ok ok. the first thing that would come to mind would be that this would be a hardware problem, but i just want to be sure.
about four weeks ago, my cd drive started opening and closing continuously. it got annoying after a while and so i disconnected the cables from the drive and that's that.
actually, my pc's main problem is seen while surfing the net. while i can visit big-name websites normally (google, yahoo, youtube, wikipedia et cetera), most other websites i can not visit more than half the time, and by that i mean that you can access the websites one time, and not on most other time. on firefox, i would often be faced with a server not found screen when attempting to visit most websites. i thought it was a problem with the isp or something.
once i was playing a music file on itunes, and the music got jumpy-jumpy everytime i hit the enter button after entering a url on the address bar. my guess, of course, was that there was a malware or trojan or something that checks for the url i have entered and then blocks it depending on whatnot. i installed, ran, and uninstalled avg antivirus, avira and kaspersky. i ran ad-aware and spybot. there were many entries removed.
i ran hijackthis, and the log was shorter than how i remembered logs to be.
the problem was still there. i reconnected the drive and it was still opening and closing. i was still getting some sites blocked.
and so i reformatted. being a noob, i made the computer go quad boot, all xp. i reformatted again.
after the installation of windows xp (sp2), i tried to go to download.com to get a copy of the firefox installer. but lo and behold, i was greeted by an error message about my security settings not allowing ActiveX controls to be run. and so i went to internet options -> tools -> security, and then enabled every ActiveX option available. I even lowered my security settings to allow my computer to accept all cookies. still, i was greeted by the same error message.
i reformatted for the third time. finally my computer ran smoothly. i downloaded firefox, spybot, adaware, itunes, audacity, all my normal programs off of download.com. everything was ok until i ran idump to copy all the songs from my ipod back to my pc. the drive started opening and closing again. i was again getting blocked from the other websites.
and so i reformatted for the fourth time. that last time, my cd cdrive was opening and closing while i was reformatting.
i am writing this just after my fourth reformatting session. i am at a loss how i am going to solve this situation.
please, someone help me. i apologize for having wall-of-texted you.