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Need help with a major problem

By keyboard_kowboy ·
Right long long time ago there used to be a clean system Mine but nowadays it has developed a major problem

About 3 to 4 months ago my system was running fine then one thursday night i noticed that a load of xp search windows had opened and my sound had muted so i ran a virus scan with avg and found nothing.

A week later the same thing happened so i went and brought a copy of nortons 360 and still nothing, so i wrote to a few forums and they suggested combofix amd malwarebytes. This time it found and removed a couple of malware progs.

So i thought to be on the safeside i would buy an hardware firewall so i went out and brought a belkin.

And everything was sweet until a couple of days ago when the same faults came back. So this time i run nortons (clean) combofix (clean) malwarebytes (clean) spybot (clean) lavasoft adaware (clean) gmer (clean) and few more progs beside have all come back clean yet the problems still persisted.

So last night i put all my important stuff into a file and transfered it to c drive and deleted the partition on d drive before transfering it back again and wiping the partition and formatting c drive. and guess what the symptoms still persist.

So either i have a virus that no one has found a rememdy for

or

i am being hacked on a daily basis (considering i am running xp firewall, nortons firewall and belkin firewall i doubt it)

So can someone PLEASE help me?

Symptoms are in order
1: muted sound
2: multiple search windows opened from xp
3: keyboard pourts gibberish when typing (sometimes not always)

All help would be appriciated because this is tearing my hair out.

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by .Martin. In reply to Need help with a major pr ...

disconnecting the computer from the internet, and see if you still have the same symptoms.

this will show you if the problem is inside or outside your computer

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A couple of checks

by Jacky Howe In reply to Need help with a major pr ...

How long since the PC had a cleanup.
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I would give the inside of the case a blowout with compressed air. When blowing air through the fans make sure that you physically stop them from spinning, as they may generate power and **** something up. Remembering to ground yourself by placing the back of your hand on the Power Supply Unit and not moving your feet. By not taking this precaution it is possible that you could inadvertantly cause damage to the PC from an electrostatic discharge. Then remove the Heatsink, giving it a thorough clean and reseat the CPU applying new CPU grease. If the Fans spin freely when you give them a spin they are probably OK. If there is resistance replace them.
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Clean the golden edge of each memory stick with a soft rubber/eraser, remembering not to touch the golden edge of the memory stick. Check with one stick at a time, remembering to disconnect the power from the PC.
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Reseat and clean any other cards including the Video card.
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It wouldn't hurt to test the memory either.
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You can test the memory by running Windows Memory Diagnostic that can be downloaded from http://oca.microsoft.com/en/windiag.asp. If problems are found check the steps below.
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Test the Power Supply Unit and the CPU.
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Download Prime95.
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http://www.mersenne.org/freesoft.htm
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Prime95 is used to put your system at full load. Prime95 - When run for the first time, it is necessary to click on Advanced, then click on Round off checking so that errors caused by instabilities will be flagged as they occur. Also go to Options and run the Torture Test. Run the Inplace FFTs (Max Power, Heat and some Ram). Prime95 will automatically thread all Cores, and will expose insufficient CPU cooling and computer case cooling, or excessive Vcore and overclock. At no other time will a CPU be as heavily loaded, or display higher temperatures, even when OC'd during worst-case loads such as gaming or video editing. Prime95 can be used with SpeedFan to observe CPU temps, while stress testing for system stability. During single threaded gaming and applications, Core 0 typically carries heavier loads and higher temps than other Cores.
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You want your system at full load when checking your voltages to ensure your PSU is up to spec.
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If your PC restarts during this test you have a faulty Power Supply (PSU) and it will need replacing.
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Download SpeedFan and check the Voltages and Temps while Prime95 is running.
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http://www.almico.com/sfdownload.php
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You will want your 12-volt rail to be within 11.52 to 12.48 during load. This means when you are running your cpu at 100% you do not want to drop below 11.52 or you may experience stability problems including but not limited to system restarts and Windows crashes. For the 5-volt rail, you want it to be within 4.8 to 5.2 to be within the 4% range. As for the 3.3 volt rail, you want it to be within 3.17 to 3.43
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You can use the Hard Drive Makers Testing Utility to Test the Drive
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Hitachi / IBM - DFT "Drive Fitness Test"
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http://www.hgst.com/hdd/support/download.htm
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Works with all manufacturers
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Western Digital "Data Lifeguard"
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http://support.wdc.com/download/index.asp#dlgtools
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Works with WD drives only
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Fujitsu "FJDT"
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http://www.fel.fujitsu.com/home/drivers.asp?L=en&CID=1
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Works with fujitsu models only
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Samsung "hutil"
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http://www.samsung.com/Products/Hard...ties/hutil.htm
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Compatability unknown...
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Seagate "Seatools"
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http://www.seagate.com/support/seatools
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Works with Seagate drives only
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Here are a few other things to check but as it is a new install you really shouldn't have to unless something is corrupted.
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Do you have Virtual Desktop installed. If so use msconfig and disable it from the startup tab.
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Check these references in the Registry to make sure that they match.
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Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE<br>
Key: SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\<br>
Name: User Shell Folders<br>
Type: REG_EXAND_SZ<br>
Value: %SystemRoot%\Profiles\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
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This fix will require you to have your Win XP CD.
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The Windows\inf folder is a hidden folder. You can adjust your Explorer Folder Options (View tab) to Show hidden files and folders. You can also click Start, Run and enter %SystemRoot%\inf to open directly to the inf folder.
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Open Explorer and go to the Windows\inf folder. Locate the srchasst.inf file. Right click it and select Install. You'll need your XP CD or the files from the i386 folder.
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Do you have multiple keyboard layouts installed? If you do and they are not required remove them.
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Click Start, Control panel, keyboard, input locales and remove any languages not required for your system.
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Registry:
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Download and install CCleaner to tidy up your Registry. Backup the Registry as you go along, rescan again and again saving as you go until there are no errors left.
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Cleaner: Windows
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When you first open Ccleaner you will have an option to Analyze or Run Cleaner, after checking the left Pane and making your choices. Delete all Temp Files. If you scroll down you will see a greyed out box that has Advanced next to it. Left click on it and keep pressing OK to all of the responses. I normally Untick Windows Log Files and Memory Dumps as they may come in handy.
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You don't have to install all of the add ons or shortcuts just the one to the Desktop.
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http://www.ccleaner.com/download
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Keyboard problem?

by techienate In reply to Need help with a major pr ...

You might actually have a physical keyboard problem. Stuck keys that just happen to be shortcut keys could be causing this. It could be the keys physically sticking, or it could be an internal hardware problem, which may sound a little weird, but I've seen it in my job as a pc repair tech. Try replacing the keyboard (unplugging the old one), and see if anything changes.

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That would be my first thought as well...

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to Keyboard problem?

I've seen the same thing. KB streaming garbage causes all kinds of 'funny' things to happen.

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