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Windows 7: My computer is possessed!!! HELP!

20 Apr 2012   #21
ROCcomputerguy

 
 

Well, be careful of rootkits!

Don't let applications that you install take full advantage because some will install some crap that is useless. Uncheck the stuff you do not want :P

Good luck on finding problems!

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20 Apr 2012   #22
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lmw2184 View Post
Gregrocker... I dont really want to shut everything down like that. I've had problems in the past shutting alot of programs down on startup just to increase boot time and it really wasnt worth it. Id like to find a solution to this problem somehow other than that.
Why do you want programs starting up wholesale with Windows, freeloading on your RAM, CPU, Startup time and spying on you? For best performance you want a clean boot with nothing except AV riding on the back of Win7 that isn't needed at the time.

If you have all of the factory bloatware starting up with Win7 then you're running a crippled machine. Any tech enthusiast will clean this up and/or reinstall:
Clean Up Factory Bloatware - Windows 7 Forums
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

What scheduled tasks did you find?

I would also uninstall AVG which is no longer recommended by anyone here, install free lightweight Microsoft Security Essentials and keep the Win7 Firewall updated at all times via Windows Updates.
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20 Apr 2012   #23
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lmw2184 View Post
Here Ill post a pic to show exactly what my desktop looked like when I returned.
I would consider getting rid of AVG and scanning with something better, although Malwarebytes should have detected anything.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lmw2184 View Post
Gregrocker... I dont really want to shut everything down like that. I've had problems in the past shutting alot of programs down on startup just to increase boot time and it really wasnt worth it. Id like to find a solution to this problem somehow other than that.
I don't even know where to begin with these comments. What kind of problems could you possible be having by shutting off unecessary apps? How is slowing your computer's boot time down a better alternative?

I'm scratching my head on that one, but to eliminate any kind of remote viewing app, next time you walk away from your computer, shut off it's network access.
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20 Apr 2012   #24
SuJunioR

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Possessed eyh?? Have you considered exorcism? lol. I think you're computer has been set to launch certain applications by a timer when your computer is in idle. I'm not even sure if that's possible, but still a theory. Or maybe you got hacked through your internet by some software you probably download that you probably don't know of.
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20 Apr 2012   #25
EzioAuditore

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

-Does this happen even when the pc is not connected to internet?
-You said some people come by and use your pc. There is a possibility that someone might have installed a remote administration tool by which they can do many stuffs like opening apps, taking screenshots, opening cd tray etc. Can you trust those people?
- Check your task scheduler if there's any task listed corresponding to your problems.
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20 Apr 2012   #26
EzioAuditore

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

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20 Apr 2012   #27
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

Since other people have used your PC, please ensure that Remote Connection is disabled, as shown below.

Regards,
Golden


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20 Apr 2012   #28
koolkat77

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10 Home 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boohbah View Post

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SuJunioR View Post
Have you considered exorcism?



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EzioAuditore View Post
-Does this happen even when the pc is not connected to internet?
-You said some people come by and use your pc. There is a possibility that someone might have installed a remote administration tool by which they can do many stuffs like opening apps, taking screenshots, opening cd tray etc. Can you trust those people?
- Check your task scheduler if there's any task listed corresponding to your problems.
could be right.
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20 Apr 2012   #29
lmw2184

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lmw2184 View Post
Gregrocker... I dont really want to shut everything down like that. I've had problems in the past shutting alot of programs down on startup just to increase boot time and it really wasnt worth it. Id like to find a solution to this problem somehow other than that.
Why do you want programs starting up wholesale with Windows, freeloading on your RAM, CPU, Startup time and spying on you? For best performance you want a clean boot with nothing except AV riding on the back of Win7 that isn't needed at the time.

If you have all of the factory bloatware starting up with Win7 then you're running a crippled machine. Any tech enthusiast will clean this up and/or reinstall:
Clean Up Factory Bloatware - Windows 7 Forums
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

What scheduled tasks did you find?

I would also uninstall AVG which is no longer recommended by anyone here, install free lightweight Microsoft Security Essentials and keep the Win7 Firewall updated at all times via Windows Updates.

I don't really have a lot of bloatware. I do a pretty good job up keeping things bare minimum on startup as you can see in the image below. And if i shut off all that besides my antivirus theyre not available to me. sound isnt available until i launch it after startup, keyboard etc. Apple can be removed. I just noticed that. But I have tried this method on an older, slower XP machine to make things faster and it caused nothing but problems and hoops to jump through to turn everything on once it booted up. If you can prove me wrong, by all means Ill attempt it.

What do you want me to look for on scheduled tasks and how do I know if its normal to be starting up or not?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
How is slowing your computer's boot time down a better alternative?
I said shutting down programs isn't worth it to increase boot time, as making boot time faster. I guess if you want it technical it would be decreasing boot time to eliminate more time it takes to boot from startup, but you knew what I meant.


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20 Apr 2012   #30
gregrocker

 

Uncheck everything in that list except Avira to see how running a Clean Boot helps.

You are the master of your computer, not random programs angling to run at Startup so they can gather marketing information on you. If you need one then you'll know it because some functionality you desire will be missing. Then you can enable it again in the Program preferences or in msconfig.

XP was a different situation where System functions were thrown into msconfig requiring Googling each until you became familiar with if it was absolutely needed. Gradually after SP3 critical System services disappeared from msconfig>Startup.

I would do the same in the msconfig>Services tab after Hiding All MS services.

Rather than just ignoring the step to turn off Scheduled tasks, why not ask back before I had to ask you again. It's ridiculous to ask for help and then ignore some of the top experts in the field.

Take a screenshot of your Scheduled Tasks window and we'll advise you. You can also google them to see what they're for. But why would you let anyone except yourself be in charge of what your computer is running and when?
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