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Computer doing weird sh_t

Suddenly, my computer is doing odd things. It started a couple of months ago.
1. My printer quit working. I did a scan with my virus program and it caught a virus that had attached itself to thre printer and removed it. But the printer still does not work. Tried deleting the printer and reloading it. Printer still does not work.
2. Firefox quit working. It could not find the "internet." Upadated the program, it still didn't work. Deleted and reloaded, it still didn't work.
3. The CD burner quit working.
4. Itunes dumped all of my music and playlists. The music was still on the computer and I found it and reloaded it, but my playlists are gone and I have to reorganize everything.

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You still have a virus plaguing your system. What you need to do is two things. First i would recommend buying Kaspersky if you don't have it. Try to see if it will find the virus. If still the issue persists then do a complete restore on your computer. You will lose your information but it should fix itself. If this does not work and your computer is still having problems. You might want to take it into a professional.

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About the printer: Have you checked the print queue to make sure it's all ready to go, and the queue not 'offline'? If so, just reinstall the printer driver from newly downloaded sources (from the printer maker.)

You might need to go open up the Windows (and/or other firewall) so that Firefox is allowed to connect to the internet.

What kind of errors does the CD burner throw out? If it won't read the disk at all and the connections are fine, an interface might have gone bad, but more likely Windows (to hazard a guess) just has a wayward opinion of it. So open Device Manager and see if you can sway it; otherwise you're down to backing things up (or just moving the hard drive to an external USB mount) and reinstalling Windows or another OS on a new hard drive (given that drives aren't generally expensive.)

That iTunes behavior is pretty bad! I hope you found an antivirus and set it to work overnight at some point (less necessary if you reinstall, but ClamWin is free.) There was probably an easier fix in Apple's forums about that.

All those things are consistent with having run service packs from Microsoft, but then they could also be from serious issues. If you don't know what you did in those two months that might have set the thing off, and looking through Task Manager, and System Logs appropriate to your system doesn't offer a clue, you have arrived at reinstituting control over the system (likely by installing the OS anew, perhaps on a new drive/drives.) Running striped RAID on 2 new drives might bring a speedup that makes it worth it, if your motherboard supports that.

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