I've run both mcafee and that online trend micro but nothing shows. There is nothing p2p on the machine in question (and is usually not connected to the internet). It is used only as an audio studio/daw and all software is judicially installed (these problems do not happen on my test machine or my laptop). I actualy install only a minimal number of apps on this system, but the problem begins even immediately after the XP install. I get these errors after a fresh install and it seems to corrupt any and all files: .wav, .jpg, .mp3, .exe, .cab. This is actually the only drives I store important information (and a source of income) on and never use it with anything I download off the internet.
I'm wondering if this is due to a one time event that might have occured (system lockup, power spike (I'm on a UPS)etc.). I'm not exactly sure and I cannot figure out if this is an ongoing problem that is spreading or that I'm merely now just discovering previously damaged files. What causes this sort of behavior? The only thing crazy that happenned recently is after I installed a new firewire audio interface I had the CPU overheat and begin throttling (I do NOT overclock). Once cooled (and system rebooted) the system continued to run as normal (and never overheated again)...could that isolated event be the culprit?
I've really started noticing since I put my new drive in last week and did a completely fresh install...could something have happened to the other drive while installing the new? I run SP1 and not SP2...could this be a SP1 vs. SATA problem? Could this be a faulty PSU?
Note: When I replace the individually damaged files (.wav, .exe, .jpg, whatever) from offline backups (DVD-R, CDR-R) the file then works fine. It seems that something is damagin the files after they are put on the drive.
Thank you for reading this!