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Excessive Running Processes, Some Programs Ask for Install Disk When I Never Had One!

Question: Excessive Running Processes, Some Programs Ask for Install Disk When I Never Had One!

I tried to use the Search function, and it has been disabled for 2 days, at least on my end. I am looking for a tool to identify and determine how many running processes are necessary (currently, I run between 47-50), and how to stop the non-essential ones from running all the time, which makes my supposedly malware-free computer work slower than grass growing in December. Also, I can't figure out why certain programs, such as Microsoft Streets and Trips for example. It now asks for installation disks, when I never had one because it was already loaded when I bought the computer. It just doesn't make any sense anymore. Any help would be greatly appreciated.



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Answer: Excessive Running Processes, Some Programs Ask for Install Disk When I Never Had One!

47 to 50 is not bad. I have 45.

There is only a problem if legit or non legit processes are hogging your cpu. If they don't then stoping them won't speed up your pc.

Check your processes to see if any are using a high percentage of your cpu.

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Ok, I posted this in Vista support area, and was directed here. I'm not sure if I'm supposed to run the scan things in the "NEW INSTRUCTIONS." topic.

The last virus reported on my pc was (from malwarebytes)

"Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\{NSINAME} (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Files Infected:
C:\Windows\System32\gaopdxcounter (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\setup.exe (Rogue.Installer) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully."

Avast! Found nothing.

Those, and the reason I even started the scan was because I noticed my letters repeated slow when a key was held down, (same for backspace, etc...) I scanned and found those. Hoped my pc was clean. The lagging keys problem is still here. (Even if I go check the settings in control panel, hey are all set to fast. I click "ok" without changing anything, and it will be fine for awhile. Then it goes back to lagging.

I decided to download a process explorer thing, and I see that I have 70+ processes running on my pc, and the RAM usage is from 900MB - 1GB +

Someone please tell me what I have to do next to get some real help here. I downloaded both scanner things from that read first topic. So I'm ready to scan if that's the next step.

Thanks.

Answer:70 + processes running and excessive RAM usage

Tried to edit my last post, but it wouldn't let me, sorry for a repost, but I think I found some problems. I ran the scan things that are from the first steps thread thing. Here are the results of the DDS thing and the others are attached as they are supposed to be. In the other one, it found a sys file with the same name (or at least part of it) as the last virus i had. It also found reg files with that name in them.

DDS (Ver_09-03-16.01) - NTFSx86
Run by seth at 18:44:21.66 on Tue 03/31/2009
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702
Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Premium 6.0.6001.1.1252.1.1033.18.1918.1174 [GMT -4:00]


============== Running Processes ===============

C:\Windows\system32\wininit.exe
C:\Windows\system32\lsm.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\nvvsvc.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcss
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k secsvcs
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k GPSvcGroup
C:\Windows\system32\SLsvc.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
C:\Windows\system32\rundll32.exe
C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\WISPTIS.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ink\TabTip.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
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Hi, I'm new to this forum, and I appreciate any help anyone might have. I had a virus of some sort, and when I went to webpages like Google, the page would only display "I am alive!" Nothing else, just te message. It only did it sometimes, and when I used our laptop, the page would display fine, so I knew the problem was on my end. Anyone else see this?I ran Kaspersky scan, and I had a trojan on my computer, Kaspersky identified it as "Trojan-Downloader.JS.Gumblar.a" and it was located in my Call Of Duty punkbuster folder for htm. It's deleted, but MalwareBytes also found "Torjan.BHO" about the same time. Both programs say I'm clean, now, but when I run the HijackThis log, it shows a ton of NVLSP.dll processes running that weren't running a few days ago. Any help?Here's my Hijackthis log.Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 8:08:19 AM, on 10/25/2009Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:F:WINDOWSSystem32smss.exeF:WINDOWSsystem32winlogon.exeF:WINDOWSsystem32services.exeF:WINDOWSsystem32lsass.exeF:WINDOWSsystem32nvsvc32.exeF:WINDOWSsystem32svchost.exeF:Program FilesCOMODOCOMODO Internet Securitycmdagent.exeF:WINDOWSsystem32svchost.exeF:WINDOWSsystem32spoolsv.exeF:WINDOWSExplorer.EXEF:Program FilesKaspersky LabKaspersky Anti-Virus 2009avp.exeF:WINDOWSsystem32RUNDLL32.EXEF:WINDOWSRTHDCPL.EXEF:WINDOWSsystem32ctfmon.exeF:Program FilesKaspers... Read more

Answer:Excessive NVLSP.dll processes running and WEIRD message from webpages, "I am alive!"

Hello,We apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up.My name is Syler and I will be helping you to solve your Malware issues. If you have since resolved your issues I would appreciate if youwould let me no so I can close this topic, if you still need help please let me no what issues you are still having, in your next reply.Download random's system information tool (RSIT) by random/random from here and save it to your desktop.Double click on RSIT.exe to run RSIT.Click Continue at the disclaimer screen.Once it has finished, two logs will open. Please post the contents of both log.txt (<<will be maximized) and info.txt (<<will be minimized)Then please post back here with the following: log.txt info.txtThanks

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My computer has been running a little slower than usual recently and been taking a long time to start. I recently had a look at the running programs and I have 76 running in the background, using up over 600 mb of memory.Is there some sort of utility I can use to scan my runnig processes, tell me exactly what they are and if they are of any use so that I can determine whether or not I can switch them off?Many thanks,Pete

Answer:Excessive Running Programs

Try click here or Start/run and type MSCONFIG,select startup and remove ticks from everything except your AV and Firewall and if you have a realtime spyware scanner leave this ticked and reboot.

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Windows XP SP3, please tell me what other information I should include here. I'm new here.


I'm at my wit's end here, please help.

On Monday or Tuesday, I got a virus/spyware/malware that would constantly make fake trojan alerts and open IE to a redirected site advertising a solution to the fake alerts. This was very annoying, as all the anti-virus programs and adware programs I had could NOT detect it at all. I tried so many things, and I began having problems accessing the internet, and finally, nothing would open up on desktop, but they were shown to be "running" under the "processes" in the task manager, but no memory was being used, I was determined to NOT reformat, so I spent hours trying to find a way to remove the malware I had.

I finally got spyware doctor, which did remove what I believe to be all of the malware. I had to go into safe mode several times to accomplish this. Since then, I have seen no sign of the malware. However, the other problem is still there: I cannot open any programs at all, When i click on any .exe, it will show the hourglass symbol for a short time, then go away... and nothing appears, and the program I clicked on will actually show up in the "processes" list in the task manager, still seemingly not using any memory. I spent even more hours on this, I looked online for solutions, and could not find any problems exactly like this.

Only 1 hour ago, I had somewhat of a breakthrough. When I restart the... Read more

Answer:Programs not running, but in processes??

Sounds like there are some remnants of the infection left - best thing to do is follow the steps outlined here and be patient - the security analysts are always kept busy - so many malwares, trojans and viruses (virii?) out there these days.

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Hi Guys, i think i've got too many startup programs and running process going on. Would any of you care to look if i post?
 

Answer:too many startup programs and running processes?

How many do you have ???

They average should be around 30 if you have XP.
 

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium, Service Pack 2, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU T6400 @ 2.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2549 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family, 448 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 236973 MB, Free - 97225 MB;
Motherboard: TOSHIBA, Satellite P305
Antivirus: Bitdefender Antivirus, Updated and Enabled

It seems like I have too many processes and unknown services running. I have spent days trying to resolve this,
but it is overwhelming and I've come to the point where I don't want to mess something up. My computer is slower
and starting to struggle. I also have been having problems updating. I was able to get a few updates through, but
it's only allowing 1 or 2 at a time. I have about 12 more left, Also, I cannot get my home page to apply. It seems
like I have a browser redirect problem.

Any help you can provide would be much appreciated.

Thank you,
Karen
 

Answer:Too many processes and unknown programs running.

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In Vista, I have multiple programs which, when I open them, never start yet opening task manager shows them in processes taking up an entire processor yet never doing anything. This happens with multiple programs. I use to think that it related to when it was validiating an original CD, but has happened on a few programs that run without a CD. Sometimes if I keep ended the process and running it again it mysteriously gets passed this. I have tried two video cards, an Nvidia Quadro 4400 and Nvidia 8800GT in case it was games/graphics related, and have done all hotfixes related to this. I run Vista Aero 32-bit, 2x Dual Xeon 2.8Ghz processors, 4GB RAM. Doesn't seem to affect MS or Adobe products which are the other apps I use regularly.
 

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I'm trying to find out which processes and programs I can safely shut down or keep from starting at boot up when I want to run a resource hungry 3D game.

I haven't had a computer up and running in over a year and now have a system running Windows Vista Home premium, so I'm new to Vista.

With Windows 98 you could just kill all the processes except systray and explorer, but it looks like things have gotten a bit more complicated.
in control panel/programs/stop a program from running at startup/software explorer, what can I keep from starting? What needs to be running?

In the task manager I have 65 processes running. Which ones can I shut down and which ones need to be up and running? Maybe there's no quick answer, and if not, could anyone suggest some websites where I can research the issue? Thanks for your help.
 

Answer:Start Up Programs and Running Processes

Try this to get you started:

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/wind...robably-unnecessary-windows-vista-components/

also found this site useful:

http://www.msfn.org/board/Windows-Vista-Service-Tweak-Guide-t87443.html
 

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I want to get rid of all unnecessary programs and process that run on my computer. I have uninstalled some programs, but I am afraid of uninstalling others because I don't know what they do. Also, I have 67 processes currently running. I don't know if those are all necessary, but I would like to minimize that as much as possible.

I currently use Avast anti-virus. I run Adaware on a regular basis. I regularly update Windows (currently running XP Home - Service Pack 2). I have recently run two online virus scans that came up clean (trendmicro & bit defender). I also run CCleaner occassionaly.

I don't know how to run a report of the running process, but I have included a list of programs on my computer below (exported from CCleaner). I have put an asteric next to any proggrams that I know I need. I'm not sure about the rest of them.

*?Torrent
*07 TAR1 Presentation Plus
Acer Arcade
Acer eDataSecurity Management
Acer eDataSecurity Management 1.00.23
Acer eLock Management
Acer Empowering Technology framework
Acer eNet Management
Acer ePerformance Management
Acer ePower Management
Acer ePresentation Management
Acer eSettings Management
Acer GridVista
Acer OrbiCam Driver
Acer OrbiCam Software
Acer Screensaver
*Ad-Aware 2007
Adobe Anchor Service CS3
Adobe Asset Services CS3
Adobe Bridge CS3
Adobe Bridge Start Meeting
Adobe Camera Raw 4.0
Adobe CMaps
Adobe Color - Photoshop Specific
Adobe Color Common Settings
Adobe Color EU Extra Settings
Adobe Color JA Extra S... Read more

Answer:How Do I Minimize Programs And Processes Running On My System?

