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I have spent about 7 hours on this, to no avail. Explorer.exe is using all CPU. Running XP HE SP 2. Running up-to-date NSW and auto updates from Windows.

Tried ending explorer in Task Manager, and restaring from Run. Tried a System Restore. Could only get back a few days. Ran Windows Defender, Ad-aware, NSW scan, Registry Mechanic. Eliminated a few nastys from msconfig/startup like nwiz.exe, ctfmon.exe. Turned off bcmwltry.exe, removecpl.exe also. Saw postings related to .avi files, made a few registry key deletes based on those. One at a time, none of these has stopped the 99%.

Now redoing all scans (NSW, Defender, Registry Mechanic, Ad-aware) from SAFE Mode.

There must be something I am not catching.

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Plz download HiJackThis from here.

After you download the zip extract the contents to a permanent folder such as C:\HJT or something similar.

Post the HJT log in your next reply.

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Boy, thanks for your reply. I spent all day deselecting all Services and Startup items, and bringing them back in chunks.

I can tell you this: If I deselect "Symantec Network Driver Services" ("SNDS") then that is the one item that keeps explorer.exe from pegging. But when I do that, NIS Firewall won't let me access the internet! I have to turn off teh firewall and I can get out. If I restart SNDS, I can get out, but explorer.exe pegs again. Don't know if that's helpful.

Here is the HJT log (I was in Safe Mode when I ran it because machine is so slow otherwise. Should I re-do for you in regular mode?)...

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 10:52:06 PM, on 6/25/2006
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:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Share-to-Web\hpgs2wnf.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\WINZIP\winzip32.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Desktop\HJT\HijackThis.exe
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://us7.hpwis.com/
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = 127.0.0.1
O3 - Toolbar: hp toolkit - {B2847E28-5D7D-4DEB-8B67-05D28BCF79F5} - C:\HP\EXPLOREBAR\HPTOOLKT.DLL
O3 - Toolbar: (no name) - {2CDE1A7D-A478-4291-BF31-E1B4C16F92EB} - (no file)
O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar2.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Norton Internet Security 2006 - {0B53EAC3-8D69-4b9e-9B19-A37C9A5676A7} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\AdBlocking\NISShExt.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Norton AntiVirus - {C4069E3A-68F1-403E-B40E-20066696354B} - C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Recguard] C:\WINDOWS\SMINST\RECGUARD.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ViewMgr] C:\Program Files\Viewpoint\Viewpoint Manager\ViewMgr.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [UpdateManager] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Sonic\Update Manager\sgtray.exe" /r
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_04\bin\jusched.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Share-to-Web Namespace Daemon] c:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Share-to-Web\hpgs2wnd.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PS2] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ps2.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [KBD] C:\HP\KBD\KBD.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [iTunesHelper] "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [hpsysdrv] c:\windows\system\hpsysdrv.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [hpfsched] C:\WINDOWS\hpfsched.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HPDJ Taskbar Utility] C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\drivers\w32x86\3\hpztsb12.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HP Software Update] C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HP Component Manager] "C:\Program Files\HP\hpcoretech\hpcmpmgr.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HotKeysCmds] C:\WINDOWS\System32\hkcmd.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [bcmwltry] bcmwltry.exe
O4 - Startup: AutoTBar.exe
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_04\bin\npjpi150_04.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_04\bin\npjpi150_04.dll
O9 - Extra button: MktBrowser - {17A27031-71FC-11d4-815C-005004D0F1FA} - C:\Program Files\MarketBrowser\lmt\MarketBrowser_Launch.xpy
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: MarketBrowser - {17A27031-71FC-11d4-815C-005004D0F1FA} - C:\Program Files\MarketBrowser\lmt\MarketBrowser_Launch.xpy
O9 - Extra button: Express Cleanup - {5E638779-1818-4754-A595-EF1C63B87A56} - C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton Cleanup\WCQuick.lnk
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Express Cleanup - {5E638779-1818-4754-A595-EF1C63B87A56} - C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton Cleanup\WCQuick.lnk
O9 - Extra button: AIM - {AC9E2541-2814-11d5-BC6D-00B0D0A1DE45} - C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O16 - DPF: {0DC0D258-FC70-456F-8F79-83D7DC20F0AC} (MPChWrapper.Util) - http://instantsupport.hp.com/update/030227/MPChWrapper.CAB
O16 - DPF: {17492023-C23A-453E-A040-C7C580BBF700} (Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool) - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=39204&clcid=0x409
O16 - DPF: {31E68DE2-5548-4B23-88F0-C51E6A0F695E} (Microsoft PID Sniffer) - https://support.microsoft.com/OAS/ActiveX/odc.cab
O16 - DPF: {62475759-9E84-458E-A1AB-5D2C442ADFDE} - http://a1540.g.akamai.net/7/1540/52/20031216/qtinstall.info.apple.com/mickey/us/win/QuickTimeInstaller.exe
O16 - DPF: {644E432F-49D3-41A1-8DD5-E099162EEEC5} (Symantec RuFSI Utility Class) - http://security.symantec.com/sscv6/SharedContent/common/bin/cabsa.cab
O16 - DPF: {6A344D34-5231-452A-8A57-D064AC9B7862} (Symantec Download Manager) - https://webdl.symantec.com/activex/symdlmgr.cab
O16 - DPF: {9BFC2253-B9D9-477E-9488-CA450232620D} (BinAg1 Class) - https://fastconnectkitsetup.cox.net/wizlet/CoxNA/static/controls/WebflowActiveX.CAB
O16 - DPF: {DF780F87-FF2B-4DF8-92D0-73DB16A1543A} (PopCapLoader Object) - http://www.popcap.com/games/popcaploader_v6.cab
O16 - DPF: {FD0B6769-6490-4A91-AA0A-B5AE0DC75AC9} (Performance Viewer Activex Control) - https://secure.logmein.com/activex/ractrl.cab?lmi=100
O23 - Service: Automatic LiveUpdate Scheduler - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Event Manager (ccEvtMgr) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Internet Security Password Validation (ccISPwdSvc) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\ccPwdSvc.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Network Proxy (ccProxy) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Settings Manager (ccSetMgr) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
O23 - Service: COM Host (comHost) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\comHost.exe
O23 - Service: HP Port Resolver - Hewlett-Packard Company - C:\WINDOWS\system32\hpbpro.exe
O23 - Service: HP Status Server - Hewlett-Packard Company - C:\WINDOWS\system32\hpboid.exe
O23 - Service: iPod Service (iPodService) - Apple Computer, Inc. - C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
O23 - Service: LiveUpdate - Symantec Corporation - C:\PROGRA~1\Symantec\LIVEUP~1\LUCOMS~1.EXE
O23 - Service: Norton AntiVirus Auto-Protect Service (navapsvc) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
O23 - Service: Norton UnErase Protection (NProtectService) - Symantec Corporation - C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~3\NORTON~1\NPROTECT.EXE
O23 - Service: Norton Protection Center Service (NSCService) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Security Console\NSCSRVCE.EXE
O23 - Service: NVIDIA Driver Helper Service (NVSvc) - NVIDIA Corporation - C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe
O23 - Service: Pml Driver HPZ12 - HP - C:\WINDOWS\system32\HPZipm12.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec AVScan (SAVScan) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Norton AntiVirus\SAVScan.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Network Drivers Service (SNDSrvc) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec SPBBCSvc (SPBBCSvc) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
O23 - Service: Speed Disk service - Symantec Corporation - C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~3\NORTON~1\SPEEDD~1\NOPDB.EXE
O23 - Service: Symantec Core LC - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe

