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Q: Great Backup Device

Most of you know that you don't really know if your backup device is really going to work until you lose everything and then you have to do the backup thing. Well, it happened to me a few weeks ago and I am here to report it to you. Something or somehow I corrupted my registry and could not get my win2k pro to boot - only a BSOD. It happened while my wife was on the computer and scanning data at the same time and she swears she did nothing - right famous last words. Well, anyways i had to call my computer guy to come look at this one because it would boot up to the windows screen and then crash. He was able to use my win2k disk, but after the repair - all the desktop was gone except what looked like a fresh install. So I installed my Retrospect software that comes with the Maxtor One Touch. Then I fired up the retrospect and it immediately detected the maxtor. Next, I selected the restore function and it started running. I left and when I came back, I rebooted and voila - everything was there. So the message is if you want a safe reliable easy way to save your data, then the Maxtor One Touch may be for you especially if you are not a technophile who has lots of time to restore things off of disks or floppies. I set my maxtor to backup every AM at 0300 because of what happened. Hope this helps someone out there from experiencing that sinking feeling when you have lost a lot of important data...doc

A: Great Backup Device

Glad to hear you had a successful backup experience. Perhaps your story will prompt others to re-evaluate their backup strategy, or lack of same.

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This time I would like to tell you about, maybe not well known, but excellent software which can provide you easy and reliable your E-mails backup strategy.
I'm talking about MailStore Home - it's free, but in the past it was a paid software.
I'm using MailStore Home for almost year and I recommend it to anyone who wants to have a backup of the emails on own computer.

This is how the main menu looks like:

MailStore Home Archives Email From:
Microsoft Outlook 2000, XP, 2003 and 2007
Microsoft Outlook Express and Windows Mail
Microsoft Exchange Server Mailboxes
Hosted Microsoft Exchange Mailboxes
Mozilla Thunderbird and SeaMonkey
POP3 and IMAP (including webmail services such as Gmail and Yahoo)
.eml and other files

Download site:
Free email archiving and backup software - MailStore Home


A:Do a backup of your E-mails! - great application!

Hi there
For outlook why not just use pfbkup.exe or even the archive function.

For Outlook express just change the data area where the folders are stored and just save these with Windows express.

For other email clients this might be OK but I'm now trying to "minimize" the number of 3rd party apps I have on machines. Maintenance and serial numbers etc etc gets ever more complex so I'm "Going back to the roots".

A 3rd party app for me now has to do ALL of the following

1) Is it SIGNIFICANTLY better than what is available in the standard system.

2) Is it cost effective.

3) Is the manufacturer / developer still going to be around a few years later or are you going to get stuck with some obsolete app a few years down the road.

Paid apps that I use that MS has no better or equal equivalent for (to ??) are things like Photoshop CS4, Acronis True Image (MS backup is getting better but still doesn't have anything like the functionality yet), some audio editing software, DVD authoring, Winamp,MS Office. (Open Office does a passable job but still doesn't compare with "the real thing" especially as MS office - even the Enterprise version can be sourced HEAVILY discounted -- either as a student, via MS Use at Home programs --get your employer to sign up) or technet /msdn.

Free 3rd party apps - MySQL, WAMP server, ?Torrent

Jury's still out - Firefox vs IE8.

(Corporate apps like SAP with its front end GUI, Oracle, Eclipse IDE etc don't co... Read more

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Hello all,

I am running "windows backup and restore" on one of my external hard drives and WDsmartware (western digital software that came with my other external drive). WDsmartware eats up WAY to much resources. Would I be better off just using "windows backup and restore" for both drives? are there any free programs out there that are "better' than windows 7 "backup and restore"? thanks a lot.

A:Looking for a great external hard drive backup program

If 'Windows Backup and Restore' is working, then I'd keep using it.

Doesn't hurt to try other programs.

I see many here that use Macrium free;
Image your system with free Macrium - Windows 7 Forums

BTY, I use 'Windows Backup and Restore' and Clonezilla Open-Source Image Backup - Windows 7 Forums

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I have tried every tip and trick to get MJ to work and have come to the conclusion that it is too unstable and totally unreliable, I have scraped it and have moved on to a new VoIP device that is working great! It is called an Obi-110 and you can buy it on Amazon for $50. You use it in conjunction with Google Voice and is free. You plug it into your router so there is no need to have a computer running continuously, the sound is loud and clear and has many more options with it including an app for your smartphone to make free calls! I have not had it go down since I installed it and have made lots of calls with it. I highly recommend it.

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My Vista backup is no longer backing up. It fails because it says drive "L" cannot be found. Well, my external drive is labelled "J," and has been for the past year when I've successfully backed up my hard drive. When I attempt to change the settings to back up to drive "J," it just says "looking for backup devices," and just keeps going on forever, never finding "J." I can see J in windows explorer, and it seems to be functioning just fine. Any ideas on how to get it to find drive J again?

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Hi all,

I have an old hard drive for my pc that I would like to use as a backup device. Since it is not in my machine (and I don't want to put it back in), I am looking for a device that allows me to connect it via usb to use to backup my work.

I am sure I have seen these a while ago and they cost around £10-15, though I can't remember what they are called or what they look like, so I'm not sure what to be looking for.

Can anyone help?



A:Device that let's me connect an old hard drive to use as backup device?

external usb enclosure usb enclosure&bop=And&Order=RATING

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As I was searching for noteworthy Windows 8 apps on the internet I stumbled across this awesome site that list Windows 8 apps and filters poor apps. The site is Great Windows Apps - A Better Windows Store. Visit their about page to know more Great Windows Apps - About This Site

Its good to know that there are a lot of activities surrounding Windows 8 by the community to improve the app ecosystem.

I hope you guys find it useful as much I do.

I'm not sure if this is the right forum section to post this so please forgive my noob-ness if I did something wrong by posting this.

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I recently purchased a 329G backup device by Hitachi called Simple Tough. My intention is to be able to transfer files, photos etc., from my old laptop running Windows XP to a new laptop that I plan to purchase with Vista. I've done a full backup on the device but the company says it won't allow me to transfer the files to a Vista OS. I downloaded Microsoft Easy Transfer and did another backup but the device "E" drive does not show any files under the title "old computer". Is anyone familiar with this type of backup device and explain to me if I'm on the right track how to restore these files on a Vista laptop? Or, is this the wrong device for what I want to do?

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Just had a major catastrophe with my PC and I'm looking for a new backup device that will have an option for me to schedule mu backups daily. I currently have a CD Burner but it's jus not cutting it.

I've looked into the new 750MB Iomega ZIP drive that comes with software which will allow me to schedule backups and I've also looked into some tape drives. These are my two economically viable options but I'd like to get an outside objective view on these two products as well as possibly some new ideas.

If anyone has any suggestions it would be greatly appreciated.

I'm also running 3 PC's on a newtork and I'd be backing up just data from all three so the size of the device media would not need to be that great. Just regular old word and excel files and such.


A:Looking for a Backup device

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I am using window 7 32 bit .when i connect my samsung galaxy to the window windows unable to copy files from galaxy. Every time it says device attech to the system is not function . And in other pc it works good.    i installed new window.

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I have never known any backup device to need to update. Recently, I bought a new one which is WD My Passport and it asks to do an update every month. So far, it has done two and, both times, removed its shortcut icons from my desk top. Now it wants to do a third update and I worry about what it might remove.

Why would a backup device need to update? Is it because it is called an "external hard drive"?

Or, one more possibility: Because my ESET antivirus program was taking far too long to scan, ESET people suggested I disconnect the backup device while the scan was going on. They said it didn't need scanning since it held only what ESET has already scanned inside the computer.

Please, can anyone fill me in on the need for a backup device to need updating? Thank you.

A:Updating Backup device?

Hello hazel m!

