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FYI: I am fairly ignorant about computer problems and troubleshooting. I have a Presario V5000, Windows XP Home, with Avast Free Antivirus, ZoneAlarm Free Firewall, WinPatrol and Snoopfree.

The first suspiscion I had was when an Adobe PDF file appeared on my desktop (I had only put Word doc's on the desktop), then weird desktop word doc's being renamed slightly. Then while mouse was idling the screen went black - I assumed it was because the mouse went in sleep mode. I toggled the mouse and "enter" key several times, to no avail. The screen was black for an inordinate amount of time, then as it went back to "normal", down in the task bar area (where open Chrome & IE8 screens "sit" in XP), I noticed a program called "3dtext" in the bottom of the screen. Never heard of it, so I googled it and found a bunch of bad news related to it.

I also noticed that when I boot up XP, instead of immediately going to Windows XP on black screen, an icon I don't ever recall seeing down in the lower right side of screen (could have been there before and not noticed it, but don't think so). The screen is black with an icon in lower corner that reads "Phoenix", with a swoop logo, and under "Phoenix" is text too small to see. Then it goes to black screen and Windows XP logo like normal.

Upon boot-up, Avast is disabled temporarily - it has a yellow exclamation point/icon (I think) in front of the Avast icon, then after about 30 seconds, it disappears. It had never done that until recently.

I have been doing scans (also in safe mode) with: Malwarebytes, SuperAntiSpyware, Avast. They have never found anything. There is something very wrong, but I am not savvy enough to troubleshoot it, so here I am. There is something that precedes boot-up and I did a scan with Avast's boot-up scan. No luck there.

Today I found Hijack Hunter and ran a scan. It says: (!!!POSSIBLE ROOTKIT DETECTED!!!)

When I looked in Administrator Tools, Services (Local), I found in many of the files instead of Logon as: "Local System Account", it says "This Account", NT AUTHORITY\LocalService, with a 13 digit password, which I certainly didn't set. It is enabled under Hardware Profile: "Profile 1".

Also, there are more user accounts than I should have. I have never added any.

I will thank you in advance. Thanks!

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