I have a Compaq v6200us.
I downloaded Pdf creator from site that loaded on weather bug and other things I don't remember. My browser IE had problems and programs began to "not respond" intermittenly.
I could not uninstall Pdf creator from either Recuva or windows because the program would not show in the list. Weather bug did uninstall. I used "Everything" a file searcher to locate and delete all the files to Pdf creator. Then after a restart the Pdf creator Icon showed up in Recuva. I asked it to uninstall and it informed me that all the files were missing.
I was still having intermitten programs not responding but not as much and Ie worked fine.
I ran Mbam and it stopped responding at 35 min. I ran Trend micro online it came up clean. I ran superspyware it cleaned 3 adwares. I ran MSSE full scan and it removed 2 trojans and a bot (if I remember correctly).
I had one other program not respond after a while. I didn't think I had a problem anymore but wanted to be sure.
Plus for a month now my task bar splashes my screen about every ten seconds. I checked my start ups in winpatrol and I seem to have a new entry that is a dll deamon cache(something like that) with no name or directory to it and it was persistant about being on my start up list. It apperared at the time of the Pdf install. I couldn't find a reference to it on 5 different start up lists. But Winpatrol hinted that it might be for the operating system and it prompted me to allow it.
This is why I decided to learn hijack this.
I can't remember all of what i fixed with Hijackthis as It took me 6 hrs as I was slow and carefull but the ares like winsop I think 010 and the others that they warned of I did no changes. I did however let Hijack put the missing comma at the end of Host file? or was it the ini file?
I maybe to determined to learn things I am not ready for.