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Plz Rescan while in regular mode. Then the HJT log will list the malicious processes.

Also try the Ewido Scanner which you can download here.
Run Ewido in safe mode then switch to regular mode and run HJT.

  • Install ewido security suite
  • When installing, under "Additional Options" uncheck..
    • Install background guard
    • Install scan via context menu
  • Launch ewido, there should be an icon on your desktop, double-click it.
  • The program will now open to the main screen.
  • When you run ewido for the first time, you will get a warning "Database could not be found!". Click OK. We will fix this in a moment.
  • You will need to update ewido to the latest definition files.
    • On the left hand side of the main screen click Update.
    • Then click on Start Update.
  • The update will start and a progress bar will show the updates being installed. The status bar at the bottom will display "Update successful"
  • Click on Scanner
  • Click on Complete System Scan and the scan will begin.
  • You will be prompted to clean the first infection.
  • Select "Perform action on all infections", then proceed.
  • Once the scan has completed, there will be a button located on the bottom of the screen named Save report
  • Click Save report.
  • Save the report .txt file to your desktop or a location where you can find it easily.

Post the Ewido log with the new HJT log.

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Just home from work. Here are two ewido logs, one before and one afrer the "Perform all actions". I am kicking off the HJT scan in regular mode next. I wonder... can I End Task on explorer.exe from Task Manager before I run it? I'll kick it off normally assuming not, but I fear it will run a couple of lifetimes.

ewido Before log:
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ewido anti-spyware - Scan Report
---------------------------------------------------------
+ Created at: 4:23:09 PM 6/26/2006
+ Scan result:

