Virus Follows User to New Computer

Q: I had an old laptop running XP Pro. A couple weeks ago, every time I would connect to the Internet via DSL or wireless, the hard drive light would come on, as if it were writing something to the hard drive. It would cause IE to run slower than dial-up. I looked in task manager, and although the CPU usage was high, there didn’t seem to be a process listed that was using it. I used LavaSoft Ad-Aware to scan on a regular basis as well as Norton 2005. I eventually gave up and bought a new laptop (Vista Home), which now has the same problem.

It is obviously related to something that I copied over to the new computer from the old computer. But the thing is, Norton Internet Security isn’t picking up a virus. I used it to scan everything before copying it on to the new computer. Has anyone heard of such a thing or had the same problem? I’d much rather be able to find and remove the problem than restore.

A: Based on your description, I have a few suggestions that could help lead you in the right direction toward solving this issue. The first thing I would look into is your virus-scan software. If you have not updated your virus-scan definitions in a while, it could be possible that your virus-scan software cannot detect new viruses. Check with your virus-scan vendor to see if your software is up-to-date, and make sure you…


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