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Ive been pointed in this direction by users on Annoyances.

I turned on my PC a week or two ago and the Windows XP loading screen stayed online for minutes, when usually it is mere seconds (I just reinstalled Windows a few weeks ago). The red HDD light stayed illuminated for minutes too, without flickering.

The Windows log on screen takes around two minutes to appear and when I log in it takes another three minutes or so before I can do anything, and my mouse pointer stutters across the screen.

It was working fine last night and has been working fine. I dont have much on there at all since its a new install, and Ive defragged and Scandisk'd twice. Ive just rebooted now and again it has taken an age to load.

Does anyone know how the heck this could happen out of nowhere? Its totally out of the ordinary.

Here is my bootlog log file. Someone on Annoyances said the issue here could be the "a2obe7op.sys" file, which is hidden in Explorer and in the msconfig startup options. I cannot find the file.

Service Pack 3 7 23 2008 17:03:55.375

Loaded driver \WINDOWS\system32\ntoskrnl.exe

Loaded driver \WINDOWS\system32\hal.dll

Loaded driver \WINDOWS\system32\KDCOM.DLL

Loaded driver \WINDOWS\system32\BOOTVID.dll

Loaded driver sptd.sys

Loaded driver \WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\WMILIB.SYS

Loaded driver \WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\SCSIPORT.SYS

Loaded driver ACPI.sys

Loaded driver pci.sys

Loaded driver isapnp.sys

Loaded driver viaide.sys

Loaded driver \WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\PCIIDEX.SYS

Loaded driver MountMgr.sys

Loaded driver ftdisk.sys

Loaded driver dmload.sys

Loaded driver dmio.sys

Loaded driver PartMgr.sys

Loaded driver VolSnap.sys

Loaded driver atapi.sys

Loaded driver disk.sys

Loaded driver \WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\CLASSPNP.SYS

Loaded driver fltmgr.sys

Loaded driver sr.sys

Loaded driver KSecDD.sys

Loaded driver Ntfs.sys

Loaded driver NDIS.sys

Loaded driver uagp35.sys

Loaded driver viaagp1.sys

Loaded driver ohci1394.sys

Loaded driver \WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\1394BUS.SYS

Loaded driver Mup.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\nic1394.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\intelppm.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\vtmini.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\LVUSBSta.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\ctoss2k.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\ctsfm2k.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\P17.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\imapi.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\AnyDVD.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\pfc.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\cdrom.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\redbook.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\GEARAspiWDM.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\usbuhci.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\usbehci.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\serial.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\irsir.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\irenum.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\fdc.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\parport.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\i8042prt.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\L8042Kbd.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\kbdclass.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\L8042mou.Sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\LMouKE.Sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\mouclass.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\serenum.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\fetnd5.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\a2obe7op.SYS

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\LVUSBSta.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\audstub.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\LVUSBSta.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\LVUSBSta.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\LVUSBSta.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\LVUSBSta.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\rasirda.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\rasl2tp.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\ndistapi.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\ndiswan.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\raspppoe.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\raspptp.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\msgpc.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\psched.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\ptilink.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\raspti.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\rdpdr.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\termdd.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\pctfw.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\swenum.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\update.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\mssmbios.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\NDProxy.SYS

Did not load driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\NDProxy.SYS

Did not load driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\NDProxy.SYS

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\usbhub.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\flpydisk.sys

Did not load driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\lbrtfdc.SYS

Did not load driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Sfloppy.SYS

Did not load driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\i2omgmt.SYS

Did not load driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Changer.SYS

Did not load driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Cdaudio.SYS

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Fs_Rec.SYS

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Null.SYS

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Beep.SYS

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\vga.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\mnmdd.SYS

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\RDPCDD.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Msfs.SYS

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Npfs.SYS

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\rasacd.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\ipsec.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\tcpip.sys

Loaded driver \??\C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\pctfw2.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\ipnat.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\wanarp.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\netbt.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\afd.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\netbios.sys

Did not load driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\PCIDump.SYS

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\rdbss.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\pctssipc.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\arp1394.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\pctmp.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\mrxsmb.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Fips.SYS

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\ElbyCDIO.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\BANTExt.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\avgmfx86.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\LVMVDrv.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\LVUSBSta.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\usbscan.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\lvuvcflt.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\usbccgp.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\LVMVDrv.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\lvuvc.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\lvpopflt.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\usbaudio.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\LVcKap.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\splitter.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\aec.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\swmidi.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\DMusic.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\kmixer.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\drmkaud.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\avgldx86.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Cdfs.SYS

