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Windows 7: Multiple System Failure in Win7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

06 Jun 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 
Multiple System Failure in Win7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

hey. i joined this forum because i'm at a loss for what to do. last week, i left my computer running while i went out for a little bit, and when i came back 45 minutes later i found it had crashed in the meantime. that's when the troubles started, and it's just been getting worse in the meantime. a full list of problems includes:
memory leaks
CPU spikes
intermittent freezing
Windows Explorer crashing semi-frequently (then not coming back up, forcing me to reboot)
Ctrl+Alt+Del failing to work after WE crashes
not being able to use more than one program in one logon session (lest WE crash)
no programs being able to boot if i wait too long after startup
trouble shutting down/restarting/hibernating (only way to shut down now is to press+hold the power button)
programs failing to boot when other programs (most notably IE) are running
open windows flickering randomly
random crashes
lagging, SVCHost instances that don't control anything and hog memory
rainmeter growing unresponsive

on occasion there has also been random bits of music/audio playing when i don't have any sort of player (itunes, VLC, the internet) up. i checked background programs that run ads (skype, AIM, utorrent), and none had any sort of video playing.

SVCHost has been the main culprit behind the CPU spikes and Memory leaks, sometimes taking up over 600,000kb at a time and 96% processor useage.

just for the record, i've run 2 disk checks, a virus scan (caught and deleted 1 trojan, something called Trojan Win32.Generic. 1313AF25, in the system32\drivers folder under the name ousb2hub.sys), and a registry cleaning (using CC Cleaner, all it got was some old .dlls left after i uninstalled some programs). i can't get defrag to work for some reason (or at least i couldn't every time i tried). booting into safe mode used to be alright, but i'm writing this from safe mode with networking as we speak and the problems are starting to effect here, too.

i use Rising Antivirus and Internet Explorer (Opera is my main browser but it's so clogged with tabs i've yet to clean that IE is easier). CPU is a pair of Intel Core2 Duos at 2GHz. 4gb of RAM installed says 3 is available). 1TB hard drive. i haven't installed any new programs in the past week, though i did download a program called Trillian (haven't installed, the .exe is just sitting on my desktop).

the computer was custom-built so any hope of a warrenty is out the window. it's getting to the point where i'm ready to give up, shift all my stuff to my external drive, and reinstall Windows. i really hope it doesn't come to that.

will (attempt to) post screencaps upon request. it hasn't crashed in a few days so i don't have a log file yet, sorry.

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07 Jun 2013   #2

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional
 
 

After a severe damage as the one your computer experienced, its time to perform a clean install buddy.
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08 Jun 2013   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

A Registry Cleaner will always ruin your Windows 7 as sure as a virus or some no-name AV we've never heard of here.

What I would do is carefully follow the same steps for Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which will assure you'll get and keep a perfect install for as long as you stick with those tools and methods, based on what's worked best in tens of thousands of installs here since before Windows 7 was even released.
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08 Jun 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

i was told it was all likely the result of a memory leak. the solution is to test whether it's hardware or software based by booting linux from CD and see how it affects the performance. if mint is fine, it's a result of the software, and i have to reinstall. if mint suffers, it's a hardware issue, which means installing will do nothing. either way i wind up at the result you suggested, so thankyou. though i will say,

@OldMX: guess we have different definitions of "severe damage", since i consider a bluescreen serious but not ULTRA-serious. the family computer used to crash upon boot when i used it. it was so frequent that i became used to the bluescreen. but then, that was vista. -w-;
i'm also well aware of how to do a clean install, thankyou. :3
@gregrocker: well, the registry cleaner DID get rid of several .dlls i identified from a program i used to have, and Rising hasn't detected any new viruses to my knowledge. plus, CC cleaner was reccomended on several other websites (not sure, but it may have even been reccomended on THIS website), so i think i'm alright. it's a moot point if i have to reinstall anyway.

i'm going to leave this thread open until i confirm.
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09 Jun 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

CCleaner is not a Registry Cleaner I'm referring to. It is a disk cleaner with a registry component that offers no problems we've ever verified here. I was referring to all other Registry Cleaners, most of which are scams that will ruin your Windows 7.

Let us know how the reinstall goes. Stick with the steps in the tutorial if you want to get and keep a perfect install.
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