Strange problem

By yousufrafi ·
I am using Windows Xp with service pack 2 installed. There is a strange problem i am facing, when i open my PC, it feels like acceleration of my PC slows down, what i mean is that my mouse is moving with delay, programs are opening with a delay, i have used Registry optimizers, De fragment software but still no use, can anyone suggest me what to do, what might be causing the problem

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Mal-Ware Scan

by TheChas In reply to Strange problem

Have you used programs like AdAware or Spy-Bot Search and Destroy to search for and remove mal-ware?

That would be a good place to start.

How many icons are there in your system tray?

Each icon in the system tray is a program that is running in the background using resources. Each one you can disable will free up resources and speed up your system.

How long has it been since you formatted the hard drive and started over?

While not as bad as Windows 98, Windows XP can still benefit from a clean install after it has been running for over 2 years.


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still not resolved

by yousufrafi In reply to Strange problem

well i installed SUPERAntispyware, scanned my PC, got a trojan detected namely trojan.svchost fake. I removed it but still problem exists, now what can i do??

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Did you scan again ? ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to still not resolved

The nature of a Trojan is that is effectively mimics or masks a genuine system task.

Just because you have found ONE trojan, does not mean that there was not another one hiding below it. Whenever you run an anti-malware scan and find anything, once you have dealt with it you should always run the scan again.

Keep running the scan until it comes up empty.

What you are doing is like stripping wallpaper - every time you find a layer, there could still be another layer below it.

You should also download and run CCLEANER. It will clear out all the rubbish that may be clogging up your system, slowing it down.

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yes, run scan seveal times

by seanferd In reply to still not resolved

Scan in Safe Mode is best. Disable System Restore first as well. Run scans while disconnected from any network. Scan any removable drives you use, as they can re-infect the system.

You may like to try MBAM as well.

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i have tried that

by yousufrafi In reply to yes, run scan seveal time ...

i have tried MalwareBytes it didn't detected trojan, SUPERAntiSpyware detected trojan.svchost fake, i will scan again and let you guys know what's the report

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Did you UPDATE all these scanners before running them ?...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to i have tried that

Clearly there is little point running these scans unless their databases are fully up-to-date.

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Do it in Safe Mode

by Jacky Howe In reply to Strange problem

Follow the steps below with the System started and restarted in Safe Mode with Networking. Running in Safe Mode loads a minimal set of drivers for the Operating System. You can use these options to start Windows so that you can modify the registry or load or remove drivers.

With the new strains of Virus that have been created you may find it necessary to rename the executable files so that they will work. Rename mbam-setup.exe and then navigate to the install folder and rename mbam.exe. Do not change the files extension from .exe. Do the same with Spybot.

Removing malware from System Restore points
To remove the malware, you must first disable System Restore, then scan the system with up-to-date antivirus software - allowing it to clean, delete, or quarantine any viruses found. After the system has been disinfected, you may then re-enable System Restore. The steps for disabling System Restore vary, depending on whether the default Start Menu or the Classic Start Menu is being used.

Default Start Menu XP
If using the default Start Menu, click Start | Control Panel | Performance and Maintenance | System. Select the System Restore tab and check "Turn off System Restore".

Classic Start Menu XP
If using the Classic Start Menu, click Start | Settings | Control Panel and double-click the System icon. Select the System Restore tab and check "Turn off System Restore".

Start, right mouse click Computer and select Properties. Select Advanced System Properties, click contine and then System Protection. Untick the box nect to Local Disk C: and click on Turn System Restore off.

After scanning the system and removing the offending malware, re-enable System Restore by repeating the steps, this time removing the check from "Turn off System Restore".

Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, install it and update it.

<a href="" target="_blank"><u>Malwarebytes</u></a>

* Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
* At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
* If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
* Once the program has loaded, select Perform Quick Scan, then click Scan.
* When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
* Be sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.

If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.
<a href="" target="_blank"><u>mbam-rules</u></a>

I would keep scanning with it until it is clean by closing out and rebooting and running it again.

Download Spybot - Search & Destroy and install it. Update it and run it.

<a href=" " target="_blank"><u>Spybot</u></a>

Also run this Rootkit Revealer GMer


Just to be on the safe side when you finish do an online scan with Bitdefender or Google for an online scanner.

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