My dads laptop was getting a COM Surrogate error.. I seemed to have sorted it by going into safe mode and adding the problem in the D.E.P. when investigating and giving the machine a clean up, IE was opening and going onto a site where it wanted to scan your computer.. kept saying it found all these viruses and for you to download there software.. blah blah blah... i think my dad may have seen this before and clicked on something as one of the messages was saying that "360" has found something and not "Norton 360". Norton was picking nothing up and neither was adaware. I noticed that on the desktop where some files called viewtubesoftware.40001.exe which I googled and looks like it is a virus so i deleted it. So I thought maybe Norton isn't picking it up (as I know its not exactly the best AV to say the least) so I downloaded a copy of avast.. installed it and when it had to reboot, it would load to display the desktop hang for a bit then log off. (Bugger) So I tried it in safe mode and it logs on then logs off straight away.
So thats the full story. Any suggestions? I was wondering if there is a way I can access the drive via another machine without having to take out the HDD and using a chassis/IDE-USB connector.