Win7, Enterprise...weird crash

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  1. Trepidati0n

    Trepidati0n [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Today at work my laptop had an "amusing" (not) crash. Fortunately just before it happened I was doing a local backup to my USB HDD. Right after I came back everything was funky (HW errors, GPU @ 80C, memory full, etc) and Win7 was working the repair console. I quickly unplugged the USB drive and went to another machine and much to my initial horror, ALL the data was gone. I then plugged it into another machine and found much to my confusion, that all the directories went "hidden". I found this same thing on hte USER directory on my laptop (after I pulled the drive).

    Does windows 7 normally do this after it bascially is saying "you are screwed"?
     
  2. heatlesssun

    heatlesssun [H]ard as it Gets

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    Any indication what caused the crash? In my experience Windows 7 just doesn't crash. In the almost two years since using the RTM version of Windows 7 I've have I think 3 crashes that I couldn't explain outside of me doing something that I knew could be a problem like overclocking over a dozen machines. If it happens again in my book there's something EXTREMELY wrong. I've got about half a dozen USB drives hooked to my sig rig which is the least stable machine I have in that it can crash with the 3x SLI Surround setup when messing with video drivers on occasion and I never has anything odd happen with my USB drives.

    Make me wonder if the USB drive is the problem actually.
     
  3. Trepidati0n

    Trepidati0n [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Pretty the HW (laptop) just took a shit The recovery console is basically saying (call Dell, tell them to bring a new machine). What i'm curious about is why as part of the process the OS hid most of the files...that is what is confusing me.
     
  4. Javelin3o4

    Javelin3o4 Gawd

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    sure your computer isnt infected. There are a some infections going aorund that have hidden entire hard drive directories and/or the users folders.
     
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    stiltner [H]ardForum Junkie

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    That right there is exactly what I was going to say.

    Fixed one a few weeks ago, so something related to this is in the wild right now.
     
  6. Trepidati0n

    Trepidati0n [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Yep. It was an infection. Seriously, I have not gotten a virus in nearly 15 years due to being pretty careful and use of proper detection systems. However, at work..sometimes I don't get those same protections. I was hitting several VHDL tech sites that friday and one of them must be spewing this crap out.

    IT department got it figured out...but damn. Once it was removed (took 3 passes with malwarebytes) then ran a program to unhide everything, then had to restore my start menu from a previous version. Will be running both the enterprise version of MSE and malwarebytes for a couple of days to make sure it isn't hiding dormant somewhere.
     
  7. contitego

    contitego Limp Gawd

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    Check to make sure the shortcuts, and your applications work. I had one recently where I would click on Word, and it would bring up the what do you want to associate word with dialog box.