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  1. heres a quick check disk run dont open or run any programs until its done it will be a few minutes long from start menu click on run type in chkdsk press ok a command prompt will open chkdsk will be running allow it to run it might or will show list of errors if any I ran that one to start. When I got back to the computer, I realised the check vanished. So I would guess there were no errors. Otherwise, I think it would've stayed up. Does this mean that there would be no point to doing a full chkdsk? Meanwhile, I have been working through my programs to find any I don't use and those that have fallen out of use that I wouldn't use again. Oh... I also have another question. I haven't done the Microsoft defragger yet, but what if it tells me that it can't defrag some parts? Are all defraggers always like that, or do better ones not have that issue?
  2. There's two problems with running a Pitstop test... 1. It refuses to work with Firefox, even with their IE Tab extension. I should not have to open IE for anything and IE is always slow. I still have IE6 and have not updated it since. I don't want any rude surprises by upgrading IE just to use it for PC Pitstop scans. (that's truly the only reason it'd be used!) 2. PC Pitstop won't show a complete listing of programs. It'll ALWAYS fail to take into account all my portable programs that I use. I wish all programs came in portable format; its a lot easier to handle programs without the need to install them and they can be easily moved from drive to drive without killing data and without worrying of forgetting to backup anything and worrying about finding a free image software, etc. Most of my space is taken up by programs that have no portable version. I almost feel like buckling down and starting my cleaning, shoving what I want to keep onto my 4 GB emergency USB drive, take notes (which will be hard to read to boot) of what non-portable software I want to keep and will have to reinstall, wipe the drive, reinstall WinXP, Wubi Ubuntu, and move everything and reinstall everything. My biggest concern is that what I want to keep may exceed 4 GB. Just typing this tired my brain out. *yawn* So you can see why this is a challenge for me and I'd rather avoid it. I don't like being scared that this drive may be dying. I hope it can be saved without sacrificing anything I want to keep. Does anybody else experience that the longer they've known computers, the more they forget info about them and become so rusty that computers are a chore? (yet a necessary item for me, oy.) Okay. I'll do the chkdsk overnight, and I'll paste in the results for you.
  3. I did not use the cleaners that were recommended. What needs cleaning is what programs and ebooks I want to store and which ones I want to toss, etc, so that's different from needing a cleaner that cleans up accumulated junk. This hard drive is only 80GB and the D partition is only 6 GB. I tried to use the 6GB for storage ONLY but it ended up being inadequate. Heh. So you can imagine what happened. Spillover! I did grab the Malware Scanner because virus scans just aren't coming up with ANYTHING. So it'd seem my system is healthy. But that doesn't explain the rdbss.sys thing. So here's the results. I DID let it clean them because I'm alarmed there'd be anything BAD in the registry. I'm security-anal, so this is a shock for me. Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.40 Database version: 2614 Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 8/12/2009 4:19:11 PM mbam-log-2009-08-12 (16-19-10).txt Scan type: Full Scan (C:\|D:\|) Objects scanned: 221720 Time elapsed: 1 hour(s), 56 minute(s), 35 second(s) Memory Processes Infected: 0 Memory Modules Infected: 0 Registry Keys Infected: 3 Registry Values Infected: 0 Registry Data Items Infected: 0 Folders Infected: 0 Files Infected: 0 Memory Processes Infected: (No malicious items detected) Memory Modules Infected: (No malicious items detected) Registry Keys Infected: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\nimo (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully. HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{ecd99db2-abfa-46ae-a7ee-16d0ddb78258} (Trojan.BHO) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully. HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{7fbb2d91-9964-4196-bac5-d5e751762ec3} (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully. Registry Values Infected: (No malicious items detected) Registry Data Items Infected: (No malicious items detected) Folders Infected: (No malicious items detected) Files Infected: (No malicious items detected) How resource-intensive is the chkdsk? Would I be able to multi-task while that runs? I may end up doing it during my sleep, as you recommended. I already know that Microsoft's defrag doesn't allow multi-tasking like my typical defragger does. So that's another nightful.
