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Windows 7: Strange glitches in W7- a Virus?!

08 Jul 2012   #11
Microsoft MVP

 

Test the HD using the maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan, followed by Disk Check run from the installer/repair CD Command Line.

I would then wipe the HD with Diskpart Clean Command and Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which steps are the same for retail.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
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15 Jul 2012   #12

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Hi n2gc, Please find below posted report from Combo Fix. I would be grateful for any comments.
I noticed problems with Google Chrome locking-up or slowing right down recently too.
Gregrocker, sounds like a bit of an extreme solution- the problem is I don't have really large chunks of time to fix this, which a clean installation etc. as you are suggesting would necessitate. But it might come to that eventually, so thanks.

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ComboFix 12-07-14.01 - Chris J. Hudson 15/07/2012 16:45:23.1.2 - x86
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 6.1.7601.1.1252.44.1033.18.3071.2031 [GMT 1:00]
Running from: c:\users\Chris J. Hudson\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\XVK1OVWM\ComboFix.exe
AV: Kaspersky Internet Security *Disabled/Updated* {2EAA32A5-1EE1-1B22-95DA-337730C6E984}
FW: Kaspersky Internet Security *Disabled* {1691B380-548E-1A7A-BE85-9A42CE15AEFF}
SP: Kaspersky Internet Security *Disabled/Updated* {95CBD341-38DB-14AC-AF6A-08054B41A339}
SP: Windows Defender *Enabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
* Created a new restore point
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2012-07-15 15:52 . 2012-07-15 15:52 -------- d-----w- c:\users\Default\AppData\Local\temp
2012-07-15 15:52 . 2012-07-15 15:52 -------- d-----w- c:\users\CHRISJ~1~HUD\AppData\Local\temp
2012-07-15 15:28 . 2012-07-15 15:28 -------- d-----w- C:\TDSSKiller_Quarantine
2012-07-14 08:03 . 2012-07-15 15:52 56200 ----a-w- c:\programdata\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Definition Updates\{7776427F-A57B-4626-AD7B-283D4E09345A}\offreg.dll
2012-07-14 06:13 . 2012-05-31 03:41 6762896 ----a-w- c:\programdata\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Definition Updates\{7776427F-A57B-4626-AD7B-283D4E09345A}\mpengine.dll
2012-07-13 08:28 . 2012-05-04 09:59 514560 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\qdvd.dll
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2012-07-11 20:35 . 2012-06-06 05:05 1019904 ----a-w- c:\program files\Common Files\System\ado\msado15.dll
2012-07-11 20:35 . 2012-06-06 05:05 143360 ----a-w- c:\program files\Common Files\System\ado\msjro.dll
2012-07-11 20:35 . 2012-06-06 05:05 372736 ----a-w- c:\program files\Common Files\System\ado\msadox.dll
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2012-07-04 13:28 . 2012-07-04 13:28 -------- d-----w- c:\program files\iPod
2012-07-04 13:28 . 2012-07-04 13:29 -------- d-----w- c:\program files\iTunes
2012-06-24 15:50 . 2011-02-19 06:30 805376 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\FntCache.dll
2012-06-24 15:50 . 2011-02-19 06:30 739840 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\d2d1.dll
2012-06-24 15:46 . 2012-06-02 22:19 53784 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\wuauclt.exe
2012-06-24 15:46 . 2012-06-02 22:19 45080 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\wups2.dll
2012-06-24 15:46 . 2012-06-02 22:19 1933848 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\wuaueng.dll
2012-06-24 15:46 . 2012-06-02 22:12 2422272 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\wucltux.dll
2012-06-24 15:46 . 2012-06-02 22:19 35864 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\wups.dll
2012-06-24 15:46 . 2012-06-02 22:19 577048 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\wuapi.dll
2012-06-24 15:46 . 2012-06-02 22:12 88576 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\wudriver.dll
2012-06-24 15:46 . 2012-06-02 14:19 171904 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\wuwebv.dll
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2012-05-15 10:26 . 2012-06-02 21:49 8105280 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\nvwgf2um.dll
2012-05-15 10:26 . 2012-06-02 21:49 5982528 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\nvcuda.dll
2012-05-15 10:26 . 2012-06-02 21:49 2524992 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\nvcuvid.dll
2012-05-15 10:26 . 2012-06-02 21:49 2445120 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\nvcuvenc.dll
2012-05-15 10:26 . 2012-06-02 21:49 2368832 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\nvapi.dll
2012-05-15 10:26 . 2012-06-02 21:49 19607872 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\nvoglv32.dll
2012-05-15 10:26 . 2012-06-02 21:49 17551680 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\nvcompiler.dll
2012-05-15 10:26 . 2012-06-02 21:49 15322432 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\nvd3dum.dll
