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Old 10-04-13, 04:42 PM
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Does my computer have a virus?

One of my computers, running Windows 7, wasn't going to sleep after an hour as it was set up to do. So I rebooted it today and upon reboot it automatically ran a chkdsk and found a bunch of corrupt files. They ticked off too fast to read them all but I did see iTunes and AVG files while it did its thing. At the end it reported no bad sectors and continued to boot fine.

I ran Malware Bytes and AVG full scans afterwards and they came back clean. I rebooted the machine twice and there were no scans or problems on boot. I opened AVG and iTunes and they both seemed to function normally. Also the sleep function is working properly again.

I am currently running AVG and Malware Bytes again in safe mode, but nothing is coming up on either so far.

My question is simple. Are file corruptions usually a virus, and does this sound like one, or could this easily be something else?
Old 10-04-13, 05:08 PM
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Re: Does my computer have a virus?

File corruption can be hardware or software related. If the AV scan came back clean, then I wouldn't suspect a virus.
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Re: Does my computer have a virus?

Could be a bad stick of RAM...I would perform a full memory scan ASAP, if only to rule it out.
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Yeah, scan both the RAM and the harddrive. I wouldn't count on chkdsk solely for determining harddrive health.
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Re: Does my computer have a virus?

Back up your important files before the rest of the drive crashes.
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Re: Does my computer have a virus?

Originally Posted by spankasmurf View Post
Back up your important files before the rest of the drive crashes.
Which of course one should be doing at all times.
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Re: Does my computer have a virus?

Most common cause of corrupt files is a improper shutdown of the computer (due to a power outage, loose plug, etc.) But since you said YOU rebooted it, this doesn't seem like it would be the cause...
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Re: Does my computer have a virus?

Originally Posted by Dogg View Post
File corruption can be hardware or software related. If the AV scan came back clean, then I wouldn't suspect a virus.
Hey You are right File corruption mostly occur due to hardware or software related.If the AV scan came back clean, then I wouldn't suspect a virus.

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