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I recently had my first encounter with malware after 5 years of running clean (Virtumonde and tons of others - 286 independent nasties at one count). I am mostly recovered thanks to this forum.

However, I am having the following problem... I can boot to login just fine (XP Pro, multiple accounts), and get into each account as expected. But I am only able to launch a few applications; others just fail to start. More clearly, I can start any arbitrary apps, but only 3-4 of them. Anything after that begins to load, but crashes immediately out. There are no other symptoms, it doesn't matter what apps I am loading, and the CPU is reporting normal loads. The page file seems a little smaller than usual, but I don't see how that would cause this kind of problem.

Worse, I'm not even sure how to search for this kind of issue. I've run virus and malware scanners ad nauseum, but nothing seems to come up.

Any ideas? How can I even begin to search for this sort of thing?

Thanks for any insight!
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A free utility called 'HijackThis' can root out any rogue or malicious processes that other utilities may miss. Please visit this section of GeeksToGo: http://www.geekstogo...o-Here-f37.html and read the 'pinned' posts on using HijackThis.

You can download HijackThis from here: http://www.merijn.org/index.php (scroll down to foot of page)

Run HijackThis and post it's log to the GeeksToGo 'malware removal' section please (first link as above).
This is to ensure that you only get advice from trained HJT experts on how to proceed, and not from just anyone which may make things worse.

Thanks

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Edited by pip22, 18 November 2007 - 02:05 AM.

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Thanks for that - I figured I'd have to do that, too, but wanted to see if there was something simple I was missing (probably still is).

I'll head over now.
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