The way you're describing it, it shouldn't be something to worry about.
Like it is said in the WD My Passport pdf user manual, messages for available updates can pop up, for which you'd have to click Update Software and follow the on-screen instructions for downloading and installing the software update. This software could be the firmware, or WD software.
Some of these updates can be checked for automatically (hence the pop up), like the WD SmartWare, depending on the setting you set up.
Which WD My Passport do you have? And are the updates any different from what I am describing?
The disappearing shortcut should be because of the device being external (plug and play) and after the update it refreshes, hence need of new shortcut.
Is there any other troubling issue occurring?



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This problem has really got me stuck!


Dell D600 Laptop
XP Professional SP1


A user logs onto the pc (the owner). He connects the usb device to the laptop. The pc appears to recognise it (hard light flashes and hourglass appears for a bit).
If he looks under My Computer the device is not shown. Under Device manager the USB Mass storage device is shown and is working properly.

The user logs off and I log on.
The device is shown under My Computer!

I renamed the users profile to XXXXXX.old (x being his username). User logged on again and the pc created a new profile. Looked under My Computer and the device was there. Great! Copied all his data over from the old profile and ended up rebooting anyway. Check My Computer and the device was gone! ????
It seems the reboot "killed it" even though USB mass storage device is shown under Device Manager and working fine.

If I Logon I can see the device. If I reboot and logon I can still see it.

Man this is driving me nuts. I've tried several backup devices, all the same issue.
Any ideas?


A:Problems using any USB backup device!

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My wife runs the MS Backup app at work for her periodic document folder backups. Lately she's been getting a BACKUP DEVICE NOT RESPONDING (REF 07-002A-03-001E) after her system reads her 3.5" floppy for several seconds. Does this indicate a bad floppy or what? Help!

- Gerry

A:Backup Device Not Responding?

It is probably something very simple.
Make sure there is enough room left on the disk and it is not write protected.
Run Scandisk on the floppy to see if the media is ok.
Reformat the floppy and try again.
Also check that your CMOS settings show the correct type of floppy drive (1.44 MB or 720 KB for instance).


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Have two different external hard drives and wondering if either/both are suitable as Back Up and Restore Devices For Windows 7..

1) I have a Western Digital 750GB passport usb portable hard drive.
It is formatted HFS+ with MacDrive...

*1A) Possible/definite issues using as Back Up Device when need to restore/repair, ect on Windows 7?
1B) Will be installing windows 7 on second PC soon. Can HFS+ drive be used to Install windows 7 Image/clone (from Laptop) on new fresh Hard Drive?
2) Second external is a network device (not quite a NAS?, but connected to Ethernet LAN port on my router) it is a Segate GoFlex Network Version...

2A) Are there issues with using external network HDD as a back up device?
2B) Possible/Likely issues accessing network device if using to restore back up on crashed/damaged or fresh Windows 7 OS and/or program/user data
*** meaning will network attached drives not even be accessible if windows is screwed up or during install on fresh HDD?

Not priority, but if anyone knows off top of head...
Segate goflex network external drive has a usb connection port on back...
I know segate sells 'usb adapters/cable KIT' for some stupid cost.
*Can I connect the external drive to my pc with a normal USB cable?
If so, what type of ends exactly? (ie Male to micro/"B", whatever?)?

Thanks again everybody for support!

A:HFS+ USB HDD backup device indows 7

I'll try to answer part of your questions. Windows will not install from a HSF+. As far as I know it has to be FAT or NFTS. Mac can read NFTS but not write to it, but windows cannot read HSF+.
As far as the Network drive. ASFIK, it depends on which version of windows 7 you get. Home premium will not back up to a network. Professional and Ultimate will. Home Premium will back up to USB or eSATA. As far as the adapter for the Seagate GoFlex, check Amazon, they sell them much cheaper than Seagate.

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Hello. As part of my backup I simply copy those files I wish backed up to an external drive. Routinely I delete those files from the external drive and recopy and past them from the laptop to the external drive. This takes time.
Someone suggested I could use Synctoyt o speed up the process. Does this sound like a good idea?

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What is the best and trusted way to backup installed 3rd party device drivers (and software too, I guess it's possible) so that I can reinstall them on a fresh windows installation?

UPDATE: I would be truly grateful if someone could suggest me a way to save at least all current settings of installed windows environment and settings of all softwares?

A:What is the best way to backup installed device drivers?

Hello 1gouravgg, and welcome to Eight Forums.

I find that saving the downloaded driver installation files from the device or PC manufacturer to a drive other than the one Windows is installed on a great way to back them up. This way they are quickly available to install as needed.

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I'm operating on a Dell Inspirion 5150 Laptop/Windows XP.
I have had a CMS External USB Backup Device for 6 months now. All of a sudden it gives me an error message when I plug it into my USB port. It states "the Device is more powerful" then the USB hub speed can support. Then asks me to detach device and hit "reset" to reactive that port. I've tried my other USB port as well with the same error message. I was not having those issues before, even though I was using the same laptop. Anyway to fix that?
The device still has room for additional storage as well. It is not full.

A:CMS Backup External Device, USB HUB error

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Hi Guys,
Is there a quick way to export or download all the device drivers from my old laptop running Windows XP Home Edition Version 2002 SP2? I know there's quick and easy way to do so using the command prompt in Windows 10, is there such a thing in Windows XP?

A:Backup Device Drivers in Windows XP

I have used this utility to backup drivers on a XP computer.

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I run a backup tape on the company server, it schedule at 2:00 o'clock A.M. My problem is we have a alot to storage so when I come in at 6:00 A.M. I put a second tape in. Then at around 12:00 P.M I put a 3rd tape it finally completes its the whole backup.

Here is my creative thinking. Is there a external backup device that I could put 3 tapes or more in and have a Data tape that is tied to the device ( example; Think of a box with a tail and at the tip of the tail it has a data storage tape ) and then insert that tape to the server so when the backup schedule runs at 2:00 A.M. and when it stops at 5:00 A.M it will trigger the second tape in the device and so forth. Hopefully I made this clear.

Is there a device like that?

A:External Backup device needed

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I was trying to backup my computer on a Seagate and I kept getting this error message:

An error occurred. The following information might help you resolve the error:

The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error. (0x8007045D)

I have Windows Vista 32-bit SP1

Can anyone tell me what the problem is? I'm on a Dell Inspiron 1525 with 3gb RAM

A:I/O Device Error when I tried to backup files

Error message when you try to perform a full backup on a Windows Vista-based computer: "The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error"

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I'm not sure if this should be posted here, since I guess that it is a systems failure issue.
I am having some major issues with attempting to do a backup of all my system drives - all attempts have failed.
What I have done so far;
Tried to do a Windows backup from my laptop to a Passport external hard drive - first failure.
Failed again when I tried another Windows backup, this time to an Imation external hard drive - second failure.
Did an Administrator CHKDSK/R on the Laptop hard drives, and both external hard drives. All came up clean.
Tried to do two more alternative backups using Macrium Reflect - both similarly failed.

After each failed backup, all attempts got messages similar to the following;

I'm not sure,but the following files may also be helpful in fixing this problem;
I managed to copy the Macrium Reflect VSS log file to here; Macrium Reflect VSS
A couple of the CHKDSK/R Command Results are here; 3. CHKDSK Acer HD 27 Aug 2015.txt 4. CHKDSK My Passport [12 hours scan] 28 Aug 2015.txt
I am not sure if either of the following issues are relevant or have any bearing to the backup issue, but I include all in this post just in case they are. If they are not, please advise and redirect me to where I may get assistance with all.

A:BACKUP ABORTED - not performed because of I/O Device error

About half of my previous post did not make it - part 2 follows

I'm not sure,but the following files may also be helpful in fixing this problem; Attachment 370368Attachment 370369 Attachment 370370
I managed to copy the Macrium Reflect VSS log file to here; Attachment 370361
A couple of the CHKDSK/R Command Results are here; Attachment 370362 Attachment 370363
I am not sure if either of the following issues are relevant or have any bearing to the backup issue, but I include all in this post just in case they are. If they are not, please advise and redirect me to where I may get assistance with all.
Attachment 370364 Attachment 370365 Attachment 370366 Attachment 370367

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I have a old PC that has WIN95. Has a CD ROM and a DISKETTE Drive.
I am trying to make some backup disks for the DEVICE drivers.

