Posted 04 November 2009 - 10:52 AM
I thought for the better part of 4 years to be a fairly savy computer user, always capable of solving through research in the web such as your site, for answers to my annoying computer problems. This past week after downloading another freeware I ended up not being able to boot. I got the windows splash screen on my windows XP Pro SP3 machine with 2Mg of Ram and 4 Hard drives being C: (250GB) the boot drive but my windows is in H drive (750GB).
The symptoms are very simple: slow, hangs up, windows task mgr shows 100% or high CPU usage, have to triple click to make selections with your mouse, etc. I know that if you were a doctor, you wouldn't operate with these instructions or symptoms but, I have tried (I have) McAfee Security Center installed, I have Spyhunter, Anti-Malware, ComboFix (just ran it a little while ago, Ad-Aware (Free version), The ThreatExpert Memory Scanner, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and ran Panda online scan recently and found a few issues but mostly so called "Artemis" detections from Mcafee and Keygens reported as suspicious or not.a.virus which means they don't want you to use them.
I essence I have tried everything I know to resolve the issue and ended up having to do a REPAIR installation of Windows, come to find out that my windows CD did not have the repair capabilities (Windows XP SP1 Pro) so I had to download one from the web with SP3 wich is what I had before.
Throught this process, I manage to get my windows cranked up again, however the slowness of the system remains and now of course, windows tells me that I have a non legitimate windows ops system. After spending 5 hrs with 5 Microsoft Indian gurus, I am still at square one.
I am sorry to impose on you, but I don't want to spend time and money like I did with my last technician just for him to tell me to install another drive and start from scratch which I did in the past.
There is something wrong with my system and I cannot figure it out if my life depended on it, I have a ton of programs that I rely upon (I am a real estate agent) and I cannot do without.
I have a combofix log but I will await your kind instructions.