You may need the ACER stuff
Adobe is up to you
ATI you'll need
DivX codecs are for watching movies - up to you
HDAudio and High Definition Audio are for your sound card
Hotfix - keep
Intel? PROSet/Wireless Software - keep (for your network/wireless)
Java? 6 Update 3 - keep
Microsoft - keep
MSXML - keep
NTI - may be needed for ACER apps above
Realtek - keep (sound card)
Security Update - keep
Synaptics Pointing Device Driver - keep (touchpad)
Texas Instruments PCIxx21/x515 drivers. - keep (network)
TIxx21 - keep (network)
Update for Windows - keep
WIDCOMM - keep if you use Bluetooth
Windows - keep

Anything else can go (IMO) at your discretion. Please remember to make the system restore CD's for your system - you never know when a slip of the mouse will make those necessary!

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First off...I am pretty computer illiterate.  I do live online as I am constantly searching for and downloading music, videos etc for my cheerleading program.  My son was in town and fixed a problem out of the blue with my speakers.  They just muted out of the blue and we could not unmute.  He installed Malwarebyts and CC Cleaner.  It found tons of things and fixed the problem.  The problem occured 2 days later and I had to uninstall the driver and then restart computer to install driver.  I fixed it.  I have had trouble before with an error message saying that something was already in use by another user when I am the only use on the computer and that is what it kept saying about the speakers.  I now have various malware and antivirus programs running and he said I have too many processes running which slows my computer down.  Looks like I need help.  I don't want conflicting security programs.  Thanks for any help you can give!!

Answer:Too many processes (162) running and malware/antivirus programs??

Please download MiniToolBox and run it:
Checkmark following boxes:
Report IE Proxy Settings
Report FF Proxy Settings
List content of Hosts
List IP configuration
List Winsock Entries
List last 10 Event Viewer log
List Installed Programs
List Devices (do NOT change any settings here)
List Users, Partitions and Memory size
List Restore Points

Click Go and post the result.

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Could someone please tell me what I can do to tell which ones I can end please or if someone could help me it would also be greatly appreciated. The dds report is attatched.

Answer:Lots of processes running and its closing my active programs

Are you having any problems with your system?

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I'm not sure if this is a virus or if my computer is really just having some serious problems.

I am using a Compaq Presario v6000 running Windows XP Pro, sp3. I have recently (as in, in the last three months) done a complete reinstall of Windows ... these problems started within the past week.

I noticed the first time when I had had my computer on for some time ... maybe a few days in a row. This never used to happen before and now it happens even when my computer is on for less than 24 hours. I'm including hibernation time as "on" time; I often put my computer into hibernation when I am away from it. so I can keep what I am working on open to resume when I return to the computer. I clicked on my Chrome icon on the desktop to open the browser. Nothing happened; I have some mouse troubles so I thought I didn't click it. I ended up clicking on the icon half a dozen times, and the program itself never opened. I opened the task manager to see if it had opened a process -- and there were six of them. I tried terminating one of the running chrome.exe's but nothing happened. They stayed. I rebooted my computer and was told that Windows had recovered from a serious error, although googling the results of the EventLog dump didn't find me anything useful. I figured it was a one time issue. Now this morning I opened TweetDeck, which I had just been running last night, and my word processor RoughDraft, which I had also recently been running, and now b... Read more

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Hi,

my pc has 53 processess currently running isnt this out of the ordinary?

anyway here is a copy of the HJT log done today. i have run trend micro,
xsoftse, avg, xclean and adwarese prior to this log

thank you in advance

glenn

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This problem has been bothering me a lot, but it seems that his problem is not uncommon. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
 

Answer:Multiple COM surrogate (dllhost.exe) processes running and occupying a LOT of RAM, disk, and CPU.

Hello,

They call me TwinHeadedEagle around here, and I'll be working with you.

Before we start please read and note the following:

At the top of your post, please click on the "Watch thread" button and make sure to check Watch this thread...and receive email notifications. This will send an email to you as soon as I reply to your topic, allowing me to solve your problem faster.
Please do not install any new software during the cleaning process other than the tools I provide for you. This can hinder the cleaning process. Please do not perform System Restore or any other restore.
Instructions I give to you are very simple and made for complete beginner to follow. That's why you need to read through my instructions carefully and completely before executing them.
Please do not run any tools other than the ones I ask you to, when I ask you to. Some of these tools can be very dangerous if used improperly. Also, if you use a tool that I have not requested you use, it can cause false positives, thereby delaying the complete cleaning of your machine.

All tools we use here are completely clean and do not contain any malware. If your antivirus detects them as malicious, please disable your antivirus and then continue.
If during the process you run across anything that is not in my instructions, please stop and ask. If any tool is running too much time (few hours), please stop and inform me.
I visit forum several times at day, making sure to respond to everyon... Read more

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Well, I just preformed a factory restore using my Compaq Recovery CD. Anyways, I am trying to install Service Pack 1; however it has been at the point of "Running processes after install" for quite some time. How long should it take?
 

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Hi there,
 
Recently I have began experiencing some really annoying RAM issues. It appears that most of my RAM is being used (Around 50 - 60% of 8GB total.) 
even with only the necessary programs running. I have posted snapshots of things that might be useful to help diagnose the problem.
 
Here is the Imgur album link as BleepingComputer wouldn't let me upload them > http://imgur.com/a/mfdDp
 
Any help would be much appreciated.

Answer:Excessive RAM usage with only most needed processes?

Hi CG_5 Is it possible to take new screenshots, but this time, click on the "Memory" column once to order the processes by RAM usage (from the highest to the lowest)?

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Well lately I keep noticing iexplore.exe process and other processes such hiowo.exe, l3rbd.com, l3rdb.exe which basically flood my Task Manager. I always end the process but for iexplore.exe it comes back each minute which is driving my insane. AVG won't run so instead I scanned my computer with MalwareBytes but each time it tells me to restart then it just comes back. Also I noticed that each minute it creates iexplore.exe creates .tmp files in my temp folder most of them start with ~DF its really annoying each day I get over 500 of these .tmp files so please help anything is appreciated.Also when I run GMER.exe it scans about halfway and then it doesn't respond.Here is my log:DDS (Ver_10-03-17.01) - NTFSx86 Run by computer at 14:24:27.29 on Tue 08/10/2010Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_19Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.2.1252.1.1033.18.1015.457 [GMT -7:00]AV: BitDefender Antivirus *On-access scanning disabled* (Updated) {6C4BB89C-B0ED-4F41-A29C-4373888923BB}AV: Defense Center *On-access scanning enabled* (Outdated) {28e00e3b-806e-4533-925c-f4c3d79514b9}AV: Norton 360 *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {E10A9785-9598-4754-B552-92431C1C35F8}FW: BitDefender Firewall *disabled* {4055920F-2E99-48A8-A270-4243D2B8F242}FW: Norton 360 *enabled* {7C21A4C9-F61F-4AC4-B722-A6E19C16F220}============== Running Processes ===============c:\windows\system32\svchost -k dcomlaunchsvchost.exec:\windows\syste... Read more

Answer:iexplore.exe and other processes + excessive tmp files

Hello and Welcome to the forums! My name is Gringo and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems. Somethings to remember while we are working together.Do not run any other tool untill instructed to do so!Please Do not Attach logs or put in code boxes.Tell me about any problems that have occurred during the fix.Tell me of any other symptoms you may be having as these can help also.Do not run anything while running a fix.In the upper right hand corner of the topic you will see a button called Options. If you click on this in the drop-down menu you can choose Track this topic. By doing this and then choosing Immediate E-Mail notification and then clicking on Proceed you will be advised when we respond to your topic and facilitate the cleaning of your machine.We apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.In order for me to see the status of the infection I will need a new set of logs to start with.Please print out or make a copy in notpad of any instructions given, as sometimes it is necessary to go offline and you will lose access to them.DeFogger: Please download DeFogger to your desktop.Double click DeFogger to run the tool. The ap... Read more

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Hi everyone!

I discovered in my Windows Task Manager about two weeks ago that the lowest number of processes running when idle went up by one. From 49 to 50. By the "lowest" number, I mean the number of processes running when idle. This number (49) had been the same for about a year since I bought my laptop.

The problem is that I didn't install anything two-three weeks ago. Not then, not since then. The number just went up from 49 to 50 for no apparent reason. So, I figured that it was some random application that hadn't been properly shut down and expected it would come back down to 49 when I reboot the laptop -- because I knew it had happened before.

Yesterday, I finally rebooted the machine fully expecting the number of processes running when idle to come back down to 49. NOPE. It's still at 50. What could've happened here?

One possibility is, of course, a virus. After all, about two weeks ago, shortly BEFORE I discovered the change in numbers (from 49 to 50), the MSE caught a virus in my digital camera that had just been connected to my laptop. But, being always careful with these things, I ran the MSE before I opened the digital camera's drive (G:\ or whatever) and the MSE caught the aforementioned virus. And I immediately quick-scanned the digital camera and the laptop with the MSE and the MBAM. No more viruses.

Just for the sake of peace of mind, in the last two weeks, I've run a full scan and multiple sessions of quick scans of both the MSE... Read more

Answer:Didn't install anything, but the number of processes running went up

giacomo, welcome to Sevenforums!

This shouldn't be a problem. Often, windows starts and stops many different services that require processes to run, as not all of these services are required to run all of the time. Likely, you only noticed this as the infection with virus caused you to look around for damage. My recommendation is to make sure MSE is fully updated, run the scan on "full scan", and not to worry so much. If the virus is removed, you can be sure that it is removed. Update windows in control panel and install all important updates, as there are numerous security patches there that may further strengthen your computer against attack.

PS. You will only need 1 full scan of MSE to catch a virus at any time. 2-100 full scans and 4-60 quick ones will do nothing further for you. It is an active virus scanner, meaning even if the scan isn't on per se, it will still be looking for evidence of viruses. Give the scanner a rest at least until a few weeks have gone by, provided you aren't surfing potentially dangerous websites. If you don't trust a website but feel you must look something up anyway (dangerous), go ahead and do a quick scan. It is a well built antivirus, so give it a little trust

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Hello all,
The problems i'm having are as follows. I will start up my computer which will take a lot longer than it used to, the fan starts working overtime and gets louder and louder. When i look at task manager i can see 'aawservice' building up to 200k+ memory and if it's left for any more than 2 minutes my computer just turns itself off. If i get to task manager before it turns itself off i can end the process myself but it takes about 3-5 tries before it goes away, or appears to go away. Today i did the same strenuous routine just to get onto my computer however when I manually stopped 'aawservice.exe' through the task manager 'ccsvchst.exe' seemed to take its place and decided that it would send my memory usage through the roof.
I also have many duplicate processes. 'svchost' which i currently have 9 seperate processes running at this time which amount to around 75k of memory being used. 'ccsvchst.exe' which i have 4.

Also i have a problem with mozilla where you will enter a site into the address bar and instead of taking you there it will search for that site through askjeeves.
 

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I'm running XP on a sony vaio laptop. I accidentally agreed to some prompt while browsing the internet and next thing I knew, popups everywhere and the screen froze. Everytime I restarted, I couldn't do anything but access taskmanager or msconfig. I had excess of 65 processes running. After starting in safemode and uninstalling a bunch of malware (still have command.exe on there that I can't delete and I know nail.exe still present) I can actually do stuff like open IE although I can't use it. At one point I found the app kill32 and ran it because I figured it couldn't get any worse and after that it stopped freezing on startup. Now there is this weird DLL error that comes on when I reboot. Anyways, is there anything specific that I should look for and can eliminate manually? I don't have any anti-virus progs or anything like adaware. Any suggestions much appreciated.

update: now it's freezing again, won't load part of the desktop... however only 14 processes running... odd ones are gzbhieq.exe, pokapoka63.exe, and ezSP_Px.exe

interesting note: it won't let me do a diagnostic setup. i click on it in msconfig and it won't check. also, when i choose selective startup and uncheck "load startup items" that box is always checked when windows restarts.

also: under the services tab, there are two remote procedure calls, both listed as "essential" the only services listed as essential
 

Answer:No internet, crazy malware, excessive processes

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My apologies if this topic has been previously covered.
 