I don't think I can find those device driver diskettes/CDs that originally
came with the PC.
What is the best software that can do this ??
Any idea ??

email: [email protected]

A:Device Drivers backup Software needed

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I have this really strange problem that started today

Whenever i plug in a USB storage device like my phone, USB stick or portable HDD

Windows backup starts automatically

I checked my autoplay settings and everything is set to either "Ask Me" or "Do Nothing"

can anyone help?


A:Windows Backup starts when i plug in a USB device

Check your Windows Backup settings - it may be on a schedule to backup to the USB drive...

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Hello Everyone,

I've installed Microsoft Windows 8.1 Version 6.3.9600 Build 9600 on my HP 430 Notebook PC with 1 GB RAM and Pentium CPU @ 2GHz 2 Cores.

Display drivers are not working properly (i.e., everything appears bigger and unclear), earlier I'd successfully updated the display drivers and made it work using Device Manager. Can anyone help me making a backup of the drivers (may be in .inf format) from the installed drivers so that I don't have to update it every time I re-install it.


A:How to backup Drivers from Device Manager/Installed Dvr ??

.Inf is just a file with the drivers. If you want real backup of drivers, use a program like this: Download Double Driver - MajorGeeks or Download Driver Magician Lite - MajorGeeks
They can be restored using that program or partially one by one or only specific ones.

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I used Paragon to do a full backup of my Windows XP hard drive

After restoring the backup, i can't boot my system - error "no boot device has been detected, please press any key to reboot"

Of course the correct HDD is selected in the BIOS (i only have 1 HDD in this computer)

As far as i remember i have set Paragon to include ALL partitions in the backup, including the system reserved one.

But when i open my backup file with Paragon i only see the "Local disk" partition

Any way to fix it and get my system to boot ?

A:reboot and select proper device (after restoring backup)

Quote: Originally Posted by anarchoi

I used Paragon to do a full backup of my Windows XP hard drive

After restoring the backup, i can't boot my system - error "reboot and select proper device"

Of course the correct HDD is selected in the BIOS (i only have 1 HDD in this computer)

As far as i remember i have set Paragon to include ALL partitions in the backup, including the system reserved one.

But when i open my backup file with Paragon i only see the "Local disk" partition

Any way to fix it and get my system to boot ?

Remove any CD or DVD from your optical drive.

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Several years ago, I read about a network attached device that used a protocol that was unlikely to be infected by a virus. I don't remember much about it except it didn't use the usual protocols and was therefore safer to use than, say, a USB drive connected to a router with usb port. If I remember correctly, it was connected to a router or computer via an RJ45 port.

Does anyone happen to know what I might be writing about?

The thing I'm trying to do is protect an always-connected, always-on backup device from something like ransomware by using an unusual protocol -- if that is even possible.

A:Network Attached Backup Device that Resists Infection

Most infections are the result of the file being copied onto the drive (ie: the files are infected before they are copied to the drive) or a device which has access to the drive. In which case, how the drive is connected or how the data stored is irrelevant.

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I am making regular backups - both the image backup and the file sets using Windows 7 Backup program. No problems with that.

But, I periodically would like to copy the image backup to a portable drive. I plan to take this portable drive offsite to a secure location - I call it my archive.

Is this possible? What files must I copy? Do I have to maintain a certain directory structure or naming convention in case I have to use the archived copy to restore (assume a bare metal restoration)?

I thought I could just copy the VHD files (boot and system) but the image backup has other directories and files and I just don't understand their purpose.

I need to copy these files rather than running the backup over again to this portable archive device. I have multiple computers and it is impractical for me to physically access each computer to re-run an image backup to the same archive device.

My archive device is a regular USB/eSata HDD and I don't plan to put VSS on it.

A:What image backup files to copy to archive device?

Welcome to SevenForums.

What imaging software are you using?

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Got a new Western Digital Passport Drive - formatted it so it was clean and plugged in. naturally WD installed (my ok) a bunch of stuff (google desktop? WD Anywhere?) Anyway, I used the vista pro backup and it got thru but then at the end, said unable to format, i/o device error 0x8007045d. Tried again. Nada. I used the WD software, but a: it took forever, and b: it is awful and incomplete. Tried to search the Microsoft site, it was impossible. Oh - using an HP Pavilion. WD is 500 gb, so space isn't an issue. any help please???

A:Solved: I/O device error 0x8007045d - using vista pro for backup

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What is the best and trusted way to backup installed 3rd party device drivers (and software too, I guess its possible) so that I can reinstall them on a fresh windows installation?

A:What is the best way to backup installed device drivers for use of fresh Windows

Personally, I would create a disk image on an external hard drive using somthing like Macrium Free. Make sure you create a WinPE bootable disk using the program and make sure it boots. On a Windows 8 computer you will need to disable SecureBoot before you can boot a CD/DVD.
If you needed to take it back to the fresh install state, you would boot the WinPE disk and restore the image to the drive. Even if your drive failed, you could put a new drive in, boot the WinPE disk and recover the image. You would be back in minutes instead of hours.

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I purchased a used laptop with xp pro installed. No resource CD's. Wish to make a back up using XP backup wizard and store on my external hard drive. File transfer stopped and i received an error message stating that 4g was max allowed to Fat32. My external hard drive is 40g and approx 3-4 years old.
What are my lowest cost options to create backups?
Can I upload my data from ext hard drive to another pc, convert Fat32 to NTFS using XP Covert utility and xfr data back to ext HD? By doing this, will the XP wizard be successful in making a backup on the converted ext HD?

A:Error trying to backup xp on external Hard Drive storage device

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Finally got around to incorporating my WD15 docking station to my XPS 13 9350. Connection is fine. Laptop powering up. Speakers working. Tablet charging. Second monitor clear as can be. Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB - undetected USB device. Plugged it directly into the laptop and it popped right up. Back into the WD15 and - undetected USB device. I've seen some internet posts with upgraded Windows 10 / backup drive fails, but so far nothing with this docking station (or I haven't looked long enough). Anyone else go through this? Would definitely appreciate any Ideas. BIOS and drivers are all up to date. Many thanks.

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So I stupidly used windows backup to create an image of my drive (they should really tell you when it's a stupid idea to use the windows software right )
I re-partitioned, reformatted and reinstalled windows and now Backup won't see the external backup device.
If I share the device it is visible via the network but backup doesn't recognise any image in the image folder or any sub-folder.

Please help!

A:Windows Backup Restrore doesn't find image device

Some here swear by W7 backup, and know about shadow volumes - or whatever it is - and should be able to help.
I'm sure they can help you to get your image recognized.

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During Windows backup, which wants to backup the 'C' drive and my games drive 'E' (for some reason), I get the following error message after the 'C' backup has completed but not the 'E':

'The backup operation that started at '‎2015‎-‎12‎-‎20T06:00:25.459859400Z' has failed with following error code '0x8078012D' (The operation failed due to a device error encountered with either the source or the destination. If the source or destination volume is on a disk, run CHKDSK /R on the source or destination volume, and then retry the operation.). Please review the event details for a solution, and then rerun the backup operation once the issue is resolved.'

I ran CHKDSK \R and received several errors of the type: 'A disk read error occurred 0000185. The disk does not have enough space to replace bad clusters detected in file xxxxxx of name xxxxxx.'

My 'E' drive is 2TB with 205GB free. I really don't believe that the cluster(s) in error are bigger than 205G, but what do I know?

Anyone have experience with this problem?


