Posted 25 January 2011 - 03:11 AM
I thank whomever responds to this in advance.
I have been having trouble with my PC for what seems like months (I'm Running Windows XP Pro). I think it all started with one of those b.s. Antivirus java script applications/hijacks from a long time ago, which I thought I had cleaned out completely but maybe not. Over this past Christmas my PC actually crashed and wouldn't boot windows in any mode (safe/standard/safe with networking) and I also couldn't get it to restore; although I did finally wind up getting it to boot again via the start-up disk and a system repair. I've repeatedly tried darned near everything I can think of to solve my issues, but to no avail, so I'm really hoping you guys can help.
In a nut shell, here are a few of the issues that stand out:
-Multiple instances of .MSHTA running (also seems to generate a new instance approx every hour or so without cessation)
-Unusual graphical errors such as numerous icons disappearing and/or appearing only partially
-Firefox and IE crashing, also errors trying to launch them such as "Invalid Windows Image"
-Check-disk (CHKDSK) trying to run on restart, which leads to major problems afterwards, which has necessitated me booting off the start-up disk to repair my system
-Sporadic inability to restart or shut down my PC via Windows taskbar->Start button
-Upgrading ServicePack3 via windows updater totally throws my system for a loop.
I have the most up to date version of AVG going, I also run CCleaner, Ad-Aware, Malwarebytes, ATF-Cleaner, Spyware Blaster, Disk-Cleanup, and Disk Defragmenter pretty routinely. But nothing unusual seems to show up. I also try to run Hijackthis, but I really don't know what I'm looking for so I'm afraid to change anything with it.
If you need to know more, please ask and I'll do my best to answer. Thanks again!