Additional information re error message
In addition to what Paul asked, and knowing that you are running a new computer, are you still running Windows 2000 SP4? The reason I asked is that a google of your error message brought up a MS knowledge base article that responds to the error.
The second part of that message references "gear". That program is a stand alone cd writing program. One reference indicates that it is part of Nero, Symatec disc image and others.
FAQ 4 - Why is gearsec.exe running on my system?
Applies to Products: All
Applies to Operating Systems: Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP
In the task manager I see that gearsec.exe running on my computer.
Since I do not have any GEAR products installed, can I remove this file?
The gearsec.exe driver (and associated GEAR Security service) were part of GEAR Software's driver set which allows the GEAR.wrks API to recognize and work with recorders on NT4.0, Win2000 and WinXP.
The GEAR.wrks API is used in GEAR Software's products and also in several 3rd party applications such as Apple's iTunes, Cakewalk's Pyro, Audible's AudibleManager and DiscWelder by Minnetonka to name a few.
The latest GEAR driver installer will install drivers that do not require gearsec.exe. In addition, the driver installer will remove gearsec.exe and the associated GEAR Security service from Win2000 and WinXP systems. The gearsec.exe driver is still required on NT 4.0 though.
Note that 3rd party applications using the GEAR.wrks API may verify that gearsec.exe is installed. Removing gearsec.exe may result in these applications not functioning correctly.
If this occurs, please contact the manufacturer of the application to determine if an updated version of their software is available. Alternatively, reinstall the software so that gearsec.exe is installed.