« on: July 12, 2012, 07:17:36 PM »
I have XP Home running and I'm able to access the internet through Firefox (Haven't tried another browser)
I noticed that I was not able to open one of my programs last week - Libronix. I got the splash screen, then no activity.
At that point, I realized that I let windows update at about the time that this all started.
While I was talking with tech support for the program, I realized that I could not open Windows Explorer. The window for explorer would open, but It had a flashlight icon searching for my drives and my documents. It could not find any drives or documents for 30 minutes, and when I tried to close Explorer, I got an hourglass icon and nothing was responsive. I did a hard shutdown.
Things started normally, and I tried to run windows Restore, a hard drive monitor (speedfan), Add/Remove hardware, and Microsoft Defender. Each time, the machine locked up as described above, and each time I had to do a hard shutdown.
I plugged in my backup HDD, but I have to use Windows Explorer to start it, and Explorer just ran the flashlight icon.
Today, I hit F2 and ran setup at startup. There is a hard drive diagnostics tool there, and it reports the hard drive is OK.
Today I tried to install Norton Ghost, but it hung at the dialog box that says "preparing to install" for 30 min. When I clicked cancel it became unresponsive, so I did another hard shutdown.
I AM able to run WinPatrol Plus, and the only recent change listed is MSMPENG.EXE on July 7. If I remember correctly, this file was a resource hog and gave me trouble before and I thought I got rid of it. The Windows update probably reinstalled it. I know it turned real-time monitoring on, and I shut it off yesterday.
I plan to keep the computer on and connected to the internet until I know more about what is going on, in hopes that I can salvage files that are not backed up.
Anyone have any ideas about this situation? Any help would be greatly appreciated!