-Sporadic, severe lag
-Hijacked browser redirecting whenever I click on links or randomly opening new tabs to search engines and ads
-Possible relation to svchost.exe in my processes that consumes an ever increasing amount or resources (starts at ~3k or so and rises up to 120k+)
-Explorer bar skin removed
-An issue where my sound stops working; when attempting to reopen Ventrilo after a while, I get the notice stating, "Unable to activate DirectSound for selected device. DirectSoundCaptureCreate failed, hr = 88780078" When this happens, I have to reboot if I want to hear anything at all. Any programs opened prior to this happening produce sound until restarted or reloaded.
-When trying to access Windows Update, I get a DNS error that says that I cannot connect to the server. I can browse the internet otherwise and play online games with little trouble aside from the afformentioned issues
I use Windows XP on a Dell PC that didn't come with a replacement OS disk. I've run full scans (in both safe and normal modes) with Spybot Search and Destroy, Malwarebytes, Adware, AVG, SuperAntiSpyware, checked HijackThis logs for anything that seems out of the ordinary and have even resorted to sitting here swearing at my PC in hopes of the issue resolving itself.
Any ideas? The frustration is really beginning to set in.
Thanks in advance.
Ninja Edit: The original spy/adware/virus/whatever that I thought I had removed was Windows Security 2010 if that helps.
Edited by TDhonnhok, 13 April 2010 - 05:38 AM.