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thiggy
25-01-2008, 06:37 AM
My Windows XP has over the last couple of months gotten as slow as molasses in all activities. It takes forever to boot up and is slow to go from one program to another. I have Zone Alarm Security Suite installed, am on cable internet. It seems that the hard drive reads forever. Task manager shows up to 100% cpu usage frequently. I have seen several registry fix/clean-up programs which I could purchase. I ran the free download of a couple which indicated that I had hundreds of problems with my registry. However, I am very reluctant to purchase one of these sight unseen knowing nothing about them (or the problem, either). Do any of you have any suggestions to help clear up my problem? By the way, I have run defrag, which said that I did not need to defrag my hard drive.

For the last several weeks I have received a curious alert when navigating the Bob Vila Do-It-Yourself forum. I get a Windows Internet Explorer message stating: "Stack overflow at line: 43" I can click the "OK" button and procede with my action, but it keeps coming up from time-to-time. This does not occur when I navigate other forums. Any suggestions?

Another issue which seems to have occurred about the same time as the Stack Overflow message is a message which I often receive when trying to install downloads, play music, etc. It is as follows: “Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the file.” Any guidance which you may share would be appreciated.

wainuitech
25-01-2008, 07:30 AM
Welcome to Press F1 Thiggy - sounds like your PC could be infected with spyware.

Download Ccleaner ,Spybot S&D, Spyware Doctor from my sig, And Super Antispyware (http://www.superantispyware.com/) and Trojan remover (http://www.simplysup.com/tremover/download.html) Install update and run them. Then download Hijack This (http://www.spychecker.com/program/hijackthis.html).

Save it to a folder on your desktop, run the program and use the option to save a log. Copy that log back into this forum/post.

Some one will look at the log and advise - speedy it top notch with these.

Dont go playing or paying with reg cleaners - they can do a lot of damage if you don't know what you are doing.

pctek
25-01-2008, 08:42 AM
Slowness causes:

1)Spyware (see post above)

2)Windows bloat

All the cleaners in the world won't completely fix the 2nd cause. A fresh install is sometimes the only cure.

PENTIUM
25-01-2008, 09:05 AM
You have possibly downloaded a "free" scam registry program which finds squillions of faults which only it can detect. It will "fix" them for you by you sending them heaps of cabbage.
Windows Defrag nearly always tells you it in not necessary to run. This was done at the request of Corporate America who had staff sitting for hours watching Windows defag. See what happens when you run the program.

beeswax34
25-01-2008, 02:49 PM
Get Avast Home as your AV rather than ZA.

nzjab06
25-01-2008, 05:22 PM
You could try defragmenting if you havent allready, but it does sound like spyware. To defrag download Defragler and defragment quickly. Also if youve scanned for spyware with a a scanner (eg spybot) use a different scanner as werll because it may be able to pickup some extras. But first of all you should try some of the things that wainuitech has mentioned, he knows his stuff.

thiggy
25-01-2008, 05:25 PM
Thanks for your prompt replies and suggestions. Wainuitech, every time I tried to download your suggested programs, I received the following Documents & Settings message: "Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access them." I already had Hijack This on my computer so I was able to run it.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 11:15:21 PM, on 1/24/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16574)

