Toshiba Tecra A1Laptop, 512mb memory, 40 gb hd, Wlindows XP pro, Avast antivirus: (Ithink) my problems began when I installed IE 8. Did not work well, so I tried to uninstall it and began having probs: IE 8 would not fully uninstall, could not use my Firefox. used my restore, but could not restore to a point BEFORE I downloaded IE 8; used chkdsk /r and regained use of Firefox. My System Mechanic 6 no longer works, it gets stuck at 20% when trying to optimize/clean my system.
Tried to gain some speed and deleted some startup programs, also tweeked my Bootcfg from a modified boot to default (did not write down the modified boot cfg) and things REALLY SLOWED DOWN. Began to take several mins for Windows to load; programs took even longer to respond; taskbar at bottom of screen takes 3-5 mins to respond.
Downloaded AVast and found a virus (win32.ctx); removed virus, used chksdk /r; programs STILL slow to load and taskbar very slow to respond; restarted and was sent to page asking to start in SAfe Mode; tried to start in SAfe mode, but computer 'stuck'; restarted and returned to same page, several times. Never could I start in Safe Mode. I inserted my WINDOWS XP disk and tried to repair with chksdk /r. Found some unrepairable probs, but still could not start windows. decided to reinstall windows but got the following errors: Disk Read Error An error occurred while Setup was updating partition information, setup can not continue.
Tried to reinstall several times, no luck. Used Fixboot to make a new boot sector. Removed CD and tried to restart: it, miraculously, started!!!
Reran the AVAST scan, found the virus, again, removed it. Went to Blackviper.com and used its ServiceCFG to identify which services I could safely disable. Downloaded EVEREST HOME EDITION and located some kind of fatal error on my HDD, but did not fix.
Tried to defrag my HD (stuck at 3% for over 12 hours, then system restarted) and came back with a KERNAL STACK INPAGE ERROR. I have not been able to load Windows XP since. That was this morning. Next restart came up with: A disk read error occurred, press Ctl Alt Del to restart. each restart brings me to same sceen.
Inserted Windows XP disk to try to use chkdsk /r, some kind of unrecoverable error and it won't fix or move. Tried FIXBOOT, again. Won't work. Comes up with some kind of wrong disk drive error (I forgot to write this one down) Can't use FIXMBR, either. HAVE NOT TRIED TO REINSTALL WINDOWS XP, again. When I EXIT disk, it acts like it might load, then gives me a black screen.
ANY IDEAS/SUGGESTIONS would be helpful. I've got over 40 hours in surfing the net and researching these errors/problems.
1. How can I get back into Windows? If I'm to reinstall XP, how do I format disk before install?
2. If I can get back into Windows without the format/reinstall, how do I speed up my program and taskbar response time?
3. Any ideas on how to get rid of IE 8? (I have SP3)
Thanks for you time in reading my LONG description. I wanted to provide as much info as possible. (I'm on my desktop, btw)