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What are the effects of bad sectors on installations

  1. #51

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    Smart Connect is what caused your last bsod (dumps did not say that, I just know) -so good idea.

    Unless one or more of those Asrock utilities seems to really appeal to you, I would stay away from installing them. If they have some functionality you want, try your luck I suppose.

    I'd stick with Windows Firewall and Windows Defender, since they are never going to ever crash Windows.
    You could supplement with a weekly scan with Malwarebytes to be on the safe side. Many 3rd party security software programs have a nice habit of crashing Windows.

    Glad to see that you have some kind of decent running machine now.

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  2. #52

    Thanks a bunch. I really appreciate it. I think I'll mark this as solved.
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  3. #53

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    Yep, I hear ya. You're very welcome.

    In the future, if you notice any driver updates through Windows Update, do not download. Mark it or them as hidden so you never see it/them again. Then go to the manufacturer's (s') website(s) to get the update(s) manually.
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  4. #54

    Looks like I spoke too soon. Windows called for its third update and the install failed. After nearly an hour it reversed the install changes but now my system is poking along at a snails pace and is actually currently frozen. If it ever gets out of its frozen state, I'll try tosend the files.
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  5. #55

    Newest logs

    Well after 2 hours of waiting for my machine to unfreeze, I forced it to turn off. And now it's acting more normally, but I'm still having problems. Here's the log. Help please.
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  6. #56

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    haha if the machine freezes like that, after waiting like a minute or three at most, then just hold the power button in for about 5 seconds and it will turn off. Start it up again normally. (Freezes aren't normal but you don't have to wait long.)

    WPRO_41_2001 WPRO_41_2001.sys Mon Nov 07 16:04:48 2011 (4EB847F0) <<<< is still present on the system and not removed as per post #44 (If SmartConnect really is uninstalled, there is a manual removal process for this driver, but it will just return at next boot. You'd have to do special tricks.)

    RTKVHD64 RTKVHD64.sys Tue Aug 07 06:49:39 2012 (5020F2C3) <<<<< Realtek HD Audio not updated as per post #44

    Installing cfosspeed from Asrock utilities, as I was trying to hint at before, was not a good idea. That brings systems down in a blink of eye, so uninstall that.

    And Intel's proprietary storage driver is now installed, it's just that it's older and really should be updated only from
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  7. #57

    Will get rid of cfosspeed. I thought I had updated the realtek audio. I at least tried to, anyway. Don't know about smartconnect. How can I get rid of it?
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  8. #58

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    I think you might have Conduit malware. Do a scan with Malwarebytes and let it remove all it finds. Let us know about the results, please.

    Then update the Intel storage driver from - the version you have now has the helper service for it crashing and misbehaving - the update will do good.

    These two things above are most important for now. Then update Realtek.

    Here is how to manually get rid of WPRO_41_2001:

    1. Delete C:\Windows\System32\drivers\WPRO_41_2001.sys (If it is not at that location, search the machine for it.)
    2. Open Regedit then delete the subkey for that driver, found somewhere at this location:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services
    3. Open Notepad then save as WPRO_41_2001.txt - rename the saved file to WPRO_41_2001.sys
    4. Cut the file (right click on it, choose cut) and paste it where the old WPRO_41_2001.sys was
    5. Set the permissions on the file so that no account on the machine has write access to it.
    6. Reboot.
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  9. #59

    Quote Originally Posted by Bkshiroma View Post
    Will get rid of cfosspeed. I thought I had updated the realtek audio. I at least tried to, anyway. Don't know about smartconnect. How can I get rid of it?
    Is that the rapid storage thing? I've been getting notifications about it, and tried the updates recommended, but nothing happened. I'll try to go directly to the site.
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  10. #60

    malware bytes file

    Here it is. Should I do a full scan? I just did a quick one.
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