HKLM\SOFTWARE\180solutions -> Adware.180Solutions : No action taken.
C:\Program Files\AWS\WeatherBug\MiniBugTransporter.dll -> Adware.Aws : No action taken.
C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files\popcaploader.dll -> Not-A-Virus.Downloader.Win32.PopCap.b : No action taken.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Cookies\administrator@2o7[1].txt -> TrackingCookie.2o7 : No action taken.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Cookies\administrator@msnportal.112.2o7[1].txt -> TrackingCookie.2o7 : No action taken.
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Cookies\owner@2o7[2].txt -> TrackingCookie.2o7 : No action taken.
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Cookies\owner@microsofteup.112.2o7[1].txt -> TrackingCookie.2o7 : No action taken.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Cookies\administrator@adjuggler[2].txt -> TrackingCookie.Adjuggler : No action taken.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Cookies\administrator@rotator.adjuggler[2].txt -> TrackingCookie.Adjuggler : No action taken.
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Cookies\owner@adjuggler[1].txt -> TrackingCookie.Adjuggler : No action taken.
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Cookies\owner@rotator.adjuggler[2].txt -> TrackingCookie.Adjuggler : No action taken.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Cookies\administrator@advertising[2].txt -> TrackingCookie.Advertising : No action taken.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Cookies\administrator@atdmt[2].txt -> TrackingCookie.Atdmt : No action taken.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Cookies\administrator@doubleclick[1].txt -> TrackingCookie.Doubleclick : No action taken.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Cookies\administrator@fastclick[2].txt -> TrackingCookie.Fastclick : No action taken.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Cookies\administrator@mediaplex[1].txt -> TrackingCookie.Mediaplex : No action taken.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Cookies\administrator@www.myaffiliateprogram[1].txt -> TrackingCookie.Myaffiliateprogram : No action taken.
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Cookies\owner@www.myaffiliateprogram[1].txt -> TrackingCookie.Myaffiliateprogram : No action taken.
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Cookies\owner@perf.overture[1].txt -> TrackingCookie.Overture : No action taken.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Cookies\administrator@ads.pointroll[2].txt -> TrackingCookie.Pointroll : No action taken.
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Cookies\owner@ads.pointroll[2].txt -> TrackingCookie.Pointroll : No action taken.
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Cookies\owner@stats1.reliablestats[1].txt -> TrackingCookie.Reliablestats : No action taken.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Cookies\administrator@edge.ru4[1].txt -> TrackingCookie.Ru4 : No action taken.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Cookies\administrator@statcounter[1].txt -> TrackingCookie.Statcounter : No action taken.
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Cookies\owner@statcounter[1].txt -> TrackingCookie.Statcounter : No action taken.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Cookies\administrator@tradedoubler[2].txt -> TrackingCookie.Tradedoubler : No action taken.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Cookies\administrator@tribalfusion[1].txt -> TrackingCookie.Tribalfusion : No action taken.
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Cookies\owner@tribalfusion[2].txt -> TrackingCookie.Tribalfusion : No action taken.
C:\xz.bat -> Trojan.KillProc.a : No action taken.

::Report end


ewido After log:
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ewido anti-spyware - Scan Report
---------------------------------------------------------
+ Created at: 4:23:59 PM 6/26/2006
+ Scan result:

HKLM\SOFTWARE\180solutions -> Adware.180Solutions : Cleaned with backup (quarantined).
C:\Program Files\AWS\WeatherBug\MiniBugTransporter.dll -> Adware.Aws : Cleaned with backup (quarantined).
C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files\popcaploader.dll -> Not-A-Virus.Downloader.Win32.PopCap.b : Ignored.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Cookies\administrator@2o7[1].txt -> TrackingCookie.2o7 : Cleaned.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Cookies\administrator@msnportal.112.2o7[1].txt -> TrackingCookie.2o7 : Cleaned.
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Cookies\owner@2o7[2].txt -> TrackingCookie.2o7 : Cleaned.
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Cookies\owner@microsofteup.112.2o7[1].txt -> TrackingCookie.2o7 : Cleaned.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Cookies\administrator@adjuggler[2].txt -> TrackingCookie.Adjuggler : Cleaned.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Cookies\administrator@rotator.adjuggler[2].txt -> TrackingCookie.Adjuggler : Cleaned.
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Cookies\owner@adjuggler[1].txt -> TrackingCookie.Adjuggler : Cleaned.
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Cookies\owner@rotator.adjuggler[2].txt -> TrackingCookie.Adjuggler : Cleaned.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Cookies\administrator@advertising[2].txt -> TrackingCookie.Advertising : Cleaned.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Cookies\administrator@atdmt[2].txt -> TrackingCookie.Atdmt : Cleaned.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Cookies\administrator@doubleclick[1].txt -> TrackingCookie.Doubleclick : Cleaned.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Cookies\administrator@fastclick[2].txt -> TrackingCookie.Fastclick : Cleaned.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Cookies\administrator@mediaplex[1].txt -> TrackingCookie.Mediaplex : Cleaned.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Cookies\administrator@www.myaffiliateprogram[1].txt -> TrackingCookie.Myaffiliateprogram : Cleaned.
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Cookies\owner@www.myaffiliateprogram[1].txt -> TrackingCookie.Myaffiliateprogram : Cleaned.
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Cookies\owner@perf.overture[1].txt -> TrackingCookie.Overture : Cleaned.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Cookies\administrator@ads.pointroll[2].txt -> TrackingCookie.Pointroll : Cleaned.
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Cookies\owner@ads.pointroll[2].txt -> TrackingCookie.Pointroll : Cleaned.
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Cookies\owner@stats1.reliablestats[1].txt -> TrackingCookie.Reliablestats : Cleaned.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Cookies\administrator@edge.ru4[1].txt -> TrackingCookie.Ru4 : Cleaned.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Cookies\administrator@statcounter[1].txt -> TrackingCookie.Statcounter : Cleaned.
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Cookies\owner@statcounter[1].txt -> TrackingCookie.Statcounter : Cleaned.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Cookies\administrator@tradedoubler[2].txt -> TrackingCookie.Tradedoubler : Cleaned.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Cookies\administrator@tribalfusion[1].txt -> TrackingCookie.Tribalfusion : Cleaned.
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Cookies\owner@tribalfusion[2].txt -> TrackingCookie.Tribalfusion : Cleaned.
C:\xz.bat -> Trojan.KillProc.a : Cleaned with backup (quarantined).

