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Game won't install, suspect hard disk error / virus


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#1 cmadaras

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Posted 05 June 2016 - 07:05 AM

Hey guys,

 

Recently I tried to install Final Fantasy X / X-2 on Steam on my Windows 7 tower computer. The download got to 100%, and then never could finish due to "Disk Write Error". Restarting Steam, my computer, and the download did nothing to help. After doing some research, I found that this was something wrong with the hard disk (apparently). I tried the Windows 7 "Disk Cleanup", but upon restart, it was met with the message that I'm sure you've all heard of, saying something like:

 

"Could not get direct access to volume.

 

[Due to] some recently installed software (program)" (Tell me if that was not clear enough and I can restart and write down the whole message to post here.)

 

So I did some more research, and deleted a bunch of programs (just cleaning up the computer of old crap), including Avast Antivirus (I had read that antivirus programs were somehow the root of this). I also have Norton Internet Security, but I can't remove that. The "Uninstall Programs" uninstall button does nothing. The Norton Removal Tool does nothing, only coming up with the error message "The file could not sign in" (slight paraphrase). And the folders won't delete from "Program Files", stating that they can't be deleted because they are in use. I think my Norton Internet Security is corrupted. When I click on in to run it, it just opens with strange, nonsense, full text box.

 

So removing Avast did nothing for the "Disk Cleanup" or the game download (at this point I am also actually just concerned with my computer not being infected). So, I re-installed Avast to do some scans. The Boot-Time Scan ran and took nearly a whole day, but it did seem to complete. It did remove some stuff, as I saw it doing when it was in process. However, I can still not run "Disk Cleanup" due to the same error. However, the Steam game download has changed. It still doesn't ever finish installing, though it gets to 100%, and then "finishes" the progress, such that it says on the "Manage Downloads" tab that it is 34.0gb / 34.0gb. But then it either gets stuck with the term "Allocating" or just "Installing". When I press "Play", it goes to a progress bar that says the game will start when ready, but the progress bar never fills up. The icon for steam on the Task Bar repeated has a sliver of green appear and disappear, as if it is trying to start (or finish) the download, but it is stopped by some sort of software barrier.

 

I was wondering if I perhaps needed to just do a factory restore (though I don't have the disk, so it will just be from restart). I heard that may or may not solve the problem, so I decided to consult this forum to see if somebody knows what the problem is and how it functions because doing something drastic like a factory restore (especially if it didn't even solve the problem). I tried to do as much work on this independently as I could before consulting you guys, including reading some of your other posts, but I can't seem to figure this out. If you could help me out, I would greatly appreciate it!

 

Thanks so much

 

Best Regards,

Chris


Edited by hamluis, 05 June 2016 - 09:40 AM.
Moved from Win 7 to AII - Hamluis.


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Posted 05 June 2016 - 07:18 AM

Warning!! When installing un-locker watch for the third party app offer.

 

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Download & Install Unlocker then everything tool.

Type Norton  in the Everything search window.

    • Click Edit.
    • Select All.
    • Right Click Selected Items.
    • Choose Unlocker.
    • Choose Delete
    • Then Unlock All.
    • You may see a prompt to reboot.
    • If so then please reboot, to continue removing the files.

Run chkdsk /f /r from elevated command prompt.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 


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Posted 05 June 2016 - 07:35 AM

Hopefully, thread starter has recent, current, full image or folder/file backups of all important data folders and files before this happened.  Backups might still be possible, though maybe problematic to make and verify.


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Posted 05 June 2016 - 09:36 AM

 

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Thanks for the information. I did that whole process and was able to delete many of the files, however, 3 folders remain. 1 called "Norton" and 2 called "Norton Internet Security". When right-clicked on, there is no option to unlock it, or even scan. I can't open them, getting an error stating "Windows cannot access specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access this item." It does not have an option to open and administrator or anything like that. I am the administrator, so that wouldn't normally be an issue. Also, when I try to delete them, upon clicking "Delete", nothing happens at all. I feel like this must be a corruption / virus thing. Any ideas?

 

When I click "Open Path" it bring me into a Desktop System Folder titles "Chris" (My name) This is a default folder that came with the computer (or something like that). I didn't create this folder personally. In this folder "Chris", there are a bunch of other arbitrary folders and stuff. It doesn't show the Norton folders at all.

