Why is there an error found ,in a directory record in the catalog b-tree?

How can I change these findings? I get this message every time I run Nortons Utilities disc Dr. :  Under the results it always says... "An error was found in a directory record in the catalog b-tree. The disk " Hard Disk" has incorrect Finder settings that may be interfering with the normal operations of your disk. ( node 3406 ) (5,7,19) then it says node #3406, Record Offset 1 the leaf directory was fixed". Then in a day or so it is there again.  What's the problem here??????      
 Please Note:  I have made a fresh set of finder preferences twice now and still get this in the Nortons utilities results column.
RENEEAsked:
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RENEEAuthor Commented:
I have a Mas os 8.1 . Macintosh performa 6320CD PowerPC
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weedCommented:
Who knows but maybe its time for a HD reformat and fresh system. Youre supposed to do that once a year anyway. Has it ever been done?
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RENEEAuthor Commented:
I HAVE HAD OTHER TROUBLE, AND I HAVE HAD TO RESTORE ALL SYSTEM SOFTWARE, ABOUT 3 TIME THIS YEAR ALONE. AS FAR AS HARD DISK REFORMAT...IF IT IS NOT THE SAME THING I THEN DO NOT KNOW HOW TO OBTAIN IT. THANKS.
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brian_bCommented:
First, Netscape is usually a culprit of this. If you have netscape and it crashes in the middle of downloading pages, this could be the problem. Some help can come from setting the disk cache to 0 Kbytes.
Another thing is to create a ram disk with the memory control panel, and set the netscape cache to save there. Or even a shrinkwrap or diskcopy image mounted on the desktop, that way it will save through restarts. I used to have this problem a while back, always B-Tree errors. So i used a shrinkwrap image, justdrop it in your startup items and make it a bit larger than you would set your cache to and point nutscrape to that. might you think you have a 1.08 gig fireball by chance? Scan for bad blocks with norton.
You can also use Disk First Aid 8.5.2 that is free from apple, works nicely.
If this doesnt help, sounds like you have to format. Make sure you have backups of everything or just your data at least. Ie, docs, gifs, jpg's, bookmarks, mail...

If you have macOS 8.1 on a cd, you should have drive setup. Yes it is a VERY excruciating process, but if you have all the software installers and little data to backup to disk, zip, or whatever, then it is worth a shot. Boot off the 8.1 cd (Insert and restart holding in the "c" key) or the 8.1 startup floppy if you had one?? ther's a utilities folder, run drive setup from here. Format the hard drive, then name it and reinstall a fresh system from the cd as well. You might be lucky and have a "restore" disk. However, remember, still format before the restore. Re-install software and bring back over data and see what happens. Let me know what happens.
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