::Report end

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Ok for some reason Ewido Ignored deleting the folowing file. Plz delete in safe mode.
C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files\popcaploader.dll


Also explorer.exe is what the task bar at the bottom of the screen runs ons. The desktop also runs off it so i recommend openning HJT then ending explorer.exe. Then start explorer.exe back up using task manager and then posting the contents of the log here.

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I will delete that one from ewido in Safe Mode.

I just downloaded HJT from regular mode but had to kill explorer.exe after I launched iexplorer in order to do it. Then I just used the Folder view from iexplorer to unzip and save it in a folder.

I also just unchecked Symantec Network Driver Services from Services so that on next reboot explorer.exe can run while I do the scan. (See prior post- for ome reason that is the magic bullet that keeps explorer.exe from going loopy.) Is that preferable to End Task on explorer.exe? I can't run the scan with explorer.exe chewing up cycles. It took 15 minutes for me to just open up My Documents. So I think it is one or the other.

I'll go do that ewido Safe Mode scan while I await your reply to this.

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Just end explorer.exe its not a system process so it wont do any damage to end it and i think it will speed up the process

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Very good. Currently rereunning ewido Complete System Scan.

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Yes sir!
-- I really appreciate your help and can't believe how far we have come since DOS and autoxec.bat. Man!

BTY-- while that ewido is running, I see that "pop" was high up on the list last night, 10 other things are found so far, and "pop" isn't one of them. ??

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---------------------------------------------------------
ewido anti-spyware - Scan Report
---------------------------------------------------------
+ Created at: 6:04:51 PM 6/26/2006
+ Scan result:

C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files\popcaploader.dll -> Not-A-Virus.Downloader.Win32.PopCap.b : Cleaned.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Cookies\administrator@adjuggler[1].txt -> TrackingCookie.Adjuggler : Cleaned.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Cookies\administrator@rotator.adjuggler[1].txt -> TrackingCookie.Adjuggler : Cleaned.
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Cookies\owner@adjuggler[1].txt -> TrackingCookie.Adjuggler : Cleaned.
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Cookies\owner@rotator.adjuggler[1].txt -> TrackingCookie.Adjuggler : Cleaned.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Cookies\administrator@doubleclick[1].txt -> TrackingCookie.Doubleclick : Cleaned.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Cookies\administrator@www.myaffiliateprogram[1].txt -> TrackingCookie.Myaffiliateprogram : Cleaned.
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Cookies\owner@www.myaffiliateprogram[1].txt -> TrackingCookie.Myaffiliateprogram : Cleaned.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.MICHELLE.001\Cookies\administrator@questionmarket[2].txt -> TrackingCookie.Questionmarket : Cleaned.
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Cookies\owner@questionmarket[2].txt -> TrackingCookie.Questionmarket : Cleaned.
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Cookies\owner@tribalfusion[2].txt -> TrackingCookie.Tribalfusion : Cleaned.

