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Windows 7: Bootstrap virus? Computer VERY slow after re-install.

30 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Bootstrap virus? Computer VERY slow after re-install.

Hello. Yesterday i re-installed Windows 7, mainly because i wanted a clean harddrive, i had some sound problems, and my PC was slow after installing a chipset i fear have a virus attached to it. (Might be the bootstrapper). So, after the re-install it was perfect, sound problems solved, and the PC was fast.

But now, it seems so unstable like if it's still there. Programs become unresponsive, even explorer.exe is unresponsive a lot of times. I can't start my anti-virus program because it freezes, and if i'm lucky enough to get in, the 'virus scan' freezes at 1 %, and doesn't go any further.

Even my gaming platform called 'Steam' has changed its description in Task Manager. It used to be just 'Steam client', but now it's called:
'Steam Client Bootstrapper (buildbot_winslave04_steam_steam_rel_client_win32@winslave04)'
Bootstrapper? Winslave? That doesn't sound entirely legit nor very good.

Even my internet has gotten incredibly slow.

I looked up Bootstrap virus on Google, but i didn't get any helpful results on how to remove it.

I will attach a DxDiag of my PC to his post, so that you can see that the specs definitely isn't the problem, and some pics.

Can anyone help?

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30 Jan 2013   #2

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)

Try running a full scan using HitmanPro 3 - SurfRight and see if it is able to detect any suspicious item.
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30 Jan 2013   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

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30 Jan 2013   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
Oh! I believe that explains the sudden description change... But then what could make my PC so slow? It's a freshly installed W7 with nearly nothing on the hard drive... Hmm... I still have problem with my digital sound. It works fine for the first hour after i turn on my computer, then the sound crackles, and it shuts off, and i have to use the USB sound. I use an Astro A40.

Thanks for that info, by the way.
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30 Jan 2013   #5

Windows 7 64 / Windows 8 64

Consider updating all the PC drivers first, then judging about its speed. Although viruses are possible at any time, it is unlikely that they cause your problems.
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