I'd take care to only get it from a trusted source and scan the machine with EWIDO and HOUSECALL to toss what they find.
Another issue is that DVD work is extremely challanging for some machines. The required disk space is often from 4 to 20GB depending on the operation and the encoding is going to task the CPU. All that may surprise a casual user.
I'm desperately in need of fellow c|net members help! My PC started to act up and I don't know what to do at this point.
First of all, brief system info:
Dell Dimension 4600
Windows XP Home Edition
Pentium 4 2.66 MHz
RAM 512 MB (non-parity DDR PC2700)
Bus Speed 533 MHz
Max. mem. capacity 4096 MB
Avail. mem. slots 2 (total 4)
For a few days available memory resources go down like crazy (in 10 minutes can drop to 30-40 MB), CPU usage go to 100% every 8-9 secs. (CPU usage curve in Task Manager looks like sinusoid with equal space between 100% usage spikes), all programs open and work SLOW, occasional problems with shutting down Windows... Looked like possible virus infestation to me, so I did virus boot time scan (few times) with Avast - no viruses found. Scanned with Ad-Aware, SpyBot, Pest Patrol and Spy Sweeper, cleaned up few things, but computer still acts up. At somebody's advice disabled all items in Startup folder of System Configuration Utility and disabled System Restore function. After doing this, got rid of CPU 100% usage spikes, but memory still drains like crazy in about 10 minutes!
Let me mention one thing. All this started after I tried to make a copy of my (legally purchased!) DVD. Used DVD Shrink to do copying. Is it a coinsidence?
At this point I don't know what to think. What can it be? Do those troubles sound familiar? Can those symptoms be tied with certain problem? My PC turned from reasonably smoothly working machine into slow and disappointing joke.
Praying for some kind of solution