I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium on a Gateway mini desktop. I recently decided to reformat the hard drive because of strange messages from the system. First, I was suddenly unable to view my wireless network properties because of an unspecified "error." Then I noticed that I couldn't access properties of WMI under Computer Management. I think the message referenced Win32 and said there was a virus in the file. I ran multiple AV scanners and found nothing. Then my Devices and Printers folder was going entirely blank intermittently, and my computer xould not find a printer on the home network.
Fast forward to the reinstall. I am using a Windows 7 disk made for me at a computer repair shop after they reformatted ny computer after a previous virus. I no longer have access to a restore partition on the hard drive.
I have tried to restore a couple of times now with strange results. I am unable to get any Windows updates and receive an error message of 0x80244015. When I do restore, the only option available is "EMS-enabled," which appears to have something to do with emergency server use? I noticed that the update error message also has to do with changes or inconsistencies in server setup?
During the restores, I noticed that I had an extra "logical" partition on my hard drive. In the past, I had dual-booted Ubuntu with Windows on this computer, but I had deleted that some time ago, I thought, and this "logical" partition was very small and labeled, "extended" or something like that. Thinking that there might be a problem with that partition, I deleted it the last time I restored in addition to reformatting the main partition. I noticed that the installation screens looked different after I did that, so I was hopeful. However, I am still getting the 80244015 error when I try to update.
I am wondering if my hard drive is going, or if I may have a particularly ugly rootkit, or if the BIOS or server settings are wrong, or if I have offended the gods.
Other observations that might or might not be important: My antivirus program is acting strange, also. When I installed it after reformat, my mouse cursor all of a sudden began wandering on the screen. The program was purchased this June on a year-long lease but just gave me a message that I need to buy an update even though it's only been a few months. To reinstall it, I used an old setup program I keep on a USB drive with my important files. I remember reading that USB drives are potential entry points for viruses, so I'm wondering if I have a problem. For some time I've had a message on my Device Manager that a USB Controller needed a driver, but one could not be located. I ignored it because everything seemed to be working, and I didn't even know what a USB controller was.
Thank you very much for any help or suggestions you can give.
Edited by prettybluescreen, 30 September 2015 - 10:50 AM.