I uninstall firefox, with my computer still being much slower than normal (e.g. Msn refused to open). I try to open up internet explorer to not avail, then Safari which seems to be working (I'm using it currently). Thinking I had a regular virus or malware (I'm not an expert on this), I downloaded avira and tried to install it...it froze halfway through the installation...
Since that incident, whenever I've tried to download a new file in Safari, I click on the download link, and then if I click "save as" and the designated folder "OK" it just freezes, the whole of Safari and I have to close it, and reopen it. Whenever I just try to "Run" a file instead of save, it downloads nearly all of it, and then it abruptly freezes making me having to close the browser once more.
So with me unable to download nor install an Anti-Virus Program onto here (If I boot a Norton CD, and press install...it then freezes and I have to close it again). I then attempted to install AV programs onto my other desktop, and put it onto my shared network, and hopefully to no luck as my old desktop failed to install them correctly (It is EXTREMELY old). I then got my brother to install norton onto his laptop, and then put it into the network... That doesn't work as well, since when I try to run the "Norton.exe" icon from his desktop, it says "Please check that you are connected to the network..." and blah blah, which is ridiculous because I can still access the files ON the network.
Not only this, my computer has been extremely slow in doing things (randomly freezing up when opening iTunes, which is stupid because it normally manages this perfectly fine), and when I went into Control Panel>User accounts, nothing happened, until 20 minutes later where the user accounts suddenly came up. So at the moment I'm running out of options and it seems to me that a reformat is most likely in order (Though I would much prefer to just get rid of this virus without having to reformat to avoid much hassle).
Anyway, I've also gone through Task Manager and googling suspicious processes, and the most suspicious ones I have come up with are: spoolsv.exe and csrss.exe. I've tried terminating the csrss.exe process, but unfortunately I get a "This is a critical system process. Task Manager cannot end this process". I have however used the Windows Search through my PC for this "csrss.exe" and it has located it within the following locations.
csrss.exe > C:\WINDOWS\$NtServicePackUninstall$
CSRSS.EXE-22452D1B.pf > C:\WINDOWS\Prefetch
csrss.exe > C:\WINDOWS\system32
csrss.exe > C:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles\i386
Also I'm not sure if this helps, but before whenever I logged onto my account, I got about 3 of the exact same messages saying ""Server.Exe." has crashed and we are sorry for this inconvenience...blahblahblah". However this changed after, I went into msconfig and disabled "SeaPort" from booting up, due to me thinking then it was a possible cause.
Furthermore, before anyone asks, I CANNOT install Norton 09 even in Safe Mode, as it asks me to go to normal mode to do so...
Anyway, thank you for your help (I hope ). And now I'm debating whether or not to go into safe mode and delete those files I've listed above...I guess I might as well wait for a qualified answer so I don't screw things up anymore lol .
Edit, just wanted to say that before when I searched for it, I DID delete the csrss.exe file in "C:\i386" however it seems it's returned...=|. Also I do use Windows XP in case that helps.
Edit 2: Some programs just refuse to open up altogether. Wheres for others, I'll start them up but then I'll get a "xxx.exe has crashed. Sorry for the inconveniance" but then it'll start up normally after...
Edited by Ellagon, 21 October 2009 - 04:13 PM.