After a total wipe and reinstall everything is running slick as oil on glass. No missing keystrokes, no crashes or freezes etc. (my old dvd drive is still dead as a door-knob but it is a hardware issue not software related)
I am not a NOOB to overclocking, I have overclocked every cpu I have ran that allowed it since my P2 800 mhz that I ran @ 1 ghz with no issues.
Since I am OCed in bios I am still running the same cpu, north-bridge and memory speeds. I have a custom built water cooling solution so heat issues are not a problem and under load I do not even exceed 30C with 100%x4 usage (with a stressing program for testing stability) on anything but my video cooling block that runs @ stock speed since it gets buggy overclocking a already factory overclocked card even liquid cooling it). I also have a add on cooler for the liquid that even reduces the cooling fluid temp below ambient temperatures that I custom built using thermoelectric cooling made out of a block of 100% pure copper(gotta love knowing someone who lets you use their CnC machine for free & knowing how to use design software).
Before the virus issue I had no issue for well over a year running as I do. SO I do not think it was a false positive or overclocking that caused the issue. AVG detected an infection and said it was healed (but it was not for the W32/Xor-encoded.A by the infected .pdf that auto opened). Afterwards is when issues started to happen, it started out with odd things happening here and there then missing keystrokes and the "dongs" when typing. Only after removing the virus is when the freezes and crashes started to occur.
The W32/Xor-encoded.A is a virus that is designed to attack a windows based OS (per panda, nortons, and other sources). I had no issues before and was hoping to avoid a wipe and reinstall is why I posted here. Yet it did seem to damage the OS so i was forced to do the dreaded wipe/install (but atleast I got more space on my OS drive since I did not install XP and merged the partitions).
If it had been a overclocking issue I am sure it would have showed up less than a year before this started happening and would continue to be an issue if it were damaged hardware and would continue to be an issue. Since everything is running like it was before the infection, it looks like the virus (and damage to the OS) was the issue.
My previous post took a while to write since the missing keystrokes caused an issue, but this post has had none whatsoever. If it had been a purely hardware related issue (due to overclocking) my back up drive that has a totally different name than my "games and storage" drive would have read as my "backup all" drive like it currently is doing (and was reading correctly in bios before the wipe/reinstall just not windows). I have a removable HD bay since all I truly care about is is my data, the hardware is easily replaceable, just the data is not. I live in tornado alley and a HD is easier to grab in an emergency than the whole tower is.
After reconnecting my "backup all" drive and running a full scan using panda it came up with over 50 infected files from the virus (which showed clean before the wipe). So i think that was the true issue.
Edited by shadowxsx, 07 September 2011 - 03:04 PM.