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Slowly losing things

By Frogwillie2001 ·
My PC is losing things.
Running Win XP Pro SP3, which MS tells me is a pirate copy. IE-6.0 updated SP3
Ever since I D/L SP3 a few months ago I have been losing access to thing. First was system restore, than my help & support, than my updates, now I can't get into my divice manager/hardware profiles.
I have been into my Start-Admin tools-services.
I have had to turn them on and started them over a dozen time. But they will not stay on.
I can't get into my properties. Right click on my computer, click on properties and it will flash/pop-up and gone.
Any thing to do with system restore will not work. Had an email from TechRepublic something about system restore and could not even open it.
Every time I click on the email I was booted off line. (Verizon FIOS. Check for viruse and what have you. Nothing.
Can anyone please help me before I take this PC out for some target shooting.
Thanking you in advance for any help or suggestion.
William

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If MS...

by cmiller5400 In reply to Slowly losing things

If MS is saying it is pirated copy, then I'd do something about that first. Some pirated copies of Windows contain all kinds of nasty stuff. Contact MS and let them know what is going on. It just may be that your install key got black listed.

All the problems you state are suspect of malware or viruses. Did you do the scans in safe mode? If not it probably won't detect them...

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Well if it really is a Pirate Copy of Windows

by OH Smeg In reply to Slowly losing things

I would say that it is infected with Back Doors and Root Kits neither of which will be found by an AV Scan.

However if it is just a case of the Product key getting Black Listed by M$ it very much sounds like the actions of a copy of Windows that has not been activated where things just stop working by design for a period of time and then the Entire OS stops opening. M$ Designed this to occur in a 30 Day period but if you have a Real Pirate that could have been tampered with for whoever made it own benefit.

The very least that you should do here is monitor all outbound traffic to see what is being sent out or at least how much is being sent out.

Col

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