Posted 25 June 2012 - 06:23 AM
I am running Windows 7 on a fairly new Acer machine (about a year or so old). However, I believe this is more to do with software than the age of the computer (unless I am wrong).
For the last 4 months, the speed of my browsers' opening, running and general browsing speed became slower and slower and has come to a grinding halt. So much so that it is extremely frustrating. It started with IE 9, and when I tried other browsers, it was the same issue, which led me to believe it is not a browser issue and has affected the computer. Firstly, I tried to ignore this and thought it is something playing up, but then things became unusable.
After searching for days on end about the solution, I finally hit the right answer. Someone (on reddit.com) was experiencing the same issue, and to test if it was malware, they tried to rename the browser executable file to anything other than the standard. I followed this test and tried to use the browser after it, and voila! it was perfect. The conclusion was that it was some sort of malware attacking and residing in all browsers, and to fix it, the following was recommended which I did:
1. Boot in safe mode
2. Run Rkill
3. Run TDSKiller
4. If no change, run RKill and run Combofix
Fortunately, Combofix did the trick. I changed the filenames to original and everything was hunky dory.
A month later, the issue started again, and this time, my tried and tested formula did not work: Combofix did not go past the initial warning stage and caused my video card to shut down or so I think (blank screen), forcing me to do a hard boot from the power. I tried it again several times only to meet with the same outcome.
Now, I cannot seem to find a solution and have hit a roadblock. I have run Malwarebytes Antimalware, but it does not show anything.
Can you kindly help as I dont know what else to do? Please dont recommend a reinstall of Windows as it would be a bigger pain.