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I upgraded to Windows 10 a while back. Every time I open the computer I get a pop-up notification telling me the USB device is unrecognized. I have no USB devices in any of my 3 USB ports.
I sent my computer in twice. No help. They just uninstalled everything and reinstalled everything and told me it should be fixed. It is not. I then went about updating every driver in my Device Manager. I uninstalled the Unknown USB Device and then updated
other drivers. Certain drivers (such as PCI Express Root Port #3 - 9C14) when updating would also reinstall the Unknown USB Device, which I would then uninstall and keep working down the list. At the end of updating EVERYTHING I scanned for hardware changes
and "found" the Unknown USB Device. 
From what I can tell, and I know very little about this stuff, my computer can't name one of my USB ports. Since it can't figure out what it's called it can't download the proper driver for it. Since it can't download the proper driver it can't work properly.
The practical result from this is that one of my three USB ports does nothing when I put in any USB item (connect my android phone, thumb drive, presentation clicker, etc).
I've looked on tons of forums. My current thought is that if I can tell my computer what the deice is or download the right driver and tell my computer to use that driver for this device it should solve my issue. But I don't know how to know what the name
of the USB port should be (I imagine it woul... Read more

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I did a full backup using vista backup and recovery centre onto a seagate 160gb usb drive.  The backup completed successfully so I rebuilt the machine.
On trying to rebuild, I run bakup and restore center and it cant even see the drive (it can see the C partition, the E (recovery) partition and nothing else.  It doesnt see the D (Data Partition) or the USB device.)
Tried copying it to the E partition and forcing it to use it but get  backup location not found which is mentioned elsewhere as an issue with mediaid.bin.
any ideas, i now have a shiny sparkly new machine with no data on it. 
The data is there in a compressed form but id much rather restore properly.
grateful for any help.

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Hi, I'm having some serious trouble with a trojan called win32/olmarik trojan and possibly more infections. The problems are for example: the web-broswer are continuesly shutting down after a few min or sometimes less, I'm having problem installing anti-virus programs, the windows defender stopped working. I can't even make a system restore. So as you can see, I'm in desperat need for help.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 03:03:00, on 2010-01-06
Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18865)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\USB Disk Win98 Driver\Res.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\egui.exe
C:\Program Files\NETGEAR\WG111v2\WG111v2.exe
C:\Program Files\Philips\Philips SNU5600 Wireless USB Adapter Utility\PHUSBBGMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Toolbar\wltuser.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\... Read more

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Ok, I have had my laptop for almost two years now, and I haven't really been good to it.

Anyways what I really want to do is turn that around. I know there are a lot of things on my comp I don't need and i want to get rid of them. Also I would like to know a few thing I could do to make my comp run better and be more efficiently.

Can you guys please help? Thank you very much.

A:In great need of help.

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I just want to say this forum is very helpful. Thank you.

A:Great help here


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I am running a Windows XP Professional Version 2002 Service pack 2 with Core 2 duo E6750 @ 2.66 with 3.5 GB of RAM.
The problem I am experiencing is that while the computer is idle with nothing running at all. The CPU usage would still be running at ranging from 20 percent to 50 percent. And yes the System Idle Process stays around 99 to 95. This is where I got lost. I have not been able to eliminate this problem. It makes my computer lag like I've never seen before. Quite frustrating. Any help or advice would be greatly appriciated! Thank you.

I've absolutely tried everything that you guys have recommended or anything I could do myself. System restore. Ad-aware. Avast. As I am typing, I am running bitdefender online scan. Nothing has come up yet.
This is my HJT log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 11:57:58 PM, on 9/17/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16705)
Boot mode: Safe mode with network support

Running processes:
I:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aawservice.exe
F:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
F:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
F:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Int... Read more

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I hate Vista, I hate Windows 7 so now I have to put out a large amount of money for them because all my XP Pro's (I have three licences), are no good anymore? Microsoft, I just hate you!!!!! Jerks.
Anyhow, that's not my problem at the moment. I have been able to send e-mail with my Outlook Express but not receive any. It just sits there and groans, silently, and does nothing but time out and quit. I called my server and we tried everything to find the reason, IT came to only one conclusion, its Outlook Express that has the problem and now that I hear there are no longer any updates for XP, that's probably what the problem is. I noticed a change when I downloaded and installed their last updates. Now what?
I am sure I am gong to hear something I don't want to hear, but I do have the Pk 3, is there anything else I need to update off their website before they yank it off too.
Oh, forgot to add, I can get my mail off Cox Mail so have to go there to get my mail. spankyjo54

A:Well, thats just great

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I'm trying to figure out why this wont work: i am trying to display a menu with 6 options. i want it to accept numbers from the users
and calculates the total, product, average, minimum, or maximum (based on the option they chose). Here is what the screen should
look like and the code to follow...right now i'm stumped on the total but if i could get help on that i might be able to figure out the

1-Calculate the Total
2-Calculate the Product
3-Calculate the Average
4-Calculate the Minimum
5-Calculate the Maximum

Enter Selection: 1

Enter numbers (Enter 0 to stop):
You entered 4 numbers with a Total of 14.

1-Calculate the Total
2-Calculate the Product
3-Calculate the Average
4-Calculate the Minimum
5-Calculate the Maximum

Enter Selection: 9

Thank you come again!


int prompt(int);
void findTotal(int, int);

int main()
int s = 0;
int j = 0;
int t = 0;
if (s = 1)

return 0;


int prompt(int s)
while (((s > 5)&&(s < 9))||(s > 9)||(s < 1))
cout << "1-Calculate the Total\n";
cout << "2-Calculate the Product\n";
cout << "3-Calculate the Average\n";
cout << "4-Calculate the Minimum\n";
cout << "5-Calculate the Maximum\n";
cout << "9-Exit\n\n";
cout << "Enter Selection: ";
cin >&g... Read more

A:Any Help Would be great

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I did something stupid. I followed a tip in the Vista forums on how to get Vista SP1. Needless to say it didn't work and I am suspicious at this point. I reported the post, I am running spysweeper as I type but...........can someone take a glance at my log of HJT?

TKS, Skivvy

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 1:29:26 AM, on 11/3/2007
Platform: Windows Vista (WinNT 6.00.1904)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16546)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_03\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Webroot\Spy Sweeper\SpySweeperUI.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exe
C:\Program Files\SpeedFan\speedfan.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static\MOM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static\CCC.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page =
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = Read more

A:Oh great, I know better

it is extremely unlikely that what you did infected you in any way

why have you removed the O13 they are vital and you have buggered the system

they always show in vista unlike XP etc

open HJT & press config/backups & restore them

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i have an acer aspire 3690 vista basic
i can connect to wireless router linksys at home no problem
i am currently in a motel on business
and can not connect to internet
i have a 100 percent signal

my wifes laptop connect no problem in the same room

i have tried everything

thanks in advance

A:if u can help it be great

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Hello again

pumped Rider cup its big man

at what speed is the 512K L2cache on an 800MHz Pentium III
processor,running at?

A:You all are great out there thanks


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5 blue screens of death in 2 days. And now whenever I start up my computer, it takes forever to log on and usually freezes for about 3 minutes. How can I change this and stop this from happening? And is there any way of knowing what caused the blue screens of death?

A:Oh this is just great.

Hello youthedog4

about the blue screen of death
Try going to advanced option
reboot the computer
as the computer is booting press and hold your "F8 Key" which should bring up the "Windows Advanced Options Menu" as shown below. Use your arrow keys to move to "Disable automatic restart on system failure" and press the Enter key.
Your system will attempt to restart normally, but when it crashes, it will not re-start. Instead, you will see a BSOD with error message.
Record the error message in full detail, and post in this thread.
or have you tried "Last known good configuration that worked"

Please let us know.



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We dont say it often enough, but a great big thanks to all the senior guys and gals here who give up there time to help those who come here in need...doc


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Hey guys, I recently built a new pc and its all working great except..

whenever i turn off my desktop fan for instance it sends some kinda static or power surge to my usb hub which disconnects anything thats plugged in there then reconnects moments later.
It aint just my desktop fan that causes this, i also have a beer cooler at the other side of the room and whenever that resets itself to begin the cooling cycle it also disconnects/reconnects my usb hub

any ideas how i can fix this? and more importantly is it dangerous to my pc

forgot to mention my pc is plugged into a surge protector which in turn is plugged into a different outlet to my fan/fridge

any help would be great thx in advance

A:any help would be great!!

