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slow xp, multiple errors


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#1 vchaturvedi

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Posted 12 March 2011 - 10:42 PM

Hi All,
I am new to this forum and am finding it very useful. I will be very grateful for the expert opinion of other forum members for the problems plaguing my desktop in the past 1 week. I have an assembled pc with 2GB ram , win xp sp3 working quite well all this long. Some whirring sound did used to come in past 2 months or so, but used to go away after 5 minutes, and is no more there.
4 weeks back, xp will not boot and i got the message that some file was missing or corrupt . i used the recovery console and the problem got ok. Now for past 1 week, series of strange things have been happening-
1. My pc has become extremely slow and often will hang while clicking on desktop icons.
2. Firefox will not start, but this has been corrected after i started it in safe mode
3. I tried system restore to a previous date bit it would not get done. Subsequently i booted pc in safe mode and disable all services in msconfig menu. That seemed to speed things a little. After multiple attempts i could restore pc to few days back. But then the av i have ( avast) will not start. I succeeded after multiple uninsatlling and reinstallings. Then the virus scan took hours and one infected file was found and avast was able to move it to chest. However boot time scan of avast still hangs.
4.As of now, the pc is slow ( as is this post that i am writing). My computer icon on desktop does not open on double click bit does on right click -explore. System32 folder pops open on its own. On trying to open thunderbird, it says the process is already running , but it does not show in any process in task manager. online scan from housecall was negative. I have also run hijack this and the log is pasted below. I will be grateful for your opinion on this.. I could do clean reinstall of os but would rather avoid it. Thanks
Vivek