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\irda.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\ndisuio.sys

Did not load driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\rdbss.sys

Did not load driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\mrxsmb.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\mrxdav.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\ParVdm.SYS

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\aspi32.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\srv.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\wdmaud.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\sysaudio.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\splitter.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\aec.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\swmidi.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\DMusic.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\kmixer.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\drmkaud.sys

Did not load driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\ipnat.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\LVPr2Mon.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\HTTP.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\tbhsd.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\MSPCLOCK.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\MSPQM.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\MSKSSRV.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\drmkaud.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\kmixer.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\aec.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\swmidi.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\DMusic.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\splitter.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\MSPCLOCK.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\MSPQM.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\MSKSSRV.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\MSPCLOCK.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\MSPQM.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\MSKSSRV.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\drmkaud.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\kmixer.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\aec.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\swmidi.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\DMusic.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\splitter.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\kmixer.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\splitter.sys

Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\kmixer.sys

EDIT: My Anti-Malware and updated HJT logs are now below.

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OK here are my logs. ActiveScan found nothing at all, so I have my Anti-Malware log and my HJT log. Here they are:

ANTI-MALWARE

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.24

Database version: 1030

Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

17:38:35 07/08/2008

mbam-log-8-7-2008 (17-38-35).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan

Objects scanned: 49270

Time elapsed: 32 minute(s), 44 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0

Memory Modules Infected: 0

Registry Keys Infected: 0

Registry Values Infected: 0

Registry Data Items Infected: 1

Folders Infected: 0

Files Infected: 0

Memory Processes Infected:

(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:

(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:

(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:

(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Start_ShowHelp (Hijack.StartMenu) -> Bad: (0) Good: (1) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Folders Infected:

(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:

(No malicious items detected)

HIJACKTHIS

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2

Scan saved at 23:03:18, on 07/08/2008

Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)

MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16674)

Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:

C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe

C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe

C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe

C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe

C:\Program Files\PC Tools Firewall Plus\FWService.exe

C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe

C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe

C:\Program Files\Common Files\LogiShrd\LVMVFM\LVPrcSrv.exe

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe

C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgwdsvc.exe

C:\Program Files\Common Files\LogiShrd\LVCOMSER\LVComSer.exe

C:\Program Files\Common Files\LogiShrd\LVCOMSER\LVComSer.exe

C:\Program Files\Alcohol Soft\Alcohol 120\StarWind\StarWindServiceAE.exe

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe

C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgrsx.exe

C:\Program Files\Webroot\Washer\WasherSvc.exe

C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE

C:\Program Files\PC Tools Firewall Plus\FirewallGUI.exe

C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgtray.exe

C:\Program Files\Creative\SBAudigy\Surround Mixer\CTSysVol.exe

C:\WINDOWS\system32\Rundll32.exe

C:\Program Files\Royal Mail\SmartStamp\BINARY\STRAY.EXE

C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe

C:\WINDOWS\system32\VTTimer.exe

C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe

C:\Program Files\SUPERAntiSpyware\SUPERAntiSpyware.exe

C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe

C:\Program Files\Logitech\SetPoint\SetPoint.exe

C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Logitech\KHAL\KHALMNPR.EXE

C:\Program Files\Common Files\LogiShrd\LComMgr\Communications_Helper.exe

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Logishrd\LQCVFX\COCIManager.exe

C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896

R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Connection Wizard,ShellNext = http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/

O2 - BHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll

O2 - BHO: WormRadar.com IESiteBlocker.NavFilter - {3CA2F312-6F6E-4B53-A66E-4E65E497C8C0} - C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgssie.dll

O2 - BHO: Spybot-S&D IE Protection - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll

O2 - BHO: SSVHelper Class - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\ssv.dll

O2 - BHO: Windows Live Sign-in Helper - {9030D464-4C02-4ABF-8ECC-5164760863C6} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live\WindowsLiveLogin.dll

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [00PCTFW] "C:\Program Files\PC Tools Firewall Plus\FirewallGUI.exe" -s

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG8_TRAY] C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgtray.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [CTSysVol] C:\Program Files\Creative\SBAudigy\Surround Mixer\CTSysVol.exe /r

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [P17Helper] Rundll32 P17.dll,P17Helper

