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I have a HD (D:) that needs an XP installation. I also have an XP install disk. What I don't appear to have is a bootable XP disk, and I haven't been able to find a way around the setup program's insistence on attempting to repair the installation of XP on C: rather than on D: where I need it. I don't know if I'm attempting to do something without the proper tools, or if I actually have the proper tools but am just being too dumb to use them.

To make matters worse, I seem to have picked up a piece of spyware that changes my browser's startup page to some lame-ass search page... which then informs me that I have been infected by spyware, suggesting several pay-for products to eliminate it. Uh, thanks for fucking with my machine and then telling me you can fix the problem for a mere $39.95. Bastardos.

I'm also ending up with skipping from most cds I attempt to play, and from every song I attempt to rip. Effin' yay.

I've lost faith in my ability to deal with any of this. Can you point me in a direction?
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cinemama From: cinemama Date: March 6th, 2005 02:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, that's a bucket full of crap to deal with. The one solution I can help with is to download Microsoft's new beta antispyware program. Should be available here. You will have to verify you're running a legit copy of windows before you'll be allowed to run it. Very tough, and very impressive. All free. That should solve one of your annoying problems. Sorry I can't offer more help on the other issues.
haloedone From: haloedone Date: March 6th, 2005 02:34 am (UTC) (Link)
You should check out adaware for the spyware problem.

As for the CD problem, I've encountered that myself on a CD or two (not everything, so I'm not sure if this is your problem), and I think those CDs are scratched or the like.

You can get something that will let you 'fill those in', I don't know what it's called (check your CDs first to see if thats it or if it's some other stuff I have no idea what), but you can do a search. It's not CHEAP, but it does work on any CD/DVD/whatever and it beats replacing a bunch of CDs.
komos From: komos Date: March 9th, 2005 02:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
It had actually become consistent. My lens cleaner didn't work, so I scavenged another machine for another drive. My music library grows!
starflow From: starflow Date: March 6th, 2005 04:30 am (UTC) (Link)
The XP disk that I have will allow you to direct it to the HD you want during the MS DOS install. You're more than welcome to borrow it from me--in fact, I may be able to get you your own copy. I'll talk to my associates. ;P

Concering spyware, I recommend adaware, and definitely spybot. I'd also recommend getting CWShredder. Cool Web Search may not be the problem, but if it is, this will help clear things up.

I have no plans tomorrow, so if you want to try my disk then, that would be fine and dandy. You helped me today so I can help you tomorrow. :D
macthud From: macthud Date: March 6th, 2005 04:39 am (UTC) (Link)


I'll second the recommendation of Ad-Aware. Download it, boot in Safe Mode (usually by hitting F8 early in the boot), and run it a few times -- until it stops reporting fewer problems. Don't bother to delete or quarantine the stuff it says is not a problem. Reboot, again in Safe Mode, and run it again to be clearest.

That won't catch or remove *everything*, but it'll do a lot.

I'll also suggest a look at SpyBot Search & Destroy, for which I don't have a URL handy. This catches a lot that AA doesn't.

And, if you don't already have an AntiViral package, with current defs, do get one. AVG-Free is a good one for personal needs like yours. Norton SystemWorks is my overall favorite package, as it'll do a damn good job of clearing up your Registry, defragging your disk, and other suh things, as well as the Viral Cleanse.

For the CD stuff, well -- first, try cleaning out the drive. If it's happening on every disk, every track, you've probably got a dirty lens, or hair in the drive. The latter is easy to clean mechanically; the former means you need to take the drive apart (which is a pain to reassemble).

Finally -- for installing WinXP. I'm not sure that XP will let itself be installed to D:. You may need to change the BIOS lettering, so you can install on the disk you want to have XP, and then clean out what used to be C:.

Good luck...
komos From: komos Date: March 9th, 2005 02:43 pm (UTC) (Link)


Why do you recommend Ad-Aware before Spybot S&D? I've got the latter working, and it seems to have cleaned up most of my problems. The browser change still has not resolved, though, and that makes me sad.

Had Norton, but let my subscription expire. Yes, I know that's Not SmartTM.

I tried cleaning the drive to no avail. Since I had another kicking around, I threw that in the box and that seems to be working fine. It's a better drive anyway, and I've been looking for an excuse to do the upgrade. I still don't have the capability to burn, but I'll take what I can get for now.

As for the install... I'm still flumoxed. I guess there's a way to do it either with a boot disk or from the command prompt (maybe both?), but I've not figured it out. May bug my friends in IS today to see if they can't point me in a direction.
macthud From: macthud Date: March 11th, 2005 02:14 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Danke

Ad-Aware requires a lot less knowledge on the user's part (which is good for me), and it catches stuff S&D doesn't -- and I'm told vice versa, but I've not personally had S&D catch anything AA missed.

Norton will still update everything but the Virus Defs (so if you're running SystemWorks, run LiveUpdate, and when it says `you've expired!`, say `skip` -- and you'll get product updates, which are different)... and SystemWorks OneButtonCheckup (WinDoctor, mostly) is a useful thing for Registry ailments.

Virus Def subscriptions are running $25/year -- or a full upgrade to SystemWorks is $40. I'd go for the latter (in fact, I just did, at work).

For the install... I'm at a loss, if my earlier thoughts didn't pan out. Good luck
From: ulf_rulz Date: March 7th, 2005 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
cook_ting From: cook_ting Date: March 7th, 2005 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. Burn the bastard down and switch to Mac. You'll be happier.

And then we can track down those spyware freaks and give them a "Day at the Spa"
komos From: komos Date: March 7th, 2005 07:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
a) is not a viable option. That being the case, a master plan needs to be put into place for b).
komos From: komos Date: March 7th, 2005 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I knew it was only a matter of time before the snowboarders of the computer world chimed in...
From: corvus_coronis Date: March 9th, 2005 11:34 am (UTC) (Link)
I run both adaware and spybot on mine (which runs xp plus the recent security upgrades), as well as sygate firewall & they seem to keep worst of the problems under control. Intesting thing about spybot, I've had it set to warn me when its blocking a spyware download, so now every time I login to hotmail or Y! it faithfully bleeps at me that it's killed another avenue A/doubleclick incursion.
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