Running your scans in safe mode reduces the hiding places for malware. I think your problem is elsewhere though.http://www.pcworld.com/article/126459-1/article.html
The Hassle: My PC freezes periodically. How do I unfreeze it without losing my work or having to reboot?
The Fix: In Task Manager, select the Processes tab, choose Explorer.exe, and click End Process. (Just ignore the scary message.) Select File, New Task (Run...), type explorer, and click OK.
The Hassle: Your advice helped me unfreeze my system--but it keeps happening, and I can't go on like this. What now?
The Fixes: Start with the usual suspects: Scrub your Temp and Internet cache folders. First, use Ccleaner.
Remove temporary files, logs, cookies, etc. by using Ccleaner. Do not use "Advanced Settings" or the "Issues" button. Use only the default settings. http://www.ccleaner.com/
Then run Windows' Check Disk utility with Automatically fix file system errors and Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors checked. (Open My Computer, right-click the drive, select Properties, choose the Tools tab, and click the Check Now button under 'Error-checking'.) Also, send your antispyware and antivirus tools into action.
No luck? Try getting rid of damaged ActiveX programs. From Control Panel, choose Internet Options, the General tab, Settings, and View Objects. Right-click to delete any items marked 'Damaged' in the Status column. You might have a corrupted file, so run System File Checker to verify (and, if necessary, reinstall) those files on your system: Click Start, Run, and then type CMD. In the command window, type sfc /scannow and wait awhile; the scan seems to take forever to complete.
What email program do you use?
Here is some more info on your problem.http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000690.htm
Let Secunia scan your computer.http://secunia.com/software_inspector/
How Does it Work:
The Secunia Software Inspector relies on carefully crafted "Secunia File Signatures" to recognise applications on your system. The detected applications are then matched against our "Secunia Advisory Intelligence" to determine whether an application is up-to-date or not. The results are then used to advise you on how to update to more secure releases of the insecure applications.
Edited by buddy215, 03 August 2007 - 08:46 PM.