added some RAM so that it would run a little faster while I'm doing diagnostics
Have done a number of scans, using tools such as MBAM, SuperAntiSpyware, and AVAST
Have done these scans at safe mode, and at boot time (for AVAST)
Several dozen infections and problems removed, including Vundo, several trojans, downloaders, and malware.
Have disabled suspect entries in msconfig.
This system has AT&T Internet Security Suite, which seems to include some McAfee components.
msconfig / startup shows the following (some are not included in my list that I think are not suspect):
AT&T Internet Security (3 entries)
McAfee (3 entries)
AOL (5 entries)
I disabled these in msconfig, and still got the 2 popups / problems noted below. After that I re-enabled all of these.
The HD works hard, spins a lot, and does lots of accesses for several minutes on boot.
The system is running a lot better and faster since I've started working on it a few days ago, but . . . .
A number of symptoms have been rectified, but . . . . .
Here are the latest symptoms:
On boot, there have been 2 popups / messages / problems.
Here are the 2 popups / problems I have been getting:
McAfee ActiveShield has found a suspect file in your computer. McAfee strongly recommends that you scan your computer now.
AT&T Internet Security Suite
The proxy component failed to initialize. Restarting Windows and running the diagnostic utility could help correct this problem. Ensure no other application is using this local port [this parameter changes - have seen 10537 and other port numbers in this field]
The second popup / warning may not be relevant at this point.
(This system has NOT been put on my network, so this is machine is booting without finding an active network. I suspect that this popup warning will go away once the system sees an active network.)
The first msg, however (the McAfee warning) is the one that bothers me . . . . .
I have not run any HJT or ComboFix or anything else (with the exception of what I have mentioned above.
Edited by b@t, 09 September 2009 - 09:52 AM.