I have a 2007 Gateway PC, Intel Pentium Dual-Core 64bit processor. The computer starts and runs extremely slowly. After approx 5 min of use the computer shuts down. The following message then appears; "a problem with the hard drive has been detected. Press the enter key to continue".
At one point I was prompted to check the disk for consistency - Window checked the disk through a three stage process. There were no problems found with the file system. One line indicated '0 files in bad sectors', whatever that means.
Is there a way for me to determine whether this is a virus problem or hardware? Are there any solutions I can pursue myself?
The computer was steadily getting slower and in the weeks leading up to this.