Okay, so here's my data:
szAppName : svchost.exe szAppVer : 5.1.2600.2180 szModName : ntdll.dll
szModVer : 5.1.2600.2180 offset : 00011f52
I've cleaned these above temp folders on various occasions, and done every bit of cleaning that's recommended here on Daniweb, and even tried a system restore, but it won't work.
The most irritating thing about all this is that it's got my sound device all screwed up; well, at least, the problem of the Alcan worm and this generic host process error came around the same time. System sounds work, other media (including CD's) don't work, and I can't adjust the volume. With the sound device properties, it tells me there is no sound device installed, but under system information it tells me I have the Conexant AC-Link 2 Channel Audio. I've been to Conexant's website looking for patches/updates or anything of the sort, nothin' doin'.
I've hit a wall. Enlighten me.