I have been having problems with my computer ever since I got it! First it was Virus, Malware and Slow Dial up internet access! I had problems removing a couple of the malware and one of the viruses. and had problems with programs interfering with each other! Eventually I got High Speed Internet access. I have done a re-install of Windows Vista, Reformatted my Hard-drive, done a "Factory condition Reset" a few times, and many other things!
I recently began having problems with my one Yahoo email account, every time I would enter it my web-browser would freeze and my computer would freeze. Then I tried a different web-browser and the same thing would happen, I tried another web-browser and same thing happened! Then Different websites began to cause the web-browser to freeze, crash and the computer to freeze. So I checked my other email accounts to see if it happened with them. Nope it did not, at first! but then later It began to happen with my other Yahoo email account also!
So, I thought maybe I had a virus, Malware, or had been hacked! So I ran several different scans, nothing showed up except cookies! I tried deleting the cookies, deleting my web-browsers histories, Clearing my web-browsers caches, clearing my computers cache, De-fragmenting my hard drive a couple of times, and deleting some files I do not use, are old, etc. Still no help! SO I can on here and created 2 different topics, 1 was to see if a malware or virus was possibly infecting my computer. and the other was to see if an old infection could be causing the problem. The one person who was helping me thinks it might be my Hard Drive is Failing! How ever when I ran one scan that is with "Defraggler" to check the Hard Drive It says the hard drive is fine and in "Good Health", But when I did another scan with another program; I do not remember if it was a few weeks ago, a few months ago or a few years ago or all of the them, It showed that the hard drive was showing signs of failing!
I am so damned confused now! I have been told my hard drive is failing, had scans that have told me my hard drive is failing, But now I have a scan telling me my hard drive is fine!
My questions are: Which of the scans do I believe; The ones that said My hard drive is failing or the one that said my hard drive is fine? How can I truly determine if my hard drive is failing?
How old is my computer? Bought it May 2007.
My computer: Dell Dimension E521
OS: Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit
Hard Drive: ST316081 2AS SCSI drive device Manufacturer: Standard disk drives: