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 microsoft.com. This tool is not a replacement for an anti-virus product. To help protect your computer, you should use an anti-virus product.
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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.