Have you put the hub on a surge protector by itself ?

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Well I am at my wit?s end.

I have an Acer Aspire 5601AWLMi laptop. Centrino Duo T2250 @ 1.73GHz. Windows XP Media Center SP2. Intel i945GM Northbridge. Intel 82801GHM Southbridge. 2GB DDR2 memory.

The laptop did not come with any O/S cd?s.

I use Norton Internet Security, Trend Micro Anti-Spyware and Windows Defender. I keep all programs updated. I have scheduled scans and I do manual scans as well; I have never had a virus or similar. I run Registry Mechanic about twice a month. I defragment every couple of months.

The laptop used to run wonderfully. It was very fast; it was sometimes faster than my HP desktop of about the same age with twice the RAM. Then the change. It was not a gradual change; it was sudden. From the time you push the power button to full desktop (including completing password screen) used to take around 30 seconds; it now takes almost 10 minutes. No, I am not exaggerating when I say 10 minutes. It boots so slowly and struggles so badly that even the Windows 4-note ?chime? at boot sounds broken up and takes much longer to play than it should. If you try to do something as simple as open a blank Word document or open My Documents folder or similar at any point in the first 10 minutes, it will open (hopefully) within a minute. There were no changes (hardware, software etc) to the laptop at or near the time of the change.

I did not expect much help from the Geek Squad at Best Buy but decided to give them the $60.00 to run diagnostic... Read more

A:Omg It Used To Run Great!

Pain in the ass way to go but could be helpful, doing a clean boot-

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I'm visiting family for Christmas and my father's computer is running slower than slow! I'm not sure what the problem is, so I'm posting a HijackThis log to see if anyone might be able to tell me if there's something I can do to help it out. He does get random error messages (I haven't seen any yet). I'm not sure if that's detailed enough, but I appreciate any help. Thank you in advance!

Here's the log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 10:52:32 AM, on 12/22/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16544)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Album Starter Edition\3.2\Apps\apdproxy.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\1.0.720.3640\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqtra08.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqSTE08.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Intern... Read more

A:Some Help Would be Great!

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The reason for this thread is informative, my friend has recently set up a YouTube channel with a lot of videos including Starcraft 2, World Of Warcraft and plenty of other great game commentaries for YouTube gaming viewers, however it hasn't got a lot of views mainly because people do not really know of him, but it is a great channel and if you are into game commentaries and just a nice atmosphere then try it out


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Hi guys,

I just bought a SSD for my computer (GSkill FalconII 64gb) and I am having problems with Windows in general on it. Firstly, my graphics in games have been really framey (laggy..) as to when I was running it off my 500GB OS drive. I run my games off that drive anyway, but still get lag. I have reinstalled my 4850 drivers and only have seen little improvement. I have made CCC settings all to Optimal performance, and still am getting frame-skipping lag. Also, when in games, my computer will just randomly hang now and then. Why would this be?
Thanks in advance

A:New SSD - Great! Only problems...

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Having had some time to evaluate 8.1, these are the four features that I appreciate the most:

1) The ability to keep the same wallpaper / background on both the desktop screen and Start Screen. This is significant because previously, it seemed like you were making a jarring transition from one OS to a completely different OS any time you went from one screen to the other. Now, the same background on both screens makes you feel like you're still using the same OS.
2) I like the tweaks they've done to the Mail app. For instance, if there's a link in an email, and you click on it, it opens a second window with whatever app that the link needs (web browser, photo viewer, etc.).
3) The tiles on the Start Screen are much easier to move around. Under 8.0, I had to press my finger hard on my laptop's touch screen to move them. Now, a gentle touch-and-hold works.
4) The ability to have more tile sizes is appreciated. It just makes the screen look nicer.

A:Win 8.1: Four Great Features

1) Better SkyDrive integration
2) Refined Metro search engine
3) On-screen keyboard
4) Redesigned Store (much prettier)
5) New apps (Sound recorder, new calculator, alarms, Health & Fitness, Food & Drink...)
6) IE11

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I personally believe Emsisoft is a great product, and I feel confident it offers a high degree of protection to my computers.  Nevertheless, I am becoming more and more annoyed at the frequency I must reboot my computers to allow Emsisoft to "update core components".  I currently have three computers running Emsisoft Security Suite, and three other computers running Kaspersky Internet Security.  No offence to Emsisoft, but when my licenses expire on those computers, they will all be switched to Kaspersky.  Both products, in my humble opinion, are equally capable of offering superior protection.  I honestly hope Emsisoft will eventually improve their update methods, but until that time, I honestly don't have the patience to deal with it.  End of rant!   

A:Emsisoft is great - BUT

Are you using EAM or EIS? EIS usually requires more restarts because of the additional firewall module - that, and it cannot overwrite files that are in use. (I get more restarts than the average person, but I am not complaining)

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hi i dont really know where to put this thread so im juss puttin it up in the gaming area, can anyone help me grab info on how/where to get a decent-good gamin pc for a budget of at most $2200 or less? gamin specs should at least be able to play some-most recent games without over doing on my price range if any info avail pls contact me also if i put this thread up in wrong place dont nag much appreciated

A:getting a great gaming pc...

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hi guys i hope some guru out there can shed some light on this:

ok, heres the deal: bought new hdd200gig
so I did fresh install of xp on 40gig 5400rpm maxtor hdd
installed my mobo default drivers then updated then to 5.10 nforce2 drivers
mobo is an35n-400 amd2500+ 1.8ghz, one gig of patriot mem3200spd.
bfg-7800gs agp 256mb....
the issue is the frames persecond i get exsample i can start up pc run gtr2, red orchastra, nr2003, hfl2, css, dod, with great performance then all the sudden down to low fps6 to 12
i can reboot pc one time and it fixes it then the next it doesnt several restart somtimes fixes it. i have tried putting in different video card with same results....
Does this sound like a power supply issue??
i have the 82.16 ncidia driver installed per bfg tech. had used the latest driver but had same issues.... PLEASE SOME ONE HELP!!!

A:HELP!! great fps, then bad frames

Almost sounds like an over heating problem.

Reguardless of what the temps say, or what the problem is, I usually suspect some piece of hardware as over heating if the following is true:

The problem is predictable to the extent that you always seems to encounter it within 5 to 15 minutes or so of using some particular app.

Rebooting helps for a moment but the problem comes back usually sooner than the first time.

A fresh boot after a few hours of the machine being powered down seems to give the problem more time before surfacing.

These are some of the indicators that something is over heating. Could be a cpu, gpu, psu, chipset, hdd etc.

I've seen problems like strange characters suddenly appearing across the screen. Jerky graphics during a game every 10 or 20 seconds. machine freezes during restart on POST screen.

The one thing these problems all had in common, besides being related to overheating, were that they all initially appeared to be something else. The strange characters were thought to be a faulty video card which actually turned out to be a dying cpu fan. the jerky graphics were thought to be a memory resident program interfering turned out to be a hot gpu, and the post freeze was thought to be a bad cpu turned out to be an incorrect jumper that set the core voltage too high on the cpu.

Just for kicks, try running a game or two with the side of your case open and see if the problem takes a bit longer to occur. Some hardware can get just enough more c... Read more

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I am in dire need of getting my d800 operational. I keep getting this annoying grey screen that is unpassable by any means mentioned previously in this forum.
The lappy in mention has come down a long line of hands to finnaly reach me as a last resort. If you could help a poor soul out in need a computer of some sort plz email me here or at [email protected]
service tag# jzggz21-595b

thanx to everyone here who has tryed to help me

As Tedster said below. If you would like people to email you, please enable the option in your profile if you haven't done so already - Spike

A:Rustam the Great!!

