, and quite often while looking at craigs list, a flag will pop up asking if i want to stop the script that is running and admonishing me that if i dont stop it my system may crash. I stop it only to have it continue or start back up and produce the same flag again very soon after Ive clicked to stop it. I have no idea why this script is running or where it came from, but it seems to fill the computers memory very quickly and bog the computer down, sometimes to the point of freezing up. Also very often and randomly my cursor breaks lose from my control and drives hard and steadily completely out of my control up and right, and I cannot regain control of it, till it has made the complete excursion to the upper right corner of the screen and sat there till it seems contented with the trip. sometimes alternately the cursor will, as it is doing right now, run horizontally to the left edge of the screen and then run slowly down a few milimeters with each key stroke then stay out of site till i press and hold the left click button and run the mouse in circles for a time to break it out of the corner and regain control. I mention this mouse pecuilarity as it might have some connection to a possible virus causing both things, although the mouse problem has been happening longer than the script.
My first priority is the script and the possiblility that it may be involved with a bot or something possibly gathering info from this computer and reporting to a hacker or other entity that could steal identity etc, but, if the mouse issue is seperate I will deal with it later.
I can build computers and have infact built my own desktops a few times, and repair this laptop, actually my wifes laptop, often, as well as my sons Gateway, but for whatever reason, am not nearly as skilled at using them.
In attempting to track down a reason for this script, i discovered something on my computer that i never saw before called synchronize properties in C:\Documents and Settings\dad\Start Menu\Programs with a size of 1.48KB, size on disk 4.00KB, created Wed, sept 10, 2008, possibly around the time I bought the used computer, and then modified, (unintentionally i might add, since i was unaware of its presence), Wed, May 15, 2013, possibly around the time the script problem began. Have no idea if theres a connection, but looked up this program online and saw info about script used to transfer files between computers which i have never done. and I wonder if this syncronize properties program is being used to harvest information from this computer for use by another online. and i either synchronize properties or script is needed on this computer since I never intentionally cause either to be there or working. a couple of years ago the computer died due to a common problem with dc connectors on Dell D600 computers, and after I repaired the bad mother board and replaced the connector i had to download and reinstall all the programs so I pretty much knew what programs were on the computer at the time and have never intentionally downloaded Synchronize Properties or started any kind of script running constantly.
can anyone help me stop this script permanently and to determine what synchronize properties is, if Synchronize properties is involved and if either has any purpose useful to me or if they are, as i believe, infact, working against me, in some way, and using up memory and hard drive space pointlessly? and if i could simply get rid of them both, and never miss them?