My computer has been running very slowly for about 2 weeks now and I started trying to figure out what was wrong.
My regular security consists of avast free. I downloaded and ran each of malwarebytes, spybot S&D and advanced systemcare ultimate. The problem seems to be fixed for a few minutes but it always goes back to the way it was before. while running one of the scans, a system popup appeared saying that windows had detected a possible rootkit. It told me to restart and run a boot-time scan. It ran an avast boot-time scan but found nothing. I have been looking up info on rootkits and they sound pretty nasty. I found two sources telling me different programs to try and use.
Based on the advice of these two sources, I installed sophos virus removal tool and roguekiller I will post the scan logs of those two programs in the next post as I am posting this first post from a different computer