My neighbour's laptop one day stopped downloading; got really slow to start up with 'scandisk' always wanting to run; sound crackling, no flash. PC repair shop said it needed (can't remember which) new motherboard/harddrive and hundreds of pounds. PC whizz kid came today, managed somehow to get it to download again -even downloaded flash and firefox and limewire.We switched it off - and when it switched on again, it was just the same. It said firefox and limewire were corrupted and wouldn't run; it won't download anything again - system restore no help. So -is the PC shop right? Is it a hardware issue of several hundred pounds? Answers by payday please!!
ad aware spbybot, all say nothing malicious there - maybe the PC shop is right about the faulty IDE controller and harddisc after all - but I don't understand why they are said to be working properly in device manager.
If the PC has a recovery partition, it's fairly easy to run a destructive recovery to restore it back to when it came from the factory. If this works it proves it was a software problem. If it doesn't have a recovery partition it will take a bit longer with a restore disc or a reinstall disc.
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