Operating System: Windows XP Professional version 2002 Service Pack 3 (old as dirt.)
The problem: My computer will lag up and sometimes it will deselect whatever I am doing. I'll be typing and all of the sudden the window will be deselected and nothing I typed will have been put down. Maybe that's not a serious problem, but I'll see if I can get a screen shot of what I mean. It has happened three times since I have been typing this which has been 25 minutes or so. Ok got one:
Whenever that deselection thing happens it seems like internet explorer is opened up. I can't see the window. I can only see that internet explorer is open when I look in the processes tab of Windows Task Manager. Sometimes there are multiple Iexplorers running at the same time. Screenshot of iexplorer in the process list:
Yesterday Firefox and Internet Explorer were crashing constantly. I uninstalled internet explorer 7 to see if it would stop crashing and opening up multiple times(in the process list). That didn't work. Is it an older version of iexplorer that's on the computer that's causing this? I don't even use internet explorer. It's just the fact that it's opening without me asking it to is bugging me. Plus the fact that it's slowing down my computer.
Reinstalled firefox last night too. It hasn't crashed but once today.
A couple weeks ago my computer was infected with that "Malware Defense" program. I fixed that with this http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-malware-defense guide. Yesterday I ran Malwarebyte's Anti-malware and removed a single rootkit. I believe it was named rootkit.TDSS. Something like that. I have symantec and Spybot as well. The scans from those showed nothing. There's definitely something wrong though. All this nonsense just started happening. The computer was running beautifully for a year.
I'm also getting what looks like a fake alert over the right corner of the task bar saying, "Symantec Auto-Protect is disabled."
My computer has gotten considerably slower in the span of a month. Something is up. I would greatly appreciate any help. If anyone needs any other information or more detailed descriptions let me go and I will post them.
Thanks a bunch.
Edited by Malleus Maleficarum, 04 January 2010 - 10:45 PM.