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [OLP-Tray] C:\Program Files\Royal Mail\SmartStamp\BINARY\STRAY.EXE

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [LogitechQuickCamRibbon] "C:\Program Files\Logitech\QuickCam\Quickcam.exe" /hide

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [VTTimer] VTTimer.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NeroFilterCheck] C:\Program Files\Common Files\Nero\Lib\NeroCheck.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AppleSyncNotifier] C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleSyncNotifier.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [iTunesHelper] "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe"

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [AlcoholAutomount] "C:\Program Files\Alcohol Soft\Alcohol 120\axcmd.exe" /automount

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [bgMonitor_{79662E04-7C6C-4d9f-84C7-88D8A56B10AA}] "c:\program files\common files\nero\lib\nmbgmonitor.exe"

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [sUPERAntiSpyware] C:\Program Files\SUPERAntiSpyware\SUPERAntiSpyware.exe

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe

O4 - Startup: Adobe Gamma.lnk = C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Calibration\Adobe Gamma Loader.exe

O4 - Global Startup: Logitech SetPoint.lnk = C:\Program Files\Logitech\SetPoint\SetPoint.exe

O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\OFFICE11\EXCEL.EXE/3000

O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\ssv.dll

O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\ssv.dll

O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\OFFICE11\REFIEBAR.DLL

O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {DFB852A3-47F8-48C4-A200-58CAB36FD2A2} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll

O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Spybot - Search & Destroy Configuration - {DFB852A3-47F8-48C4-A200-58CAB36FD2A2} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll

O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - C:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe

O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @xpsp3res.dll,-20001 - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - C:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe

O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe

O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe

O16 - DPF: {10093E98-C073-4C75-8D0E-FB5CD3A71D33} (ZoneUpwords Object) - http://messenger.zone.msn.com/binary/Upwords.cab57176.cab

O16 - DPF: {20A60F0D-9AFA-4515-A0FD-83BD84642501} (Checkers Class) - http://messenger.zone.msn.com/binary/msgrchkr.cab56986.cab

O16 - DPF: {2D8ED06D-3C30-438B-96AE-4D110FDC1FB8} (ActiveScan 2.0 Installer Class) - http://acs.pandasoftware.com/activescan/cabs/as2stubie.cab

O16 - DPF: {6E32070A-766D-4EE6-879C-DC1FA91D2FC3} (MUWebControl Class) - http://www.update.microsoft.com/microsoftu...b?1213138656093

O16 - DPF: {B8BE5E93-A60C-4D26-A2DC-220313175592} (MSN Games - Installer) - http://messenger.zone.msn.com/binary/ZIntro.cab56649.cab

O16 - DPF: {BD393C14-72AD-4790-A095-76522973D6B8} (CBreakshotControl Class) - http://messenger.zone.msn.com/binary/Bankshot.cab57213.cab

O16 - DPF: {BDBDE413-7B1C-4C68-A8FF-C5B2B4090876} (F-Secure Online Scanner 3.3) - http://support.f-secure.com/ols/fscax.cab

O16 - DPF: {C3F79A2B-B9B4-4A66-B012-3EE46475B072} (MessengerStatsClient Class) - http://messenger.zone.msn.com/binary/Messe...nt.cab56907.cab

O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) - http://fpdownload2.macromedia.com/get/shoc...ash/swflash.cab

O16 - DPF: {DA758BB1-5F89-4465-975F-8D7179A4BCF3} (WheelofFortune Object) - http://messenger.zone.msn.com/binary/WoF.cab57176.cab

O16 - DPF: {F6ACF75C-C32C-447B-9BEF-46B766368D29} (Creative Software AutoUpdate Support Package) - http://www.creative.com/softwareupdate/su2...15035/CTPID.cab

O18 - Protocol: linkscanner - {F274614C-63F8-47D5-A4D1-FBDDE494F8D1} - C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgpp.dll

O20 - AppInit_DLLs: avgrsstx.dll

O20 - Winlogon Notify: !SASWinLogon - C:\Program Files\SUPERAntiSpyware\SASWINLO.dll

O23 - Service: Adobe LM Service - Adobe Systems - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe Systems Shared\Service\Adobelmsvc.exe

O23 - Service: Apple Mobile Device - Apple Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe

O23 - Service: AVG8 WatchDog (avg8wd) - AVG Technologies CZ, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgwdsvc.exe