My wife's laptop seems to work well offline. When on the internet with the browser open (Internet Explorer V 11.0.15) memory is taken by processes located in the C:\Windows\sysWOW64 folder. The computer slows to the point that it is unusable.
 
The laptop info:
HP Presario CQ57
Intel Celeron [email protected]
Ram 2.0 GB
64 Bit
Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1
 
Using task manager to monitor the process memory usage, then ending the high use process allows the computer to function again until another process uses a large amount of memory.
 
Some examples of the processes causing the slowdown:
 
msfeedssync.exe*32
dllhost.exe
dllhst3g.exe*32
ctfmon.exe*32
logagent.exe*32
wextract.exe*32
 
We have done virus and malware scans, but have not been able to solve the problem.
 
Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Processes located in sysWOW64 folder take excessive memory

You may be infected with Poweliks or Xswkit (aka Gootkit, a Poweliks clone) which typically affects the ability to browse or download files using Internet Explorer and causes PowerShell error alerts. Task Manager typically shows numerous occurrences of (COM Surrogate) dllhost.exe or dllhst3g.exe. If using a 64-bit version of Windows, then these entries will be listed as dllhost.exe *32 or dllhst3g.exe *32. These processes are known to spawn and consume a large amount of system resources. When attempting to download files in Internet Explorer you may receive the message "Your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded." or you may see a pop-up alert advising that "powershell (powershell.exe) has stopped working".If you are having trouble downloading files with Internet Explorer, follow these instructions to re-enable downloads/reset all Security zones to default.Please download ESETPoweliksCleaner and save it to your Desktop Double-click on ESETPoweliksCleaner.exe to start the tool.Read the terms of the End-user license agreement and click Agree if you agree to them.The tool will run automatically. If the cleaner finds a Poweliks infection, press the Y key on your keyboard to remove it...If Poweliks was detected "Win32/Poweliks was successfully removed from your system" will be displayed.If Poweliks was not detected "Win32/Poweliks not found" will be displayed.Press any key to exit the tool and reboot your computer...The tool will produce a log in the sa... Read more

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Over the past week or so I've noticed that my laptop (running Windows XP) has been running extremely slow.  Upon review of active processes in task manager, I notice several occurrences of explorer.exe, chrome.exe, iexplore.exe, svhchost.exe, dllhost.exe, etc., even when I don't have a browser open.  Our 3rd party IT support professionals have attempted to remove the viruses/malware that seem to be affecting my machine.  They have run rskill, combofix and Malwarebytes on consecutive days.
 
The system seems to run better for a few hours and then, without warning, the system will come to a near stand-still.  I keep having websites pop-up on my screen even when I don’t have a browser open.
 
The only way for me to actually get back to the application(s) that I’m working on (Word, Excel, Acad, Adobe, Outlook, etc.) is to go to the task manager and select “Switch To” making sure the application that I desire is highlighted.  There is no way to minimize the ads when they pop-up.  They simply freeze my screen.  This becomes necessary in order for me to save anything that I may be working on when the ads pop-up.  A system re-boot is my only option after saving my files.
 
Our IT support professionals want to re-format my hard drive which I prefer not to do for obvious reasons.
 
I realize that my machine and operating system (XP) are dated but that shouldn’t change the fact that whate... Read more

Answer:Excessive Processes: explorer.exe, iexplore.exe, svhchost.exe, dllhost.exe

If you want a more detailed look at your system, then more advanced tools are needed to investigate as many of the tools we use in this forum are not capable of detecting (repairing/removing) all malware variants. Before that can be done you will need to create and post a DDS log for further investigation.Please follow the instructions in the Malware Removal and Log Section Preparation Guide starting at Step 6.If you cannot complete a step, then skip it and continue with the next.In Step 6 there are instructions for downloading and running DDS which will create two logs. (Note: Windows 8.1 Users will not be able run DDS and create a log)When you have done that, post your logs in the Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs forum, NOT here, for assistance by the Malware Response Team.Start a new topic, give it a relevant title and post your log(s) along with a brief description of your problem, a summary of any anti-malware tools you have used and a summary of any steps that you have performed on your own. If you cannot produce any of the required logs, then still start the new topic and explain that you followed the Prep. Guide, were unable to create the logs, and describe what happened when you tried to create them. Since you already ran Combofix, its log should be thoroughly reviewed by trained experts in order to ascertain what was detected/removed. A log should have been created and saved to the root directory, usually C:\ComboFix.txt. Include the ComboFix log in ... Read more

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Hello -

I am helping my sister-in-law with a PC that she said was "running very slow". I found that no virus protection was installed so the first thing I wanted to do was install Norton Antivirus on the machine. After two attempts, each failed at the same spot after all the progress bars had filled in (100%) and the message says: "there are too many other processes running on the machine taking up resources for Norton to complete the installation". I had no other application running in the Task Manager and I had also stopped any service I thought was unneccessry.

When the PC boots up I see two pop up windows complaining that they cannot find the following DLLs:
-- E6F1873B.dll
-- D0CE0C16B1.dll

Also upon reboot, the machine was trying to launch TFTP2348 but didn't know what application to associate with it. I found it in the Windows StartUp directory and removed it - that message no longer occurs.

Please let me know what I should post for your review (I am familiar with HiJackThis but wanted to see if you need anything else run on the box before I send you that).

Thank you in advance!
 

Answer:Solved: Rogue processes running that won't let me install Norton Antivirus

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Hello,
I noticed an odd owner to a folder I had created in my external hard drive. After 12 hours , I noticed whole folders pop up and I'm not willing to touch them. I'm now noticing when I turn on my PC, It boots with a black screen and stays that way for about two min, then "jumps" into focus with the log-on screen displayed. I log in and it takes a min or a few , before I can successfully click on anything and have it show response to interactions ( i.e. one click usually highlights, right gives options, double opens, but I get none of this at first) Then if I have clicked around , it does not remember the order of prompts , and even is delayed for minutes while another program will display. Nortons will display, but its usually the last thing to allow me to interact with it. I asked Symantec about numerous issues I had back in January after the computer had been used by someone who felt there needed to be no Anti virus or protection, disabled the existing, and had a field day. I was instructed to restore to factory out of box settings. I was also told that the constant high CPU usage of svchost.exe ( with more than a handful of description listings *eg. Dcom Launch, Local System Network Restricted, netsvcs , and various others) was Nortons itself, scrolls worth of SYSTEM , LOCAL SERVICE, NETWORK SERVICE under all users, isass.exe Local Security Authority Process reaching 100% at one point, 50 to 100 listening ports at any given time, and things like ex... Read more

Answer:Booting with black screen, erratic high CPU, excessive processes slowing culprit? +

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I have a new G50-45 Laptop with a AMD E1-6010 APU with AMD Radeon R2 Graphics 1.37GHZ chip and 4.00 GB of Ram running Windows 10 Home 64 bit operating system. After boot-up the laptop has over 110 background process and 30 Window process running, the Task Manager shows the CPU running at 98%-100% at speeds 1.25ghz - 1.35ghz and memory at 94% to 100%. When using any applications (Excel, Word) or Explorer being intrupted as "Not Responding" constantly or shutting down & restarting.

2. Questions:
    Is the chipset in the laptop, have enough power to run the laptop?
    Are the processes running in the background slowing the down the laptop and limiting the performance?
    What can I do to enhance the performance of the laptop and make it more usable (will need detailed step by step instructions)?
  
Thank you for any and all assistance given.
 
Regards,
 
 Mod's Edit: System model added to front of Subject line to improve visibility / clarity.

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I am trying to help a friend out with an extremely slow computer. It is a Dell Inspiron 6000 running XP Home Edition. It has 2 user profiles, and regardless of which profile is chosen first, it is absolutely unusable because of it being so low. If I log off of one profile and choose the other then there are no issues, and only about 87 processes running, but the first profile shows 257 processes running consitently, most are svchost.exe and all are showing memory usage between 2600 and 4000. I am unable to check anything on the profile because the windows never open. Any input will be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!

Answer:HUNDREDS of SVCHOST.EXE running in processes! 257 processes total.

We recommend that you read this article…
"NEW INSTRUCTIONS - Read This Before Posting For Malware Removal Help"; follow the instructions very carefully; then, post all the requested logs and information; as instructed, in the Virus/Trojan/Spyware Help section of the forum.
(Simply, click on the coloured links to be re-directed.)

Please ensure that you create a new thread in the Virus/Trojan/Spyware Help Forum; not back here in this one.

When carrying out The Malware Removal Steps, if you cannot complete any of them for whatever reason, just continue on with the next one until they are all completed.
However,it is extremely important to make mention of the fact that you could not complete any of the steps in your post to the Virus/Trojan/Spyware Help Forum; where an Analyst will assist you with other workarounds.

Once done, please be patient, as the Security Team Analysts are usually very busy; one of them will answer your request as soon as they can.

After your system has been verified as clean, if your are still experiencing those problems come back here and we will assist you further.

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Folks,

As my title indicates, I've got a few machines. They're all running nicely. (Well, except for the Surface, but that's just the way the surface is...).

I'm VERY interested in upgrading to Windows 10 when it is released, especially since MS states it'll be free. (I understand the benefit of a uniform user base, so MS wins if we all upgrade.) From what I hear, W10 should be an improvement over W7.

My question: with all my machines, the idea of clean installs and having to relicense and reinstall the huge number of 3rd party programs I have is daunting. In fact, I probably will not upgrade just to avoid that hassle.

Is there ANY way to perform an in-place OS upgrade? Meaning, all the installed programs stay installed?

Thanks.

Ken

Answer:I'm running 8 pc's: how to install W10 and keep my programs???

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...ows-7-8-a.html

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Hello,

I need some help regarding disk imaging/partitions. I have a workstation on a gaming rig. I work and play games on it. I wanted to ask if I could separate my work files and GAMES setups (installed files) so they don't harm my work data.

I do play games with cheats/hacks and they mostly contain malicious files which can damage my operating system. I want to create a seperate DISK image like Vmware in which I can run games without being worried about any harmful files accessing my work partition.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Creating a seperate disk image partition for running unwated programs.

Click Start
Right mouse click My Computer and click manage

This will bring up the computer manager on the left click Disk Management under Storage

Here you will see your hard drive in a raw form. Right mouse click your hard drive and click Shrink Volume...
This may take a while but the Manager will now Query the volume for available Shrink Space.

Where it sais Enter the amount of space to shrink in MB is the amount of MB's your new Partition will have (remember there is 1024 MB's in 1 GB use the calculator to calculate how much gigs your assigning it. Press Shrink then once shrink the partition will NOT be available for use yet.

Next you need to right click this new Partition and click Format.. make sure its file system is NTFS and that you are using all the space available then format it and you have a second Partition ready for your games.