  4. I have been occasionally getting this problem. I have no idea what's causing it and the info I'm being told by WinXP isn't helpful. It seems to happen after leaving the computer running for a few days at a time. I'll be happily surfing/working, and suddenly a slowdown will occur. Just when I think something had to update itself, there's a halt and it tells me drive D is dying or there's a network disconnection. That makes no sense to me, because drive D is just a partition. Whether there's a halt or not, there's a blue screen. It always says that a device had stuff to do before it choked up and the device always mentioned is rdbss.sys; I googled this but the information I found just wasn't helpful. I don't know what's wrong. I've never had an rdbss.sys error before, so I don't have any previous experience to fall back on for this one. I defragmented C and D, hoping that would fix the issue. It didn't. I'm already aware that both drives are almost full and I have a lot of cleaning to do on both, which is hard on me because I hardly have time to do the cleaning bit. Any ideas?
  5. Great. And how do I do the same for a Hibernate button?
  6. Thank you for the replies, everyone. I also did some research on AVG 8, since you guys cleared up its still free. The research gave me reason to believe that AVG 8 is not worth it and will frustrate you to Kingdom Come and will be resource-hoggy. After a thorough comparison of what you wonderful people suggested, I have decided on Avast. It is practically an all-in-one. It handles viruses, spyware, rootkits, etc. I'm now in the process of uninstalling AVG's products and studying the tutorial posted for configuring Avast properly. Thank you so much, everyone.
  7. I just got AVG Free's notification that if I want my protection continued, I will have to upgrade to a non-free AVG 8.0 version. I know I was tired of AVG's reboot requirement with each update, but I wasn't asking them to dump their free protection! I'm worried now. So what do I do? Is there a resource-light free antivirus I can grab to replace it? Its likely I'll have to replace AVG's AntiSpyware too [free version] or can that be left alone? I'm sure others have gotten this scary notification too and they're worrying too.
  8. Okay. I did all that. I got the High Definition Audio driver updated. It went without a hitch. The only driver I'm not sure how to update, is the USB driver. It sometimes says its not a high-speed USB but I know it was before the drive was wiped. Do I fix this with a hub, or are there actually drivers for it? Also, AVG Anti-Spyware is now dimmed out permanently. Will it still protect me?
  9. Okay. I think I have it figured out. I really DID have Returnil on when I installed those. Turning off Returnil requires a little switch-flipping and a reboot; I didn't realise that until I read the handbook. I have that fixed. All I think that's left now that I used msconfig to kill Comodo's startups that shouldn't be there, is to get the drivers updated. I've been leaving that for last since I'm the least experienced in that. I'd also like to know how to balance USB usage. I'll probably put the mouse in the back, leave the external drive in the front, and the 2nd one in the front could be easily changed from one thing to another as I like. That leaves one left in the back. I would hope filling the USB ports [as long as its not two mice like I wound up doing before] wouldn't make the computer crash again. Does it help if you use a USB hub?
  10. I'll have to try the ZSoft Uninstaller. I can't go through the long process because it seems only one portion was left installed and the uninstaller is gone since it thinks it was a complete uninstallation. I'll also use Spybot or msconfig to get rid of any startup entries related to the Comodo stuff. I have another question that seems more like an additional issue that's popping up. I had Guild Wars and CGoban 3 installed on the computer, but it seems with each reboot...they vanish. Its like they were never installed. I made sure Returnil wasn't on and was hoping that was the problem. Any clues?
  11. Strangely enough, Firefox is downloading things again. I have no clue how it got fixed. Looks like I won't have to try that beta yet, after all. Though I got rid of all the Comodo products, it seems the Comodo Antivirus/Antispyware didn't completely uninstall. I looked in my Start Menu, I looked in my Control Panel's Add/Remove, but there's no way to complete the uninstallation. The uninstall isn't complete because after each boot up, when Windows is about done loading, it tells me it couldn't find Comodo Antivirus/Antispyware and the program will close. Its like the uninstallation didn't kill the startup entry or something. How do I get rid of this? BTW...the BCD booting-menu utility only works for Vista, not XP. How do I get it to work for XP? I had to chuck the install since it demands I have Vista on this system to get it to work. I'm relieved that uninstalling it didn't kill the bootup process. Whew. I'm so close to the end of the troubles, I can taste it!
