Posted 14 August 2011 - 03:54 AM
My Sony VAIO runs on Windows XP. I feel like my system is loaded with malware or maybe is controlled by a bot.net. I feel this because I encounter so many problems with it.
First, it takes probably 20-30 minutes for everything to load at start-up. Second, it freezes all the time (at least once a day or more) and I have to just press the power button to turn it off or unplug it.
My virus program is Avast. Recently, it has an "X" over the AVAST icon. When I call up Avast, it gives a warning that my system is no protected. But after several minutes, Avast shows that the system is protected (so, in other words, something is turning Avast off during the boot/start-up cycle...maybe to keep it from catching rootkits?).
The whole system runs VERY, VERY slowly at all software I may run.
This may not be related, but recently all my Google bookmarks went missing after a boot-up.
I ran HiJack This but am not sure if I am permitted to post the log here? I did not run any fixes because I know it is advised not to do this without guidance from a Bleeping Computer expert. I have a copy of cc cleaner but have not run it for samereason. I also have a freshly downloaded copy of Malwarebytes.
I did notice in the HiJack This log that there are several items listing which appear to want to redirect my home page to MSN. My Home Page should be usatoday.com on both IE8 and Chrome. Sometimes, I have been redirected to MSN and I have had to go in to reset my default home page. Also, infrequently, I get redirected to some page that has "cupcake" in the name. My default search engine should be Google.
These last issues are pesty but the real problem for me is the very long load time at start-up, the long wait time for various software functions to run, and the constant freezing of my computer causing me to have to hold down the power button and re-boot to get my system back.
I previously used Stopzilla and its registry cleaner (I forget the name) and have been told that these are suspect programs that may have caused registry errors, etc.
Oh, also, something also turns off many of my Services. Every time I start-up, I now have to go into Services to restart the service for my printer, for instance. (System tells me I have no printer installed). I have to also run REPAIR on Adobe Acrobat Professional in order to use it with each startup.
I think that's everything!
Let me know if I can or should post the HiJack This log here or if you would like me to run anything else!
Thank you so much!