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  1. David 470 profile image86
    David 470posted 5 years ago

    Well, I have been having a stroke of bad luck lately... About 5 days ago my Dell Insiron 4000 broke. (A disc read error occured) This could not of happened at any worse time when I have stuff to do for college, and especially after the Google Alg. The hard drive might be destroyed...

    Right now, I am using someone elses computer until I either need to buy a new one or get the one I have fixed... sad

    I tell you what, I missed hubpages a lot just in this short,and had a large amount of comments to approve lol..

  2. lrohner profile image83
    lrohnerposted 5 years ago

    Hey, you're not going anywhere. You make a great addition to the HP community!

    I hope you get all of your computer problems sorted out quickly.

    1. David 470 profile image86
      David 470posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Yeah thanks lol, this sucks. I won't be able to write on here or brighthub yet... sad I am probobly flooded with emails right now..

  3. earnestshub profile image86
    earnestshubposted 5 years ago

    Does your computer accept a standard harddrive? They are cheap and easy to fit these days. If you are stuck with the makers hdd it may be a bit more expensive.
    Maybe a spare computer from a friend or fellow hubber would do the job. I know I have always got a spare computer, and others may have too. I am a bit far away to offer you mine, but someone here may have a two or three year old computer laying around.
    Good luck with it, and I hope you can get it sorted quickly.
    There must be dozens of people like me who had at least 4 good working computers before I got flooded out and lost a couple. smile

    1. David 470 profile image86
      David 470posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I am not sure, but before it broke, it said the computers hard drive has "dirty volume."

      I attempted to reset the computer to factory settings, but it failed. (That always worked in the past! viruses etc.) Then I did diagnostic tests on the computers harddrive, but it did not say anything was wrong. The computer will not boot up at all. It just says a disk read error occured, pres Ctrl+alt+delete to restart.

      Somebodies looking at my computer right now, and they are an expert, however, if the computer can not be fixed, it can not be fixed reguardless of how smart they are.

      I think electricity shutting off, and shutting the computer off improperly(not going to start-shutdown) lead to hard drive corruption.

      1. darkside profile image83
        darksideposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        In future you're going to shut it off properly aren't you. smile

        This is what I have, a Dell Notebook sitting on my desk with an extra flat screen monitor attached to it. As well as the ADSL modem, Netgear switch (so I can share the internet connection with my wife) and a dual hard disk drive docking station.

        One of the drives in there has ALL my data. Documents, files, images, saved photos, absolutely everything. Occasionally though I have a few things scattered on my desktop. But mostly it's shortcuts to folders of stuff I'm always working on that's sitting on that external HDD.

        The other slot I use for swapping hard drives. Movies, TV episodes, MP3s, digital photos from the last 10 years, they each have their own hard drive. My wife has a similar set up with the dual hdd docking station.

        I also have another hard drive just for backing up all my stuff that's on the other external hard drive. I do this once a week. Something I started doing near the start of last year when I dropped a hard drive and stuffed it. I lost about 4 weeks worth of work because I only backed my stuff up about once a month. We managed to retrieve some critical data, but there was a bunch of stuff I couldn't pull off of it. It was a costly lesson.

        If anything is going to stuff up (other than dropping it) it will be the operating system on your computer. The data should be fine, provided nothing awry happens with a virus infection. And when I had a problem some 15 months ago with my notebook overheating (because it was doing far too much, and it was the middle of summer here, and I fixed the problem by getting a laptop cooling stand) at the time I wiped the whole hard drive and reinstalled everything. Which can take a huge chunk of time but I also have a Dell Netbook. So while I was doing the format and reinstallation, I could just plug my hard drives into my netbook and away I went. With barely a hiccup.

        So have a contingency plan in place. I suggest getting a little netbook computer because for me, I just can't unplug my notebook and take it into the lounge room and sit it on my lap, there's far too many things plugged into it. But the netbook is small and compact and far more suitable for that sort of thing, as well as taking it out and about. I take my netbook to work and plug in a keyboard and monitor and access my files at home through Dropbox. (www.dropbox.com)

        But another way that it's useful is that it's useful, if you don't have other computers in the house or want to bother your neighbour to use their computer, is when you do have a problem and your faulty computer is stopping you from getting online and finding out how to fix the problem, you can do all that on the netbook.

        So it's a wise investment. I even went with the one with 16 gig internal flash drive, because I didn't need anything big, because I am accessing files via dropbox, or if needs be, by plugging in an external HDD. Also the flash drive is non-mechanical, therefore less likely to die the same death that a notebook will, and less likely to overheat when it's sitting on your lap.

        Put it on your "Things To Buy With Money I Made From HubPages" list. That's how I bought mine back in August 2009.

  4. David 470 profile image86
    David 470posted 5 years ago

    Well, apparently, I had a virus!! But I have no idea how it could of prevented computer from booting up or prevent factory defualt settings...(which always worked in past)

    I never seen any signs of viruses, athough I had no protection. There was a few instances, however, when a link in Googles results page lead to a virus, but I always shut computer off quickly. (embeded virus links I guess)

    People that make viruses need to go to hell, and have their entrails spilled throughout the place!!! sad

    1. darkside profile image83
      darksideposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      If you have no protection, you will get a virus. It's wrong but it's a fact of life now.

