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I would like to know if someone could help me or give me some advice.

Recently I started having several issues with my Windows 7 installation. I have Malewarebyes installed and I used to have Kaspersky. I tracked a lot of the issues to Kaspersky and after a couple of talkings with the support guys I gave up, uninstalled Kaspersky and installed Bitdefender. 

Windows started to reboot extremly slowly. It would take 3 to 5 min to start. Then it would start and Malewarebytes would tell me that the web protection is disabled, and Bitdefender would tell me that the firewall was disabled too. Windows 7 would also start without Aero theme. 

I went into safe mode and scanned my computer with Malewarebytes and nothing was found. Scanned my computer using the Bitdefender in safe mode and did not found anything. Rebooted several times in the process. At some point when I restarted, I had no network, an error stating that log services was off, and when I investigated further, I found that EVERY service in windows was disabled. 

After setting all services to Automatic, I restarted again, and I had access to internet, but still things are not normal.


Any advice?



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Sorry for the delay @pelgv

Please restart the computer first and then run the following steps and post back the logs when ready.

Please download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop.

  • Shutdown your antivirus to avoid any conflicts.
  • Right click over JRT.exe and select Run as administrator on Windows Vista or Windows 7, double-click on XP.
  • The tool will open and start scanning your system.
  • Please be patient as this can take a while to complete.
  • On completion, a log (JRT.txt) is saved to your desktop and will automatically open.
  • Post the contents of JRT.txt into your next reply message
  • When completed make sure to re-enable your antivirus


adwcleaner_new.png Fix with AdwCleaner

Please download AdwCleaner by Xplode and save the file to your Desktop.

  • Right-click on adwcleaner_new.png icon and select RunAsAdmin.jpg Run as Administrator to start the tool.
  • Accept the Terms of use.
  • Wait until the database is updated.
  • Click Scan.
  • When finished, please click Clean.
  • Your PC should reboot now.
  • After reboot, logfile will be opened. Copy its content into your next reply.

Note: Reports will be saved in your system partition, usually at C:\Adwcleaner

Download Sophos Free Virus Removal Tool and save it to your desktop.

  • Double click the icon and select Run
  • Click Next
  • Select I accept the terms in this license agreement, then click Next twice
  • Click Install
  • Click Finish to launch the program
  • Once the virus database has been updated click Start Scanning
  • If any threats are found click Details, then View Log file (bottom left-hand corner)
  • Copy and paste the results in your reply
  • Close the Notepad document, close the Threat Details screen, then click Start cleanup
  • Click Exit to close the program
  • If no threats were found, please confirm that result.

Please download the Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to your desktop.

Note: You need to run the version compatible with your system. You can check here if you're not sure if your computer is 32-bit or 64-bit

  • Double-click to run it. When the tool opens, click Yes to disclaimer.
  • Press the Scan button.
  • It will make a log (FRST.txt) in the same directory the tool is run. Please attach it to your reply.
  • The first time the tool is run, it also makes another log (Addition.txt). If you've, run the tool before you need to place a check mark here.
  • Please attach the Additions.txt log to your reply as well.



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Hello Ron,

Thanks for the reply. 

It will take a while to finish scanning with the Sophos tool, so I am posing steps 1, 2 and 3. Also some more information.

When you asked me to reboot my computer, it installed some Windows updates. It took a while to install and then I had to reboot two times. After the second time, I was able to log into windows, although that also took a while (2-3 min). When I logged in, the desktop looked normal, ie. Aero for windows was enabled and I did not get any error of any kind. 

I ran step 1 and 2, and I had to reboot on step 2. It again took a while to reboot and log in. In total maybe around 3-5min. When I logged back again, Aero was disabled, I got a Windows Service error and my antivirus firewall was again disabled (see "Weird Desktop with windows service.png")


I do not know if you prefer the logs as attachments or text, but I am attaching them now. On step 1, I ran the tool with the antivirus enabled, so I disabled the antivirus and ran it again. 


I might have to wait until tomorrow to continue as I suspect the Sophos will take A LONG time (I have almost 2TB on over 600000 1 million files). 


Thanks a lot,


Weird Desktop with windows service.png

JRT with antivirus disabled.txt

JRT with antivirus enabled.txt



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It's possible if you don't have the very latest installation of Bitdefender that there may be some conflict with Malwarebytes. Bitdefender did fix the issue a few months ago so as long as you have the latest version that should not be an issue.

The JRT and AdwCleaner did not find much of any issue. Post back the Sophos when you can and the FRST and Addition logs as attachments when ready.

Thank you



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Hello Ron,

Thanks for your response.

I believe that I have the latest Bitdefender install as I switched from Kaspersky a few weeks ago... I will check and update if necesary anyway.

Sophos did not found anything, see attached picture.

Attached also the FRST scan. By the way, the Maleware protection module of Bitdefender started complaining about FRST and blocking it from looking into folders or something like that... I had to disable it.

Sophos Result.png



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As suspected, the computer shows no real signs of being infected. If the computer is still running very slow it could possibly be the hard drive is slowing. Would be best to run some diagnostic software to check the hard drive status.

You can use the following tool from Microsoft to help determine what's running and causing an issue.


Could also possibly use


At this time the computer does not appear to be infected.



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