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I'm running Win XP and I've just started having a strange problem. When I try to run certain programs (a chess game, an icon editing prog) or functions within a program (when I try and load an external script in a 3d graphics package) a window pops up saying that windows is preparing to install Microsoft Office or Roxio (both of these are programs I do have installed but I installed them months ago, long before this problem started happening). If I hit cancel the installation backs off then starts again. I have to hit cancel several times before it stops and the prog that I was trying to run opens up. If I let the 'installation' run it's course it tells me I need to insert the disk. Is it possible there are temporary install files that didn't get properly removed hiding somewhere and are being called inadvertantly?
Any suggestions would be great.
Thanks.
 

Answer:Office tries to install when running other programs

Hi urinal2029

Welcome to Tech Support Guy Forums!

What version of Office do you have installed?

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;265194
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;290301

Let us know if that helps solve the problem or not.
 

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Hi,
I recently installed a sata in my computer and used Paragon drive copy to clone my existing IDE drive.
Am currently running windows from this new sata drive.
However, if I try to install a program I get a message saying "invalid drive G" and the program won't install.
This has happened to two programs so it appears to have something to do with the cloning as I'm pretty sure the SATA became drive g before it was cloned.
I've deleted phantom drives but I still can't make progress.
I suspect it has something to do with the fact Paragon did the cloning "live". (why use it as the default if it doesn't work properly)
Any ideas on solving the problem appreciated.
Regards
Matt
 

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I have a problem with excessive memory and CPU usage on my Windows 7 machine (2.1GHz Dual Core, 3GB RAM), where certain programs will take up an enormous amount of resources through normal usage, slowing my machine down. It started with Chrome taking up ~20% CPU and 0.5 GB RAM, however it has affected Skype & Windows Live Messenger. I'm tempted to say it's a Flash memory leak, however Chrome does continue to spike with resources even if a tab utilising Flash is not open. Does anyone have any ideas ? Thanks in advance, -Fabez-
 

Answer:Excessive resource usage for programs

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I have Norton, and it keeps showing a file called "Thnall1Z.exe", which I block. I followed all of the instructions, running CCleaner, Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, Ad-Aware, SpyBot, Windows Defender, Bitdefender, and Panda Active Scan. After this, I still had the problem.

Also, I have a large number of start-up programs that I don't want and that result in a long time to boot up. I changed to selective start-up and that slved the problem, but I'd like to get rid of them completely. Can the ones I've identified as being not needed be simply deleted?

I hope I've done this correctly - I'm a rookie.

Thanks
 

Answer:Thnall1Z.exe and excessive start-up programs

Welcome to MajorGeeks.com!

Please see the below threads on how to install and run Spy Sweeper and Ewido Anti-Malware. After you ran both programs, attach the logs to your next post along with a fresh HJT log from normal mode.

Running Spy Sweeper...


Running Ewido Security Suite ...

 

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I am not sure if it is a bug, trojan, or etc.

I am running Vista Ultimate 64bit, I am having problems with the same message "Explorer has stopped running", and windows starts to search for a solution. It will even do this every minute or so with no programs running. Also, if you try to install a program, I get the same Explorer stopped running message, and the application will quit. I noticed it when it started with IPHelper had the issue, but I was able to get under control.

The vista sidebar will not open, and that closes up too with the same message.

Does anyone else has a similar situation, or a fix?

I posted a hijackthis log in the other thread, since I was not sure if this is a trojan or vista being a pain.
 

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Putting in an SP1 install disk elicits a "wrong disk" message. when I change the registry source path to the servicepack location, SFC still calls for an SP3 CD, which I do not have since I upgraded using Microsoft update. For that matter I don't have a CD for SP2 either since I had done the same at that time. The SP3 upgrade did supply new dlls with sfc names: sfcfiles.dll sfc_os.dll and sfc.dll. My dependency walker shows only sfc_os.dl included in sfc.exe. Suggestions anyone?
 

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I have a friend of mine that wants to reformat windows XP and get a fresh install. He wants to back up his programs and files, he lost an installation disk for one of the programs, is there any way that a backup can be made to install this program on the new windows installation?

Thanks
 

Answer:How to backup programs if I don't have install disk

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I know you slipstream the different service packs to XP install disks, so you don't have to apply them at a later date, but I was interested to know if it is possible to do the same thing with other programs so I don't have to spend a whole day installing all the other programs I need. Even if it was possible to do with just a few progs like my anti-virus, firewall, anti-spyware, photoshop, office, etc.

If this isn't possible with xp is it possible with vista because i plan to upgrade in the near future and it would make the installation hassle free if it entered the serial key on its own, the other settings (region, language, keyboard layout, etc.) and then my security progs.

I have been told some people that when after you install all the progs you need you can use a program like norton ghost to create a ghost image that you can back up to at a later date, but thats not what i am looking for.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Slipstreaming Other Programs to XP install disk

Hello Blackthorn

i do not know of a method of ading programs that you want to a install like you are talking about with your antivirus & such

but i do know of a program to wich will let you customize the install process

i do know that it will help you in removing programs like paint / address book / and other programs that come s default on the windows installation disk

i also dont know if you could use that program to add the programs that want but i will give you a link so you can check it out

follow link

http://www.majorgeeks.com/nLite_d4324.html

also

http://www.nliteos.com/guide/


hope this helps

Mike

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Hi I was wondering if you could help me with this problem. I actually started typing this thread on my computer but the thing crashed due to a ridiculous dllhost eating all of my memory. It was actually the first time I've crashed since I noticed this on my computer a day ago
 
DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_AMD64 
Internet Explorer: 11.0.9600.17344  BrowserJavaVersion: 11.25.2
Run by Greg at 19:58:43 on 2014-11-09
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium   6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.3564.751 [GMT -5:00]
.
SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
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============== Running Processes ===============
.
C:\windows\system32\lsm.exe
C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k RPCSS
C:\windows\system32\atiesrxx.exe
C:\windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k GPSvcGroup
C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
C:\windows\system32\taskeng.exe
C:\windows\System32\spoolsv.exe
C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNoNetwork
C:\windows\AutoKMS\AutoKMS.exe
C:\windows\system32\atieclxx.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Fuel\Fuel.Service.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Bluetooth Suite\... Read more

Answer:Excessive Dllhost and iexplorer.exe running

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I did a clean install of Win7 sp1 and now the pc runs at 100% cpu all the time. For 2days its been running like this. And its extremely slow now. Cant run any 2 programs at the same time. Can Barely run 1.

the pc in question is a

: Intel Pentium(R) 4 cpu 3.00 ghz 2.99ghz
4bg (3gb usable)

I had win xp and it ran great. im really regretting trying to upgrtade to win 7.

Answer:Fresh Install windows 7 pro sp1 pc at 100% cpu usage even w/ no programs running???

Might I add the 2 things eating up the cpu% is]

: system inturrupts 60% cpu
and
system 30% cpu

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After a recent battle with some viruses, my hard disk runs almost continuously and all applications run very slowly.I also get messages that windows is increasing virtual memory quite frequently.I think I have removed all of the viruses. Full system scans with Norton and several other utilities show up clean. I have done all the usual things to clean out the system and boost performance.I have indexing and system restore switched off.I am running XP with 1Gb of RAM.In task manager, the process using all the CPU is usually "System Idle Process"I am down to about 10% free space on my hard drive, but that hasn't been a problem up to now.Can you see anything in the attached HJT log that might flag the problem?*********************Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 11:12:30 AM, on 21/12/2007Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcH... Read more

Answer:Excessive Disk Activity

Welcome to the BleepingComputer HijackThis Logs and Analysis forum rockdoctorMy name is Richie and i'll be helping you to fix your problems.If you have previously downloaded ComboFix,please delete that version now.WarningYou should NOT use Combofix unless you have been instructed to do so by a Malware Removal Expert. It is intended by its creator to be used under the guidance and supervision of an expert,not for private use. Using this tool incorrectly could render your system/pc inoperable.Now download Combofix and save to your desktop:Note It is important that it is saved directly to your desktop Close any open browsers.Double click on combofix.exe and follow the prompts. When it's finished it will produce a log. Post the entire contents of C:\ComboFix.txt into your next reply. Note Do not mouseclick combofix's window while it's running. That may cause the program to freeze/hang. Do NOT post the ComboFix-quarantined-files.txt unless I ask.NoteIn case your Antivirus or any other realtime scanner is displaying an alert after you downloaded Combofix or while you use Combofix,please disable your scanner and redownload Combofix again.Some scanners may see some combofix related components as suspicious and block or delete them while there's nothing wrong with them.Also post a new Hijackthis log please.

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When I put my computer together, I decided that an 80 GB drive would suffice for the C: drive as the only stuff to be stored would be the operating system and programs. However, the size of C;\Windows seems to grow without bounds - it is currently consuming 31+GB, which is simply ludicrous.

How can this directory be put on a severe diet?

Answer:Excessive disk usage

Before we go further, could you just tell me how you got that number?

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hi, where should i start to look for the above, just put an old HDD into the laptop after spnding two days trying to get the other one to work, the green light is flashing all the time. so something must be writing to the disk, i think.............thank you

Answer:excessive disk activity

Right click toolbar, Task Manager, Processes tab. On the menu select View|Select columns. Tick I/O Reads and I/O Writes. Watch it for a while and see what is doing the reading and/or writing.Also, have a look in My Computer at the free space on the drive - is it going down?

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Frequently after startup (Vista home) I get excessive disk activity although Task Manager shows that no applications are running. How can I track down what's causing the disk activity?
 

Answer:Excessive disk activity

Hi


Try this, Process Monitor but options to disk activity could be indexing, windows update, your antivirus or security software, but after an initial minute or so the system settles?
 

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Hi

I'm confused about the basics of 'recovery disks'. I have an A200, about two years old. What I want to do is 'clean' the hard drive, which means wiping everything off and re-installing windows. But I don't want to lose a few programs I have on the laptop (namely Photoshop and another called Corel Painter).

Is it possible to save these onto a recovery disk and then put them back on once I've cleaned the PC?

Michael

Answer:Can I copy programs onto recovery disk and then re-install them?

>Is it possible to save these onto a recovery disk and then put them back on once I've cleaned the PC?
Something like this is not possible.
You can use it to have ?factory state? again and again, but some kind of modification or extension is not possible.

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hey, i'm having a lot of difficult using my laptop i lent it out to a friend and when i got it back i can't even use it!! internet browsing is hell and all my applications run so slowly like a 500 mhz ancient system when it's a core duo.. everything is crashing and iget random pop ups and i'm finding weird processes in the Windows Task Manager like:

mrufino1535.exe
scardsrv.exe
spoolsv.exe
bot.exe
wimmm.exe

and i found random batch read me's and .exe in windows and firefox folders which won't allow me to delete it goes "access denied" or whatever


help!! these are my hijack this and DSS logs


DSS



Deckard's System Scanner v20071014.68
Run by Cap'n on 2008-02-19 06:03:29
Computer is in Normal Mode.
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-- System Restore --------------------------------------------------------------

System Restore is disabled; attempting to re-enable...success.


-- Last 1 Restore Point(s) --
1: 2008-02-19 11:03:35 UTC - RP1 - System Checkpoint


Backed up registry hives.
Performed disk cleanup.

