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Slow Vista Start Might be Malware More than Likely

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#1 dripmode


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Posted 28 November 2009 - 10:25 AM

well i used to have avg...until i read about microsoft security essentials...needless to say i got rid of avg, tho it was a long process...ended up using combofix to get rid of slow vista startup error caused by avgldx86.sys driver...combofix managed to finally g et rid of that error...had that one for a month...but after using combofix, now i get the error that vista starts slow because of 2 programs: pev.exe (which i read might be malware from combofix), and ut3.exe (which i also read might be malware, as I hardly doubt theres anything wrong with UT3)...i dunno if the whole secnario is caused by malware, or something else, so i thought this would be a good place to start...nothing else is wrong with my system...just vista startup under the "performance information" in control panel lists pev.exe and ut3.exe as causing slow startup...im guessing its malware because i ran combofix to get rid of the old avg problem...though it might be something else...ive tried everything and im running out of ideas...while a fix would be ideal...all i really need is a general suggestion of what might be causing those programs to cause vista to boot slowly...if you can help, and/or need any more info please let me know...
PS!!! I have a picture of the error if that helps...dunno how to post it tho...ALSO FORGOT TO PUT THAT PEV.EXE was already deleted...and UT3.EXE is nowhere to be found cuz i renamed my original UT3.exe to UT.exe...YET BOTH STILL SHOW UP AS LOADING WITH WINDOWS...

Edited by dripmode, 28 November 2009 - 11:41 AM.

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Posted 28 November 2009 - 05:26 PM

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Lets take a look with Malwarebytes

Please download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from here:
Please rename the file BEFORE downloading to zztoy.exe instead of mbam-setup.exe

MBAM may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.

Double Click zztoy.exe to install the application.
* Make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
* If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
* Once the program has loaded, select "Perform Full Scan", then click Scan.
* The scan may take some time to finish,so please be patient.
* When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
* Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
* When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart.(See Extra Note)
* The log is automatically saved by MBAM and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
* Copy&Paste the entire MBAM report (even if it does not find anything) in your next reply

Extra Note:
If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove,you will be presented with 1 of 2 prompts,click OK to either and let MBAM proceed with the disinfection process, if asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately.

If Malwarebytes won't install or run

Some types of malware will disable MBAM and other security tools. If MBAM will not install, try renaming it. Right-click on the mbam-setup.exe file and change the .exe extension to .bat, .com, .pif, or .scr and then double-click on it to run.

If after installation, MBAM will not run, open the Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware folder in Program Files, right-click on mbam.exe and change the .exe as noted above. Then double-click on it to run.
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