O23 - Service: iPod Service - Apple Inc. - C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe

O23 - Service: LVCOMSer - Logitech Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\LogiShrd\LVCOMSER\LVComSer.exe

O23 - Service: Process Monitor (LVPrcSrv) - Logitech Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\LogiShrd\LVMVFM\LVPrcSrv.exe

O23 - Service: LVSrvLauncher - Logitech Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\LogiShrd\SrvLnch\SrvLnch.exe

O23 - Service: NMIndexingService - Nero AG - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Nero\Lib\NMIndexingService.exe

O23 - Service: PC Tools Firewall Plus (PCToolsFirewallPlus) - PC Tools - C:\Program Files\PC Tools Firewall Plus\FWService.exe

O23 - Service: StarWind AE Service (StarWindServiceAE) - Rocket Division Software - C:\Program Files\Alcohol Soft\Alcohol 120\StarWind\StarWindServiceAE.exe

O23 - Service: Window Washer Engine (wwEngineSvc) - Webroot Software, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Webroot\Washer\WasherSvc.exe

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Again, just to reiterate, my PC takes a looooong time to boot (the Windows XP screen stays on for minutes and the HDD light is on constantly), and once Ive logged in, it takes minutes before the system loads my system tray, settles down and lets me finally do something. My HDD also appears to be making a sort of squeaking sound whenever it does something memory intensive.

Ive tried everything and still gotten nowhere. My initial questions into this can be found here:

http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp/1216503379

Thanks a lot to anyone who helps.

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Well, AVG was making the PC at my job boot at least 3 times slower than it does now with it gone. If your drive is making noise, there is a good chance it is failing. I would get it backed up and look into getting a new one. Your logs look clean. You do have excess stuff starting that isn't needed at boot, but a noisy drive in not a good sign.

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Well, AVG was making the PC at my job boot at least 3 times slower than it does now with it gone. If your drive is making noise, there is a good chance it is failing. I would get it backed up and look into getting a new one. Your logs look clean. You do have excess stuff starting that isn't needed at boot, but a noisy drive in not a good sign.

I dont know its the HDD but it sounds like it. It started the night before I booted up slowly when I was using a lot of RAM and everything suddenly went slow. I turned it off, and booted the next day and it took an age to load Windows. I dont think it is AVG. Maybe its my memory or motherboard?

The a2obe7op.sys file is hiding itself in Windows - someone on Annoyances is convinced it is a rootkit infection.

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Well pardon me, but this forum seemed more suited to the task in hand. I posted on Annoyances initially because I thought it was a small-scale issue. When it turned out to be something possibly malware related, I was directed here.

You had no reason to take a snooty tone with me. Theres absoutely nothing wrong with asking around on different forums.

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1. Yes there is something wrong with getting help on two forums. And I told you what that was. Good chance of system damage and the helper has no idea what is being done at the other forum. Also believe it or not, your not the only person around needing help. Your taking the time of at least 2 people.

2. I did not take a snooty attitude. I told you how it's gonna be make your choice.

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1. Yes there is something wrong with getting help on two forums. And I told you what that was. Good chance of system damage and the helper has no idea what is being done at the other forum.

No. I stopped asking for help on the other site, as I said up there. No one could help me there so I came here to start afresh.

Also believe it or not, your not the only person around needing help. Your taking the time of at least 2 people.

Did I ever say I was? Ive been nothing but grateful and patient here, and THIS is the help I get? Pardon me for having an issue that takes up two peoples' time! Your attitude is appauling and uncalled for.

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If you stopped getting help at the other forum then why are you telling me they think some file I have yet to see is a rootkit? If you don't like what your hearing, then maybe you should just move on. Because I won't work on a machine that is getting help at another forum. Period end of story. You disagree with everything I have told you so far, so I doubt your going to find anything here to your satisfaction. AVG is a horrid program that nearly stops IE from functioning now. It made the boot up so slow on a machine I am very familiar with and once I removed it, we have no problems. You might want to take a read through this forum and see just how many people find my attitude has saved them. Your attitude is one of someone who feels they are owed something. Your not.

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Since this topic has had no reply for over 5 days it will be closed to prevent other from posting into it. Should you decide to resume with your assistance PM any staff member and we will be happy to reopen the topic.

Note: the fixes in this topic are for this system only. Applying them to your system can cause severe damage and result in utter system failure. If you need help start your own topic and someone will be happy to assist you.

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