Mystery virus? I’ve not been able to narrow down what triggers this annoying
virus, so I come to you before I pull my last hair out. I believe it has
evolved a little too! Several times a day, for no apparent reason, my PC yells
at me. For a year, it was an odd dog bark. It changed to a rooster crow and now
it shout my NAME as loud as it can.
I run AVG and AVS and recently installed Comodo. I’ve scanned with
Spydoctor, Norton AV, McAfee and some online scanners…everything I could.
When any of them finds something, I clean it out and rescan. Even when nothing
is found, the screaming continues. I often scan floppies, yet 2 other systems
have the same problem.
I was all ready to suggest that perhaps Windows was generating a warning pop
up and what you were hearing was the accompanying alert sound.
Up until you indicated that your computer is calling you by name, that
I’m actually hoping that my readers can come up with some other plausible
suggestions, but I can think of only one explanation.
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I think someone’s having some fun with you, at your expense.
And by someone, I mean someone you know who has access, direct or indirect,
to your computers.
It actually wouldn’t be that hard to make a computer act this way. In fact,
I’ve considered it as a prank in the past, but thought the better of it. I’d
write a small program or script that simply played a audio file at random times
during the day. That audio file could be a dog barking, a rooster crowing, or
someone yelling a name. Or worse.
The problem in your situation, and the reason I think it’s intentional, is
that I’m not aware of any viruses or spyware that actually do this.
Another alternative, though still along the lines of a prank, would be
someone replacing one of the system notification sounds with a sound of their
own. So perhaps the sound happens when Windows notifies you of something, but
it’s a sound that your prankster has provided rather than the Windows
Yet another alternative might be a web site that does the same thing –
perhaps when you visit it plays random sounds, one of which might be your
In your shoes I would:
Take note of what programs are running, or what websites are displayed, when
the sound occurs. Look for something in common.
Review all the sound files in c:\Windows\Media, and make
sure that they’re not what you’ve been hearing.
Review the sound settings in Control Panel, Sounds
and Audio Devices, Sounds, Program
Events, and make sure they’re not what you’ve been hearing.
And lastly, I’d take a close listen to the sound of your name, and see if it
sounds like anyone you know.
I’m hoping some of my regular readers will have additional ideas. If you do,
please add them as a comment.