CD burning initiated on its own??

October 24, 2012 at 06:45:25
Specs: Windows XP
I use a Fujitsu C series Lifebook (don't know the exact model, anyway it's very old). When I was using some flash applications today I noticed that it started producing sounds as if the CD drive was being used. Then there was a bluescreen. After reboot I opened the event viewer, and the last system messages were:
an error that the device disappeared from the system without preparation (event 12, source PlugPlayManager, no user),
and later messages about initializing, then ending IMAPI CD burning (events 7035 and twice 7036, source ServiceControlManager, the user for the 7035 was SYSTEM, the others had none)
(my OS is set to Polish so I won't provide exact messages.)
I frequently check running processer on taskmanager and I've never seen a SYSTEM running (only System).
It looks like something made my comp try to burn CDs when there were no CDs inside. Is it possible that Flash has something to do with it, or rather a virus? (I have Avast Free Edition, about the only decent antivir that this laptop can handle, lol. I'll run a full scan later.)

Edit: I scanned and nothing was found.


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#1
October 24, 2012 at 12:44:38
If it's at all possible, back up your data and re-install Windows. That will rid your PC of any malware without having to jump through hoops to get rid of whatever it might be.
It might be malware or it might just be a corrupt Windows installation, either way a re-install should fix it as long as it isn't faulty hardware.

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#2
October 24, 2012 at 13:40:28
It doesn't sound like the usual symptoms of viral activity (although anything is possible). However, I would be inclined to run MalwareBytes freebie on it as this often finds things that AV's can miss. Best get it from here:
http://www.filehippo.com/download_m...

It could simply be a glitch between your burner program and the system so it might be worth considering system restore to a time before this symptom.

You can sometimes get the odd one-off unexplained glitch with computers, so it might not happen again.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#3
October 24, 2012 at 16:15:30
Thanks for the replies. :)

It can't be a conflict between my burning program and anything because I uninstalled all the burning programs. I bought this laptop for 90$ from somebody and it was in a complete mess (probably caused by all the shady software installed) since the beginning. I can't reinstall it because I don't have access to the CDs. I'll try installing Ubuntu on dual-boot and see if it works better.

But it really makes me curious what could have caused this anomaly. I got rid of every program that was not essential and did other things to make this laptop work properly. I ran a scan right after it, and there were some viruses in System Restore folder. As far as I know that doesn't mean anything other than the previous owner shouldn't be a computer scientist (but he is) because he can't even be bothered to scan his computer. But otherwise I didn't notice anything notable that could be the reason why my other, equally old computer that I took proper care of is functioning properly, and this one is not. I'm afraid it might actually be the hardware's fault.

But it's not like I expected wonders for 90$, lol.


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#4
October 24, 2012 at 16:52:55
If it's repeatable it might be worth unplugging the CD drive just to see if it makes any difference.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#5
October 25, 2012 at 02:25:14
Fortunately, it only happened once.

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