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Computer Problems, Questions and Solutions! / Re: Hard Drive problems???
« Last post by DonnaB on Today at 03:12:47 AM »
Casi,

Hard drives are mechanical devices and they do fail at any given time no matter how careful you are. There are several causes for bad sectors on hard drives. Bad sectors may be the result of regular everyday use for a substantial amount of time. The problem of damaged sectors can also be present in new out-of-the-box hard disks. Physical damage or shock can even lead the hard drive to have bad sectors. If the hard disk experiences a strong jerk, the platter can be damaged, which might in turn create bad sectors. Another reason for damaged sectors is excessive generation of heat in the PC and improper ventilation settings. So many things can cause this that is no fault of yours.

Performing the test that Winchester provided in the link above does seem a bit tedious though is very simple to do. I do believe that you will need to replace the hard drive soon. Hubby may even try to boot the computer up in your absence and find it will not boot. Is there a reputable tech shop in your area that it can be taken to so it can be replaced? If I remember correctly, mine cost somewhere's around $150 USD's to have fixed a couple of years ago, but it is much cheaper than a new computer.

If you would like, we would be more than happy to help guide you through the test above. Let me know if you decide to wait till you get back and I will create step by step instructions for you to follow, if you like.

My sincerest condolences to the lose of your loved one. Please be safe in your travels to and from the funeral.
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Computer Problems, Questions and Solutions! / Re: Hard Drive problems???
« Last post by Casi on Today at 01:48:01 AM »
Donna, how did I get so many bad sectors?  I don't understand????  I've been so careful....do the Malwares, Spyblaster, etc.
I'm scared to do the Sea Tools thing since I dont' know what I'm doing.  I've saved most of my stuff...pics and documents.  I have to go to a funeral tomorrow...won't be back til Sunday or Monday.  I can't keep hubby off the PC.  I would rather wait and study the directions...I downloaded to a flash drive......so hopefully I can do it when I get back.  I just don't understand what I did??
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Computer Problems, Questions and Solutions! / Re: Hard Drive problems???
« Last post by DonnaB on Today at 12:27:01 AM »
Please note:

The bad sector info I quoted above is from 08-14-14

the following is from today (08-20-14)

965364735 KB total disk space.
  97479216 KB in 321220 files.
    174604 KB in 67092 indexes.
     63136 KB in bad sectors.
    539267 KB in use by the system.
     65536 KB occupied by the log file.
 867108512 KB available on disk.
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Computer Problems, Questions and Solutions! / Re: Hard Drive problems???
« Last post by DonnaB on Today at 12:19:48 AM »
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(Note to team:  IMO the 3-stage auto-chkdsk is inferior to running chkdsk /r )
I agree with you Winchester.

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Donna B....now we are getting somewhere.....hopefully you will be able to see what is wrong!
Casi. I have never seen so many bad sectors. See below:

965364735 KB total disk space.
  95375460 KB in 314234 files.
    170472 KB in 66432 indexes.
     50640 KB in bad sectors.
    527307 KB in use by the system.
     65536 KB occupied by the log file.
 869240856 KB available on disk.

Do you have any personal data such as pictures, music, etc. on this hard drive that is dear to your heart and that you just can not live without? If so, I would suggest to save it NOW to an external hard drive for safe keeping before we continue. I'm not even sure a  chkdsk c:/r can correct that many bad sectors and you could lose some files in the process.

If I am correct, didn't I read in a post above that disk check would not run? That's not good. :(

Please back up you files now. If that disk crashes, you may lose everything.

Let us know when you are done or if you need help on how to do that.
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General Software News, Updates & Discussions / Re: Belarc Advisor
« Last post by Corrine on Today at 12:19:44 AM »
Belarc Advisor Security Definitions v2014.8.20.1

Current versions of the Belarc Advisor automatically check for, fetch, and install Belarc Advisor Security Definition updates at each use.

The currently released Belarc Advisor Security Definition updates include all Microsoft security bulletins through August 12th 2014. This update ensures that the System Security Status panel in the computer profile report reflects the true number of missing Microsoft Security Updates.

Note:  The definitions have been corrected to reflect the removal from the download channel of the updates in MS14-015.

