System Failure

I seem to be suffering a major system failure. I remember that yesterday two Microsoft urgent fixes were downloaded and installed. I didn’t notice a problem at the time, but perhaps I didn’t reboot the system following the downloads. Around 10:00 last night I tried to reboot the new PC and noticed that the hard drive was continually reading. Apparently one of the downloads corrupted the operating system. Luckily my old PC is still connected to the network, so I will have to use it to see if I can salvage the information that is on the new PC.

The last MS update that was installed was related to running a one-time tool to check for malicious software on the PC. I do not know if the PC is trying to run this tool or if the tool has problems, or if it has corrupted the operating system.

Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool – March 2006 (KB890830)
Date last published: 3/14/2006
Download size: 2.2 MB
After the download, this tool runs once to check your computer for infection by specific, prevalent malicious software (including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom) and helps to remove any infection found. If an infection is found, the tool will display a status report the next time you start your computer. A new version of the tool will be offered every month. If you want to manually run the tool on your computer, you can download a copy from the Microsoft Download Center or run an online version from This tool is not a replacement for an anti-virus product. To help protect your computer, you should use an anti-virus product.
System Requirements
Recommended CPU: Not specified.
Recommended memory: Not specified.
Recommended hard disk space: Not specified.
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This is not how I planned on using my day, but nothing is perfect, some things less so than others. Keep your fingers crossed that I can salvage the data on the PC.

2 thoughts on “System Failure

  1. Hi Don:

    I’m having problems with Microsoft AntiSpy “Windows Defender”. All of a sudden it starts scanning in the background slowing my Internet connection. At first, I thought my computer had been hijacked and was a unit of an army of Zombies. It just occurred to me to check MS Defender and it was scanning without being authorized. Real weird.

    This has happened about four times now. It it continues, I will remove it, since I have about three more AntiSpy applications.

    I’m glad you got your problem fixed.



  2. Interesting. When I rebuilt my PC yesterday, one piece of software I left out was Windows Defender. I guess it is possible that it could have been my problem as well. However, my system was running so slow that I couldn’t even activate the Control Panel to remove any software.

    However, on further thought, I am not sure it is the same. My hard drive continually ran, but the CPU utilization was 0. No tasks showed as active.

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