I use XP Media Center Edition with SP3. I have an ACER Aspire 5100 w/ AMD Turion 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-50 797 MHz, 1.87 GB of RAM.
I recently installed McAfee Internet Security, was using an older NAV Coporate Edition. I recently removed SpyBot S&D and now have a-squared Free and Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. Which have all detected their own problems in various areas. I have recently used COMODO System Cleaner to clean my registry as well. I have tried to use an online scanner (Bitdefender or w.e); however, mid-scan my CPU froze with many White Vertical lines/ black background covering my entire screen.
I have compared my boot programs and running applications to your lists and many do not appear harmful, others unknown.
Let me back it up about a month. I re-installed a game I used to play over the internet. (GunZ the Duel) I played it fine for about 2 weeks and all of a sudden it started having Lagging issues. Game play was slowed considerably and it was difficult to play. I then tried to adjust video quality settings and power/performance settings to try to improve gameplay. No improvements. I then ran a virus scan with NAV... Nothing found. I then took an AV (forgot which program) bootable CD and ran that. All that found was Tracking Cookies and Digital Signitures which have expired. Since I have tried to play the game with a different internet connection to try to determine if it was my interenet causing the problems. Same problems.
A couple days later, I receive a message from NAV prompting "User Aborted Scan." I try to run a manual scan and the same thing happens... Now I am concerned. I decided to switch to McAfee and inserted the CD into my CD/DVD Multi Recorder and it does not recognize that there is a CD in the drive. I tried other CDs both media and application based, neither works... However, DVD's work. I do not have any blank DVDs or CDs so I am unable to determine if the burner works. I have tried following a couple different tutorials on fixing the CD drive.. nothing seemed to work for me which is why I decided to start cleaning my computer. I have been cleaning everything for a while now and have the above programs installed. (I even restored to a point prior to installing the game.) I have performed many different scans in regular and safe mode.
Everything is slower now, my CPU hits 100% too often. In safemode my computer was getting too hot to be normal during scan. Fan is working... I have cleaned a bunch but need to clean more. I have also noticed my camera light blink randomly when I haven't used any program which utilizes the camera...
4. When you post, it makes sense to follow the rule: one problem, one post. The more problems you include in one post, the more likely the chance one or more of them will get lost or unanswered, especially if the problems require different areas of knowledge. Letting different kinds of problems be answered by members with different areas of expertise will be quicker and probably result in better responses.
I just want to focus on whether or not there is a virus first. After that we can figure if I am still having a problem with my CD player and overall performance of my CPU. ;)