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Vectordawg

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Windows XP Home
HP Pavillion
AMD 3200
1 Gig Ram

I recently downloaded a file from bearshare and the problems started. I've run Zone Labs anti-virus, I use windows defender and no signs of virus/maleware.

Problem(s)

Computer takes a longer than normal time to boot

Computer will not go into standby

I can put it into standby manually and after an undetermined amount of time, it wakes without outside intervention.

If computer sits idle for a while,or after it wakes on its own after being put into stby manually, the mouse pointer moves but clicking on icons does nothing. I have to open task manager, click around in it a couple of times, close it, and then the mouse becomes effective again.

Recently downloaded and installed MS IE 7. Navigating around in this program is almost as if somebodys watching as there is now a delay after I click on something and the mouse becomes active within that page again.

Today, the wheel on the mouse (LX7) stopped working.

I'm stumped...normally, I can fix these thing myself but I have no clue what's going on other than something's not right.

Thanks in advance,

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Sean,
Thanks for the reply. I've had the P2P software on my computer for a very long time without the conflict so I hesitate to think that it alone is the root of my issues. I even went so far as to retore my computer to a setting 2 weeks prior to the installation and the issues still remain. I think I actually installed IE7 after the problems started.

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Hi Vectordawg...

Simply because you have bearshare installed and use it, we need to verify that this isn't malware related. Bearshare is a known purveyor of nasties and some of them can interfere with any procedures we use to try to resolve these issues...particularly when related to exe problems.

Please go to the Malware Forum and follow the instructions found there.

That will give you several steps that will help you clean up 70 percent of all problems by yourself...then post a hijackthis log in THAT forum. Be patient, the Malware Forum is a very busy place and a two or three day wait is not unusual. DO NOT REPLY TO OR BUMP YOUR OWN LOG. If it shows a reply it may be overlooked as one that is being worked on.

If you are still having problems after getting a clean bill of health from the malware expert, please return to this thread.

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Edited by wannabe1, 23 November 2006 - 11:41 AM.

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Thanks...will do.
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I have been to the Maleware thread and gotten the go ahead to resume posting here. Same problems as before with a new twist. I got on my computer the other morning and found my task bar located on the side of the monitor. I always have it located on the bottom...this is a strange situation.

Thanks....Vectordawg
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Welcome back...

What program wa it you downloaded using bearshare...the one just before the problem began?

When you say "clicking around" in Task Manager, what is it that you click the brings the mouse back to life?

For the Taskbar problem, place the mouse pointer over the Taskbar (a clear area), left click and hold, "throw" the Taskbar towards the bottom of the screen and release the mouse button as you do so. It may take you a few tries to get the timing right, but this will put it back on the bottom. Then right click on the Taskbar and choose "Lock the Taskbar" from the menu.

Do you have your XP installation cd? Is it a branded version or retail?
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The program I loaded was Corel Painter XI. I've already uninstalled it. I actually think it was one of the keygen programs that started the whole problem.

No problem putting the taskbar back where it's supposed to be, I just though it incredibly odd that it moved by itself.

I do ctl-alt-del, get the taskmanager up, and then click on a couple of tabs at the top..i.e. processes, performance, etc. After that the mouse functions normally.

When the mouse is in its 'mood' I can double click an icon on my desktop to open a program, the program doesn't open but rather the menu usually associated with a right click comes up.

I tried to restore the system to a point before I started having these problems, but that didn't take care of the issue.

The software was pre-loaded on my system. I know I made an 8 disk restore set at sometime but I don't have a stand alone version of XP.

Thanks - Vectordawg
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Can you borrow a Windows XP cd (retail) from someone?

It sounds like there may be some files on the machine that aren't the correct version. I'd like to run the System File Check on the machine, but this will require a Windows XP cd to run. This happens quite often when one downloads questionable applications...malware can also drop a bad file on the machine that may have the same name as the legit file. SFC can usually spot those.
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Wannabe1,

I think I can get my hands on a XP Pro CD set. I'm running XP Home...do you think that will be OK? Also an anomoly I didn't mention before, at random times, the center wheel on my mouse ceases to function and after a page loads on IE, it takes a second or two before I can act on anything within that page. Sort of like a built in delay. It just keeps getting stranger and stranger....
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If you are running XP home, you will need to find an XP Home cd. XP Pro will be seen as an upgrade and won't work for the SFC or the Repair.

I've got to step ot for a while this morning, I'll look into some other options for this when I return.
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Wannabe1,

I've managed to secure an XP Home Upgrade cd. Do you think this will suffice for the file scan? If not, I'll keep searching.

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Yes! That will work nicely.

Click Start, then Run, type cmd and click "Ok".

In the command window, type sfc /scannow and press "Enter". It will run a check on your machine and may ask for the cd...have it handy.

Let me know how this goes.
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Wannabe1...
Ran the scan. The system did not ask for the CD and while I walked away from the machine during the scan, there were no messages upon completion just the CMD window.

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Do you still have the cd?

Try this REPAIR to your installation of XP. This procedure will not damage or change your current files or settings...it will just repair or replace damaged system files. You will be asked for your Installation CD and may be asked for your product key...use the product key for your machine. Follow the instructions carefully...print them out if you can. Note: This option is not always available on OEM Recovery Cd's

Once this repair has completed, you will have to download all Windows Updates again.
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