System Drive C: has 0.74 GiB (less than 15%) free.


-- HijackThis (run as Cap'n.exe) -----------------------------------------------

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 6:04:23 AM, on 2/19/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\syste... Read more

Answer:Slow browsing, Slow processes, programs crash upon opening.. weird processes

Euuuugh my laptop is going crazy each minute i'm using it HELP PLEASE! hehe i'm new on these forums
i'm getting all these weird processes i'm unable to close in task manager like "command'exe"

and now i noticed in my C: drive i have well over 2000 "posa1.tmp" files.... i don't know what's gong on i have over 2000 pos.tmp files i get critical system errors all the time i think it got worse and more trojans were installed so here is an updated DSS log
Deckard's System Scanner v20071014.68
Run by Cap'n on 2008-02-20 11:17:26
Computer is in Normal Mode.
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System Drive C: has 0.83 GiB (less than 15%) free.
-- HijackThis (run as Cap'n.exe) -----------------------------------------------

Unable to find log (file not found); running clone.
-- HijackThis Clone ------------------------------------------------------------
Emulating logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 2008-02-20 11:17:33
Platform: Windows XP Service Pack 2 (5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\csrss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe
C:\WINDOWS\syste... Read more

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Hello,
I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the right section or giving too much information at once. I have several issues that I need assistance with so I'll post them and you can take it from there and let me know where to go or post differently. I apologize for all of the questions. If you would like for me to break them up and post differently, please let me know.

I know just enough to be dangerous and not enough to change things correctly.

I bought my computer used about 6 years ago and believe that there are a lot of items that have been left on the hard drive and I know that I've inadvertently added some unwanted stuff.

A. First and foremost, my computer is running real slow.
When Mcafee runs a virus scan, it scans over 300,000 items! I have 11G in Program Files.
How can I determine what all I need, use and can get rid of? What's running in the background?

When I go to my control panel and click on add or remove Programs - I can't seem to find a lot of the programs. Now, I know they are out there because if I go to My Computer and Local Disc C: click on folder Program files there are tons of programs listed. Some I use, others I don't have a clue what they are.

B. During the Mcafee scan I started watching what all was scanning because it was taking so long. When it gets the HKLM or HKU or HKC it shows some very inappropriate and undesirable websites scanning. Are these sites or programs on my computer? What are HKLM files?

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Answer:Excessive programs, files, folders and possible software conflicts!

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Ok, I am going crazy.
This problem started two days ago out of sudden.

I noticed that I could not see the running programs in my taskbar, searched alot for it and none of the solutions helped.
Then I realized that I cannot install application either, getting an error about the windowsinstaller, so I tried to reinstall it and got error that update.inf cannot be cheked due to some serive called cryphtography something I again searched the web and none of the solutions worked.
Then I noticed that I cant copy or paste either ...anywehere or in any application (so I cant even backup copy my files).

So then I gave up and thought that I will do repair. but the problem is that when I run "run a setup now and then F8 for accepting the license then I dont get the repair option. So I instead tried the second option which is to repair using recovery console and I did everything according to this manual from michaelstevenstech.com and no luck there either

Please help me I really dont want to do a clean install.

Sincerely Nina
 

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Ok, here's my trouble..I am running in safe mode, when I am in norm mode system locks up fairly quickly after I try to access any program especially IE. I have tried to download and install Stopzilla and get a message telling me system admin has policies set into place preventing install. I am running XP home on a HP pavillion. So I have a couple of issues going on. I have ran Spy-bot and AVG. Spy-bot is clean but I do have a txt. file for AVG showing alot of not tested files and also have ran hijackthis, which at my level of experience I can't interpet the data due to lack of knowlege. I did notice from reading another post that I need to change the program name for(hijackthis). Is it to late, do I need to uninstall and rename it when reinstalling?
 

Answer:Running in safe mode, cannot download and install tutorial programs

HI

As I mentioned before if you suspect malware is causing problems, then you need to read the link I gave you earlier .. this one


If you decide you want to follow those procedures then you need to remember to attach the 4 requested logs once completed to a NEW post in Malware Removal section and not here in this forum.
 

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At frequent intervals, the Hard Disk start working overtime for a few minutes at a time, during which period the computer is non-responsive.
I have all auto-updates disabled (except for Kaspersky - which doesn't appear to be the problem).
I cannot find what is causing all the HD activity, and a Virus Scan reports all clear.

I have posted an HiJack this log, and would be grateful if someone would give it a quick look over and see if anything is showing up that could be causing all the activity.
Many Thanks!!!

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 23:00:52, on 02/09/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16876)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\bin\btwdins.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Comms\AnalogX\CookieWall\cookie.exe
C:\Program Files\Misc\ClocX\ClocX.exe
C:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy Media Creator 8\Drag to Disc\DrgToDsc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Roxio Shared\SharedCOM8\RoxWatchTray.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\devldr32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\PuXpMan.exe
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Answer:Excessive Hard Disk Activity

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I rarely use WMP but loaded it just now (to check whether the streaming settings were OK, as I need them for streaming videos from my PC HD to my smart TV). But as soon as WMP started, my CPU activity shot up, and my external USB HDs became hyperactive. On checking Win 10 TM I see most of the activity seems to be due to WUDFHost.exe.

As soon as I exit WMP, the excessive activity ceases.

Never had this behaviour on previous occasions.

In relatively non-technical term, can anyone give me some insight into what is going on please?

--
Terry, East Grinstead, UK

Answer:WMP causing excessive disk activity

Use VLC Player VideoLAN - Official page for VLC media player, the Open Source video framework!

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Hi,

The symtoms:

Yesterday, I returned to my Home Premium Vista, laptop after few hours away and abserved an error msg from Norton360 anouncing an 'Internal Error', foolishly i didnt note any other info from the msg. After that msg, the PC was locked up with repeated disk accesses about 1 sec apart as though caught in infinite loop. I cycled power on PC and the system would take ~25 minutes for the disk thrashing to end, at which point the ssytem would respond to mouse clicks, cursor movement seems OK while booting.

I uninstalled Norton 360 from the Windows Control Panel, but that did not clear up the problem. I then re-installed Norton 360 from the distribution disk purchased last may (v1.0.0.186) and problem persists.

ANy thoughts on what can be causing the problem and how to fix it?

Thanks,
Dave
 

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Hello,

I am running a dual boot 20/20 GB with Ubuntu 10.10 and XP,
and after about 5 minutes of running XP,
Process Explorer shows that avgmfapx.exe and msiexec.exe show a bit of hard disk usage,
and inevitably, the computer freezes, normally in this order:
first the taskbar freezes, then any window that is open, and at that point i am forced to
reset the computer and boot into Ubuntu.

thanks,
Catlover
 

Answer:xp has excessive hard disk usage

Something must be caused to run at StartUp that forces msiexec to cut in and try to install it. Have a look at the StartUp tab by typing msconfig into the open box at Start>Run and see if there's anything that doesn't look right.

 

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Hi ,

I'd be grateful of any help thay anyone can offer - I'm running XP

Problem : my pc takes around 15-20 after booting for the disk to stop being accessed, during this time it is almost impossible to run any applications. Once this issue resolves itself then starting up either ie explorer or outlook express is accompanied by another 5/10 minutes of constant disk activity

So far I've checked disk for errors using chkdsk , defragged both drives using disk keeper , runa full virus check using NOD32 and a malware scan using ant-malware. I've also reduced the no of apps that load on startup using msconfig but am still getting the problem

Does anyone have any thoughts on what else I can try or where the problem might lie - I am concerned that I may have some form of malware or virus that isn't being picked up or could it simply be that my hard drive is failing
Cheers
Fred

Answer:Excessive Disk Activity and Slowness

or could it simply be that my hard drive is failingGo to the support site for the manufacturer of your hard drive and in their drivers and download section, download their diagnostic utility and run itPlease download SINO by Artellos from hereSave SINO to a place you can remember and run SINO.exe.Then please check the following checkboxes:
[CODEX]System Info
Services
Boot Check
Tasklist
Startup Items
Ipconfig
Ping
Netstat
Hosts file
Shares
Routing Table[/CODEX]Once checked, hit the Run Scan! button and wait for the program to finish the scan.A notepad file will pop up, Please copy and paste the content of the notepad into your next reply.Note: If you try to interact with the program once it's started scanning it might appear to hang. The scan however will continue.

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I have a laptop [Toshiba Tecra] that continues to have excessive Hard Disk Activity even though it is otherwise not being used. It appears to be doing a background scan and/or defragmenting but no software is running or obvious.

Does anyone know a utility that shows what software is accessing the HDD to help me solve this?

Thanks in advance.

dutchie140
 

Answer:Excessive Hard Disk Activity

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Before I say anything, let me first express gratitude that this site exists, and that the persons on here offering help are doing so.  There is so much going on out there that creates computer messes, and it's absolutely relieving that there is somewhere to go and get answers that doesn't cost 35 dollars an hour that I can't afford.  So accept my thanks and well wishes!
 
The problem I am encountering is hard drive usage by something on my system that continually drives the percentage of use up to 100%.  It lags there, and so I have to constantly wait for the action to catch up, and it's beyond annoying.  So you know, I have tried a lot of things to fix this.  I have scanned repeatedly for Malware and viruses (I run Avast, Spybot, and Malwarbytes).  I have tried ending processes with task manager to see what is doing it, and it works sometimes, but then the problem comes right back.  I was running Norton antivirus, and it seemed to help somewhat to switch to Avast, but I still have the problem.  I have uninstalled any software or bloatware I don't need, with the exception of Toshiba programs that were preinstalled, only because I'm not certain I can delete them.  I have tweaked my IE by disabling any start up features I didn't think I needed and I have tried to do a Windows update, but it keeps failing by delivering the message "Windows update failed - reverting changes".  It shuts down every day or so to try the update a... Read more

Answer:Excessive hard disk usage

Welcome aboard   Download Security Check from here or here and save it to your Desktop. Double-click SecurityCheck.exe Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box. A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.NOTE 1. If one of your security applications (e.g., third-party firewall) requests permission to allow DIG.EXE access the Internet, allow it to do so.NOTE 2 SecurityCheck may produce some false warning(s), so leave the results reading to me. Please download Farbar Service Scanner (FSS) and run it on the computer with the issue.Make sure the following options are checked:
Internet ServicesWindows FirewallSystem RestoreSecurity Center/Action CenterWindows UpdateWindows DefenderOther ServicesPress "Scan".It will create a log (FSS.txt) in the same directory the tool is run.Please copy and paste the log to your reply. Please download MiniToolBox and run it.Checkmark following boxes:Report IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Devices (do NOT change any settings here)List Users, Partitions and Memory sizeClick Go and post the result. Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (aka MBAM): http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free to your desktop.* Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.* At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to Up... Read more

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wipeout my booloader ? I currently have a dual-boot, I dont want to do a full reinstall of XP (thousands of updates)...I want to try and repair and/or reinstall "just" the windows directory/files needed for startup. I am also dealing with the fact that the HD in question is as old as XP so of course their maybe bad blocks on the drive keeping it from booting correctly. My concern is that I dont want to lose the ability to boot my other OS if I try a repair...is that a possiblity ?
 

