Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate, stable system... was just doing normal computer stuff, was NOT installing anything, downloading anything, etc.
Suddenly, I get a small popup on the taskbar. It is the kind you get when you insert a USB drive, and you get a popup saying that it is installing the drivers. The popup I got said something to the effect that "software install was not successful". Unfortunately, by the time I moved my mouse down, the message was gone.
I do not have any USB drives inserted.
My issue is that I constantly - at approximately 3 second intervals - get a beeping sound. It is the kind you get when you insert a USB drive. The next 3 second internal is the opposite beep, the kind you get when you remove a USB drive. I cannot get rid of it.
I have rebooted. I have installed all updates that I can find (DivX and Java).
I do NOT get the beep when - I boot up in SAFE mode - I boot up in diagnostics mode (as per msconfig) - I log on as a standard user, as opposed to my normal user, who has admin rights. I do not know if this is related to being a different user, or having different rights.
I have looked around in the Windows EVENT MONITOR, and nothing really stood out, although in all honestly, I don't really know what I am looking for.
WHen I look at the task manager, I see higher CPU than normal. Nothing shows us in Applications, but under Processes, I see MsMpEng, which is the AntiMalWare Service Executable (I run Microsoft's), svchos, taskmgr, WmiPrvSvc (WMI Provider Host).
If I do put in a USB drive, it recognizes it fine, and I can disconnect is properly as well.
I am at a loss. Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks! George S