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Svchost.exe Application Error

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#1 m3sinc


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Posted 25 February 2009 - 08:08 AM

I am running windows XP Home. I have an older application that I am running in compatiblity mode (Win95). This software was last updated for Win95 and a newer version is not available. Unfortunately, it has 10 years worth of data. I actually run it from a dos prompt in XP! Anywho......a few weeks ago it started locking up for no apparent reason. When it locked up, it locked up the entire computer. The only fix is to power down. I no this is a no-no but it's the only way to reboot. So, thinking that "something" was causing this to happen I started doing a cleanup of my harddrive using the Windows Uninstall Programs utility. I uninstalled alot of crap that never got used. A couple of items actually hung-up when I uninstalled and I had to run uninstall several times to get rid of the program. Once I did this, in addition to that older application freezing, I now get a SVCHOST.EXE Application Error. I have gone thru all the fixes I can find on the internet. They do not fix the problem. In looking at taskmanager, it is not the issue of using 100% CPU.
Thinking that perhaps I uninstalled something the computer needed, or that one of the programs that crapped out during uninstall corrupted something, I went back and re-installed everything that I could remember uninstalling. I have run the windows file checker utility, the malicious software utility and everything else I can thing to run but I still get the error. I was in hopes that it was fixed last weekend. All of a sudden, the older application just started working and the svchost error did not pop up. After 4-5 days however, the beast has reared it's ugly head again.
I have a comcast account so I use the McAffee AV suite. I also have Quickbooks, ACT!, MS OFFICE 2003 and some other "general" type software. I use REGCURE and Advanced System Care scanners/cleaners.
I was able to run hijackthis while the computer was stable last night.

I ran it 4 times. Here's the sequence of events during the hijackthis scan:

1st HJT Scan) prior to an Advanced System Care Scan (found 6500 errors?)
2nd HJT Scan) after the ASC scan
Reboot computer
3rd HJT Scan) during restart up after reboot - was still loading "stuff"
SVCHOST.EXE Application Error occurred. HJT would not run while the error message window was open. If you click OK on the error window, the computer locks up. If you click "Cancel to DeBug" the computer continues to work for a while. I clicked "cancel" so I could run HJT a 4th time after the error.
4th HJT Scan) After the svchost.exe Application Error

Please let me know if I should post the logs and which one or ones.



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#2 m3sinc

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 11:46 AM

Forgot to mention that I have run Malware - nothing. I have run rootkit programs - nothing. I have run McAfee AV - nothing.

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 12:13 AM

Hello m3sinc and welcome to BC :thumbsup:

I see that you have HJT logs posted here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/206474/svchostexe-application-error-in-xp-home/

We do not allow more than one topic for the same computer and the same issue as this causes confusion, and in this case may make the disinfection process more difficult.

This leaves you with a choice:

1) Have this thread reopened and the HiJack This log topic deleted


2) Keep this thread closed and wait for assistance in the HiJack This log forum. Please note that that forum is VERY busy.

Please send a Private Message indicating your choice.

Assuming you wish assistance in the HiJack This forum, you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc) unless advised by a HJT Team member, nor should you continue to ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show in the log you already posted. Further, any modifications you make on your own may cause confusion for the helper assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.

From this point on the HJT Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.

Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the HJT Team members are EXTREMELY busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the HJT Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another HJT Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.

If after 5 days you still have received no response, then post a link to your HJT log in the thread titled "Haven't Had A Reply In Five Days?".

To avoid confusion, I am closing this topic. Good luck with your log.

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