It has been EXTREMELY slow recently, w/ constant freezing, to the point where I have to manually restart the computer. It seemed like processes were constantly running in the background, so I went through msconfig, and got rid of many of the startup programs. It helped a little, but not much. So I ran Security Task Manager, and nothing came up beyond a 47% rating- but I ended some of the processes that I thought were unnecessary. Then I had issues w/ Java- it kept prompting me to update the plugin, which I did, as this was several days before the news hit about the Java security issues. As soon as I found out about the Java issues, I went it and disabled Java & the Firefox Java plugin. I downloaded Malwarebytes Pro, and it came up clean. I ran the Eset one-time scan, which found 1 infected file, and deleted it. I have avast running, which keeps coming up clean.
I ran Security Task Manager again today, like I've been doing every day for the past week, and suddenly today there was a process that ranked 67%, and was listed as "potentially harmful." It was called "Microsoft application virtualization virtual service agent", and under the description, it listed the function was "to manipulate."
I don't know where this process came from- it never came up before on the STM scan, and like I said, it ranked pretty high on the security rating, when nothing had ever been above 47% (and this was Avast). But it came up on the list of processes for the first time today, and I am wondering if it is some type of virus, possibly from the Java issue? I have no clue, but it seems a little suspicious to me. I quarantined it for the time being, but was hoping someone could shed some light on this for me? And if this is not a virus, any other suggestions as to the constant freezing of my laptop, which is months old, and keeps coming up clean on all virus scans, even Malwarebytes pro?
Thank you for your time!!
Edited by Lamenz, 15 January 2013 - 03:49 PM.