 

On "Everything" it says that the "Path" (or location, I assume) of the folders. They are as follows:

 

"Norton"   -    C:\$WINDOWS.~Q\DATA\ProgramData

 

"Norton Internet Security"   -    C:\$WINDOWS.~Q\DATA\ProgramFiles (x86)

 

"Norton Internet Security"   -    C:\$WINDOWS.~Q\DATA\ProgramData\Micr...

 

I can't expand the third one to get the full information. Also, I typed the address in the Start Menu Search and got nothing. There also is no "Norton Internet Security" folder in my actual Program Files (x86) folder. Any ideas of what to do?

 

Also, if anyone even just has an idea of what this actually is, I would also appreciate that information. Even if it is unsolvable, I would like to know as much as I can about the problem just to learn from it and possibly take it somewhere else for repair. Thanks again everyone for the help and quick responses.

 

Also, RolandJS, can you elaborate more on what you are talking about? I don't really understand what you mean.

 

Best,

Chris


Edited by cmadaras, 05 June 2016 - 09:37 AM.


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Posted 05 June 2016 - 12:28 PM

What is the make and model of this computer?

 

If this computer has the recovery partition it would be simpler and faster just to reinstall the operating system from the recovery partition.  If you do have this partition, you need to back up all of your important data.  Using the recovery partition will return the operating system to the condition it was in when it first came out of the box.

 

You need to be aware that you should only have one antivirus program installed at any time.  I would suggest that the first thing you do is to uninstall one of the two antivirus programs.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Using more than one anti-virus program is not advisable. Why? The primary concern with doing so is due to Windows resource management and significant conflicts that can arise especially when they are running in real-time protection mode simultaneously. Even if one of them is disabled for use as a stand-alone on demand scanner, it can affect the other and cause conflicts. Anti-virus software components insert themselves deep into the operating systems core where they install kernel mode drivers that load at boot-up regardless of whether real-time protection is enabled or not. Thus, using multiple anti-virus solutions can result in kernel mode conflicts causing system instability, catastrophic crashes, slow performance and waste vital system resources. When actively running in the background while connected to the Internet, each anti-virus may try to update their definition databases at the same time. As the programs compete for resources required to download the necessary files this often can result in sluggish system performance or unresponsive behavior.
 
Credit for this information goes to quietman7.
 
What RolandJS is referring to with a "full image" is usually a cloned image of the operating system.  But if it is infected or Windows has problems you don't want to use that image.

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Posted 05 June 2016 - 01:22 PM

Also, did you run the check disk? Go ahead and run the norton removal tool now, I know you mentioned it not working, but if you run it now after the check disk then it may.

 

 

Please download Minitoolbox and run it.



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Click Go and post the result.

 

Security Check Scan.

 

Download Security Check to your desktop, right click it run as administrator. When the program completes, the tool will automatically open a log file, please post that log here in your next post.

 

 

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Adware Removal Tool Scan.

 

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Please download Zhp Cleaner  to your desktop.  Right Click the icon and select run as administrator.

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2. Once you have started the program, you will need to click the scanner button.

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Posted 05 June 2016 - 02:10 PM

"...What RolandJS is referring to with a "full image" is usually a cloned image of the operating system.  But if it is infected or Windows has problems you don't want to use that image..."  -- dc3

Correct.  And another definition of full image: simply a compressed copy of everything found inside of a partition.  OS and data Partitions are often called by many "c drive" and "d drive" respectively.  I hoping such were made BEFORE all of these problems, that led to this thread, happened.


Edited by RolandJS, 05 June 2016 - 02:10 PM.

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Posted 05 June 2016 - 02:50 PM

Good Lord, you people are amazing. I will be busy for a little while, but in due time I will get back to work to attempt these processes that you have all described, and get back to you.

 

Also, just a small note to InadequateInfirmity: I did try to run Check Disk, but it still gave me the error from before that I recorded in my original post.

 

Also, the game I was downloading on Steam, Final Fantasy X/X-2 Remaster, did successfully download and is now playable. this was directly after I performed the processes from my second post on this thread. I had to restart the download, but it finished and is now fully playable. I don't know what exactly this means, but I assumed some part of the problem has been fixed.

 

Will report back in due time

 

Best,

Chris






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