      1. David 470 profile image86
        David 470posted 5 years ago in reply to this

        What is considered very good virus protection? I guess my computer is getting fixed, but I want to make sure I never have to deal with this stuff again....

        This is infuriating me ....

        I need some good virus protection that won't slow my computer down to the extreme. I might end up getting a new computer even if this one gets fixed.

        1. darkside profile image83
          darksideposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          I've written reviews on several Free Antivirus Software Programs. I used to pay for anti-virus, but these free ones work just as well.

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      ryankettposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      In future, use AVG or something, loads of free anti-virus programs out there!

      Without it I would probably get 5 trojans a week, and that is probably what has happened to you.

      I realised the importance of security when a 3000 word essay on Censorship in China dissapeared from my desktop and my external hard drive one night. My guest had also taken it upon himself to delete the contents of my recycling bin and also took exception to my pornography.

      Go figure, that freaked me out big time.

      1. lrohner profile image83
        lrohnerposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Coco did it. smile

  5. camlo profile image83
    camloposted 5 years ago

    I use AVG, and have had about ten warnings this week - more than usual. You really can't go without protection.
    Hope you get your problems sorted out soon.

  6. jaymelee23 profile image66
    jaymelee23posted 5 years ago

    Another good FREE virus scanner/protector is Microsoft Security Essentials.

  7. mistyhorizon2003 profile image91
    mistyhorizon2003posted 5 years ago

    Blimey, it takes 12 minutes (approx) to be infected by a virus on the net, even if you are not using it, but simply connected at the time!!! No wonder you were 'caught', bearing in mind you had no protection.

    Best protection is AVG free version, and also download Malware Bytes.

    Remember to 'update' them regularly and run scans, but nothing else is necessary.....really.

  8. Mikeydoes profile image78
    Mikeydoesposted 5 years ago

    Ya well, if it is any consulation, I just got an email from Amazon saying SORRY, you live in Illinois, your new Governor Quinn is a jackass! No more making money from Amazon.

    My computer didn't fry, but I really am not a fan of doing hubs on this laptop, so I've been crippled lately as well.

    1. DondaJewel profile image61
      DondaJewelposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      So does that mean HP gets all the affiliate fees for all your hubs? Pretty generous of you. HP should collect fees for you.

      I think they should collect the fees and give you 60% because your state defaulted. Just a thought to throw around. Wouldn't that work ? The reason I am saying this is any state or country could be affected in the near future.

      1. Mikeydoes profile image78
        Mikeydoesposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I'm not too sure about that. I practically live in Florida, I have been here for literally the last 4-5 months and will be here for another 2 straight months. With brief stints at my parents house.

        So after I am done helping my uncle on his house on the 23, I have to get on that hard, and figure it out.

        Amazon pays my up until April. I have done nothing to this point. So we'll see.

  9. prettydarkhorse profile image62
    prettydarkhorseposted 5 years ago

    Hope you can get another one and can get back to work (college and online stuff) I can imagine if that happens to me.

  10. David 470 profile image86
    David 470posted 5 years ago


    Laptop is fixed! smile Somebody was able to fix it for me. Still need to get some virus protection, but I have Norton free trail right now.

    Hopefully, I don't have bad problems like this in the future. NO ONE SHOULD, VIRUSES SUCK!

    Glad to be back at hubpages, youtube, and be able to do college work and etc... (you NEED a computer for college)

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      ryankettposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      As a couple of people have said, AVG is FREE


      1. David 470 profile image86
        David 470posted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Thank you.

        Does it provide good protection against trojans and other terrible ones? The thing is, I had gotten a virus, but did not even realize it. It was a sneaky virus -- not sure what it was will have to speak to the person who fixed it.

        1. Eaglekiwi profile image74
          Eaglekiwiposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          I use AVG and it blocked a trojan an hour ago smile

          I also downloaded Spybot and run that every other week.

          Good luck.

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          ryankettposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          If you don't have antivirus then you have nothing to TELL you when you have a virus.

          I have used AVG for about 6 years on four different systems, none of those have died as a result of a virus.

          I have had 1 trojan virus in 6 years, that occured when I had accidentally turned AVG off.

          1. David 470 profile image86
            David 470posted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Well, in the past, I usually knew when I had bad viruses because I would get "fake virus protection alerts" and other unwanted pop ups etc.

            This also happened over a period of time. Computer gradually got slower and factory restoration settings failed.

            This computer is like brand new now though. Its a Dell Inspiration 6000 2005. Its old, but was the best laptop at that time period.

            I will still need to prob get a new computer though -- as a back up, or just the possible need for bigger hard drive, ram etc.

  11. Cagsil profile image82
    Cagsilposted 5 years ago

    I have been using AVG for more than 3 years now and I've not had one problem. wink

    1. Andrew0208 profile image60
      Andrew0208posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      AVG is tight on virus and malware, used it for over 4yrs. Norton is also great but sometimes slows the PC.