It is EXTREMELY foolish to post your email in a public forum. You must like spam and viri. Moreover, you need to be specific with your problem when asking for help.

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Go to the URL at the bottom of this post and check it out, no, print it out. It works great on XP and I'm about to try it out on Vista. If anybody tries it please post here and share your experiences.

Go to:

Good luck and don't forget the feedback.

A:Hello again. I have a great tool for you.

Yup ... This is commonly known as a "Repair Installation" ... But, thanks for the link - an excellent tutorial with screenshots makes it easier to follow ..

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Hi Guys,

I've already read some great stuff on here that has helped me come to terms with Win 8 Pro.

I've just installed it on Desktop and for me most people seem to have the same reluctance that followed other major Windows Updates. I feel it's just a case of getting to grips with the new appearance as much as anything.

I'm already starting to like it.......

Advice needed though on the following:

Where can I find a Help/User Guide. I just want to do some simple stuff like locking the location of my tiles. At the mo when I add a new one the others move around at random to make space for it. I'm a tidy person and want my tiles that I use most right in front of me.

Is there a central location for apps, where I can browse and select ones that might benefit my PC usage.

Finally I had to take off my ESET Anti Virus because it seemed to be conflicting big time after I upgraded from Win 7 (I couldn't access the Internet). I think I read somewhere that Win 8 Pro had a very good built in Anti V. Is this true and if so where can I find info.

Cheers and keep up the good work!

A:Windows 8 Looks great but....

As far as I know you can't lock the tile location. And as you have discovered moving them around and organizing them can be a royal pain. You can Pin and unpin Apps from the Metro screen so only your most used Apps are on the main screen. Right clicking the Metro screen will get you an all apps option at the bottom of the screen. All installed apps will show up there. To get more go to the store by launching the store app. While on the Metro screen just type help and the search feature will launch. Moussing to the lower right corner of the screen will bring up the charms bar, and there is a search option there. Windows 8 comes with Microsoft Security Essentials/Defender pre installed. You should see an Icon for it in control panel.

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I used the early public beta and found it unusable as desktop OS but having upgraded to 8 I find it tolerable (Added classic start menu. ).
Two or more monitors really help with switching between Start screen and desktop.

A:8 is great if you have two monitors.

It is even better with three monitors. . .

Spoons27: Welcome to the Eight Forums. . .

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Hi all
A couple of niggling areas for concern fo me.

When i boot my pc up i get a screen that asks me which version of windows i want to run??? but only have xp pro installed on this and says they are both the same also it takes ages, now i have cleared the cookies, history ect, but to no avail!

when i log on with my laptop all images load well, but when on this not always everytime or in full and i have noticed when logging into my email client it also takes ages and when it does it says done but with errors on it and sure enough i cant see the tabs properly.

there the main probs i have at the mo, but now im gonna read more on this grreat site of yours!

A:Great forum all, but need help

and welcome to the Forum

For the duplicate Operating systems at boot, Try this . . Click on Start . . Run . . type msconfig . . click on the Boot Ini tab and click on Check all boot paths . . if it comes back with one is invalid, click Fix invalid boot paths

Not sure what you mean when you say when i log on with my laptop all images load well

How much RAM do you have?

What antivirus are you using?

Do you have Norton System Works installed?

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This is from the desktop comp. If you can look at it and tell me anything that needs cleaning, i keep getting lag spikes and slow cpu speed, also few popups here and there ... please do so... any help is greatly appreciated

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 9:02:20 AM, on 7/20/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Viewpoint\Viewpoint Manager\ViewMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Real\RealPlayer\RealPlay.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\ACS\AOLDial.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
C:\Program Files\etea\rpen.exe
C:\Program Files\America Online 9.0\waol.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\ACS\AOLAcsd.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\TopSpeed\2.0\aoltsmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Pro... Read more

A:ok you guys did such a great job with the lap can you help me with this log?

Please print out or copy this page to Notepad. Make sure to work through the fixes in the exact order it is mentioned below. If there's anything that you don't understand, ask your question(s) before proceeding with the fixes. You should 'not' have any open browsers when you are following the procedures below.

Go to My Computer->Tools>Folder Options->View tab and make sure that 'Show hidden files and folders' is enabled. Also make sure that 'Display the contents of system folders' is checked, and that there is no check in 'Hide file extensions for known file types' or 'Hide protected operating system files'.

In Windows XP, the search engine feature is a little different. When you click on 'All files and folders' on the left pane of the Search Window, click on the 'More advanced options' at the bottom. Make sure that 'Search system folders', 'Search hidden files and folders', and 'Search subfolders' are checked.

For the options that you checked/enabled earlier, you may uncheck them after your log is clean. If we ask you to fix a program that you use or want to keep, please post back saying that (we don't know every program that exists, so we may tell you to delete a program that we think is bad to keep).

Please download Ad-aware at and install it if you don't have it already. Make sure it's the newest version and check for any updates before running it. Also go to Read more

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PSU=Thermaltake Toughpower W0132RU 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V

MOBO=ASUS Crosshair II Formula AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 780a SLI HDMI ATX AMD

CPU=AMD Phenom 9850 BLACK EDITION 2.5GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core

RAM=CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel

Graphics Card=EVGA 512-P3-N875-AR GeForce 9800 GTX KO 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP

Basically Built these Recently. I am Running Windows Pro 32-bit -sigh- Damn 4 gig limit ANYWAY

But when im playing games... or Lets say i alt tab out of them (even crappy games) My comp freezes for like 10 secs to alt tab back into and out of it. What is going on here? Its very annoying =/

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You can have a great video card in your PC, but it will probably outlive its cooling fan by several years.
Well, this has been my own experience anyway.
And then finding a replacement fan for a specific video card is like finding hen's teeth. Good luck!

Well some time ago, I found a better alternative.
I've been saving CPU cooling fans since the 386 days and I've finally found a use for them, as replacement GPU coolers.

Here's a few of my GPU fan fixes:

This was my first fan transplant, on my old Winfast Video Card. It's ten years old and still running Great.

And, my second one, an Nvidea 230 card in my current PC. The tiny little fan was getting really noisy,
so it had to go.

And just yesterday, a Dell Video card that came with NO fan at all, but just one LARGE heatsink.
After just a few minutes of operation, that heatsink would be way too hot to touch. Ouch!
So I wanted to really keep it cool, so I found a fan from an old PC that I had just scrapped out.
A great little fan, with Ball-Bearing motor, moves a lot of air and makes a great cooler for this Dell
video card. The card already had the power socket for a fan, so I used it to connect the fan.

So for me, a failed GPU cooling fan, or no fan at all, is just a small bump in the road, so to speak.

I hope this will inspire some DIY guys to do a quick fix to their own video card, when the fan fails.
It doesn't have to be pretty, but it does have to work.

Happy Holidays!

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im a keen gamer and love my graphics as well as my sound. My headset from advent is broken and a cheapo logitec one i bought is awful. so im looking for a winner. no more than £70. would like it to be a good make too. ive heard of steelsound and razor are good makes?

if you can help i would appriciate it. :approve:

A:Want great headset

Google UK would be a good place to start

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Gotta share this with you--if you don't already know about it: This is a very small piece of hardware, once configured correctly, will allow you to call anywhere in the US and Canada, I think--any time of the day or night. FOR FREE!!!
I had read about it in a computer magazine and forgot about it until just a few days ago. Paid $45 including shipping for it. Each year hereafter, the annual charge is only $20. I have just called several friends/family for FREE. Take it with you when you go away and it will work on ANY XP, or later, that is running a broadband connection and has a USB. A good find, I think and has a 30 day free trial.

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But for some reason I can't see Java applets, while I can with IE. And YES, I have 'enabled Java' checked.

A:Firefox is great.... BUT

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HP g6000 series laptop with amd 64 athlon x2 1.9ghz processor. after a cpu speed test i've found its only running at just over 900mhz. How can i speed things up?? i'm running vista home premium. not much is running in the background apart from Norton. can anyone help??