  12. All right! The router is up and going. The Comodo Firewall has crashed out, so I'm using the XP firewall instead. I'm thinking of sticking with it instead of trying to choose a good software firewall. I'm thinking of adding Threatfire and Spybot [without Tea Timer]. I'm also thinking of replacing Comodo Anti-Malware with A2. Does this look good? And no, I still don't have Firefox fixed. But at least it doesn't have glitchups from just looking at and saving pictures, like Opera does. I'm thinking I might have to go with Firefox 3 after all. How do I save my bookmarks and other stuff so it'll go into Firefox 3?
  13. I went to Comodo to look at some settings and somehow, Comodo crashed and looks to be uninstalled! I'm discouraged already. I'm tired of this. Am I getting the same problems as before? I'll check the website. The last time this happened, supposedly, they had an update but it didn't automatically set up. If this keeps up, I say Comodo is a stringer. It keeps chasing me after a string of problems and I'm the poor cat that's bashed her head into the wall! Later: No new version for Comodo. I'm stumped. According to the thread I was led to, though, the problem is simply Firefox 2. Its been happening since Firefox, they said. They said this problem gets fixed if you replace the current FF with the FF 3 beta 2 and that its stable despite not being the final version of it yet. So...I might take the plunge...but I'm concerned about the bookmarking issue. Don't know what I'll do about Comodo. I'm sick of the problems I have with it. I might have to use 2.4 for a long time instead, or find some other firewall that might be just as good or better.
  14. I'm reading the thread. It gets more and more interesting with each page of it I read.
  15. saving menu Looks normal...until... malfunction It does this for all except pics. It'll easily handle pics. But everything else...nope. If I use left-click instead of "save as", it won't do anything at all. As for the article, I tried everything in that article. Nothing works to fix this.
  16. What if you went to Bookmarks...make Bookmark on the site you want bookmarked? I think it'd make me batty if I couldn't bookmark anything. I had that issue with Flock before I tossed it. I've never seen a newly-released version of a browser be so wrecked in my life! It was only 1% functional. It drove me to try Opera. I've been liking it since, but I did miss FF. If I can't do bookmarks on FF 3, and can't do downloads [except pics] with FF 2, then I might as well downscale back to 1.5...it gave me no issues. I have to say, this is pretty sad. FF was my favourite browser and Opera is quickly replacing it entirely. I think I know why Opera glitches up... the cache size was ridiculously low and needed clearing. It was 20 MB. I hiked it to 50 MB and cleared the cache. Has anybody noticed that Firefox 2 [whatever version]'s menus don't show all of themselves if you need the text to be large for visibility? Or is that a theme issue? I'm a little tired of this issue. I find I have to hike up the resolution temporarily just to reach the rest of the menus or make the text smaller temporarily. Both give me eyestrain and I'm tired of doing that just to access the menus. The menus I'm talking about is FF's options menu, not the scroll down ones.
  17. Caintry, may I please know [if you can remember] what all the problems were? I'm very confused by how much FF had changed. [sure, the change doesn't look like much to the eye, but when you explore around and try web-browsing...] since 1.5. But yeah, I think I'll try the one you recommend. I thought this version was for Macs only, though? I might be misinformed about Firefox 3. I only about about these batty 2's. Teohan, the problem is this... whenever I tell FF to download something, it refuses to. If it tries to, it tells me the folder is locked or it just can't download and displays the item as saved on the Downloads panel that pops up though I know its not there. The oddest thing is, I can only download pictures with FF. I have to switch to Opera to make everything else download. These are the extensions I have, but I may have to try the Safe Mode form of FF to see if it might be the extension. AdBlock Plus FlashBlock IETab Tab Mix Plus Talkback [grayed out?] YesScript [disabled for the moment] PitchDark Theme That's it. Just ones for using IE and for security purposes.
  18. All right. I'm surprised to know that AVG Anti-Spyware Free doesn't provide real-time protection against Spyware. That's sooo dumb and it wasn't mentioned anywhere. [unless I missed it somehow] I guess this means I'll be uninstalling it and going for something else. You suggested Spybot with the Tea Timer shut off, or ThreatFire. I had a look at the features that come with the Free. Its got a -little- in the way of limitations, but it still looks much nicer than I'd imagine. Only problem is... I can't download anything with Firefox. I've been having this trouble after a while of using it. I've never had this issue with 1.5; but it seems to be an issue with the current version., but I hope they'll come out with an upgrade. This is driving me batty. I like using Opera but it tends to glitch up after a while, especially if I've been saving pictures. That's driving me batty as well. I've done nearly everything that FF forums ask you to do to fix this issue, but still no results. I'll get the router set up as soon as Ian gets home; I don't know where all the cords go. [at myself] You'd think I'd know where cords go by now.
