I have researched the Virus Removal area of this site to determine if the following error is a legitmate Windows message or a symptom of a virus. But I haven't found this exact error.
There is also a BIOS message at boot but it is in japanese so I can't be sure what it says...but I think it is also suggesting a disk error. So perhaps it is legitimate. The thing is, this message has been coming up on the computer for months according to my niece (her computer). The disk never actually fails. I ran disk check. No sign of any errors. Nothing in the event log either.
Show details simply tells you to do a backup of the disk and displays the disk name.
I read a description on another forum which I cannot find now that suggests this is not a legitimate Windows message (the red circle being a clue) but there is no other malware dialog coercing the purchase of a program.
I've run every anti-virus, anti-malware program that is recommended else where in this forum (MalwareBytes, Kapersky, Malicious Tool Remover, adwcleaner, MS Essentials). Not combofix or anything like that.
Before I try a restore or go searching for a new hard drive, I just want to confirm that this is a legitimate Win 7 Home Premium error message.