1) I "denied" permissions for all authenticated users of my non-partitioned hard drive labeled as disk C:
2) After a week of consultations with Sony and Microsoft I was told that I can not give back those permissions once I took them away and that the only thing I can do is do a system recovery from a DVD, which I ordered.
3) Before the DVD arrived by mail I managed to restore all permissions to "all authenticated users" of disk C:, thus unveiling a major security flow in Vista which allows a non Admin, non authorized user to unlock all permissions, and to change admin rights...thus bypassing any password protection...wow! viva Vista!
4) After doing a system restore, my pc was working fine, but after the recovery DVD's from Sony arrived I did a complete disk format and reinstalled the whole system from the DVD's.
I have all the same programs installed and running as before.
I use ESET and Windows Defender.
But ever since I reinstalled everything, my memory usage is running anywhere from 40-50%+(I have 3069MB RAM...actually 4GB but 32bit vista allows only 3)
I ran HiJackThis which I posted below, but I failed to find anything abnormal...then again I am a novice.
One more thing....before all this happened when I ran my scans in ESET and Defender I averaged about 450,000 files, where as now ESET is showing around 600,000 and Defender 1.2million files scanned??? I believe this is due to the old files not being formatted during the format plus the system restore files....but perhaps I am wrong.