  19. Aww! Thank you! You have me very interested in this for Ian. I can't thank you enough. Other than needing drivers tutorials and how many there should be to put onto a disc, here's my current security setup now that Ian has stopped sharing internet with other tenants in the building... Comodo Firewall 3.0 AVG Antivirus [Comodo Antivirus just crashes too easily] AVG AntiSpyware Spyware Blaster Comodo AntiMalware [seems so minimalistic, so I'm unsure about this one; I heard A2 is better] Unlocker [not exactly security but helps me unfreeze things and "comp is stupid" errors] Dvorak [keyloggers have a harder time if all they see is gibberish; they tend to read Qwerty; helps arthritis] I haven't reinstalled Spybot S&D yet because the last time I had it installed [don't get me wrong, I liked it!] I had to contend with a screenful of notifications after every bootup [while Windows loads], just to tell me what settings it allowed and didn't allow. I'm also worried its too complicated for me and it seems sooo easy to mess up the computer by just flipping a "switch" in there. And oh yes, the new router got received. Its very light compared to my older one. Should this be added to the security list though this computer is the only one that's hooked up to the internet account now? Or should I wait until my new laptop arrives and we want to network together [we live in the same apartment]? In the HJT area, I'm trying to resolve a weird Java situation.
  20. I'll be able to pick it up tomorrow. Its at the post office. I guess I forgot to ask you to write on the parcel "Please leave in mailbox or below it if it doesn't fit". It was too cold to go get it today. As soon as I have it, I'll need your tutorial for how to hook it up or maybe Ian could do it. All I can do is ask him to be careful on those porn sites. I can't really ask him to stop. Since Opera is more secure than even Firefox, he'll try his porning on Opera instead. I'm hoping that'll be better. So far, though, I think the computer's clean. I guess I just have some issues. Like how do I avoid triggering the IRQ issue? I know this PC has 4 USB ports but it seems unable to handle more than 2 hookups. Yet people sell USB hubs. How will I know what the limit is?
  21. I guess you didn't read the whole thread. I don't have a Windows XP Home CD of my own, I don't know if I have a Windows XP Home CD Product Key of my own either, and no Windows XP Home Recovery CD was given. Why are you suggesting I get another hard drive? We already got a new external hard drive that we're using for backups. The drivers are being searched for and they'll gradually be fully updated. When we have the right ones, we'll back those up to the External Hard Drive. Its dumb that drivers aren't automatically included on a CD like they are when you buy the various parts separately. "you may have load drivers"? Please use simple English. I can't read this.
  22. Yes, it means porn. He also installed The Complete Encyclopedia of Games. I wonder if these should've gone through the Compatibility Wizard. It says 1995 on it. I'll see what I can do. If getting this to work fails, I may have to uninstall it.
  23. When I try to open the control panel, I get that error message. Maybe I should reinstall Java?
  24. Well, when I'm in a site that requires Java, it just doesn't work anymore. It either shows black, or white, or a "freeze picture" of one of my other activities or just the Downloads window. When I try to open Java Console, there's no graphics. Just the window frame. When I try to open the Control Panel, I get an error message that's related to a driver or something. "rundll32.exe shell32.dll, Control_Run DLL 'C:\Program Files\Java\jre 1.6.0_03\bin\javacpl.cpl' " I tried what you suggested for the Firefox fix. I never knew Firefox could have this problem. Then again, this is the first time I've ever worked with the 2.0 upgrade. I'm used to working with 1.5 only and it never had this issue.
  25. Now I can't get Firefox to download anything and Java's being a crashy pain since today. Ian was doing something "fleshy" yesternight and it caused Comodo AntiVirus and Firefox to crash. I couldn't get Comodo AntiVirus to come back up; it just gives me a missing driver message. Deciding its too weak, I switched to AVG. Its working well, but I still can't get Firefox fixed. I have to use Opera to download stuff. I wish I wasn't having all this trouble.
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