Problem: Over the course of the past few months, I have downloaded and ran a lot of programs that check for Spyware, Malware, Adware and viruses. My latest serious infection was with Virtumonde, but i believe i fixed it after downloading a couple of fixes here and there. ( Exact fixes i'm not sure of, since it has been a while back )
Until yesterday, I haven't really seen any bad performance issues, or anything that would lead me to suspect that i'm infected with anything. However when i do try to shutdown or restart or logoff from my profile, i get some error messages that i usually overlook, about programs not responding. It could vary from something called "b2b not responding" or "explorer not responding".
To add to my displeasure, my sister informed me today that there is this April fool's worm, so i freaked out and downloaded the Microsoft fix. I also tried to use the Microsoft Live safety scanner but that didn't work, it said that the version of my operation system or browser is not supported. ( Knowing that i run IExplorer6+ and Windows XP Professional ). Also when i try to visit the help files of IExplorer, I used to get this message: "Error 53: Not enough storage to complete this operation".
I researched this further and i came to the conclusion that my windows user profile might be corrupted, so I made a new user, copied everything aside from the "NTUSER.dat and NTUSER.INI" files. Logged in to my new profile, and i was able to use the OneCare Live Microsoft Scanner and i no longer got that Error 53 referred to above.
However, I seem to be getting a new error now. Whenever i try to open Internet Explorer or any folder or file for that matter, I get something about "Hp Smart Web Printing" which is basically an installer that tries to install something from a SmartWebPrinting.msi. I do not remember ever installing this file or it ever needed installing in the first place, so naively i thought since i have an HP printer this is a must and i searched this file on google, which lead me to a thread a user made here on BleepingComputer.com about having the same issue and thinking it might be related to a virus of some sort.
Reference to the other thread which inspired me to write this post. http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/lof...hp/t198012.html
Now come to think of it, my "Frames per second" and "latency" in the popular online game World of Warcraft is heavily decreased - My system takes a lot of time to restart and sometimes crashes. Could this be virtumonde still stalking me? A new virus or spyware?
Request: I need your Guidance to help me determine what is wrong with my computer and ways i can determine and fix the issue(s).
I currently use "ESET NOD32 Antivrus v. 3.0.669.0" with full updates , and it has not caught any virus, infection, or anything really. Could whatever infection i have be blocking the action of anti-viral programs? What do i need to do?
Computer Info: Running DxDiag I'll paste the computer information so you get a general idea of what my system is and it might help in your analysis.
Time of this report: 4/1/2009, 02:53:26
Machine name: ABU-FD02F3A1787
Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.080814-1236)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
System Model: 945GZM-S2
BIOS: Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG
Processor: Intel® Pentium® D CPU 3.40GHz (2 CPUs)
Memory: 2048MB RAM
Page File: 811MB used, 7225MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.5512 32bit Unicode
Looking forward to your response, and thanks for taking the time to read all of this.