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By duskbty ·
I have a P3 and windows ME installed on it but lately I have become very frustrated with my system as it keeps hanging up and responds only on its own sweet time nomatter what I do and I have to wait for it to respond it happens wether I am on the net or not.I have tried reinstalling windows,trying to restore the system but it doesn't do that too it,also sometime there pops up a message that there is an error and and your word document/browser will close and it close.Why doesn't my suystem restore and or disk defragment it says u need to fix the error or it just keeps restarting same goes for my scandisk it just keeps restarting saying some other program is writing to it when apparently there is no other window is open.
Please can you help me solve this problem or do I have to send my system for repairs also can you tell me if this problem has benn caused by somethuing that I downloaded or uploaded.
Thankyou
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by bohicam1 In reply to PC trouble

You may have a virus. These things do spread themselves by downloading unknown applications from the net. The first order is to figure out if it is in fact a virus. You can go to
http://tinyurl.com/2okx
to have norton do a free scan on your computer online. With most viruses now, if you try to install an anti-virus program after you have been infected, it will not install.
Good luck!

Mike

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by duskbty In reply to PC trouble

It helped me as far as diagnosing the problem but not solving it.

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by Maggot In reply to PC trouble

there is a chance you have a virus follow ansewer
#1, or try running a rescue set on your system if you have anti-virus software already installed.
be sure to lock the write protect tabs on the floppys. if no virus then use ALT-CTRL-DEL and shut down every thing except EXPLORER AND SYSTRAY.
then run scandisk, also run a complete scan of surface of the hard drive. how old is the computer? how much RAM do you have? have you changed any configurations on your system?
you may try stripping downsystem to just the operating system starting with the most recent
install, be sure to back up anything you might want to save.
good luck!!

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by duskbty In reply to PC trouble

After I ran the scan disk following your advice it said no bad sectors but I still have the same problems as before the virus is still there as it is.

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by shakeelr7 In reply to PC trouble

My Dear Friend, The procedure you are telling may cause due to Bad Sector in Your HDD Or you may have some problem with your HDD. If you know how to run Scandisk from the command prompt of Windows 98 then it will show the Red B mark at your sector if not then look for anther reason.

Hope this will help you.

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by duskbty In reply to PC trouble

I am a total nerd as far as running etc I don't know the first thing about it whatever I know about computers is self taught and that is the basics only so please if you can guide me further iiit would help.

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by RCOM In reply to PC trouble

Run msconfig and go to the startup tab. Check there for strange things that are starting up. Uncheck items that are suspect. You can recheck them if after reboot there's no difference. Try only one or two at a time so you can tell which may be causing a problem.

One thing to note about viruses and the restore feature in Windows ME. If you have a virus it may be also hiding in the restore folder. After you clean the virus it'll come right back. Norton and McAfee both have info on how to remove viruses and not having this issue occur. If you do find a virus the best thing to do is go online and read the instructions on removal before attempting to get rid of it. The restore folder issue is mentioned if needed.

By the way if you didn't know, to run scandisk from DOS, boot the computer and keep pressing the F8 key just before the windows screen appears. A list of boot options will come up. Select command prompt only. The computer will finish booting and end up with C> showing. Type in scandisk, hit enter and let it run. If you get bad sectors anywhere near the beginning of the drive I'd get it replaced.

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by duskbty In reply to PC trouble

You lost me as soon as you said uncheck items I don't know what to suspect.

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by HereInOz In reply to PC trouble

Quite possibly a virus as previously noted. That would be my bet. If you are having trouble running scandisk, in that it re-starts all the time, try starting the machine in Safe Mode (keep tapping the F8 key continuously once the post checks are done) and it will show you a screen to start in safe mode.

This often allows scandisk and defrag to run uninterrupted. You can then check whether it is your HDD causing the problem

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by duskbty In reply to PC trouble

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