Posted 07 September 2011 - 02:17 PM
I have an hp desktop with xp pro (sp2). When I start it up cold in the morning, it gets to the black screen with the xp logo and progress bar, and freezes. The appearance of the screen is also a little faded. When this problem first began, the progress bar would begin moving and then freeze, but now it never even moves. If I shut down the computer (holding power button) and then start again in a couple minutes, I get the black screen with startup options. From there it will start fine whether I choose "start normally" or "start using last known good configuration. If at some point during the day I restart the computer it will restart normally. A couple days ago AVG detected and removed "adamax.BEB." I have run malwarebytes with nothing found. Occasionally at random times I get and error message of "generic host process for win32 services has encountered a problem and has to close," but this has been going on for a long time. Another anecdote is that for about a year the mouse freezes upon startup, a problem I have been fixing by just unplugging and replugging in the mouse after startup, and then the mouse functions.
I am not aware of any new software downloaded recently that I haven't uninstalled. There is no new hardware. I did a system restore as far back in time as I could, with no change. I am considering downloading and running 360Amigo or RegScrubXP, and also doing an XP reinstall to fix errors. Any recommendations?