::Report end

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Here then is the HJT log from regular mode:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 6:10:48 PM, on 6/26/2006
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:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\ewido anti-spyware 4.0\guard.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~3\NORTON~1\NPROTECT.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~3\NORTON~1\SPEEDD~1\NOPDB.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Viewpoint\Viewpoint Manager\ViewMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Sonic\Update Manager\sgtray.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\taskmgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_04\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Share-to-Web\hpgs2wnd.exe
C:\HP\KBD\KBD.EXE
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\windows\system\hpsysdrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Share-to-Web\hpgs2wnf.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\hpcoretech\hpcmpmgr.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\bcmwltry.exe
C:\Program Files\ewido anti-spyware 4.0\ewido.exe
C:\WINDOWS\PCHealth\HelpCtr\Binaries\MSConfig.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Security
Console\NSCSRVCE.EXE
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Desktop\Hijack Logs Reg\HijackThis.exe
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL =
http://us7.hpwis.com/
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL =
http://srch-us7.hpwis.com/
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
http://www.yahoo.com/
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
http://us7.hpwis.com/
O3 - Toolbar: hp toolkit - {B2847E28-5D7D-4DEB-8B67-05D28BCF79F5} -
C:\HP\EXPLOREBAR\HPTOOLKT.DLL
O3 - Toolbar: (no name) - {2CDE1A7D-A478-4291-BF31-E1B4C16F92EB} - (no
file)
O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} -
c:\program files\google\googletoolbar2.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Norton Internet Security 2006 -
{0B53EAC3-8D69-4b9e-9B19-A37C9A5676A7} - C:\Program Files\Common
Files\Symantec Shared\AdBlocking\NISShExt.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Norton AntiVirus - {C4069E3A-68F1-403E-B40E-20066696354B} -
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Recguard] C:\WINDOWS\SMINST\RECGUARD.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec
Shared\ccApp.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ViewMgr] C:\Program Files\Viewpoint\Viewpoint
Manager\ViewMgr.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [UpdateManager] "C:\Program Files\Common
Files\Sonic\Update Manager\sgtray.exe" /r
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] C:\Program
Files\Java\jre1.5.0_04\bin\jusched.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Share-to-Web Namespace Daemon] c:\Program
Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Share-to-Web\hpgs2wnd.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe"
-atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PS2] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ps2.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [KBD] C:\HP\KBD\KBD.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [iTunesHelper] "C:\Program
Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [hpsysdrv] c:\windows\system\hpsysdrv.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [hpfsched] C:\WINDOWS\hpfsched.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HPDJ Taskbar Utility]
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\drivers\w32x86\3\hpztsb12.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HP Software Update] C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software
Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HP Component Manager] "C:\Program
Files\HP\hpcoretech\hpcmpmgr.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HotKeysCmds] C:\WINDOWS\System32\hkcmd.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [bcmwltry] bcmwltry.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [!ewido] "C:\Program Files\ewido anti-spyware
4.0\ewido.exe" /minimized
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MSConfig]
C:\WINDOWS\PCHealth\HelpCtr\Binaries\MSConfig.exe /auto
O6 - HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel
present
O8 - Extra context menu item: &Google Search - res://c:\program
files\google\GoogleToolbar2.dll/cmsearch.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Backward Links - res://c:\program
files\google\GoogleToolbar2.dll/cmbacklinks.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Cached Snapshot of Page - res://c:\program
files\google\GoogleToolbar2.dll/cmcache.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel -
res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office10\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O8 - Extra context menu item: Similar Pages - res://c:\program
files\google\GoogleToolbar2.dll/cmsimilar.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Translate into English - res://c:\program
files\google\GoogleToolbar2.dll/cmtrans.html
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} -
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_04\bin\npjpi150_04.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console -
{08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program
Files\Java\jre1.5.0_04\bin\npjpi150_04.dll
O9 - Extra button: MktBrowser - {17A27031-71FC-11d4-815C-005004D0F1FA} -
C:\Program Files\MarketBrowser\lmt\MarketBrowser_Launch.xpy
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: MarketBrowser -
{17A27031-71FC-11d4-815C-005004D0F1FA} - C:\Program
Files\MarketBrowser\lmt\MarketBrowser_Launch.xpy
O9 - Extra button: Express Cleanup -
{5E638779-1818-4754-A595-EF1C63B87A56} - C:\Program Files\Norton
SystemWorks\Norton Cleanup\WCQuick.lnk
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Express Cleanup -
{5E638779-1818-4754-A595-EF1C63B87A56} - C:\Program Files\Norton
SystemWorks\Norton Cleanup\WCQuick.lnk
O9 - Extra button: AIM - {AC9E2541-2814-11d5-BC6D-00B0D0A1DE45} -
C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} -
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger -
{FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program
Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O16 - DPF: {0DC0D258-FC70-456F-8F79-83D7DC20F0AC} (MPChWrapper.Util) -
http://instantsupport.hp.com/update/030227/MPChWrapper.CAB
O16 - DPF: {17492023-C23A-453E-A040-C7C580BBF700} (Windows Genuine
Advantage Validation Tool) -
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=39204&clcid=0x409
O16 - DPF: {31E68DE2-5548-4B23-88F0-C51E6A0F695E} (Microsoft PID Sniffer)
- https://support.microsoft.com/OAS/ActiveX/odc.cab
O16 - DPF: {62475759-9E84-458E-A1AB-5D2C442ADFDE} -
http://a1540.g.akamai.net/7/1540/52/20031216/qtinstall.info.apple.com/mick
ey/us/win/QuickTimeInstaller.exe
O16 - DPF: {644E432F-49D3-41A1-8DD5-E099162EEEC5} (Symantec RuFSI Utility
Class) -
http://security.symantec.com/sscv6/SharedContent/common/bin/cabsa.cab
O16 - DPF: {6A344D34-5231-452A-8A57-D064AC9B7862} (Symantec Download
Manager) - https://webdl.symantec.com/activex/symdlmgr.cab
O16 - DPF: {9BFC2253-B9D9-477E-9488-CA450232620D} (BinAg1 Class) -
https://fastconnectkitsetup.cox.net/wizlet/CoxNA/static/controls/WebflowAc
tiveX.CAB
O16 - DPF: {DF780F87-FF2B-4DF8-92D0-73DB16A1543A} (PopCapLoader Object) -
http://www.popcap.com/games/popcaploader_v6.cab
O16 - DPF: {FD0B6769-6490-4A91-AA0A-B5AE0DC75AC9} (Performance Viewer
Activex Control) - https://secure.logmein.com/activex/ractrl.cab?lmi=100
O23 - Service: Automatic LiveUpdate Scheduler - Symantec Corporation -
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Event Manager (ccEvtMgr) - Symantec Corporation -
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Internet Security Password Validation (ccISPwdSvc)
- Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Norton Internet
Security\ccPwdSvc.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Network Proxy (ccProxy) - Symantec Corporation -
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Settings Manager (ccSetMgr) - Symantec Corporation
- C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
O23 - Service: COM Host (comHost) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program
Files\Norton Internet Security\comHost.exe
O23 - Service: ewido anti-spyware 4.0 guard - Anti-Malware Development
a.s. - C:\Program Files\ewido anti-spyware 4.0\guard.exe
O23 - Service: HP Port Resolver - Hewlett-Packard Company -
C:\WINDOWS\system32\hpbpro.exe
O23 - Service: HP Status Server - Hewlett-Packard Company -
C:\WINDOWS\system32\hpboid.exe
O23 - Service: iPod Service (iPodService) - Apple Computer, Inc. -
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
O23 - Service: LiveUpdate - Symantec Corporation -
C:\PROGRA~1\Symantec\LIVEUP~1\LUCOMS~1.EXE
O23 - Service: Norton AntiVirus Auto-Protect Service (navapsvc) - Symantec
Corporation - C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Norton
AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
O23 - Service: Norton UnErase Protection (NProtectService) - Symantec
Corporation - C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~3\NORTON~1\NPROTECT.EXE
O23 - Service: Norton Protection Center Service (NSCService) - Symantec
Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Security
Console\NSCSRVCE.EXE
O23 - Service: NVIDIA Driver Helper Service (NVSvc) - NVIDIA Corporation -
C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe
O23 - Service: Pml Driver HPZ12 - HP - C:\WINDOWS\system32\HPZipm12.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec AVScan (SAVScan) - Symantec Corporation -
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Norton AntiVirus\SAVScan.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Network Drivers Service (SNDSrvc) - Symantec
Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec SPBBCSvc (SPBBCSvc) - Symantec Corporation -
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
O23 - Service: Speed Disk service - Symantec Corporation -
C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~3\NORTON~1\SPEEDD~1\NOPDB.EXE
O23 - Service: Symantec Core LC - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program
Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe

