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different can't defrag w98se problem

by murphy97219 / July 1, 2004 7:29 AM PDT

I read the entry below re: w98 defrag problem.
I think my problem is different.
Defrag never really gets started. I can open and start, but it never gets past 0%. When I open details I get a frame, but with a blank white map.
I never had a problem before.
Maybe 3 unrelated problems, but it all happened in the past week or so:
1) IE doesn't work right now: it opens with the "can't find- choose from the selections below" page, but Netscape is fine.
2) Notepad closes itself without saving what I pasted.
3) Windows doesn't reboot/open most of the time - hangs at "Windows is closing" frame.

So what's up? Be easy with the syntax for me! I'm brave, but un-book learned!

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Re: different can't defrag w98se problem Looks like Spyware
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 1, 2004 7:39 AM PDT

It's the same issue as previously discussed.

But that NOTEPAD issue is making me suspect your machine has the coolweb parasite. Read and consider CWSHREDDER.

In closing, all that spyware can make defrag just sit there.


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Re: different can't defrag w98se problem Looks like Spyware

Thanks, I'll give it a go (I thought I had turned off Spybot)
We may ask the same Q's over and over But I say thanks tons for being there

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Keep asking!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 1, 2004 11:27 PM PDT
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Re: different can't defrag w98se problem
by mikehubb / July 2, 2004 1:43 AM PDT

I have to turn off all running programs,stop screen saver and turn off cable modem to defrag. I think that something is wrong with that but thats the way i do it.

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Re: different can't defrag w98se problem
by jshadoff / July 2, 2004 6:57 AM PDT

I had this problem w/98SE 2 years ago and found if I go to safe mode and run my maintenence it works fine.

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Re: different can't defrag w98se problem
by CharleyO / July 5, 2004 1:53 PM PDT

Actually, Mike, that isn't wrong. If one of those running programs accesses the hard drive ... as one of them surely will ... then Defrag has to start over because the information on the hard drive has changed.

If you don't want to stop all those running programs & etc, do as jshadoff suggested and restart your computer in Safe Mode ... then defrag.

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