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thimer

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WinME: Although all I do is check my mail & surf (no porn), I need to run both these programs about every other day. Thorough Scan tells me there were errors & that they were fixed, but doesn't tell me what were the errors. Is it normal to have to run these programs so frequently?
Before running above programs, I close everything in Systray except Explorer &
Systray, but often I have to press Ctrl/Alt/Delete many times to pull up the screen. Is this normal?
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WhitPhil

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When you run Scandisk, ensure that you turn Autofix off, and have logging set.
Scandisk can not fix all problems, regardless of what it "seems" to be telling you.

Then, as an error is found, a message will appear telling you what the error is. There ARE some that can actually be fixed, but there are also some that will result in corrupted or missing files, depending on your other options.

Then, at the end of the run, all of the errors, fixed or not, will be found in a file called C:\SCANDISK.LOG that can be viewed in NotePad.

I would suggest running Scandisk again, with the above options, and on every error answering NO to fix. Then copy/paste the log back here for review.

Why do you think you have to run these every other day??
 

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Running Scandisk and Disk Defragmenter about once a month should be enough for normal surfing and E-mailing. If you're doing a lot of installing and uninstalling and moving files around, that's a different story. Then you might want to run Disk Defragmenter about once a week.
 
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This is a "how long is a piece of string" type question but, I agree with both responses to date. I have an old Win 98 computer and, on average, I scandisk and defrag about once a month but, if you constantly install and uninstall programs, you might need to do it more often.

I stopped allowing Scandisk to automatically fix errors when I read about the possible consequences of a crash, or power loss, while Scandisk was running.
 

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I am puzzled by your statement that you 'need' to run them every other day. It is not normal to 'need' to run them so frequently. What is the need caused by ? Explain what symptoms you are trying to correct. You may have a problem that you are misinterpreting. Shutting down programs one at a time with Ctrl+Alt+Del is an alternative to using Safe mode, and I don't understand why you are doing it that way. We need to know something about your system and control program to understand what you are experiencing. Post back with the details.
 

thimer

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Thank you for your responses, o' knowledgeable ones....

WhitPhil: File: C:\SCANDISK.LOG not found
Why run so often: System slowdown, pages don't load / can't be found, etc.

911: Ctrl/Alt/Delete: following advice from Major Geeks
Seems that ScanDisk & Defrag don't run properly with Anti-Virus & Fire-
wall programs running.
 

WhitPhil

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"File: C:\SCANDISK.LOG not found"

This is after selecting logging?

"System slowdown, pages don't load / can't be found, etc."
Running Scandisk and defrag on a daily basis will not rectify these problems. I would start a new thread, detailing exactly what the issues are.

"Ctrl/Alt/Delete. Seems that ScanDisk & Defrag don't run properly with Anti-Virus & Fire-wall programs running"

The programs will run "properly". The only time you need to start "killing" running apps, is when scandisk/defrag do continual restarts. This is due to a background program writing to disk which causes them to start over.
Booting to safe mode is the easiest way to resolve this, since you have to do a boot anyway, as a result of stopping all the apps via c-a-d.
 

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Scandisk (and also disk Defragmenter) do require that nothing else be running while they are doing their thing. Some programs may not look like they are running, but they keep trying to start up, or update files (changing your hard drive) while Scandisk is trying to check it. You can shut down every program running manually, but it is much easier to use Safe Mode, which prevents them from starting up.

Using Safe Mode:

Reboot your computer and tap your F8 key repeatedly until a black screen with the Windows Startup Menu appears.

Choose option # 3 (Safe Mode) by pressing the 3 on your keyboard or selecting it with your arrow keys.

Press the Enter key to begin booting into Safe Mode. Note, it will take a few moments longer than a regular boot. You are in Safe Mode when Windows displays Safe Mode in all four corners of the desktop and a Safe Mode message appears. (The desktop may be smaller and the mouse will be slow and sluggish.)

Now you can start Scandisk or (Disk Defragmenter). Do not touch your mouse or keyboard while it is running.

These are good therapy, but they do not fix all problems. Your problems "System slowdown, pages don't load / can't be found, etc." could be caused by a virus infection. If you don't have antivirus programs, download and run the free program AVG-7 from http://free.grisoft.com/doc/1/lng/us/tpl/v5.

If it is not a virus, it could be spyware. These things watch where you browse, and report your activities to their home-sites, and they do not mind changing your browser and email settings if it helps them in their schemes. Go to http://www.lavasoftusa.com/ and download the free program Ad-Aware. You might also try SPYBOT S&D which you can download from http://www.lurkhere.com/~nicefiles/index.html
Each will scan your system for spyware, and allow you to delete any that it finds. Run the removal program in Safe mode. Windows won't let "open" files get changed except by the program that opened them. If the infection is in a file that some program has opened, removing it is a problem. Safe mode bypasses all those start menu programs that open when you boot up, so the infected files probably won't be open, and the infection can be removed. After removal, clear any existing System Restore points, so the infection can't come back. ---911
 

thimer

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....for your clear, detailed, & precise advice.
I have & run the programs you mentioned, as well as TrendMicro's Housecall, but
can't help thinking there's something in there that's messing with my system.
By the way, do I run Spybot & others in Safe Mode, too?
 

thimer

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flavallee: "Show all files" NOT turned off

WhitPhil: I need a clearer explanation of, "This is after selecting logging?"

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WhitPhil

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I'm on XP now, but if I remember correctly, when you start Scandisk one of the options, (maybe under advanced) allows you to choose settings for Logging. Like on/off/append.
Choose append.
 
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