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Please help, virus? update issue? firefox issue? dying comp!

by lisaznola / February 20, 2010 4:04 PM PST

Starting sometime after midnight Monday into Tuesday my computer started to go nuts. I was online and walked away for an hour or so leaving my comp on my firefox homepage. When I came back Windows was restarting. When everything came back up my computer was so slow. I kept getting temporary no response from firefox and then windows itself. it took forever to restart. When it did my avast real time protection was not running so I ran it manually. It did not find anything but would not run. I uninstalled and then downloaded the newest version. Then Windows Defender came up saying that it had not been run and it would not go away, so I ran defender, full system and it ran for over a day. It found nothing. Then I had an error pop up that there was a problem with HitachiHTS543225L9A300ATAdevicevolume:c:\
I have no clue whathappened.
I do not know if I have a virus, if Firefox or Windows or Avast updated and somehow messed things up.
My computer is kind of working. It is very very slow and even typing this has taken forever because the keys even fall behind.
I was told that it could be a worm, trojen or something like.
Someone else said that it meant my hard drive was slowing killing itself. I saw 'fixes' for some but I am slow to try without knowing what the problem is.
I also read that there have been malware and update problems that might have caused this.
The first problem windows ever identified was the windows SQM Consolidator stopped working. I do not know f this matters.

I have a Gateway running Windows Vista Home Premium. The computer is about a year old. 64 bit operating system, amd turim x2 duel core mobile rm-72 2.10 GHz 3.GB

It also looks like some of settings have changed, such as views and minor things, but I can not be sure.

I tried disc clean and it gets tied up and stops running.
I am afraid to go into my systems and play around without help.
So, please help.
If I need a new hard drive, that is fine, This just all happened so fast and so many things seem wrong I want to make sure, or at least try to.
I am a newbie, kind of, to computers, but I am a quick learner!

Thank you in advance!


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Re: problems
by Kees Bakker / February 20, 2010 7:14 PM PST

From the message it seems a hard drive problem indeed. If "about a year" is "nearly a year" you might still have warranty. Makes it cheaper to replace it.

Try the drive fitness test from
You might need another PC to download it and burn it to CD. If you don't know how to burn an iso-file, post for advice.

By the way, did you know what SQL Consolidator is? Read more about it in


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by lisaznola / March 5, 2010 3:40 PM PST

With a new, bigger hard drive!
Worth every penny!
Thank you all, for reading and for help!
Downloading a different anti virus, loved avast, but have heard great things about avg, so I want to try.
Also gong to go with google chrome for a try, new hard drive, ight as well.
My "m" button is sticky now, but that I can more than deal with!

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