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By sid_kraft ·
I am running WinXP Pro and trying to defrag my C hardisk, I keep getting the message "defrag stopped because of an error with the file ....". I have gone to the directory listed and errased the file specified and re-booted. I still get the same message and after looking into the directory specified, the file is no longer there. I am mystified as to what is happening, anyone out there with ideas? Sid Kraft

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by pierrejamme In reply to defrag

Two options i would try.
1.) Probably a Trojan and or Virus. Run current Virus Scanner and spyware tools.
2.) Boot into "Safe Mode" and run defrag there

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by tripster_web_design In reply to defrag

I have to say that I gave up on the built-in Windows Defrag app's a long long time ago. They are inherently buggy and do not do a very good job even when they do work.

I mostly use Abexo Defrag Plus Pro and a little Swap/Page File defrag app called "PageDefrag for Windows NT/2K/XP" that both run during the boot cycle rather than inside Windows.

This does 2 things:
1) It gets around any of the ga-zillion Windows Background Services and installed scanning software that always interferes with a normal defrag
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2) These app's are not influenced by any virus, malware, or spyware that will attempt to stop a defrag.

It is so much faster this way and it never fails to run as intended. MS did not put much effort into building any kind of "real defragger" into Windows just like they have never included a decent "Downloader" into IE. I mean they can "Weld IE" into Windows so you almost can?t remove it, yet they do not give you a downloader worth a grain of sand ?? that has always intrigued me as to why they are so hard headed and stubborn in this area.

In this case I always advise 3rd party app's so the job will get done right every time.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to defrag

Just one more thing when you run the AV and Spy Ware scans run them in Safe Mode as that way you'll not have everything running in the background and you stand a better chance of removing any offending files.

Col

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by Breydel In reply to defrag

I'd have to add one other tip on the running of AV/Spyware remover....

Yes, do run it in Safe mode - this is a must but also make sure you have turned of the system restore option, otherwise you will risk putting back infected files when you next boot into normal mode.

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by BorgInva In reply to defrag

I would do a PC cleanup. Delete the temp folders, bak files, the internet cache, the works! Empty the Recycle Bin. Now do a scan on boot up. Open Windows Explorer, right click the C drive > properties > tools > ERROR CHECKING check now > click both boxes > OK > Reboot when asked. Give it some time to check and fix if needed. Then afterwards, before defragging again, open your TASK MANAGER (CTRL-ALT-DEL) and kill any processors you know that should not be running right now, like AOl, AIM, RealPlayer, etc. See if any of that works.

If you need some free virsy scanners as mentioned above.....

As of 4/23/05

To completely avoid spyware and viruses, turn PC off. Truthfully.
If you really want to use it, prevention with running programs are best. Read their docs on how to use them and update them. All these are FREE.
Oh, yes! KEEP WINDOWS UP TO DATE! Use the AUTOMATIC UPDATE feature.

ONLINE VIRUS CHECKS, no software install required other than an Active X component if required (some do removals):
Symantec Security Check
http://security.symantec.com/sscv6/home.asp?langid=ie&venid=sym&plfid=23&pkj=QQWRORVWHFHMFNZMBBX
BitDefender
http://www.bitdefender.com/scan/licence.php
Panda ActiveScan
http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/com/activescan_principal.htm
Trend Micro Online Virus Scan
http://housecall.antivirus.com/housecall/start_corp.asp
Trend Micro Housecall
http://housecall.trendmicro.com/
Virus Threat Center Blog
http://virusthreatcenter.com/?tag=zd.ft.fs.vtc
McAfee Virus Removal Tools
http://us.mcafee.com/virusInfo/default.asp?id=vrt

ONLINE SPYWARE CHECKS
ZoneAlarm Spyware Check
http://download.zonelabs.com/bin/promotions/spywaredetector/index3.html

REFERANCE
http://www.download.com/spyware-center/2001-2023-0.html?tag=note

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by BorgInva In reply to

ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE (again all FREE)
Free avast! 4 Home Edition
http://www.asw.cz/eng/avast_4_home.html
AVG FREE
http://free.grisoft.com/freeweb.php
AntiVir? PersonalEdition Classic
http://www.free-av.com/index.htm
BitDefender Free Edition v7
http://www.bitdefender.com/bd/site/products.php?p_id=24

ANTI SPYWARE
About:Buster
http://www.malwarebytes.biz/index.php
Bug Off
http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/downloads.html
CWShredder
http://www.intermute.com/spysubtract/cwshredder_download.html
HijackThis 1.99.1
http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/downloads.html
Ad-Aware SE Personal edition
http://www.lavasoftusa.com/
Microsoft? Windows AntiSpyware (Beta) [I believe updates are done through Windows Update)
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx
Spybot Search and Destroy 1.3
http://www.safer-networking.org/
SpywareBlaster 3.3
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
X-RayPC Spyware Process Analyzer 1.001
http://www.x-raypc.com/

TO WATCH YOUR START UP PROGRAMS

MSCONFIG (not on W2k)
Use RUN and type MSCONFIG and then hit ENTER
Use these programs too
Startup Monitor
http://www.mlin.net/index.shtml
StartupRun v1.22
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/strun.html

FREE FIREWALLS:

ZoneAlarm (one of the BEST, even for free)
http://www.zonelabs.com/store/content/company/products/znalm/freeDownload.jsp?lid=staticcomp_za
Sygate Personal Firewall 5.x (never used myself but it is a good one)
http://smb.sygate.com/products/spf_standard.htm

AND MORE ONLINE FIREWALL TESTS
ShieldsUP!
https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2
LeakTest
http://www.grc.com/lt/leaktest.htm
Symantec Security Check
http://security.symantec.com/sscv6/home.asp?langid=ie&venid=sym&plfid=23&pkj=QQWRORVWHFHMFNZMBBX

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