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Slowdowns, Adware, Bsod's On A "clean" Xp Install - Where Do I Start


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#1 Roland6543

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Posted 08 April 2006 - 12:25 PM

I'm not sure where to start.

I have 3 networked home PC's. My personal (main) PC started to get BSOD at least daily. I decided to reformat and reinstall everything since I believe this to be good housekeeping at least yearly. Anyhow, after reinstalling, I got frequent slowdowns. I also had problems running Zonealarm 6 (true vector shutdowns and Trend PC Cilling shutdown). I have now settled on AVG and zonealarm 5.5. My computers are also behind a router/firewall.

I took precautions and scanned with ewido, adware se, spybot and trend housecall. I cleaned out all the tracking cookies out but noticed that Housecall was also identifying ADW_SE and TRAK_SE as malware/greyware. A google on this got quite a few hits but no specific confirmation on whether these were a threat.

Also, I noticed processes such as svchost and spoolsv we sometimes taking up 99% of CPU resource, virtually locking up my computer (which is an Athlon 64 3000+ so it should be pretty fast). Also, downloads from the web and files transferred between my PC's were frequently being reported as corrupt, and some installation programs would hang.

Since this was a fresh install I was confused. At this stage a really dont know whether I have a software issue; driver issue; hardware issue, or if something on my own network keeps re-infecting me.

So I decided to go through the same scanning routine using ewido, adware se, spybot and trend housecall on all 3 PC's, fixing everything that was found except for ADW_SE and TRAK_SE. Another puzzling thing is that on one of my PC's trend housecall wouldnt even run.

I have a hijack this log for the 2 PC's - should I post them, or troubleshoot other things first?

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Posted 08 April 2006 - 02:26 PM

If you already have Hijackthis logs for posting, post a log in the HijackThis Logs and Analysis Forum, not here, for assistance by the HJT Team Experts. Do separate posts for each log and make sure you include a note that they are for differenct computers. Otherwise the Team may conclude you are posting two logs for the same computer.

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