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\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\CDAC11BA.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\MUSICMATCH\MUSICMATCH Jukebox\mmtask.exe
C:\WINDOWS\LTMSG.exe
C:\HP\KBD\KBD.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\igfxtray.exe
C:\windows\system\hpsysdrv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\hphmon05.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\hkcmd.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\Unload\hpqcmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNo tifier.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA.EXE
C:\Program Files\interMute\SpamSubtract\SpamSub.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\ZONELA~1\ZONEAL~1\MAILFR~1\mantispm.ex e
C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\msimn.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Desktop\hijackthis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://qus10.hpwis.com/
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://srch-qus10.hpwis.com/
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://srch-qus10.hpwis.com/
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://srch-qus10.hpwis.com/
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Int ernet Settings,ProxyServer = http://proxy/:8080
O2 - BHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar3.dll
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Notifier BHO - {AF69DE43-7D58-4638-B6FA-CE66B5AD205D} - C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\2.0.1121.2472\s wg.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar3.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [VTTimer] VTTimer.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [UpdateManager] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Sonic\Update Manager\sgtray.exe" /r
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Recguard] C:\WINDOWS\SMINST\RECGUARD.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PS2] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ps2.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [mmtask] C:\Program Files\MUSICMATCH\MUSICMATCH Jukebox\mmtask.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [LTMSG] LTMSG.exe 7
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [KBD] C:\HP\KBD\KBD.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [IgfxTray] C:\WINDOWS\System32\igfxtray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [hpsysdrv] c:\windows\system\hpsysdrv.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HPHUPD05] c:\Program Files\HP\{45B6180B-DCAB-4093-8EE8-6164457517F0}\hphupd05.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HPHmon05] C:\WINDOWS\System32\hphmon05.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HP Software Update] "C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HotKeysCmds] C:\WINDOWS\System32\hkcmd.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [CamMonitor] c:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\Unload\hpqcmon.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MediaFace Integration] C:\Program Files\Fellowes\MediaFACE 4.0\SetHook.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Adobe Reader Speed Launcher] "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\Reader_sl.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ZoneAlarm Client] "C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe" -osboot
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [NVIEW] rundll32.exe nview.dll,nViewLoadHook
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [swg] C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNo tifier.exe
O4 - Startup: Event Reminder.lnk = C:\Program Files\Mindscape\PrintMaster\PMREMIND.EXE
O4 - Startup: spamsubtract.lnk = C:\Program Files\interMute\SpamSubtract\SpamSub.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Event Reminder.lnk = C:\Program Files\PrintMaster 16\pmremind.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Find Fast.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\FINDFAST.EXE
O4 - Global Startup: Office Startup.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA.EXE
O8 - Extra context menu item: &Block this popup - C:\Program Files\Charter High-Speed Security Suite\Anti-Spyware\blockpopups.htm
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MI1933~1\OFFICE11\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\msjava.dll (file missing)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\msjava.dll (file missing)
O9 - Extra button: Web Filter - {200DB664-75B5-47c0-8B45-A44ACCF73C00} - C:\Program Files\Charter High-Speed Security Suite\FSPC\fspcmsie.dll (file missing)
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {200DB664-75B5-47c0-8B45-A44ACCF73F01} - C:\Program Files\Charter High-Speed Security Suite\FSPC\fspcmsie.dll (file missing)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Web Filter - {200DB664-75B5-47c0-8B45-A44ACCF73F01} - C:\Program Files\Charter High-Speed Security Suite\FSPC\fspcmsie.dll (file missing)
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {200DB664-75B5-47c0-8B45-A44ACCF73F02} - C:\Program Files\Charter High-Speed Security Suite\FSPC\fspcmsie.dll (file missing)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: &Suspend Webpage Filter - {200DB664-75B5-47c0-8B45-A44ACCF73F02} - C:\Program Files\Charter High-Speed Security Suite\FSPC\fspcmsie.dll (file missing)
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {200DB664-75B5-47c0-8B45-A44ACCF73F03} - C:\Program Files\Charter High-Speed Security Suite\FSPC\fspcmsie.dll (file missing)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: &Deny this website - {200DB664-75B5-47c0-8B45-A44ACCF73F03} - C:\Program Files\Charter High-Speed Security Suite\FSPC\fspcmsie.dll (file missing)
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {200DB664-75B5-47c0-8B45-A44ACCF73F04} - C:\Program Files\Charter High-Speed Security Suite\FSPC\fspcmsie.dll (file missing)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: &Allow this website - {200DB664-75B5-47c0-8B45-A44ACCF73F04} - C:\Program Files\Charter High-Speed Security Suite\FSPC\fspcmsie.dll (file missing)
O9 - Extra button: IE Shield - {300DB664-75B5-47c0-8B45-A44ACCF73C00} - C:\Program Files\Charter High-Speed Security Suite\Anti-Spyware\ieshield.dll (file missing)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: IE Shield... - {300DB664-75B5-47c0-8B45-A44ACCF73C00} - C:\Program Files\Charter High-Speed Security Suite\Anti-Spyware\ieshield.dll (file missing)
O9 - Extra button: Real.com - {CD67F990-D8E9-11d2-98FE-00C0F0318AFE} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\Shdocvw.dll
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
O11 - Options group: [INTERNATIONAL] International*
O16 - DPF: {6414512B-B978-451D-A0D8-FCFDF33E833C} (WUWebControl Class) - http://update.microsoft.com/windowsupdate/v6/V5Controls/en/x86/client/wuweb_site.cab?1144029999781
O16 - DPF: {6E32070A-766D-4EE6-879C-DC1FA91D2FC3} (MUWebControl Class) - http://update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate/v6/V5Controls/en/x86/client/muweb_site.cab?1155787620218
O16 - DPF: {9D190AE6-C81E-4039-8061-978EBAD10073} (F-Secure Online Scanner 3.0) - http://support.f-secure.com/ols/fscax.cab
O16 - DPF: {B1E2B96C-12FE-45E2-BEF1-44A219113CDD} (SABScanProcesses Class) - http://www.superadblocker.com/activex/sabspx.cab
O20 - Winlogon Notify: igfxcui - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\igfxsrvc.dll
O20 - Winlogon Notify: WgaLogon - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\WgaLogon.dll
O23 - Service: C-DillaCdaC11BA - Macrovision - C:\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\CDAC11BA.EXE
O23 - Service: FLEXnet Licensing Service - Macrovision Europe Ltd. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Macrovision Shared\FLEXnet Publisher\FNPLicensingService.exe
O23 - Service: Google Updater Service (gusvc) - Google - C:\Program Files\Google\Common\Google Updater\GoogleUpdaterService.exe
O23 - Service: InstallDriver Table Manager (IDriverT) - Macrovision Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\11\Intel 32\IDriverT.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: TrueVector Internet Monitor (vsmon) - Zone Labs, LLC - C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exe