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 6:32:05 AM, on 3/10/2011
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP3 (6.00.2900.5512)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\AvastSvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\RUNDLL32.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SOUNDMAN.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Rundll32.exe
C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\avastUI.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Spigot\Search Settings\SearchSettings.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Mihir Chaturvedi\Application Data\CBS Interactive\CNET TechTracker\TechTracker.exe
C:\Program Files\hott notes 4\hottnotes.exe
C:\Program Files\Application Updater\ApplicationUpdater.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee\SITEAD~1\mcsacore.exe
E:\Software\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL,(Default) = http://search.yahoo.com/search?fr=mcafee&p=%s
R3 - URLSearchHook: pdfforge Toolbar - {B922D405-6D13-4A2B-AE89-08A030DA4402} - C:\Program Files\pdfforge Toolbar\IE\4.3\pdfforgeToolbarIE.dll
R3 - URLSearchHook: McAfee SiteAdvisor Toolbar - {0EBBBE48-BAD4-4B4C-8E5A-516ABECAE064} - c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee\SITEAD~1\mcieplg.dll
O2 - BHO: avast! WebRep - {8E5E2654-AD2D-48bf-AC2D-D17F00898D06} - C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\aswWebRepIE.dll
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Notifier BHO - {AF69DE43-7D58-4638-B6FA-CE66B5AD205D} - C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\5.2.4204.1700\swg.dll
O2 - BHO: McAfee SiteAdvisor BHO - {B164E929-A1B6-4A06-B104-2CD0E90A88FF} - c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee\SITEAD~1\mcieplg.dll
O2 - BHO: pdfforge Toolbar - {B922D405-6D13-4A2B-AE89-08A030DA4402} - C:\Program Files\pdfforge Toolbar\IE\4.3\pdfforgeToolbarIE.dll
O2 - BHO: Ask Toolbar BHO - {D4027C7F-154A-4066-A1AD-4243D8127440} - C:\Program Files\Ask.com\GenericAskToolbar.dll
O2 - BHO: Java™ Plug-In 2 SSV Helper - {DBC80044-A445-435b-BC74-9C25C1C588A9} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jp2ssv.dll
O2 - BHO: JQSIEStartDetectorImpl - {E7E6F031-17CE-4C07-BC86-EABFE594F69C} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\lib\deploy\jqs\ie\jqs_plugin.dll
O3 - Toolbar: McAfee SiteAdvisor Toolbar - {0EBBBE48-BAD4-4B4C-8E5A-516ABECAE064} - c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee\SITEAD~1\mcieplg.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Ask Toolbar - {D4027C7F-154A-4066-A1AD-4243D8127440} - C:\Program Files\Ask.com\GenericAskToolbar.dll
O3 - Toolbar: avast! WebRep - {8E5E2654-AD2D-48bf-AC2D-D17F00898D06} - C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\aswWebRepIE.dll
O3 - Toolbar: pdfforge Toolbar - {B922D405-6D13-4A2B-AE89-08A030DA4402} - C:\Program Files\pdfforge Toolbar\IE\4.3\pdfforgeToolbarIE.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [IgfxTray] C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxtray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HotKeysCmds] C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvMediaCenter] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\NvMcTray.dll,NvTaskbarInit
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [UpdReg] C:\WINDOWS\UpdReg.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SoundMan] SOUNDMAN.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Persistence] C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxpers.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [P17Helper] Rundll32 P17.dll,P17Helper
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [avast] "C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\avastUI.exe" /nogui
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SearchSettings] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Spigot\Search Settings\SearchSettings.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Digital Scribe] -silent
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-21-1935655697-73586283-1417001333-1003\..\Run: [Digital Scribe] -silent (User '?')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-18\..\RunOnce: [RunNarrator] Narrator.exe (User '?')
O4 - HKUS\.DEFAULT\..\RunOnce: [RunNarrator] Narrator.exe (User 'Default user')
O4 - S-1-5-21-1935655697-73586283-1417001333-1003 Startup: CNET TechTracker.lnk = C:\Documents and Settings\Mihir Chaturvedi\Application Data\CBS Interactive\CNET TechTracker\TechTracker.exe (User '?')
O4 - S-1-5-21-1935655697-73586283-1417001333-1003 Startup: hott notes 4.lnk = C:\Program Files\hott notes 4\hottnotes.exe (User '?')
O4 - Startup: CNET TechTracker.lnk = C:\Documents and Settings\Mihir Chaturvedi\Application Data\CBS Interactive\CNET TechTracker\TechTracker.exe
O4 - Startup: hott notes 4.lnk = C:\Program Files\hott notes 4\hottnotes.exe
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\OFFICE11\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\OFFICE11\REFIEBAR.DLL
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - C:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @xpsp3res.dll,-20001 - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - C:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O10 - Unknown file in Winsock LSP: c:\windows\system32\nwprovau.dll
O16 - DPF: {CAFECAFE-0013-0001-0022-ABCDEFABCDEF} (JInitiator 1.3.1.22) -
O16 - DPF: {E2883E8F-472F-4FB0-9522-AC9BF37916A7} - http://platformdl.adobe.com/NOS/getPlusPlus/1.6/gp.cab
O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{52938FF0-02ED-460B-90B5-4F8F736043E3}: NameServer = 59.179.243.70,203.94.243.70
O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{CF2C04EC-0B66-44F7-B2BF-BA34572DC831}: NameServer = 59.179.243.70,203.94.243.70
O18 - Protocol: dssrequest - {5513F07E-936B-4E52-9B00-067394E91CC5} - c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee\SITEAD~1\mcieplg.dll
O18 - Protocol: sacore - {5513F07E-936B-4E52-9B00-067394E91CC5} - c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee\SITEAD~1\mcieplg.dll
O20 - Winlogon Notify: !SASWinLogon - D:\superantispyware\SASWINLO.dll
O22 - SharedTaskScheduler: Browseui preloader - {438755C2-A8BA-11D1-B96B-00A0C90312E1} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\browseui.dll
O22 - SharedTaskScheduler: Component Categories cache daemon - {8C7461EF-2B13-11d2-BE35-3078302C2030} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\browseui.dll
O23 - Service: Application Updater - Spigot, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Application Updater\ApplicationUpdater.exe
O23 - Service: avast! Antivirus - AVAST Software - C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\AvastSvc.exe
O23 - Service: Java Quick Starter (JavaQuickStarterService) - Sun Microsystems, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
O23 - Service: McAfee SiteAdvisor Service - McAfee, Inc. - c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee\SITEAD~1\mcsacore.exe
O23 - Service: Audio Service (STacSV) - Unknown owner - h:\sound\v095_d5902.1_g2.0xp_d6052.2_g2.0v_rc_w_sdc\disk1\wdm\winxp\STacSV.exe (file missing)

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 03:12 PM

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