301 Computer issues… Again!

’08 May 17 My computer is acting up again! A few of days ago, I started it up and when I came back, it was on but the screen was off. I didn’t know if it was me or the machine so I re-booted it and it worked fine after that.

This morning it was loading up OK and just when it got to the point of making the funny little sound to let you know that you can use it, it shut itself off. I tried it three times and it did the same thing. I was in a panic as I realized that I hadn’t saved my files for a couple of months and there was a lot of work that I didn’t want to loose. In desperation I tried again but this time I opened a small text program as the computer was loading. I continued to type in gibberish just to keep it focused on me and sure enough it worked.

I left the computer on all day as I organized my files and did a full back up. I also ran a “disk clean up” and a “system defrag” as well as Crap Cleaner and a couple of virus checks that didn’t pull up anything. I then had the brilliant idea that because I had a similar issue a few days ago, that I would restore my computer to a date when it was working fine.

I set the restore point and let the computer whirr through the data, and then I noticed that my external hard drive light was flashing like crazy.. Dah! I had forgotten to disconnect my external hard drive and now my computer was also trying to restore it. I felt I couldn’t stop it, or shut the machine down without doing damage or possibly losing my files so I let it run its course.

About a half hour later it reported that it couldn’t re-store to the date I had provide. I checked my computer files and they seemed OK. I opened my external hard drive and what a mess! Files were all over the place with duplicate and partial files in some of the folders. I spent the rest of the day just sorting and restoring files to my external hard drive. I never did run the system restore, but instead, I did another disk clean up and system defrag, and I also ran Crap Cleaner to clean up my registry.

The next day I booted it up, and it was doing the same thing. I tried the text program trick again but it didn’t work, so I opened “my computer” and ran “add and remove programs” and that did the trick. I then did a restore and the other maintenance programs I did before and since then, it “seems” to be ok. but it’s not running like it used to.. it just “feels” different..

JR
PS: Now I “back up” my files everyday. 🙂

'08 May 23 Update: I just updated and ran a spyware check and found that my computer had a trojan called… backdoorWin.32GF.13xi

Type: Backdoor – A Trojan software is any software on a user's computer that the user is not aware or intentionally installed. Most Trojan software is designed to perform some sort of actions that could jeopardize the user's security or privacy. Spyware such as Trojan can invade your privacy, bombard you with pop-up windows, slow down your computer, and even make your computer crash.

Risk: High Risk High risk threats typically are remotely exploitable vulnerabilities, which can lead to system compromise. Successful exploitation does not normally require any interaction. May open up communication ports, use polymorphic tactics, stealth installations, and/or anti-spy counter measures. May use a security flaw in the operating system to gain access to your computer.

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