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Its so weird this should happen to me; I've been having this problem with my web browsers, Firefox and Chrome. The problem was whenever trying to access certain sites those browsers would freeze up and considerably slow down like a dying dinosaur which would obligate me to manually terminate them by whatever means. After terminating and trying to reopen the browsers I would get errors of profile still open.

For Firefox the only solution was to restart the entire system; for Chrome I only had to open up task manager and end its process - even though there would still be a previous chrome process running after I start up a new one and trying to kill the Firefox process ended with no dice.

Trying to solve this I ran all types of scans to check what was up. I used Ad-aware, Spybot-S&D, I removed Microsoft security Essentials and replaced it with AVG antivirus, I already had installed SuperAntiSpyware but it didn't seem to helping my problem though very helpful in finding some trojans lurking around. I use advanced system care so the Iobit Malware fighter is also part of my virus fighting arsenal. Strangely I always had Malwarebytes but hardly used it because it didn't seem to really protect me nor did it pick up anything during scans which my other programs would normally pick up on so I basically left it in a corner for months but today I just updated it from version 4 to 5 and now I see a big difference in the two and even greater benefits to come along with the later version.

But all in all I fear its too late for me cause right now my entire Window XP OS has restored straight to 'first-date' setting and now everything has renewed and I'm missing many programs which used to be apart of my desktop. They're still there in the hard drive though thankfully. My custom wallpaper is now the windows default grassy plains with clouds above and the little tweaks and custom bits I added to make my pc more 'me' has now been smudged away and rinsed cleanly all back to default settings. I find the defaults really ugly and unappealing - now everything must be started ever once more - but I won't do anything cause I can still tell whatever did this to my registry is still there and that's why I'm posting this!

Before this happened there were a lot of suspicious activity going on in my processes; I could see what in security task manager. I believe 'something' was running all around in windows32 area and overtime disguising theirselves as genuine applications or hiding behind such while modifying things until this happened :(

Even now its sad to know that malicious things can really destroy the framework of everything in your pc and leave you with a worthless trash that doesn't work. For me its more trouble than its worth to be trying to self fix this - I've been trying to for 3 weeks now with no success! This is what it's come to now =/

I knew of a file, scvlhosts.exe(not sure if that's the correct spelling)that I believe was malicious cause it was found in drive c: but I don't have a drive c: , all i have is C: (notice the capital letters) so I deleted it but still other things weren't going on or at least I think things weren't going on normally.

I learned about this site today as well and was following the first basic procedure for removing malware. I downloaded the defogger tool and ran it but it never prompted me to restart the system(is that normal btw?) ...So getting impatient I went myself to restart the computer and here I am now - and I can't restore anything cause I turned it off, you know, a standard advice given to xp users to not accidentally restore bad data.

I don't have a window backup cd too so I'm just in bad luck

The Iobit malware fighter recently picked up a program trying to modify the registry(while in the new hated mode) but I forgot its name, ctfmon.exe I think - I blocked it but not really sure if that helped. Spybot has been removed from the desktop along with many other programs and when trying to reinstall it back to the desktop I get a runtime error - "Runtime Error (at-1:0): Cannot Import dll:C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\UninsSrv.dll."

I'm so unlucky this is happening, please just try whatever to help me before its too late

Thank you in advance for trying :)

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Hello, and welcome to Malwarebytes, greatkibble:

Sorry to hear that your computer may be infected.

Alas, we cannot work on malware detection/removal in this part of the PC Help forum.

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