thanks for the replies
Please please please DO NOT turn off anything without first researching whether or not it is necessary. Most, if not all of the items you mention are part of necessary operating items and your PC will go haywire or give up completely if you mess with them.
That is really good advice. Unfortunately I did the exact opposite last night. In an act of profound stupidity I used Autoruns to examine the services I had associated with svchost.exe and I started turning things off left, right, and center. I really went to town. Suffice to say, my computer did indeed go haywire and I was up untill 3:30am undoing what I had done. I did sort it all out in the end, but I will defintely be more cautious in the future!
I think part of the problem was that I misunderstood the information I got from searching the startup list here at BC. I saw alot of malicious entries assossiated with svchost when I searched it up, so I just assumed it was all bad.
Ive used Startup Inspector to examine processes running on my computer, and I think everything seems to be in order, now that I have a better understanding of the entries and what they mean. No strange or unidentifiable programs seem to be active.
Ive used norton, adaware, pest patrol, spybot, ccleaner, and start up inspector on my computer, and it all looks good. My computer still seems a bit sluggish though... would it be safe to conclude I dont have a malware problem and begin to look at other possible causes?
Your assistance is greatly appreciated!
Edited by dsnow, 10 September 2006 - 11:04 PM.