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XP SP3 - Sudden slow startup, iexplorer.exe process constantly spawns.

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#1 VyRianS


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Posted 20 April 2014 - 09:11 AM

Hey all.


My troubles started today. All of a sudden XP started up 4 to 5 times slower.


iexplore.exe process also consistently spawns forcing me to manually wipe it using the task manager. It spawns at random short intervals, begins at a small 76K mem and quickly balloons to >100,000K mem and continues to spawn another (I've seen up to 5 such instances). At this point my computer slows to a halt and starts to crash. 


Upon using DDS it only generates 1 log file - attach.txt.

No logfile named dds.txt was generated.


After a little bit of reading up, I realize iexplore.exe is a virus that has been here for quite sometime now. Is there a standard route to go about removing this from my computer? Hardly usable with such insane memory spikes.


DAY 2 UPDATE: No iexplore.exe processes spawned this session. Rig is still running extremely slowly. No idea if the virus went underground or that its something more sinister. 



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Edited by VyRianS, 20 April 2014 - 09:04 PM.

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Posted 20 April 2014 - 09:59 PM

An update on what I have done since:


1. Malwarebtyes Anti-Malware

2. SUPERAntiSpyware

3. AdwCleaner - Logs available

4. JunkRemovalTool - Logs available

5. AVG Complete Scan

6. Spybot Search-and-Destroy


Others: Used msconfig - checked 'Hide Microsoft processes' and unchecked all non-essentials. No improvement on startup times.


Computer still starting up extremely slowly. I no longer see iexplore.exe in the Task Manager (I only ever use Chrome or Firefox). However, something is constantly running in the background and causing major lag. I'm unable to identify the source from Task Manager.


Lag spikes occur every second or so, giving the computer a "jerk" every couple of seconds. Programs are slow to startup as well, with loading times greatly increased.


Help is urgently needed.


Please advise asap.

Edited by VyRianS, 21 April 2014 - 09:49 PM.

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