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I noticed the sound as if my processor was really working, so I checked out the Task Manager processes. I was very surprised to see the 'svchost.exe' process was consuming OVER 1,000,000 K in the Memory Usage! I wathced it for a while and it didn't decrease, so I ended that process. Things seemed fine, but then my Task Bar went from the Windows XP blue look to a Classic Windows sort of theme - the gray color, etc. and it went from being 2 levels high to the default 1 level high (levels so I can see 2 rows of open programs).
Then after about 3 minutes, the same sounds started up - not sounds from the speakers, but like I had tried opening 10 programs at once. Low and behold, the svchost.exe started itself back up.
Another symptom is a beeping every now and then, as if an error or alert box would pop up, but nothing does - only the beep.
I've noticed multiple 'iexplore.exe' processes running at times, even when I haven't yet opened IE8.
When I open IE8 sometimes it starts up with the last session did not close properly - would I like to continue with last sessions or start a new session/page (I can't remember the exact words but it's the typical message like when IE ends or is force closed), but the thing is - IE didn't close improperly!
Lastly, when I tried searching for some kind of assistance on Google, I noticed that I'm being redirected to other searches, not from Google's results. So something may all be connected with this, but there are more symptoms than what I can tackle this time!
I've tried doing a System Restore - didn't help.
I've tried doing a complete scan with AVG - didn't help.
I've tried going to Microsoft's website and used their Complete PC scan tool - it DID find a '2.tmp' file that it said was infected. It removed that, I rebooted as instructed, but it's still doing the same thing. That file was in the following location C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Local Settings\Temp\2.tmp
Please let me know what else I should include (probably more system information, but I wasn't sure what to include this time).
Thank you in advance for your help!
Edited by hamluis, 27 March 2012 - 07:46 AM.
Moved from XP to Am i Infected.