A:CPU Speed not great!

it lowers your cpu speed to save power... which equals saving $$$. no worries there. read more here'n'Quiet

erm.. guess you can try running the program again while on load? =)

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Why it's great:
People are too stupid to manage their windows. I know I am overwhelmed when I have too many windows open, and I'm definitely better at using computers than most people. I know you don't want to admit it, but YOU cannot handle having many windows open either.

Window chrome wastes space. It is also hard to arrange multiple windows onscreen at the same time.

The lack of flashy looks makes text and buttons slightly faster to identify.

Why I will never use it:
HTML/Javascript is NOT a first class language:For example, the version of cut the rope completely rapes an atom/equivalent CPU, while the native version runs smoothly on the slower iPad. If microsoft is pushing HTML5/Javascript, EVERYTHING it says about battery life is COMPLETE BULL.

Windows RT lacks features:If it's impossible to write a good browser in it, then there are critical features missing from the runtime.

Not open:Every metro app needs to come through the store. I oppose this out of principle, and it's also practically bad. Maybe I have portable apps or something.

Normal programs don't run in it:100% of the programs I use do not have a metro version. Most probably never will. Microsoft could have made existing programs work with the metro switcher(windows are resizeable), and I would probably have used it on my tablet then.

Can't have 2 of the same thing side by side:like 2 web pages or email messages.

Can't run things in the background:What i want to download a torrent? What ... Read more

A:Why metro is great, and why I won't use it at all

Totally agree with you on that, i never have 2 windows side by side, unless doing a comparison of 2 images.

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SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log
SUPERAntiSpyware | Remove Malware | Remove Spyware - AntiMalware, AntiSpyware, AntiAdware!

Generated 07/07/2016 at 07:45 PM

Application Version : 6.0.1218
Database Version : 12831

Scan type : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 02:11:38

Operating System Information
Windows 10 Home 64-bit (Build 10.00.10586)
UAC On - Limited User

Memory items scanned : 867
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 65791
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned : 25392
File threats detected : 15


A:Need great help to remove these please

They keep on coming back to my computer system. These are the only things I need help with. I do not need help with anything else. Could someone please help me remove them and prevent them from coming back? That is all I need. Thanks very much in advance!!!

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How does virus Work?

A:The Great Virus

A Virus is a man-made program (small bits of programming code disguised as something else or buried in other codes) that causes an unexpected and usually undesirable event. A virus can replicate itself and is designed to automatically spread to other computer users. Viruses can be transmitted through email attachments, downloads or removable media such as CDs, DVDs, or USB drives. Depending on the maliciousness and skill of the virus creator, the damage caused by a virus will vary. Some viruses will spread its viral code into other programs, corrupt, modify or even erase files. Some viruses wreak their effect as soon as their code is executed while other viruses lie dormant until circumstances cause their code to be executed by the computer. Viruses are usually classified by various criteria to include origin, techniques, types of files they infect, where they hide, kind of damage they cause, etc.All about VirusesViruses 101To fully understand what a virus does, you need to understand there are many other types of malware and that they differ from each other.Glossary of Malware Related TermsMalware, viruses, what are they? by Tigzy, Developer of RogueKiller

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wos allset to get psp until someone told me today that the games for it are not great!kinda a bit disappointed wont be my money as i am getting it has a present so prob get it anyway.what do ye think?

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A:Psp games not great?

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I do a load of cut and paste and needed to extend the C & V functions. I found Clipmate which has no limitations.

There is a closed post in the forum from someone who couldn't figure out how to use the drop down option but it really is super simple.

What I like about it is you can have multi folders to store a variety of permanent clips. Another thing I find really neat is that you can open the magnifier window and give each clip a name making it easier to recover and paste stored data which can be as lengthy as you want.

Just in case it might be helpful................

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Level of Knowledge: Intermediate
PC: Homemade 64bit components
OS: Vista Home Premium 64bit

Hi guys about 4 weeks ago i reinstalled windows due to my vista being corrupt, i formatted the hardrive and everything seemed fine. When i woke up this morning and turned my pc on it said that windows failed to log me on because it couldnt access the event log.Now i looked in the event viewer and clicked on the error and it said this:

The LoadUserProfile call failed with the following error:
An I/O operation initiated by the registry failed unrecoverably. The registry could not read in, or write out, or flush, one of the files that contain the system's image of the registry.

Now when i clicked the look online help button at bottom of page i did all that it said to do and restarted my pc and same problem persists. i have run a virus scan 2 times today and i have run a spybot scan today and there is nothing there.

I really would like some help in resolving this issue ASAP as my computer will corrupt again if its not sorted soon.

Below is a image of my event viewer screen so you guys can see.

A:Hi i am in great need of assistance

Hi here is an added picture to show you what happens when i log in, if someone could help me i would be really grateful.

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I got Windows7 RC1 64bit, I got a new Spanish/English dictionary that runs with Windows7 64bit, I managed to get my region-free DVD player installed and playing nice with Windows Media Player, and I got a Unicomp keyboard delivered from the U.S. I'm on a real role.

FWIW, I think Microsoft fixed the problem for me with the DVD player between beta and RC1.

A:Great Month

That's good to hear mate.

Enjoying Se7en (build 7137) with no issues.

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I think that libraries are a neat function, but they have posed their own little problem.

I've pulled in all my photos, but for some reason they all have a date created the same. So when I start to set display by month options, all the photos appear.

Is there any way of quickly (and in bulk) changing the date created on these photos ? I've tried properties but it won't let me change.


A:Libraries are great but....

Hi there
do you have any camera capture program - this will probably work or try this Free program (Picasa from google).

Picasa 3: Free download from Google


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I love this forum, and will be active here, and not to mention you guys are using my favorite forum script (vBulletin)... I owned many vBulletin forums in the past, anyways too much money for the licenses. I like the themes you guys use to match the Windows OS for each windows forum you have. So Great forum and staff here!

A:Great Forum

Welcome Terrorz,

You are very welcome here. Relax, enjoy and feel free to use our knowlege, including our excellent tutorial collection, or to share your knowledge with us.

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If when you did an unattended copy or move of data in which the source contained a conflict requiring user input - ...... that the damned copy CONTINUED doing everything it COULD do only leaving what it couldn't for your decision???

Or.. how about if MS asked you EVERY question required for the OS install PRIOR to clicking finalize in which you could walk away and come back to a completely booted desktop.

How about the ability to delete video clips as you go through them just as you would pictures? Or to rate them as you go through them?

Am I the only one who's ever found this to be a glaring oversight? What are you BASIC requests for the OS?

A:Wouldn't it be great...


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heloo dears.....

Two hours back ... i'd installed ububtu alongside with seven.... but i didnt like ubuntu much... so i planned to uninstall it... I've deleted ubuntu partitions (unknown) by goin through disk management... but accidently i've lost all drives and all my data... ie.. its now showing free space in disk management.... is there any way 2 recover my personal lost files ??? plz help dears....

A:plz plz plz im in a great dilemma....

frnds....... plzzzzzzzzz help me to recover the files....

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This is a marvelous photo of Paris. Click on left or right arrow to move photo. How was it done?

A:Great Photo

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Just found this free Image Editing tool!.... fast/easy to use interface/ packed with options considering its small size
It is very sweet
ps.... download the plug-ins for it too, to really make it even more awesome.

A:Great li'l Editor

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Wanted opinions on a new P2P program, I used to use an old version of Grokster which was good, however the new 1.6 version is plagued with adware etc. from what I hear. Kazaa lite seemed a good option away from the adds however the website no longer seems to be running, simply Kazaa full is available.

Considered eDonkey and eMule but wanted to gather opinions from you all. Bittorrent seems to be popular, but is it good for music files etc? Appreciate your involvement...

A:P2P Great Stuff!

Have you read the Forum Rules?