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First, I am not a pro by any means. I just got my computer back from a clean install of 7. There was nothing on it, that I know of, when I got it back. I installed, NIS, Malwarebytes, CCleaner, Dropbox, USB safely remove, WinZip, Firefox and Foxit Reader. I now seem to have less space on my hard drive than I did before the clean install. How can I tell what is taking up all the space? I also installed Office 365 and Adobe Photoshop cc which I had before. Had all the above and more before but now I have less room. I am stumped.

Answer:Running out of disk space on new clean install of 7

Hello Gramps, and welcome to Seven Forums.

The list in the tutorial below can help you to find out what's using up your hard drive's space, and free up what you like.

Hard Disk Space - Free Up and Recover

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A while back I accidentally uninstalled Windows Media Player from my Windows 7. Yeah, sure, no big deal. Download it again! There are none! Go Microsoft! Or even better, crawdad, you can go turn it on again in the features menu! Wrong. It says it can't run or be updated due to it being registered newer than the older program.

So, I gave up. Here lately I've decided I need to reinstall Windows 7 (for A LOT of reasons, namely lack of space). But, what I want to do is increase the drive size. I have another partition which is a good 10 times the size (yes, I wasn't thinking when I made the w7 partition), but the problem is I can't just back up the big partition and erase it because I install ALL programs to that other drive. This other drive also has an operating system on it. Vista.

So I'm curious; how on Earth can I reinstall Windows 7, while restoring the one I have now, but keeping these programs on it and not corrupting ALL OF THEM. I have games installed that take longer to download than the time it'll take hell to freeze over.

tl:dr
I need to reinstall windows 7 (restoring the one I have, after), but keeping programs on a seperate partition with an operating system on it from being destroyed, thus keeping programs intact.

I am just assuming there is no way to do it and I should quit while I'm ahead. Drive letters won't match for programs thus rendering them unusable. Sigh.

Answer:Fresh install into restore while keeping programs on another disk.

Apps must be reinstalled after OS reinstall.

Do you have Windows 7 OEM (came installed on system) or full retail version?

If OEM, OS reinstall would leave HDD as it was when the system was new, partitions and all.

If full retail, wipe the HDD with KillDisk, install Windows 7, then use "shrink" feature in Disk Management to create partitions, if you wish.

Format HDD - sysnative.com - MVP

Partition or Volume - Shrink - Windows 7

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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I have found tutorials (here and elsewhere) for custom Windows (7/XP/Vista...) install disks, should you wish to tailor your Windows install to your needs. However, I have not found anything relating to my current question.

While I will create one of these Windows disks, what I am wondering right now is: Is it possible to do the same thing with multiple programs from different vendors?

I would like to eventually create a Windows install disk that has been trimmed of all the excesses I do not need, adding drivers, SP1 and some critical updates instead. If there is enough room on the install disk, I would like to add some third-party programs to be installed as well. It may turn out that I would need a Windows disk and an applications/programs disk also (as the programs themselves would be rather numerous and/or bulky).

I know it is possible, since the big OEMs do this, but would it be cost-efficient (read: free), or even possible, for an end user to do?

To make the whole thing even more confusing, I would also like to apply custom settings/automatic registrations to these programs, if possible.

Thanks in advance.
Steve

Answer:Possible to make an automatic install disk for third-party programs?

If you want the ability that the big boys have you might want to look at this.
OEM System Builder Licensing

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Running Norton Antivirus 2005 pro OR AVG 7.0 pro?

Please post screenshot of your running processes.

The reason I need screenshots of your running Processes is because I suspect Norton AntiVirus 2005 uses less Memory than AVG 7.0 Pro.

If AVG 7.0 Pro uses more memory resources than Norton AntiVirus 2003 then IT IS TOO BAD TO BE TRUE!!!!

Guys I have recorded the followinfg services running when each of the 2 applications are running.

Norton AntiVirus 2003 (Not 2005 with updates).
----Service------------Mem Usage
NAVAPSVC.EXE________960 K
NPROTECT.EXE_______3,828 K
CCAPP.EXE__________9,576 K

AVG 7.0 Pro
----Service--------Mem Usage-----
avgamsvr.exe______13,108 K
avgcc.exe_________11,990 K
avgupsvc.exe______12,292 K
avgemc.exe________3,044 K
I am thinking seriously switching back to Norton.....

Please help guys....This drives me nuts. I read so many good things about AVG and so Bad things about Nortons (as a resouse hug) and this drives me nuts.

Thanks
 

Answer:Running Norton AntiVirus 2005? Screenshots of your running processes needed.

Sorry, I don't use AVG anymore,for the last year I have been using Avast antivirus and couldn't be happier.
 

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Hi TSG!

Can you please help me . I have this laptop and it is allegedly top of the line or so i was told by the "techs" of clean my pc. Anywho long story short. My computer is running an abnormally amount of process at start up. When i open up task manager there are 99 processes running ! Can you please help doctor my computer. Or i will have to pay the 199 and take it to the Geek Squad if you think that will help.

Thanks for your help!

Sincerely,
Natasha

This is my computer stats:

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium, Service Pack 2, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Turion(tm) X2 Dual-Core Mobile RM-72, AMD64 Family 17 Model 3 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3836 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 227364 MB, Free - 127467 MB; D: Total - 11106 MB, Free - 1874 MB;
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 30FC
Antivirus: Norton Internet Security, Updated and Enabled

And this is my Hijackthislog:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 7:14:00 PM, on 11/27/2011
Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v9.00 (9.00.8112.16421)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\ISUSPM.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\HP\QuickPlay\QPService.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\HP Quick Launch Buttons\QLBCTRL.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\HP Wireless Assistant\HPWAMai... Read more

Answer:Computer running multiple processes at startup. Running very slow!

Press the Windows key + R to open a Run box.

Type msconfig

Click OK.

Select the Startup tab.

Other than hpWirelessAssistant, you can uncheck just about eveything in there.

Restart the computer.
 

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I am having a problem with a very slow laptop, especially on boot up the disk light goes for a while. It also take it forever to open the file explorere and then twice as long to list the items in C:. I have run Spybot S&D, AVG 7.5, SuperAnti Spyware, LAvasoft and Windows Defender, all come up clean. Attaches is the log file from Hijackthis. I appriciate any help you can give me. Thanks...

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 14.39.09, on 05/12/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16544)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\csrss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Programmi\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Programmi\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Programmi\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Programmi\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Programmi\Intel\Wireless\bin\ZCfgSvc.exe
C:\Programmi\Intel\Wireless\Bin\ifrmewrk.exe
C:\Programmi\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EOUWiz.exe
C:\WINDOWS\AGRSMMSG.exe
C:\WINDOWS\tsnp2std.exe
C:\WINDOWS\vsnp2std.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe
C:\Programmi\CyberLink\PowerCinema\PCMService.exe
C:\Programmi\File comuni\PCSuite\DataLayer\DataLayer.exe
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Answer:Long Delays & Excessive disk usage.

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My friends computer has excessive hard drive activity while idle.

I'm sure there could be other explanations than malware, but I have not been able to find another explanation as of yet.

OS is Windows XP.

McAffe is the the main virus scanner used; I have never seen it find anything.
I also tried Trend Micro online scan; nothing showed up with this scanner either.

When I look in Task Manager (while the hard drive light is almost steady on) there are no applications open. When I look at the processes I see several instances of SVC Host.
Again, this may be perfectly normal, but I was looking for what uses more memory and this seemed to be where a good portion was going.

So what should I do first?
 

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Greetings to All!

on frequent occasions, the Hard Disk appears to be accessed for long periods of time (in ecess of 1/2 an hour) after which it reverts to normal activity for a while before starting the same cycle again.
While this is going on, my Computer stops responding totally and I can't even Shut Down or access the Task Manager to see what is using all the resources.
I have disabled Auto Updates on a number of programs, removed others from StartUp, and defragged the Hard Disk.
I have also rum MBAM; SpyBot and carried out a full check with Kaspersky Virus Killer, all of which reported clear.

I tried running the Panda On-Line Scanner, but it stopped after completing 40% and reported 3 Infected Files. It didn't say what files they were and directed me to a screen that wanted a payment to fix, and presumably continue scanning.

I have just started this post after waiting for the system return to normal. and hope to finish it before the Hard Disk spins up again.
I have posted an HJT Log below, and would be grateful if someone would check-it out and see if there is in fact any Malware evident that could be scanning my Computer and possibly accessing the Internet to transmit any files it gathers.

Many thanks for reading this - Any comments or help in resolving this would be greatly appreciated!!!

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 12:30:06, on 09/02/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
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On start up the hard drive on the HP Pavilion laptop is excessively used for over 15 minutes. It is so excessive that it affects system performance (all programs). I have downloaded and used DiskMon and it shows constant small usage. After 15 minutes it stops using the hard drive to the point it degrades performance. but the hard disk activity is still pretty constant every 2-3 seconds.
 

Answer:Solved: Excessive disk Activity on XP startup

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Machine is running slow, tried several canned solutions to no avail. Uploaded requested log files.

Thanks
 

Answer:Too many processes running nwevbtlm.exe *32 dozens of copies of this are running

Hello,

They call me TwinHeadedEagle around here, and I'll be working with you.

Before we start please read and note the following:

At the top of your post, please click on the "Watch thread" button and make sure to check Watch this thread...and receive email notifications. This will send an email to you as soon as I reply to your topic, allowing me to solve your problem faster.
Please do not install any new software during the cleaning process other than the tools I provide for you. This can hinder the cleaning process. Please do not perform System Restore or any other restore.
Instructions I give to you are very simple and made for complete beginner to follow. That's why you need to read through my instructions carefully and completely before executing them.
Please do not run any tools other than the ones I ask you to, when I ask you to. Some of these tools can be very dangerous if used improperly. Also, if you use a tool that I have not requested you use, it can cause false positives, thereby delaying the complete cleaning of your machine.

All tools we use here are completely clean and do not contain any malware. If your antivirus detects them as malicious, please disable your antivirus and then continue.
If during the process you run across anything that is not in my instructions, please stop and ask. If any tool is running too much time (few hours), please stop and inform me.
I visit forum several times at day, making sure to respond to everyon... Read more

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Computer got infected by some nasties.  The hard drive is constantly chattering and running the hard drive and system even when I am not using it.  I've run superantispyware, kaspersky, malwarebytes.  DDS file is attached.  I've tried to clean it up but I am at the end of my span of knowledge.  If I run hijackthis there are a lot of bizarre looking%%%  files found, lots of BHOs, and the hosts file is probably corrupt.  Have used ccleaner and revo to clean out old junk files.  COMPUTER IS ***VERY SLOW***.  This makes me sad. Thank you in advance for any help!!Also, have a lot of registry errors. Thanks again.

Answer:Computer running slow, constant processes running

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Hi! I have a Compaq laptop, and lately it has been getting hot pretty quickly. I noticed the fan seems to be constantly on, and while I could be wrong, I don't think it has always been constantly running until fairly recently. I feel like I would have noticed. lol

Anyway, my laptop is about 2 1/2 years old, Windows Vista, and I use vista manager. I have AVG, AdAware and Spybot for security. I have Photoshop cs5 and Adobe lightroom, but the problem was there before I had these. I have completely reset my computer to factory settings, and the problem is still there.

