Having problems with your HP Compaq Presario SR2180NX (RK548AA#ABA) PC Desktop ?

I have an hp desktop which is really slow,runs vista.rogers virus check shows no problems but other virus checks and registry mechanic says i have lots of viruses and problems but they want money to fix them. i need a free solution,help please?


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I have this machine! I also have a spare computer that has a 2.0GHz P4 and 2GB of Memory and, best of all, I also use a program called Shadow Surfer on it. I use this Shadow Surfer to run a virtual Windows XP that will NOT keep anything I download, change, contract virus, etc - they simply vaporize on each reboot. Any way, I remove the Sata drive and hook it up to a Sata PCI Card on the spare machine with Shadow Surfer. I access the Sata Drive to copy my work to a CD first. Then, I let McAfee do their job on scanning all night because the Sata drive is 250GBs large, plus I let it scan the CD I just used to burn my work files, too. If I get a positive virus hit on the CD, I burn again leaving out the infected file. Then I use another program from Acronis to wipe the drive partition (C:) only if the virus(es) cannot be fixed by McAfee. I press the power button & hold for 5 seconds to shut down the spare computer. I don't worry because the Shadow Surfer enabled (spare) computer is crash-proof. It boots up with a fresh Windows XP all over again, each and every time. The SR2180NX gets its drive back in and if the disk will not boot, I press F10 at boot time to start the recovery process from the recovery partition. I also burn recovery disks as the first procedure. If it is too late to do that part, go to HP.com and go to support, download drivers, and select Vista (not Vista 64bit), Click on the Order Recovery Disks and be prepared to enter your Presario's Serial Number to verify you are going to order the correct disks. Use a credit card and they cost less than $17 delivered via US Mail in less than a week. During this wait, go to a computer store and pick up some memory. I was able to get 4 sticks of DD2-6400's at 2GB each. I used the Low Latency (low Density, non-ecc, unbuffered) from Patriot (kit of 2 each) to pack on 8GB even though HP will only support up to 4 GBs. I had to load the Default in BIOS, reboot and change stuff to what I wanted before booting again. Vista 32bit is the OS that shows up on the restore disks from HP and it will show all 8Gb in the system page after you are done starting from scratch. Any way, the memory really makes a difference but keeping your system optimized from the beginning and keeping proper backups will save you headaches later on down the road. Maybe getting Shadow Surfer installed and setting up a guest account that it boots to on power up will also save you from just about anyone coming along when you are not looking and changing things behind your back. Hope I have helped with something! -Gregg
Ridding machines of a single virus, depending on which is infecting the pc, can be very difficult. Often, there are different methods of removal - dependent on which virus you've got. Several virii can be even more difficult. You might be able to save the data that you created or accumulated such as text documents, photos, mp3s, movies, etc. to CDROM or other internal / or external drive, and reinstall Windows via restore disk / partition or original CD.

If you can run an Anti Virus program and determine the virii that is infecting the machine, you can then google the virus names followed by the word "removal". Stick to the big names (Symantec, Norton, McAfee, etc.) for removal instructions. There are some "free scans" offered that do nothing more than install a virus - and charge you to remove it. Beware!

If copying your own old data, do not take applications, as these are likely infected, and copying them will only reintroduce the new Windows installation to the virus. The text documents, mp3s, photos and videos usually are not places a virus can hide easily. Virii tend to go to .com, .exe, .dll and other file extension types.

Don't delete the infected Windows installation without first getting installed CD Keys from the programs that you purchased & installed since the machine was new. If you can't find them, download and run the program:

http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/

This program will extract your installed keys.

Good luck!
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