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Spyware/Trojans Resulting in Slow PC/Internet performance

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Hello. first of all, thanks for considering to help me out. My computer has been gradually decreasing in performance over the last few months and has come to its all-time low now. The PC performance is terrible and the internet is almost unusable. In regards to PC performance: I do have some minor programs running that might at-first-glance appear to be hogging down my system. These are: Yahoo! Widget Engine, tClock, a custom taskbar/window theme, and RocketDock (I'd like to have a Mac if you couldn't tell :)). When these programs are disabled, the computer performance stays the same sadly.

In regards to the internet, I use Safari for Windows. Once again, at-first-glance, some may think this is a problem but I also have Chrome, Firefox and IE - all of which perform at the same visible speed.

I do not download any dangerous programs like those from P2P websites and I am a low-intermediate level PC user who is very cautious with what I do with the computer.

Over the past few months, I have turned to programs that will "help" my computer by "optimizing its RAM" ... I found out the hard way this was all nonsense. If it helps, some of the programs I've used were Advanced SystemCare 3, eboostr, and Free Ram XP Pro - as well as Download Accelerator Pro (which did seem to triple my download speed) and a Video Accelerator that came bundled with DAP.

I am aware of how to create and upload my HijackThis Logfile if that should be necessary.

Once again, thank you very much.

Edited by Nickelz92, 21 January 2009 - 06:37 PM.

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