Speedy Gonzales
25-01-2008, 05:33 PM
Put hijackthis in its own folder then run it again then tick these and tick fix checked.

Close browser/s.

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Adobe Reader Speed Launcher] "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\Reader_sl.exe"

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HP Software Update] "C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe"

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime

O4 - Startup: Event Reminder.lnk = C:\Program Files\Mindscape\PrintMaster\PMREMIND.EXE

O4 - Global Startup: Event Reminder.lnk = C:\Program Files\PrintMaster 16\pmremind.exe

This is safe but is known to slow things down

O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Find Fast.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\FINDFAST.EXE

O4 - Global Startup: Office Startup.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA.EXE

O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\msjava.dll (file missing)

O9 - Extra button: Web Filter - {200DB664-75B5-47c0-8B45-A44ACCF73C00} - C:\Program Files\Charter High-Speed Security Suite\FSPC\fspcmsie.dll (file missing)

O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {200DB664-75B5-47c0-8B45-A44ACCF73F01} - C:\Program Files\Charter High-Speed Security Suite\FSPC\fspcmsie.dll (file missing)

O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Web Filter - {200DB664-75B5-47c0-8B45-A44ACCF73F01} - C:\Program Files\Charter High-Speed Security Suite\FSPC\fspcmsie.dll (file missing)

O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {200DB664-75B5-47c0-8B45-A44ACCF73F02} - C:\Program Files\Charter High-Speed Security Suite\FSPC\fspcmsie.dll (file missing)

O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: &Suspend Webpage Filter - {200DB664-75B5-47c0-8B45-A44ACCF73F02} - C:\Program Files\Charter High-Speed Security Suite\FSPC\fspcmsie.dll (file missing)

O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {200DB664-75B5-47c0-8B45-A44ACCF73F03} - C:\Program Files\Charter High-Speed Security Suite\FSPC\fspcmsie.dll (file missing)

O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: &Deny this website - {200DB664-75B5-47c0-8B45-A44ACCF73F03} - C:\Program Files\Charter High-Speed Security Suite\FSPC\fspcmsie.dll (file missing)

O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {200DB664-75B5-47c0-8B45-A44ACCF73F04} - C:\Program Files\Charter High-Speed Security Suite\FSPC\fspcmsie.dll (file missing)

O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: &Allow this website - {200DB664-75B5-47c0-8B45-A44ACCF73F04} - C:\Program Files\Charter High-Speed Security Suite\FSPC\fspcmsie.dll (file missing)

O9 - Extra button: IE Shield - {300DB664-75B5-47c0-8B45-A44ACCF73C00} - C:\Program Files\Charter High-Speed Security Suite\Anti-Spyware\ieshield.dll (file missing)

O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: IE Shield... - {300DB664-75B5-47c0-8B45-A44ACCF73C00} - C:\Program Files\Charter High-Speed Security Suite\Anti-Spyware\ieshield.dll (file missing)

Then reboot see if its any faster.