I am running XP SP3 (which I updated from SP2 with much difficulty, before Microsoft released the instructions and I occasionally get a report that I am running SP2).. I have had trouble with this HP Pavillion desktop with malware (using MS Security Essentials and XP Firewall with auto-updates and Secunia). Recently ran some update driver program before I learned about needing to remove old drivers. I was going to download Driver Fusion from Bleeping but again got only the option to save the file (that goes to Downloads folder). I recall Chrome asking to be updated, but got a malware called "Solid Savings" that I was able to remove with Revo Uninstaller. During that incident, my Internet setup got destroyed and I lost the connection settings. I was able to get it connected but the "LAN" view looks odd. One view referred to an old name I had given my other PC - this "new" PC automatically created a LAN when I had both machines turned on and plugged into the modem, so I have made all settings to NOT share and I manually ensure that by only plugging in one PC to the modem when both PCs are turned on. So now I am using FireFox. Recently, this machine is complaining about RAM, " serious ms windows error 0x8007043c' but the MS Fix-IT and a link given to test memory was a hotfix only for SP2 so I did not run it. One of my scans reported :Wireshark Antivirus is a fake security software (I do not recall installing it); the Instructions to remove Wireshark: I ran RKILL and mbam no findings. I have been running full scans with MS Security Essentials and MBAM but without findings. I seem to have several problems here and if so, in what order should I correct?
1. Possible bad upgrade to SP3. Should I uninstall and reinstall? I have Microsoft instructions to do that.
2. Probably bad internet connection settings. I'd love to be able to share desktops, but don't want to share malware.
3. RAM problems may be old drivers (25 of 37 were reported as outdated) and I may have remnants/old drivers when I did an update using a utility I do not remember.
4. I'm pretty sure there is malware on this PC, and I run clean-up and scan programs recommended by Bleeping. But I fear a malware is interfering with my downloads, and not sure that if I uninstall and re-install the free programs they will find whatever is buried deep. For example, if I see an unusual process running in Task Manager, it will disappear the minute I type the name into a notepad file or a google search.
Thank you for taking time to read this. My other PC is running the same OS and I only go online to safe sites. I use this machine for research and a social site. This PC has a big screen and large hard drive, so maybe I should upgrade: and add to the only 1.nn gig of RAM. If I upgrade this machine, which new OS should I research? I do not do games and am satisfied with the Microsoft Works programs. I still do not have a laptop or an I-Pad or an I-phone; spending enough on the triple bundle from the cable vendor. Not under contract with any of them. Verizon is mad that I left them and keeps making up charges to report to collection agencies. Anyone in central Florida recommend a new wireless carrier?
Thank you again.
Edited by hamluis, 27 May 2013 - 08:55 AM.
Emphasized pertient point, moved from XP to Am I Infected - Hamluis.