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Windows 7: Virus or Hard Drive issues?

14 Aug 2010   #1
Mwawr

Dual: Ubuntu/Win7
 
 
Virus or Hard Drive issues?

I am using a Gateway laptop which came with Windows 7. Over the past few months I have been having a problem with +, 9, and / signs appearing where ever a textbox is available. I cannot make the signs stop, when I delete them they are immediately replaced. Alternatively, when I start up my laptop it is accompanied by a loud beeping noise which will not stop unless I'm in certain screens, I assume screens where the keyboard is disabled.

Though I had issue with the laptop, I managed to install Ubuntu, a dual boot, essentially and though I will get random signs appearing on this OS, I can stop them. Once I stop them, they do not return.

Recently I wiped my laptop, losing Ubuntu and reinstalled Win7, but the problem remained, making my laptop completely inaccessible until I reinstalled Ubuntu.

When I wiped it, there was always at least one partition which I could not format and one was always automatically created.

Does this sound like a Virus or a Hard Drive issue to you? what steps can be taken to solve the issue?

Please note:

I uninstalled the keyboard, am using a usb one as the one that came with my laptop ceased to function, and I went for a month or so without a firewall.


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14 Aug 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Lets try several things
Run your anti virus
Download and run malwarebytes.
http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php

Negative so far
Then go to the website of the HardDrive manufacturer and take the hard drive test. This should answer the question, without guessing.
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14 Aug 2010   #3
Mwawr

Dual: Ubuntu/Win7
 
 

Unfortunately I cannot access Windows to run it. I did have Kapersky on it, after the problem started and it turned up nothing.
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14 Aug 2010   #4
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Can you use safe mode?
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14 Aug 2010   #5
Mwawr

Dual: Ubuntu/Win7
 
 

It doesn't help. When the Windows login screen comes up the password box immediately fills with + signs.
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14 Aug 2010   #6
vicvic

windows 7 Home premium 32 bit
 
 

are you using a external mouse or keyboard
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14 Aug 2010   #7
Mwawr

Dual: Ubuntu/Win7
 
 

An external keyboard and the touchpad.
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14 Aug 2010   #8
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

I doesn't sound like the HDD, but it is a hardware problem. Those beeps you hear is the BIOS POST (Power On Self Test) failing. Is the computer under any kind of warranty?
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14 Aug 2010   #9
Mwawr

Dual: Ubuntu/Win7
 
 

No, is there another option to fixing it?
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14 Aug 2010   #10
vicvic

windows 7 Home premium 32 bit
 
 

I had an issue last year with the ++++ - try unplugging it. If it is a microsoft keyboard.

My issue was that i had a microsoft wireless key board and mouse. Windows would update the driver and it sent the machine into fits until they where unplugged.

good luck
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