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Data Execution Prevention Problem/Virus?

October 18, 2009 at 12:04:19
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 1.729 GHz / 2046 MB

Hi everyone.

I've been having a problem with my computer recently. Upon startup, I always get a window popping up titled "Data Execution Prevention - Microsoft Windows," which says "To help your computer, Windows has closed this program." The program closed is "WMI." When I click close message, a window saying WMI pops up saying "WMI encountered a problem and needed to close." When I click don't send, the first window ("Data Execution Prevention") pops back up again, so on, and so forth. Also, I noticed that my disk was almost completely full about a week ago, so I deleted about 11 GB worth of memory and checked it again today and saw that my disk was COMPLETELY full (not even 1 KB left). I don't know if I have a virus, or if something else is going on. Can somebody please help or offer some suggestions? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Anthony


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#1
October 20, 2009 at 20:06:21

DEP (Data Execution Prevention) is sometimes a REAL pain in
the a**. Try adding an exception for that program, if you know it's
safe. It is in-fact a Microsoft program, but I do believe your
computer can run without it (however I do not recommend it).
Now as for your hard drive space, it could be filled with log files
(however, that would be an absolute BUTT-LOAD). You can use
Tuneup Utilities to get some space back, just install the program
and click "Free up disk space" I've had to use it several times.

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#2
October 21, 2009 at 12:27:28

Thanks,

I try adding an exception to the DEP for WMI. Now I don't get the window saying that DEP closed the WMI program. However, I'm still getting a continuous stream of windows stating that WMI encountered a problem and had to close.

As for the hard drive space. I realized that my biggest problem had to do with the UserDumps folder. I had something like 40GB of unnecessary files in there that were logs of all of the problems I've been having (probably linked to the WMI problem too, I'm guessing).

Any other suggestions?


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