Running XP Home Edition. First post on BC, but only out of necessity. You guys have come through for me many many times. But I'm stumped on this one. Here's a bit of history. Picked up something from visiting a link on Reddit (doh, so much for The Wisedom of the Crowd). Computer slowed to a halt the next morning, almost unusable. Pop-ups everywhere, hijacking of all adsense ads. Had to delete Mozilla cause some rogue extension was installed. Also, the strangest thing is it has somehow disabled Google and Yahoo searches and seems to know when I am trying to visit/download antivirus sites/software. Live searches and other 2nd tier engines work fine though.
I ran AVG, Avast, Spyboy Search & Destroy, even Malwarebytes. All detected numerous problems and I deleted or quarantined everything. The speed of the computer has improved greatly. But now I get these errors at Startup
Windows cannot find 'C:\WINDOWS\svchost.exe'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start button, and then click Search.
window pops up saying: Desktop
Could not load or run 'C:\WINDOWS\svchost.exe' specified in the registry. Make sure the file exists on your computer or remove the reference to it in the registry.
Also, Automatic Updates turns off on reboot. No matter what I do, even through the control panel, etc.
Any help would be appreciated, this is my girlfriends computer and she's not going to cook me dinner ever again if I can't fix it.
Also, nothing is backed up