I have a lot of running processes, but I've checked them on Vista manager and on pcpitstop, and only have removed the ones that I know for sure are not important.

Any ideas of what I can do? My computer lags as it heats up, and I don't want it to die! I use it for school and work, and my photography work.

If anyone wants to take a gander at my running processes, just let me know. I would be more than happy to take advice from those more knowledgable than I.

Buying a new laptop is NOT an option, by the way. I've treated this one very well, and I really see no reason why I couldn't fix it and extend it's life. Thank you in advance!
 

Answer:HP laptop running hot/fan overworking - possible running processes problem??

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I jsut reformated an old PC, and have installed XP with SP2. I have wintasks 5 pro trial version running while I attempt to track down this problem

I have 2 processes in taskmanager running on my pc

UCEHGO.EXE
IXJWGDTBRAJHTYSVDSSSU.EXE-26E575D5.EXE

These files do not exist.

I have logged on with the admin account, set explorer to show all system and hidden files, checked thru a dos prompt with the attrib command to list in case it was hidden there.

There are .pf files of these in the C:\Windows\prefach directory, which I have removed but retain a copy on a different hard drive.

Winstasks will take care of IXJWGDTBRAJHTYSVDSSSU.EXE-26E575D5.EXE if I run it and remove it from the startup. With UCEHGO, I try and nothing happens in the program and the process stays put.

I have checked thru the registry to see if there are any entries relating to these 2 processes, and cannot find any.

I have also tried to do a search on the web for those 2 files but do not get any results.

Does anyone know what these files are or how I might be able to remove UCEHGO.exe from starting on bootup?

Shamus

Answer:Processes running in Taskmanager, but no file that process says its running from

Those look like trojan files. If they are running processes..then they ARE in the system and the registry. Download hijackthis and post your log in the SECURITY section..not here. Someone will go through it for you.

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Below is my system info:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.4
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU N3050 @ 1.60GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 76 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 4007 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 452 GB (401 GB Free);
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0787MR
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

Hello, my machine has been sounding like the hard drive has been running and acting a little slow so I checked the background programs processes and found there are 72 running. Some of which I don't know what they are. Is there a way to find out if these should be running and if I don't need them etc?

Thanks in advance.
 

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My PC isnt running like it used to. i dont really watch pornography on my computer so i doubt thats why, and i seem to have many processes running, even when idle. i have researched the names of some and websites say it MAY be spyware, etc but sometimes its not and im not sure how to identify if it is or not. much thanks



Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 7:14:27 PM, on 28/08/2008
Platform: Windows Vista (WinNT 6.00.1904)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16711)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exe
C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe
C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\iTouch\iTouch.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\SetPoint\LBTWiz.exe
C:\Windows\SOUNDMAN.EXE
C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir PersonalEdition Premium\avgnt.exe
C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe
C:\Windows\ehome\ehtray.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\Desktop Messenger\8876480\Program\LogitechDesktopMessenger.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\SetPoint\SetPoint.exe
C:\Windows\ehome\ehmsas.exe
C:\Program Files\Xfire\xfire.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Logishrd\KHAL2\KHALMNPR.EXE
C:\Program Files\Windows Mail\WinMail.exe
C:\Windows\system32\conime.exe
C:\Windows\System32\mobsync.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Windows\system32\DllHost.exe
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Answer:Computer not running fast at all, Lots of processes running why?

Bump post please. cant do anything with computer like this :(

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On more than one occasion when i have taken a floppy out of my hard drive there has been a continous 'motoring' sound from within my CPU. If you imagine the sound a floppy makes when you open it from Explorer and imagine this as continous sound you will have an idea. Alternately it is the sound of the hard drive going into overthink-with absolutely no breaks in the sound. The only way to stop it is to press the reset button or power button on the CPU (before it takes off)thus losing my work. Anyone had a similar experience. No damage to the PC- boots up OK but it just doesn't sound too healthy.

Answer:Excessive floppy disk/hard drive noise.

Most of the major drive manufacturers have diagnostic software for checking out their HDD's.Seagate have an online checker with their Seatoolsdiagnostics.

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I recently started using a new 1.5 TB USB disk for backup and now Backup and Restore starts a new backup every other day. Additionally, on the first day the backup is 80 GB, increases to 140 GB on the second day, and on the third day starts a new data file backup. At this rate my new disk will be full in less than a month. Any help will be appreciated.

Answer:windows 7 Backup and Restore using excessive disk space

Have you deliberately scheduled the backup to be done every other day? Or would you prefer some other interval? Or are these backups run manually, not on an automated schedule?

What do you think you are backing up? Your personal data only? The entire C partition only? All partitions on all hard drives?

I gave up on Windows Backup, but it sounds like it is making new full backups of both the operating system and personal data every other day (quite possibly the entire C partition). In most situations, that would be excessive.

A more typical schedule would be to back up personal data ONLY on a daily basis, and a backup of your "system" (Windows) much less often--weekly or monthly or quarterly. Each personal data backup would NOT double the amount of space used because all that would be changed from the first backup would be files that are brand new, modified, or deleted. Each "system" backup WOULD occupy about as much space as the previous one, but older ones could be deleted at will.

But Windows Backup is cryptic and confusing at first glance, which is why I gave up on it. Are you wedded to using it, rather than some other more easily understood application?

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Hi!

I thought I managed to get rid of the annoying "excessive disk writing" problem by turning off superfetch and readyboost in services.msc.

However now it seems like it is back. I've tried turning off ALL my services (background apps), but it's still there. IMMENSELY annoying.

When I look at my resource monitor (access it via the task manager), it looks like there is some sort of Vista service still running that is causing all this trouble. See the applied image for resource monitor screen capture.



sorry for the large image. I'll scale it better the next time.

Anyway: thanks for any input!!

Answer:Vista excessive disk writing problem is back :(

Looks like it could come from a volume shadow copy problem, maybe defrag.

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I have been using this computer for years now, and to be frank, I've been mostly careless. I take good enough care of it to where it looks nice, and turns on quickly, but I never really maintain it like a true geek should. Where to begin.

I recently got two or three programs that might have taken a part in BSing my computer. The culprits, if you will, but I'm not so sure I should take them in without questioning the strength of my video card, nay, my computer overall, and thus, my ineptitude to provide the computer with something it can manage (I may be the criminal in all this, I suspect, but hear me out.)

So here's what I'm working with.

HP Pavilion
h8-1216

Intel(R) Core i7-2600 CPU @3.40GHz

8.00 GB RAM

64 bit

NVIDIA GeForce GT 520 with 1GB DDR3.

I got the bundle. Honestly, I tell myself it was a good deal, but really, I think we got gypped. 1500 dollars. My mom and I needed good work and gaming computer, and this seemed to do the trick. This computer would get my gaming tendencies done with the speed to do invoices quickly for my mother's work at home. This computer has done me a great service, allowing me to use multiple programs and in some cases, even games, without too much trouble.

So here is the long story.

She recently purchased a new computer, leaving me to use this computer as I see fit. For awhile, I'd use it normally, occasionally cleaning it's exterior and keeping the programs in line by disabli... Read more

Answer:BSOD linked to video card/excessive programs and possibly virus scanner

I quickly recreated the scenario to give you a better idea of what happened when the PC blue screened.

Picture actual game play, and the movie Kung Pow! Enter the fist playing in the media player.
 

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Hi, just re-designed home setup that another computer uses this computers disks through SMB shares, with lots of disc activity all the time, but the problem persisted when i eliminated that as a factor. No BSOD when there is NO constant disc activity though.

I also installed NetWorx bandwidth monitor & changed 12GB of ram to 32GB of brand new ram.

The analyze -v of the dumps seem promising: but I'm not prolific enough to fully understand them: so was hoping for some help.

I'm running checkdsk's now: but taking forever on about 24TB of HDs.

Pasting the analyze -v here:


Code:
Microsoft (R) Windows Debugger Version 10.0.14321.1024 AMD64
Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Loading Dump File [D:\110616-12875-01.dmp]
Mini Kernel Dump File: Only registers and stack trace are available
************* Symbol Path validation summary **************
Response Time (ms) Location
Deferred SRV*C:\SymCache*http://msdl.microsoft.com/download/symbols
Symbol search path is: SRV*C:\SymCache*http://msdl.microsoft.com/download/symbols
Executable search path is:
Windows 10 Kernel Version 14393 MP (4 procs) Free x64
Product: WinNt, suite: TerminalServer SingleUserTS
Built by: 14393.351.amd64fre.rs1_release_inmarket.161014-1755
Machine Name:
Kernel base = 0xfffff802`8ce87000 PsLoadedModuleList = 0xfffff802`8d18bfc0
Debug session time: Sun Nov 6 22:53:24.473 2016 (UTC + 1:00)
System Uptime: 0 days... Read more

Answer:BSOD When excessive, brand new RAM, lots of disk activity or NetWorx?

Hi BigInSweden,

Welcome to the 10forums and apologies for the delay.

Are you still in need of help?

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Help!  I have a vintage IBM R51 laptop running XPSP3.  Yesterday I updated Mozilla Firefox to the latest version and things went to hell.  The update took a couple of hours, which was my first sign thing were going sideways. Normal boot process takes forever, with continuous disk accesses.  I can barely get the systme manager window open.I can safe boot, but cannot run AVG to see if there is a virus.  AVG reports an error and closes.  This is the paid for AVG, not the free version. If I try to start the XP Recovery Console, it asks if I want to start Windows on drve C:, but then prompts for an Administrator password.I NEVER set up an administrator password. I am not even sure this problem is a virus, but I am sure I need help (PLEASE!) I was able to run FRST (from BartPE) and here are the results: Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) (x86) Version: 30-06-2013 03Ran by SYSTEM on 30-06-2013 18:54:31Running from D:\BleepingComuterMicrosoft Windows XP (X86) OS Language:Internet Explorer Version 8Boot Mode: RecoveryThe current controlset is ControlSet001ATTENTION!:=====> FRST is updated to run from normal or Safe mode to produce a full FRST.txt log and Addition.txt log.==================== Registry (Whitelisted) ==================HKLM\...\Run: [SynTPEnh] %ProgramFiles%\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe [1323008 2008-07-04] (Synaptics, Inc.)HKLM\...\Run: [BluetoothAuthenticationAgent] rundll32.exe bthprops.cpl,,Bluetoo... Read more

Answer:excessive disk accesses, now recovery console wants admin password

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Hi, just re-designed home setup that another computer uses this computers disks through SMB shares, with lots of disc activity all the time, but the problem persisted when i eliminated that as a factor. No BSOD when there is NO constant disc activity though.

I also installed NetWorx bandwidth monitor & changed 12GB of ram to 32GB of brand new ram.

The analyze -v of the dumps seem promising: but I'm not prolific enough to fully understand them: so was hoping for some help.

I'm running checkdsk's now: but taking forever on about 24TB of HDs.