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Analysis and Malware Removal / Re: Rootkit activity???
« Last post by Corrine on August 20, 2014, 11:48:20 PM »
Have you had any other "consistency check" messages?  The main thing is that the log didn't show any bad sectors. 

So the only concern is the slow startup.  When did that begin?
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WinPatrol Help & Information / Re: oddity in the File Types monitor
« Last post by JDBush61 on August 20, 2014, 11:19:49 PM »
LilBambi, please, if you have the use of a Win7-64 PC, I wonder if you would check whether (a) WinPatrol on that PC detects and alerts to changes in file types and (b) new file types can be added via the Add button.

Hi ancient1,

Since LilBambi is currently running 32 bit Windows 7, maybe I can help you? The laptop I'm typing from is my Sony Vaio, 64-bit, Win 7, with WinPatrol (current version) installed. To be honest, I actually am at a loss as to how WinPatrol works, so not quite sure how to do the checks you're interested in. However, if you -- or someone -- can quickly outline for me what to do to check the file-type questions you stated above, then I'm more than happy to help. Let me know.

Best,

John
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WinPatrol Help & Information / Re: oddity in the File Types monitor
« Last post by LilBambi on August 20, 2014, 11:04:34 PM »
Sometimes you really need a removal program to fix whatever went wrong or got corrupted somehow.

Someone recently got Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from an untrusted source. I removed it fine, and tried to install the real one from malwarebytes.org and got errors all over the place. I got the removal tool from Malwarebytes.org (via the link in their forums), and then installed Malwarebytes Anti-Malware fine and it is working great. Between it and the other tools, I was able to clean the computer up and the owner is very happy. But I could not have done it without that uninstaller. Same has been true with many AV programs.

Might want to give it (winpatrolremove.exe ) a try (from Corrine's link).

I did, as reported.

So far in this thread, 3 different computers belonging to 3 different owners are reported to have the same problem. All of them Win7-64 machines. If 3 independent sad sacks were unlucky enough to be hit by the same corruption, that is, if WinPatrol is prone to a particular corruption, then perhaps the developers need to look into that.

LilBambi, please, if you have the use of a Win7-64 PC, I wonder if you would check whether (a) WinPatrol on that PC detects and alerts to changes in file types and (b) new file types can be added via the Add button.

I prefer 64-bit Win7, but my hardware on my 'new to me' laptop needed the 32-bit version for driver support sadly. So I had to install the 32-bit version of my Win7 Ultimate. I am happy with it, as now I have my Windows 7 Ultimate (Retail) alive and well again after the last computer died after a few short months. :(

So, as much I as would love to help out with that on a 64-bit system, my system works fine with it (32-bit). And the few customers I have put the new version on with both 32-bit and 64-bit systems haven't had any problems as yet but they don't worry about customizations on their systems.

I agree it should be looked into.  Not sure why it would do that.

But in the meantime, was what I was talking about. And you did it.
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WinPatrol Help & Information / Re: oddity in the File Types monitor
« Last post by ancient1 on August 20, 2014, 06:17:36 PM »
Sometimes you really need a removal program to fix whatever went wrong or got corrupted somehow.

Someone recently got Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from an untrusted source. I removed it fine, and tried to install the real one from malwarebytes.org and got errors all over the place. I got the removal tool from Malwarebytes.org (via the link in their forums), and then installed Malwarebytes Anti-Malware fine and it is working great. Between it and the other tools, I was able to clean the computer up and the owner is very happy. But I could not have done it without that uninstaller. Same has been true with many AV programs.

Might want to give it (winpatrolremove.exe ) a try (from Corrine's link).

I did, as reported.

So far in this thread, 3 different computers belonging to 3 different owners are reported to have the same problem. All of them Win7-64 machines. If 3 independent sad sacks were unlucky enough to be hit by the same corruption, that is, if WinPatrol is prone to a particular corruption, then perhaps the developers need to look into that.

LilBambi, please, if you have the use of a Win7-64 PC, I wonder if you would check whether (a) WinPatrol on that PC detects and alerts to changes in file types and (b) new file types can be added via the Add button.
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Security Software Programs / Re: MVPS Hosts Updates
« Last post by siljaline on August 20, 2014, 05:58:34 PM »
Updated August 20 2014
Please note that the Blog is down as is the information we would include with a MVPS Hosts file announcement.
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