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failing cmos?

Can any one tell me the symptoms of a failing cmos battery?
I am asking for a long distance friend, I can't tell you much about the computer except that it's Windows Me, and it's clean, no virus' or adware.
The clock loses a couple of minutes two or three times in a 24 hour period and the mouse is slow to respond and sometimes erratic.
I'm thinking cmos but have no experience with them.
I've searched Google and cnet but can't find much.
Thank You. Ann

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That is not

In reply to: failing cmos?

a CMOS issue.

It's probably some kind of malware.

A CMOS related issue is the system clock and date being reset when restarting the PC, after a few hours of having it off.

The Windows clock is just another process running in Windows and gnerally the clock losing time is malware related.

Suggest these:

Free AntiVirus software:

AVG Free

Avast Home Edition

Malware/spyware scanners and tools:

First of all, download NOW this Winsock fix (FREE):
If you lose internet access after the cleanup, run this tool.
This should ONLY be used if you lose internet access.

After that, download the fully functional trial version of Spy Sweeper:
Install, UPDATE and run.
You may need to reboot and run again to clean all the nasties that cannot be deleted at once ('in use').

Download Ad-Aware (FREE) from here:
Install, UPDATE and run.
You may need to reboot and run again to clean all the nasties that cannot be deleted at once ('in use').

Also excellent is SpyBot Search & Destroy (FREE) available here:
Install, UPDATE and run.
You may need to reboot and run again to clean all the nasties that cannot be deleted at once ('in use').
You should also apply the 'immunize' function, since it blocks roughly 8200 known 'bad' runs/apis/apps.

Even if Ad-Aware and SpyBot S&D are similar, they do clean different things. You should have both of them and use REGULARLY.

An excellent anti-trojan scanner is a2 (a-squared) FREE:
Install, UPDATE and run.

You can also install 'preventive' software that will help you control these nasties:

SpywareBlaster (FREE):
Prevents the installation of Active-X based spyware, malware, dialers, etc
Currently protects you against about 4900 nasties.
Advantage: no system resources used!!!
Just download, install and UPDATE.

All of them extremely useful but you must keep them UPDATED.

Suggestion: Make sure you can see all files and folders and run Ad-aware and Spybot S&D in Safe Mode.


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Thanks Zee

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I have run Adaware, Spybot and a Norton System scan, also downloaded Winsock Fix but everything comes up clean.
I'll get her to try some of the others that you have suggested, your help is appreciated. Ann

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Just hope

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it works, Ann.

Suggest you start with SpySweeper and A-Squared, really good scanners.

Good luck,


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