0

Ok Run HJT and check the following.
O3 - Toolbar: (no name) - {2CDE1A7D-A478-4291-BF31-E1B4C16F92EB} - (no
file)
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ViewMgr] C:\Program Files\Viewpoint\Viewpoint
Manager\ViewMgr.exe
O9 - Extra button: MktBrowser - {17A27031-71FC-11d4-815C-005004D0F1FA} -
C:\Program Files\MarketBrowser\lmt\MarketBrowser_Launch.xpy
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: MarketBrowser -
{17A27031-71FC-11d4-815C-005004D0F1FA} - C:\Program
Files\MarketBrowser\lmt\MarketBrowser_Launch.xpy
O16 - DPF: {0DC0D258-FC70-456F-8F79-83D7DC20F0AC} (MPChWrapper.Util) -
http://instantsupport.hp.com/update/...PChWrapper.CAB
O16 - DPF: {DF780F87-FF2B-4DF8-92D0-73DB16A1543A} (PopCapLoader Object) -
http://www.popcap.com/games/popcaploader_v6.cab
Close all other windows and click fix checked.

Now reboot to safe mode and use add/remove programs to remove the following if present.
Viewpoint Manager

Now delete the following if present.
C:\Program Files\MarketBrowser\lmt\MarketBrowser_Launch.xpy
C:\Program Files\MarketBrowser
C:\Program Files\Viewpoint\Viewpoint
Manager\ViewMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Viewpoint

If your still having problems after this let me know in your next post.

0

I did use Add/Remove to remove Viewpoint Manager.

Your next instruction says to "...delete the following if present..."
Do you mean to navigate to those folders in Explorer and right click/delete the folder and its contents?