Pasting the analyze -v here:


Code:
Microsoft (R) Windows Debugger Version 10.0.14321.1024 AMD64
Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Loading Dump File [D:\110616-12875-01.dmp]
Mini Kernel Dump File: Only registers and stack trace are available
************* Symbol Path validation summary **************
Response Time (ms) Location
Deferred SRV*C:\SymCache*http://msdl.microsoft.com/download/symbols
Symbol search path is: SRV*C:\SymCache*http://msdl.microsoft.com/download/symbols
Executable search path is:
Windows 10 Kernel Version 14393 MP (4 procs) Free x64
Product: WinNt, suite: TerminalServer SingleUserTS
Built by: 14393.351.amd64fre.rs1_release_inmarket.161014-1755
Machine Name:
Kernel base = 0xfffff802`8ce87000 PsLoadedModuleList = 0xfffff802`8d18bfc0
Debug session time: Sun Nov 6 22:53:24.473 2016 (UTC + 1:00)
System Uptime: 0 days... Read more

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Hi. Hope someone can help me. My PC is running slow, hard drive is being accessed seemingly constantly and some programs, specifically Outlook 2003 are running very slow and sometimes hanging up. 58 processes show as running under Windows Task Manager. Below is my HJT log. Appreciate any assistance. Thank you.
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 7:28:15 PM, on 7/16/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16473)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\SharedComponents\HIPSEngine\UmxCfg.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\SharedComponents\HIPSEngine\UmxFwHlp.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\SharedComponents\HIPSEngine\UmxPol.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\SharedComponents\HIPSEngine\UmxAgent.exe
c:\program files\common files\logitech\lvmvfm\LVPrcSrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\ActivCard\acachsrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\ActivCard\acautoreg.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\CA Internet Security Suite\CA Anti-Virus\ISafe.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\SharedComponents\PPRT\bin\ITMRTSVC.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\RioMSC.exe
C:\Program Files\Panasonic\SD-JukeboxV3\sdjbmgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\sdpasvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\sy... Read more

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Dear Experts,

I am new to forums...I run a XP SP2 and having prooblems with excessive harddisk activity and the svchost.exe NETWORK SERVICE is consuming 98% of the CPU resources.

Usually I kill the process and continue working but need a more permanent solution.

I have done all the 5 steps as asked, am copying the HJT log below. Any help would be highly apprecited.

Thanks in advance.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 10:51:02, on 13/05/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\WLKeeper.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\eTrust Antivirus\InoRpc.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\eTrust Antivirus\InoRT.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\eTrust Antivirus\InoTask.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\RegSrvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\UPHClean\uphclean.exe
C:\Program Files\Canon\CAL\CALMAIN.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\ZcfgSvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Upd... Read more

Answer:Excessive Hard Disk Activity; svchost.exe NETWORK SERVICE consuming 98% CPU

Welcome to TSF

Download and install CleanUp!. Do NOT run it yet.

Open Cleanup! by double-clicking the icon on your desktop (or from the Start > All Programs menu). Set the program up as follows:Click "Options..."
Move the arrow down to "Custom CleanUp!"
Put a check next to the following:Empty Recycle Bins
Delete Cookies
Delete Prefetch files
Cleanup! All Users
Click on the ?Temporary Files? and uncheck the box for ?Scan drives for file matching? if it?s checked.

Click OK
Press the CleanUp! button to start the program. Reboot/logoff when prompted.

WARNING - CleanUp! will delete all files and folders contained within Temporary Directories. If you knowingly have items you would like to keep that are stored in these locations; Move Them Now!!!


Establish an internet connection & perform an online scan with Internet Explorer at Kaspersky Online Scanner

Answer Yes, when prompted to install an ActiveX component. The program will then begin downloading the latest definition files.
Once the files have been downloaded click on NEXT
Locate the Scan Settings button & configure to: Scan using the following Anti-Virus database:Extended

Scan Options:Scan Archives
Scan Mail Bases
Click OK & have it scan My Computer
Once the scan is complete, it will display if your system has been infected. It does not provide an option to clean/disinfect. We only require a report from it.
Click the Save as Text button to save the file to y... Read more

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Typically, CD-R's hold about 700M or 80 minutes of burned-from-CD selections. I have a Playlist which (per Windows Media Player 11) is 73 minutes long, with 21 tracks. I rip at 50 to 95 Kbps; crossfading was 0.3 seconds; burn rate was converted to 64 Kbps* - yet when in Burn Mode, last track keeps rolling over to "second" disc. How can this be with 6.5 minutes left on disc?! That formulates to 18 seconds between tracks! (I never hear this happen at all - in anything I've ever ripped & burned. Just seems impossible.

*Perhaps I can only go lower on Burn rate (conversion) than Rip rate? (I tried that too - no luck.)

Everybody keeps talking up Winamp. Is this the answer to trackless or minimized gaps? Can Winamp do this in its FREE download version?

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My IdeaCenter K300 with a 1TB Seagate Baracuda & Win 7 Home Premium seems to do almost constant disk seeks.  Not sure if this is 'normal' Windows 7 behaviour &/or this drive is just extremely noisy so that it is so noticeable?  Tried turning off the Windows Disk Indexing service and defragmentation (DiskKeeper) but saw no difference.  Is this normal for Windows to be seeking so much?  Or is this drive just unusually noisy? or ...? appreciate any infothx!

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So, my neighbor has an Acer system with a Pentium D processor running @ 3GHz and 1GB of RAM. It's got Windows Home Premium Edition installed and the hard drive light stays on almost constantly.

When I first looked at the system, it had no anti-virus software installed and Windows Defender was out of date. It also had NO service packs installed.

So, I installed Malwarebytes and ran a scan and it found MyWebSearch, FunWebProducts, and some registry traces of a Vundo trojan. After getting that cleaned up, I installed service packs 1 and 2 and Microsoft Security Essentials. A MSE scan found some infected audio files downloaded via Limewire but nothing running RAM and nothing in the registry.

The constant disk activity persisted after the above system changes. So, i did some research and found some possible culprits:

SuperFetch
ReadyBoost
Windows Defender
Windows Search (Indexing function)

Windows Defender is no longer installed on the system (I think the MSE installer uninstalled it). I've disabled SuperFetch and ReadyBoost and disk activity seemed to reduce some but there still seems to be far too much activity. The hard drive light will stay mostly light (blinking a lot) if not on solid pretty much the entire time the system is booted. As a result, the system is running slower than it probably should.

Peak RAM usage I've monitored using Task Manager is right around 800MB, so there doesn't appear to be any swapping or thrashing due to RAM exhaustion.

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Answer:Help needed with excessive disk activity on Windows Vista Home Premium Edition

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I'm running XP. I did an Ad-Aware scan and removed some tracking cookies. It also stated that I had 29 running processes. How do I find what is running to help speed up my PC, and also; which are essential? I have dial-up AOL. (I know, I know.) It's running like a horse-drawn computer. How can I get it up to at least steam-powered.
Thanks in advance for any and all assistance.
 

Answer:PC running slow (Running Processes)

how much ram you got?
did it start being slow recently or are you just doing general maintenance?

Here's the A to Z on boosting performance on your WinXP computer:

http://www.tweakxp.com/performance_tweaks.aspx

(use at own risk)
 

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hi,

what is the difference between a process and a program in any operating system.

what is it that a processor handles; is it a process or a program.
 

Answer:programs vs processes

Program is the combination of multiple binary files, so it can have multiple processes, e.g: Chrome uses multiple processes for single program ie: Chrome. And processor handles threads. Now you will ask what is thread <actual execution part of process>.

This forum related to windows 7 issues only and your query is general OS related. You can find lot of stuffs on this by google search
 

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Question: Running Processes

Hey,My pc is beging to show its age and im just trying to keep it going for a bit longer until i buy a new one. I have 50 running processes at the moment and wonder are they all necessary, or can i end some of them to make my pc run faster. Please advise of any known freeware programme that can help me to do this, and how safe is it to do so?Any help is appreciated, thanks

Answer:Running Processes

You can try removing them all exept Anti-Virus and Firewall if you need any just put them back. Go to start\run type MSCONFIG go startup tab and remove ticked box's, leave System tray and ScanRegistry running, do not remove the tickes in these

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alright, so i've built a new rig, installed VISTA 64 ULTIMATE along with a heap of programs / games that i use and now i have approx 80 processes running when i do a fresh boot this is not cool i have run CC Cleaner, spybot, adaware and come up with no major problems.have also gone into msconfig (and the one in cc cleaner) and removed any programs i felt unecessary but still, have approx 80 processes. i even have 12 svchost running and no idea why.here is a pic of windows task manager - can you see anything mega strange or suggest stuff that i don't need please???----------------------------

Answer:80+ processes running, what gives??? help :(

Please download and run Process Explorerhttp://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinte...s/bb896653.aspxUnder file and save as, create a log and post here copy and paste into a reply

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CPU usage at 100%. 160 processes running. something called sprite6.exe running half of them. xp unresponsive. can somebody help me please. thank you for your help. sean

Answer:160 processes running

Which antivirus are you using? For that matter what antispyware?AVG Free Edition Antivirus(I personally use)Avast Home Edition Antivirus FreewareMicrosoft AntiSpyware BetaSpybotAdAware SE Personal EditionEwido Security Suite - 14 day trialcCleanerI would recommend Ewido first if you have a antivirus. You can boot into SAFE MODE with network connection to download.

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I have a multitude of running processes, and I can't honestly tell you what the BLEEP they're all for, one is called CakeBias.exe, another is motive.exe, the list goes on! It is making my computer run sooooo very slow, and it's driving me nuts. I don't want to end any nescessary processes, b/c that would be dumb, but I don't know which are which...HELP ME

Answer:So Many Running Processes

belladonna,Welcome to Bleeping Computer.After reviewing the 2 processes that you mention, I feel your best option right now is to submit a HiJack This Log for our team to review. See How to submit a Hijackthis Log for instructions.Our HiJack Team are all volunteers and are very busy right now. You should receive a reply in 2-3 days. Please wait until a team member posts to your thread. Since our submitted logs are lined up by date and time, if you were to post into that topic before a team member replies, that reply would be the new date and time thus moving you backwards in the line. Once you do receive a reply things will move along quickly. If you do not receive a reply in five days post a notice here.Be (HJT Log) SafeDa Bleepin AniMod, Animal

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My Microsoft Office kept adding me for a product key so my friend downloaded this torrent that had a ton of Office product keys in it. After she downloaded it I got a bunch of malware, and now I notice that there are a few processes that are running that I've never seen before. They are efw.exe *32 (listed twice on task manager, one is using over 410k memory and the other 4k) and ewi.exe *32. In the task manager their description is 'Daniels'.
I just wanted to know if these are things I should be getting rid of (not sure how I'd go about that, either), or processes that shold be running. Thanks!

Answer:Should these processes be running?

Discussion Forum Rules - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/boardrules.php "No subject matter will be allowed whose purpose is to defeat existing copyright or security measures. If a user persists and/or the activity is obviously illegal the staff reserves the right to remove such content and/or ban the user. This would also mean encouraging the use or continued use of pirated software is not permitted, and subject to the same consequences."This thread is now closed.You may send me a PM if you believe there is anything substantial that you want to discuss about this.Louis

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What are he bare bone processes does Windows XP require to operate properly? At present I have 39 running with no programs open.
 

Answer:Necessary running processes

I stumbled across an extensive service list at Black Viper's.

He also explains how to free up some of your Ram and VM, at Windows XP Super Tweaks.

Even with all this info I had a hard time figuring out what all the processes were, svchost.exe is the worst. You might find process viewer helps a little.
 

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