2012-05-15 10:26 . 2012-06-02 21:49 11354944 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\nvlddmkm.sys
2012-05-15 10:26 . 2012-06-02 21:49 1000768 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\nvdispco32.dll
2012-05-15 10:26 . 2012-03-13 21:12 61248 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\OpenCL.dll
2012-05-15 09:28 . 2012-06-11 22:19 645440 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\nvvsvc.exe
2012-05-15 09:28 . 2012-06-11 22:19 62272 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\nvshext.dll
2012-05-15 09:28 . 2012-06-11 22:19 108352 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\nvmctray.dll
2012-05-15 09:28 . 2012-06-11 22:19 3931456 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\nvcpl.dll
2012-05-15 09:27 . 2012-06-11 22:19 2759488 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\nvsvc.dll
2012-05-15 01:21 . 2012-05-15 01:21 423744 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\nvStreaming.exe
2012-05-01 04:44 . 2012-06-13 12:06 164352 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\profsvc.dll
2012-04-28 03:17 . 2012-06-13 12:07 183808 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\rdpwd.sys
2012-04-26 04:45 . 2012-06-13 12:06 58880 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\rdpwsx.dll
2012-04-26 04:45 . 2012-06-13 12:06 129536 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\rdpcorekmts.dll
2012-04-26 04:41 . 2012-06-13 12:06 8192 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\rdrmemptylst.exe
2012-04-24 04:36 . 2012-06-13 12:06 140288 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\cryptsvc.dll
2012-04-24 04:36 . 2012-06-13 12:06 1158656 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\crypt32.dll
2012-04-24 04:36 . 2012-06-13 12:06 103936 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\cryptnet.dll
2012-04-18 17:08 . 2012-06-02 21:49 27968 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\nvhdap32.dll
2012-04-18 17:08 . 2012-06-02 21:49 148800 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\drivers\nvhda32v.sys
2012-04-18 17:08 . 2012-06-02 21:49 876864 ----a-w- c:\windows\system32\nvhdagenco3220103.dll
2012-02-21 15:43 . 2012-02-21 15:43 200846 ----a-w- c:\program files\RuntimeSetup.exe
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2012-07-15 c:\windows\Tasks\GoogleUpdateTaskUserS-1-5-21-4242454274-3306585242-3044636838-1000Core1cd0911b347170f.job
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@Denied: (A) (Users)
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[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\PCW\Security]
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Completion time: 2012-07-15 16:55:41
ComboFix-quarantined-files.txt 2012-07-15 15:55
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Pre-Run: 69,641,908,224 bytes free
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My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jul 2012   #13

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Bump.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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18 Jul 2012   #14
Microsoft MVP

 

With the HD clicking then at the minimum you need to run the HD Diagnostics extended CD scan followed by Disk Check, just to confirm it's not failing.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Jul 2012   #15

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Thanks gregrocker, I was not ignoring you before, just short of time and missed your previous post!
Will try that and report back.

EDIT: The disc with the funny 'clicking' noises (which I rescued from a kaput Sony Viao) is not bootable, merely spare external storage.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Aug 2012   #16

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Bump
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Aug 2012   #17
Microsoft MVP

 

Unplug the clicking HD to see if the problems persist with the OS.

If so work through these Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Aug 2012   #18

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

No problems with HDs once external drive, which kind of makes a "wallop!" sound every time I shut down, disconnected.
The other weird behaviour was the constant whirring of the system-bootable HD which for some reason(s) unknown was being accessed approximately every half second by the system. This has now stopped, thankfully.
I would suggest the constant HD activity prior to this was connected with the constant "busy blue circle" which I was seeing before I ran the malware scans.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Aug 2012   #19
Microsoft MVP

 

What were the results of HD Diagnostics on internal HD and Disk Check on both drives?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Aug 2012   #20

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Sorry for the delay Gregrocker- will report back shortly.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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