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Really Slow Computer. Am I Infected?


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#1 rmw72

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 06:14 PM

Hi everyone. I'm having a bit of a problem with my computer. First off let me say about 2 weeks ago I did an online scan with Housecall because my computer was slow then too. It found something called 'CRCK_WFPDIS.A' and something called MemWatcher. Well, I didn't know what to do and whenever I tried to clean/delete with Housecall it would just freeze. So I decided to format the drive and start fresh. From the start it's still been slow. Before the format I had SP1 on my machine, but decided to upgrade to SP2. For a while, I thought it was SP2 making my computer slow this time because I never could have SP2 on this computer. For some reason it would mess up and I'd end up reinstalling Windows again. Anyway, so now I have Trend Micro's Internet Security on here and it's not bringing up the memwatcher, but it does say I have the WFPDIS one still. I did have the program resolve it but the computer is still EXTREMELY slow. For one thing, I frequent the Pogo game site and trying to play a game on there has become a nightmare. The browser hangs and even took a long time for this website to load. I don't have many programs on here but even the start menu is slow. Everything is just so slow on here. I clear my cache, defragment, and clear the registry frequently. So I'm not sure what's going on here. Could someone please help me pinpoint this so I can get my computer back to normal.

Here's my stats:

System: Windows XP SP2, Version 2002
AMD Athlon XP 2000+
1.67 GHz, 480 of RAM
Compaq Presario 6415cl

I have two drives. C drive is my main drive and my extra drive is D. I didn't reformat D drive and there's quite a bit of stuff on there.

Programs: (I currently don't have any spyware programs on here. Thought Internet Security would be enough. Before the reformat I previously had Spybot and Super Antispyware).
Auslogics Disk Defrag
Trend Micro Internet Security
TuneUp Utilities 2008
Firefox 3 (upgraded to 3 from 2.0.14 last night. It's still slow.)

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#2 boopme

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 08:06 PM

Welcome to BC. Windows Xp is now up to SP3,but later for that. Do you still have Superantispyware installed?
Please run this scan...

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.
alternate download link 1
alternate download link 2
  • Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
  • Double-click on Download_mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
  • When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
  • When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:
    • Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    • Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
  • MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan. If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue. If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.
  • On the Scanner tab:
    • Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.
    • Then click on the Scan button.
  • If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.
  • The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.
  • When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".
  • Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.
  • Back at the main Scanner screen, click on the Show Results button to see a list of any malware that was found.
  • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
  • When removal is completed, a log report will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to restart your computer. (see Note below)
  • The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply and exit MBAM.
Note: If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you will be presented with 1 of 2 prompts. Click OK to either and let MBAM proceed with the disinfection process. If asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware.
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#3 rmw72

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 08:43 AM

Hi boopme,

Here's the log that you asked for. I did what it said, restarted it, and it said it deleted the malware. My computer sped up a bit, but it's still a little slow.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.18
Database version: 873

11:37:41 PM 6/20/2008
mbam-log-6-20-2008 (23-37-41).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 38173
Time elapsed: 4 minute(s), 5 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 1
Registry Keys Infected: 1
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 1

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\antiwpa.dll (Malware.Tool) -> Unloaded module successfully.

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Notify\antiwpa (Malware.Tool) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\antiwpa.dll (Malware.Tool) -> Delete on reboot.

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 10:26 AM

Much of the downloaded software and cracks from P2P is infected with malware, it doesn't matter how often you reload if you immediately reinfect your computer with those files.

You need to use a legal copy of windows
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Posted 21 June 2008 - 11:05 AM

Much of the downloaded software and cracks from P2P is infected with malware, it doesn't matter how often you reload if you immediately reinfect your computer with those files.

You need to use a legal copy of windows


'How often you reload?'
You mean how often I reinstall Windows? I thought formatting the drive completely wipes everything off the drive.

Actually, I do have a legal copy of Windows, but I've reinstalled Windows so many times that now they make me call them every time I reinstall it. Something about I used the serial too much. I think that's what they said when I first talked to them. No one else has this serial at all except my brother. He only used it once to install a copy on his Mac for his gaming or whatever he does. I do not give it out to anyone and neither does he. I downloaded that thingy because I thought it would bypass the activating so I wouldn't have to keep calling support just to activate my copy. Half the time I can't understand a word the representatives are saying! Apparently, it didn't work so now I have to call yet again. I found that out when I logged into safe mode and it told me I only have 16 more days to activate. Believe me, I wish I could afford an Mac because this is getting ridiculous. I end up having to reinstall Windows at least 4 or 5 times a year.

Edited by rmw72, 21 June 2008 - 11:09 AM.


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Posted 21 June 2008 - 11:47 AM

there's no legal limit to how many times you reinstall windows, your brother however is not entitled to have your number installed, remove that version immediately, have him buy his own

that crack and the other one are the reasons you are infected
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Posted 21 June 2008 - 12:51 PM

there's no legal limit to how many times you reinstall windows, your brother however is not entitled to have your number installed, remove that version immediately, have him buy his own

that crack and the other one are the reasons you are infected


Whatever. I didn't come here to be yelled at for having that on here or because I let a person who is down the hall from me (yes we live in the same house) use my # that I paid for. I came here because I wanted to know why my computer was slow and honestly I didn't think that was the reason. I actually forgot it was on here until it came up in that malware program. And granted the removal of that sped the computer up somewhat but it's still a little slow in general when it usually moves a lot faster. I haven't downloaded anything else but that one thing that showed up in the malware log, which that program said it removed it. So I have no idea why else the computer is still moving slow. And I already called and re validated my computer. For how long? I have no idea. But I think I'll ask for this kind of help someplace else. I don't like being told what to do unless it's to remove viruses, trojans, malware, or spyware.

Thank you boopme for helping me out with that malware program. I appreciate your help with that.

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 01:10 PM

If you are sure the malware is removed then you might look at the guides here and even start a new thread in the xp subforum about slowness, the antivirus suites usually hog a lot of resources and this is a significant impact on an older slower system.

I wasn't yelling, I was lecturing and simpling stating universal rules that are applied in all the antimalware forums on the web.

No subject matter will be allowed whose purpose is to defeat existing copyright or security measures. If a user persists and/or the activity is obviously illegal the staff reserves the right to remove such content and/or ban the user. This would also mean encouraging the use or continued use of pirated software is not permitted, and subject to the same consequences.


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