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    Strange behavior (XP Home SP1)

    This morning I was sitting in front of my computer and talking on the phone when my computer went "asleep." I've got the power saver options set to do that after so many minutes, but this event seems to have occurred much earlier than it should. I tried to awaken the computer my moving the mouse, pressing keys...but I got no response. So I turned the machine off manually, waited about 30 seconds and restarted. Upon reboot, I noticed my Norton AntiVirus icon was missing from the Notification area. I tried to launch NAV from the start menu

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    Re: Strange behavior (XP Home SP1)

    Lucas,
    To paraphrase Apollo 13 - Houston, we have a problem. <img src=/S/groan.gif border=0 alt=groan width=16 height=15> Have you run a full A/V scan? Just keeping definitions up-to-date is not sufficient. You should periodically run a full system scan just to be safe. Do you also run Ad-Aware and SpyBot S&D? Both are <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>for personal user adware/spyware detectors.

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    Re: Strange behavior (XP Home SP1)

    Sounds viral. Shutting down AV software is one of the things they do now. Opened any strange e-mail messages lately?

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    Re: Strange behavior (XP Home SP1)

    As a couple of others have mentioned, it could be a virus. Another possibility is that a hacker broke into your system and installed some software that allows them to use your system for whatever they want to do. An A/V scan may or may not find that kind of stuff.
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    Re: Strange behavior (XP Home SP1)

    I'd run a full system scan on 3 August; ran it again today after I read your reply. Today I also ran SpyBot S&D

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    Re: Strange behavior (XP Home SP1)

    I do use a cable modem, so I'm always on. But I use Zone Alarm

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    Re: Strange behavior (XP Home SP1)

    I'm pretty careful about strange attachments. I did access a couple of old floppies over the past couple of days looking for old stuff. I scanned all those disks with Norton AV...nadda. Things seem to be working pretty well right now...after I ran System Restore, a full system scan with Norton, and SpyBot. We'll see....

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    Re: Strange behavior (XP Home SP1)

    Slow loading in Outlook, 2 thoughts: First, make sure you've disabled Instant Messenger (unless you actually want to use it) under Tools>Options...>Other. It can take a while to phone home (or realize it can't phone home), particularly if you've blocked it in ZoneAlarm. Second, if the PST file is corrupted in some manner (such as not being closed in the manner desired by Outlook), it will be scanned at startup. This does take a long time, at least in Outlook 2000-2002. Typically you have to wait it out, then hope it doesn't happen again.

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    Re: Strange behavior (XP Home SP1)

    Spybot & Ad-aware attempt to do the same thing. Most people observe that they seem to catch slightly different things. So, running both is a good idea. The free version of Ad-Aware does not automatically update on startup as Spybot does. You should use the update function each time you run it. At home, I generally run them as infrequently as once a month to as frequently as once a week. Just depends on how much the PC is used & by whom.

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