P2P Instructions - The purpose of P2P is to illegally trade copyrighted material. We do not support the use of P2P networks and any threads requesting help for them will be closed. This includes Kazaa, Bearshare, and the like. If you're interested in the topic, you are free to discuss it on our site (and please visit, but information on how to use them will not be provided.

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I Im new to the board. Im looking to buy some new ram, and I have been reading other threads about RAM and came to the conclusion that RAM/MOBO has to be compatible.
(info from the CPU-Z program I downlaoded here so not really sure if this is what you need to help me[if you do].)

Model : Dimension 4300
Chipset : Intel 1845
Rev. A3
Southbridge : Intel 82801BA (ICH2)

RAM(er not really sure how to explain this, so i hope its the MEMORY tab on this CPU-Z

Type : SDRAM
Size : 265 MB

anyhelp please?

A:Looking to buy new RAM stick, help would be great.

Hello, welcome to the boards. You will need to know more about the type of memory you have. You will have to know the speed of it ( Ex: PC3200 ) and what type it is ( DDR, DDR2 , etc..). You can either look in your BIOS of your computer or download Everest home edition at ( the hyper link button didnt work for some reason.) hope this helps.

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Ever since I started using Firefox I don't pick up on spyware stuff. Using Internet Explorer I always picked up more than a dozen items each and every time I was on the net. My computer came with Spy Sweeper and it could never detect more than 2 or 3 of those things. Ad-Aware solved that problem. I have also been lucky with the Flock browser. Haven't picked up anything while using it. I did pick up stuff using Opera. Don't like it. I find it s-l-o-w.

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great software to use for college student

hi guys

what software are good for a college student like me doing ICT (betec national certificate) i jsut need some general information because on someday i make programes using visual basic and i need some software that can help me out. i can't exatly give you what i need because it is so hard to think

A:great software

If you're looking for Visual Basic, I'd download Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition from here.

Is that what software you meant?


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Anyone with an older P4 or dual core PC with motherboard graphics, I found a deal on brand new Radeon HD 4550 graphics cards for $8.00 delivered. I think that's here in the U.S. unfortunately, but this is the right card for those machines. I know this isn't the right forum, but I am posting here for the benefit you guys who frequent this forum (and anyone else) with an older PC such as a few of the ones I have here. It needs a DVI->VGA or HDMI->VGA adapter to be used VGA, but can't beat the price for a new card. It also has a tower bracket, so it's not for small form factor PCs. Looks like the bracket can be changed out, though.

I have a 4350 in a dual core that I put in it when I got an r7 240 for the PC that had that card, and that made a ton of difference. That's why I decided to post this here. BTW, card only uses 20w max in case anyone is worried about power issues...

Here's the listing title:

NEW ATI Radeon HD 4550 512MB PCIe Display Port DVI Graphics Card Dell 3Y14F

Just got one of these today, and I plan to drop it in an older dual core W7 PC, to use for testing various things. Got it in a HP 6200 with an i5 and motherboard graphics for now, and it's for sure better now that I added the AMD site driver...

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Well for me, I decided to nuke my XP install again and start from scratch. I reinstalled XP by choosing "delete existing windows installation (press L)". Then I installed all my software drivers and whatnot. After that, I went to windows update where I got that massive SP2 update (75meg download!), understandably big. So now there's this total revamp of the "security features" built in to XP. Currently I have Norton Internet Security installed along with Norton Antivirus. Since SP2 the windows firewall has gained more features and functionality, and behaves a lot more like any retail firewall, with pop ups asking whether you want to Block or Allow programs access to the internet or unknown connections inbound. NIS has served me well for a couple years now. NIS does all the firewall stuff and you can do some very detailed customizations on each program's access to the internet. It also does imo a very good job of filtering out ad banners and blocking pop ups. But since SP2 IE has gained popup blocking capabilities. So now windows covers the primary concerns that I dealth with using NIS.

The only advantage of NIS is its ability to actively filter out web banners and advertisements withing a web page. But its the pop up windows that are really annoying anyways which SP2 handles now. NIS takes up a good bit of system resources, and adds 5 or so processes to the tasklist.

So the final question: Is it in my best interest to lose NIS and let XP SP2 h... Read more

A:SP2 great? How about some testimonials.

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Well for me, I decided to nuke my XP install again and start from scratch. I reinstalled XP by choosing "delete existing windows installation (press L)". Then I installed all my software drivers and whatnot. After that, I went to windows update where I got that massive SP2 update (75meg download!), understandably big. So now there's this total revamp of the "security features" built in to XP. Currently I have Norton Internet Security installed along with Norton Antivirus. Since SP2 the windows firewall has gained more features and functionality, and behaves a lot more like any retail firewall, with pop ups asking whether you want to Block or Allow programs access to the internet or unknown connections inbound. NIS has served me well for a couple years now. NIS does all the firewall stuff and you can do some very detailed customizations on each program's access to the internet. It also does imo a very good job of filtering out ad banners and blocking pop ups. But since SP2 IE has gained popup blocking capabilities. So now windows covers the primary concerns that I dealth with using NIS.

The only advantage of NIS is its ability to actively filter out web banners and advertisements withing a web page. But its the pop up windows that are really annoying anyways which SP2 handles now. NIS takes up a good bit of system resources, and adds 5 or so processes to the tasklist.

So the final question: Is it in my best interest to lose NIS and let XP SP2 h... Read more

A:SP2 great? How about some testimonials.

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Have a look at this great site:


A:Great site

That looked like an interesting site if you are interested in .NET or Visual C#/C++...

Nice find

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I appreciate the help you all have offered. I started to see an increase in spyware on this computer which I don't normally use until now, so I'm not sure on everything on here. This morning as I signed on, Norton informed me that I had the virus Bloodhound.Exploit.6 (exact name?) I searched Google for the virus and it seems I'm not the only one. The virus has symptoms of not being able to open "My Computer", "My Documents", "Control Panel" etc. without Windows Explorer shutting down on me. The people with the problem ran HiJackThis and apparently were relieved of the virus. So any help with the virus and any annoying adware issues would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance.

P.S. I can not get Half Life 2 to open or CounterStrike: Source. If this is from the virus can you let me know, thanks.

One more thing. I'd like to clean the whole Hard Drive up, so if it looks like there is a program that someone who HATES spyware and pop-ups would not use please add it to the list to delete. Once again, thank you for the help. You guys are a life saver.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 1:15:21 PM, on 12/26/2004
Platform: Windows XP (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 (6.00.2600.0000)

Running processes:
C... Read more

A:Great... A virus 0.o


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So i know i have some type of malware becasue i keep getting popups and I dont know how to get rid of them.

DS (Ver_09-03-16.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Jeffery at 6:46:30.76 on Wed 04/15/2009
Internet Explorer: 6.0.2900.2180
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.2.1252.1.1033.18.2046.1389 [GMT -7:00]

AV: AntiVir Desktop *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated)

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\sched.exe
C:\Program Files\Stardock\Object Desktop\WindowBlinds\wbload.exe
C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\avguard.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\NetworkAccessManager\bin\nSvcAppFlt.exe
C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\NetworkAccessManager\bin\nSvcIp.exe
C:\Program Files\Creative\Sound Blaster X-Fi\Volume Panel\VolPanlu.exe
C:\Program Files\Creative\Shared Files\Module Loader\DLLML.exe
C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\avgnt.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 8.0\Acrobat\Acrotray.exe
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A:malware how great

Hello and welcome to TSF.

We will begin with ComboFix.exe. Please visit this webpage for download links, and instructions for running the tool:

* Ensure you have disabled all anti virus and anti malware programs so they do not interfere with the running of ComboFix.

Please include the C:\ComboFix.txt in your next reply for further review.

Note: Please make sure that your AntiVirus and AntiSpyware applications are re-enabled. A reboot should have done.

Please note that the forum is very busy and if I don?t hear from you in three days this thread will be closed.

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