HELP! Problems spreading

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  1. CT Cubs Fan

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    My dads computer seems to be freaking out. It now freezes up whenever he trys to burn a cd (nero or conventional) and the addy bar in IE wasn't working the last time I used it. Any idea whats going on? Ran norton and nothing came up.
     
  2. kingtoad

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    Does your virus scan have the latest virus definitions?

    Did you run a spyware check?

    What are the temps of your CPU?

    How much disc space do you have left?

    How much memory do you have?
     
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    His memory isn't that bad. He still has about 6 gigs on the hd
     
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    Get on another computer, download Stinger from www.mcafee.com, and put it on a floppy disk. Flip the switch on the disk so it's read only. Boot up your dad's computer in safe mode (poke the F8 key a bunch of times right after the memory check and before the Windows logo pops up), log in as Administrator, and run Stinger straight from the floppy disk. Ignore the warning telling you that the disk is read-only, because I said so. It will still work fine. Run a virus scan on all the files. If that doesn't work, run Ad-Aware in Safe Mode too. If that doesn't work, the problem is with Windows and it probably isn't worth the effort to fix. Buy a new hard drive, plug it into the computer as the main drive and make the old drive a slave, and reinstall Windows on the new drive. Then let your dad take his time getting all his crap off the old drive, but make sure he's actually doing it. When all his files are safely on the new drive, reformat the old drive and do something with it. Take it outside and beat it with a stick if you like.
     
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    Ok, that answers just about two of the questions...
     

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