0

And in Safe Mode as well? (PS... understood. I did all of the HJT checks/fixes first .)

0

I did delete those last folders in Program Files, in Safe Mode. Don't know if that was right. Rebooted to normal mode, and explorer.exe pegged back to 99%.

Is the fact that Symantec Network Drive Service, if unchecked, stops the grinding--- is that a clue?

Here is another item... I always get a windows message about 5 minutes after boot-up that says something about my default mail.

Anyway...
Need a new log?

0

1. That's an ewido in Safe Mode? Want me to "Perform Actions on all Infections?

2. Anything from HJT?

0

Ran ewido in Safe; Fixed all items. Ran HJT in Normal. HJT Log:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 7:30:04 AM, on 6/27/2006
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:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\ewido anti-spyware 4.0\guard.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~3\NORTON~1\NPROTECT.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~3\NORTON~1\SPEEDD~1\NOPDB.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_04\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Share-to-Web\hpgs2wnd.exe
C:\HP\KBD\KBD.EXE
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\windows\system\hpsysdrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Share-to-Web\hpgs2wnf.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\hpcoretech\hpcmpmgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\bcmwltry.exe
C:\Program Files\ewido anti-spyware 4.0\ewido.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Security Console\NSCSRVCE.EXE
C:\PROGRA~1\Symantec\LIVEUP~1\LUCOMS~1.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\taskmgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Desktop\Hijack Logs Reg\HijackThis.exe
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://us7.hpwis.com/
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://srch-us7.hpwis.com/
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.yahoo.com/
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://us7.hpwis.com/
O3 - Toolbar: hp toolkit - {B2847E28-5D7D-4DEB-8B67-05D28BCF79F5} - C:\HP\EXPLOREBAR\HPTOOLKT.DLL
O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar2.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Norton Internet Security 2006 - {0B53EAC3-8D69-4b9e-9B19-A37C9A5676A7} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\AdBlocking\NISShExt.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Norton AntiVirus - {C4069E3A-68F1-403E-B40E-20066696354B} - C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Recguard] C:\WINDOWS\SMINST\RECGUARD.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [UpdateManager] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Sonic\Update Manager\sgtray.exe" /r
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_04\bin\jusched.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Share-to-Web Namespace Daemon] c:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Share-to-Web\hpgs2wnd.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PS2] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ps2.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [KBD] C:\HP\KBD\KBD.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [iTunesHelper] "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [hpsysdrv] c:\windows\system\hpsysdrv.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [hpfsched] C:\WINDOWS\hpfsched.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HPDJ Taskbar Utility] C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\drivers\w32x86\3\hpztsb12.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HP Software Update] C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HP Component Manager] "C:\Program Files\HP\hpcoretech\hpcmpmgr.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HotKeysCmds] C:\WINDOWS\System32\hkcmd.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [bcmwltry] bcmwltry.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [!ewido] "C:\Program Files\ewido anti-spyware 4.0\ewido.exe" /minimized
O6 - HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel present
O8 - Extra context menu item: &Google Search - res://c:\program files\google\GoogleToolbar2.dll/cmsearch.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Backward Links - res://c:\program files\google\GoogleToolbar2.dll/cmbacklinks.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Cached Snapshot of Page - res://c:\program files\google\GoogleToolbar2.dll/cmcache.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office10\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O8 - Extra context menu item: Similar Pages - res://c:\program files\google\GoogleToolbar2.dll/cmsimilar.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Translate into English - res://c:\program files\google\GoogleToolbar2.dll/cmtrans.html
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_04\bin\npjpi150_04.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_04\bin\npjpi150_04.dll
O9 - Extra button: Express Cleanup - {5E638779-1818-4754-A595-EF1C63B87A56} - C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton Cleanup\WCQuick.lnk
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Express Cleanup - {5E638779-1818-4754-A595-EF1C63B87A56} - C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton Cleanup\WCQuick.lnk
O9 - Extra button: AIM - {AC9E2541-2814-11d5-BC6D-00B0D0A1DE45} - C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O16 - DPF: {17492023-C23A-453E-A040-C7C580BBF700} (Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool) - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=39204&clcid=0x409
O16 - DPF: {31E68DE2-5548-4B23-88F0-C51E6A0F695E} (Microsoft PID Sniffer) - https://support.microsoft.com/OAS/ActiveX/odc.cab
O16 - DPF: {62475759-9E84-458E-A1AB-5D2C442ADFDE} - http://a1540.g.akamai.net/7/1540/52/20031216/qtinstall.info.apple.com/mickey/us/win/QuickTimeInstaller.exe
O16 - DPF: {644E432F-49D3-41A1-8DD5-E099162EEEC5} (Symantec RuFSI Utility Class) - http://security.symantec.com/sscv6/SharedContent/common/bin/cabsa.cab
O16 - DPF: {6A344D34-5231-452A-8A57-D064AC9B7862} (Symantec Download Manager) - https://webdl.symantec.com/activex/symdlmgr.cab
O16 - DPF: {9BFC2253-B9D9-477E-9488-CA450232620D} (BinAg1 Class) - https://fastconnectkitsetup.cox.net/wizlet/CoxNA/static/controls/WebflowActiveX.CAB
O16 - DPF: {FD0B6769-6490-4A91-AA0A-B5AE0DC75AC9} (Performance Viewer Activex Control) - https://secure.logmein.com/activex/ractrl.cab?lmi=100
O23 - Service: Automatic LiveUpdate Scheduler - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Event Manager (ccEvtMgr) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Internet Security Password Validation (ccISPwdSvc) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\ccPwdSvc.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Network Proxy (ccProxy) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Settings Manager (ccSetMgr) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
O23 - Service: COM Host (comHost) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\comHost.exe
O23 - Service: ewido anti-spyware 4.0 guard - Anti-Malware Development a.s. - C:\Program Files\ewido anti-spyware 4.0\guard.exe
O23 - Service: HP Port Resolver - Hewlett-Packard Company - C:\WINDOWS\system32\hpbpro.exe
O23 - Service: HP Status Server - Hewlett-Packard Company - C:\WINDOWS\system32\hpboid.exe
O23 - Service: iPod Service (iPodService) - Apple Computer, Inc. - C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
O23 - Service: LiveUpdate - Symantec Corporation - C:\PROGRA~1\Symantec\LIVEUP~1\LUCOMS~1.EXE
O23 - Service: Norton AntiVirus Auto-Protect Service (navapsvc) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
O23 - Service: Norton UnErase Protection (NProtectService) - Symantec Corporation - C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~3\NORTON~1\NPROTECT.EXE
O23 - Service: Norton Protection Center Service (NSCService) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Security Console\NSCSRVCE.EXE
O23 - Service: NVIDIA Driver Helper Service (NVSvc) - NVIDIA Corporation - C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe
O23 - Service: Pml Driver HPZ12 - HP - C:\WINDOWS\system32\HPZipm12.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec AVScan (SAVScan) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Norton AntiVirus\SAVScan.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Network Drivers Service (SNDSrvc) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec SPBBCSvc (SPBBCSvc) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
O23 - Service: Speed Disk service - Symantec Corporation - C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~3\NORTON~1\SPEEDD~1\NOPDB.EXE
O23 - Service: Symantec Core LC - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe

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The Symantec Process is critical to the running of Norton Internet Security, but since Norton is one of the worst AV programs i suggest uninstalling it and downloading one of the AV programs in the stickys.
Btw I the problem with explorer.exe is not related to malware it is just Norton using explorer.exe to execute its commands. It is probably caused by low memory on your computer.

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crunchie... I checked that and deleted it. Still explorer.exe uses 99% of CPU.

I have trouble accepting that NAV is the culprit to this extent. I have a 2 Ghz prcoessor, only 512 M RAM, but this machine was running fine a few weeks ago, and I have the same NIS running on 3 other machines in the house.

Something is making that explorer.exe chew up CPU, and uninstalling NIS is avoiding the issue, isn't it? Whatever it is must be related to something that Symantec Network Driver Services is trying to do, because when I uncheck that from Services, explorer is fine (but my firewall goes up so high that iexplorer can't get out). Does this set of circumstances ring a bell with anyone else on the forum?
:sad:

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What do I do with it? What would I be looking for? Which version is right for me, XP SP2?

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Well download process explorer and see if there are any processes showing that are not in task manager and we will go from there.

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Which version is right for me, XP SP2?

This one.

What do I do with it?

The download is in .zip format. Save the download to your desktop, right-click on it, and choose "Extract all.." frome the resulting menu. Follow the file-extraction wizard's prompts to extract the actual "procexp.exe" program file.
Once you've done that, click on procexp.exe to run it.
There is a good help file available under the program's Help menu item; a full description of the program's usage isn't something I can post here.

What would I be looking for?

As with Task Manager, you are looking for a specific process with a consistently high CPU usage (disregard the "System Idle Process").

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Sorry CasMax, but something in your last post corrupted this thread; I had to delete the post.

The good (?) news, though: I was able to read one thing that you posted which stood out. You said:

Under Threads, one is using about 97%:
sstts.dll!CreateProtectProc+0xae0

sstts.dll is a filename associated with the Vundo family of infections, and its presence on your computer would be a likely explanation for the abnormal CPU usage.

* Open Process Explorer again. Click on the "View" menu item, make sure that the "Show Lower pane" option is checked, and click "Dlls" under the "Lower Pane View" submenu option.

* Locate sstts.dll in the lower pane and tell us the full path to the file's location. I'd expect the location to be C:\Windows\System32, but it could live elsewhere.

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