I was getting ready to document and post the issue I was running into with Malware into the Logs forum but thought I need to ask before doing that:
I was having issues with my computer not allowing me to login, running incredibly slow before allowing me in and when I called up apps they were incredibly slow.
I moved to download SpyBot Search and Destroy and (during this time was booting my computer up in W XP "safe" mode) .... it found issues that it "resolved". I continued to run it over and over to verify.
I then downloaded Malwarebytes and continued to run that until clean.
I finally was able to run Avast Quick scan.
I tried a boot scan but it never would work. I then was eventually able to run a full scan.
I believe that I turned around and ran CCleaner and it was successful in cleaning my registry. At this point I can remember the entire sequence but this is pretty close.
I thought I was really close to being on track and my computer was then allowing me to login but was still "slow". About this time I noticed that during boot I was getting Chkdsk on 3 occasions (sp). That now has gone away.
I continue to get the msconfig window appear when not in "safe" mode.
During boot, I am now getting Primary Drive SMART Bad / Backup / F1 to Resume.
I did run RKILL and it indicated no malware issues and hung up on the registry .EXE, .BAT section.
I'm able to hit F1 and brings me in fine. I've now started backups.
I just bought this drive about 2 months ago.
So my question is, is this drive "retiring" or is this issue related to the Malware issue I was having? Do I just need to start over with a new drive?
Based on what I'm now seeing tonight with the "Bad" drive I'm guessing I'm beyond the Malware Logs forum.