I hope I'm not breaching any protocol with my post. I did read through the rules and the tips and tricks, but I couldn't find any information that would shed light on the problem I'm having.
A few months ago I was plagued with a virus that kept trying to get me to run a false virus scan on my PC. I was able to clean up my system, but apparently I didn't clean everything up.
The problem I'm having now is that my PC runs slower than it did before, during both general use and internet use. Also, my firewall turns off by itself, I know this because the windows security icon pops up in the task bar and tells me, but wait... Usually within a minute my firewall turns back on by itself. I say within a minute because usually by the time I click on the security alert and reach windows security center it turns back on. To make this clear - I see in the security center where my firewall is off, and I see the alert change from off to on - from red to green.
I'm at my wits end with this thing because I have tried everything I know to do. I have run numerous virus scans, malwarebytes, super anti-spyware, spyware doctor, ad-aware, Iobit security, spybot s&d, counterspy, combofix, smithfraud, all the Vundo removers I could find, and others.
I have tried running them with system restore off, with hidden files shown in folder options, and I have run them all in both normal and safe mode.
I am running windows xp media center edition, version 2002, windows service pack 3
I would appreciate any help or insight anyone could give me. I know I could reformat my PC, but that would have to be the last of my last resorts.
Again I apologize if I've breeched any protocol or broke any rules, but I am desperate. I have this one PC and it has become essential to my work, but also to my wife and children's recreation.
Edited by hoon0072000, 03 March 2010 - 10:16 PM.