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Svchost.exe error -- (not malware)


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sunejdk

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Dear community.

I hope someone here has some good advice, because I really don't know what to do next:

Just received my brand new M70 precision laptop last week, but I haven't been able to use it yet because of problems that first appeared to be due to malicious software.
The symptoms are similar to that of the blaster worm. When booting into Windows XP, I get an error message from svchost.exe saying "the instruction at '0x000cfe50' referenced memory at '0x000cfe50'. The memory could not be "written". Okay to terminate program. Cancel to debug."

Closing the window allows me to boot fully into XP, but then I get the infamous shut down in 60 seconds message:" the system is shutting down. Please save all work in progress and log off. This request was initiated by NT Authority\system. Message: Windows must restart because the RPC service terminated unexpectedly." And then it counts down from 60 seconds, after which it reboots.
I can stop this using the DOS prompt of course, but Windows is still behaving strange: some programs won't start or they behave abnormally, the Windows key doesn't work, minimized windows do not appear in the taskbar etc. If I keep on rebooting, then sometimes I'm lucky and get a normal functioning version of Windows.

I tried to format the hard disk and start all over, but the problem reappeared. I'm using panda fully up-to-date antivirus software. I have tried removal tool for the blaster worm and a few other worms but to no avail. Also, windows XP are fully updated with service pack two etc. To me, no suspicious processes are running. Please find my hijackthis log below.

I've also tried online virus scans, and some rootkitrevealer utilities, but by now I feel quite sure that it's not a virus problem. So it must be a software problem, because I have also done all of Dell's hardware diagnostic tests.

Cheers,Sune

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 5:19:57 PM, on 6/3/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\csrss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\WLKeeper.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\SCardSvr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum Internet Security\PaSSrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum Internet Security\Firewall\PavFires.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\ZcfgSvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\PROGRA~1\Intel\Wireless\Bin\1XConfig.exe
C:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum Internet Security\PavFnSvr.exe
C:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum Internet Security\pavprot.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Panda Software\PavShld\pavprsrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum Internet Security\pavsrv51.exe
C:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum Internet Security\Prevsrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum Internet Security\PsImSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\RegSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum Internet Security\AVENGINE.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe
C:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum Internet Security\APVXDWIN.EXE
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\ifrmewrk.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\dla\tfswctrl.exe
C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDVD\DVDLauncher.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\ScanSoft\NaturallySpeaking\Program\natspeak.exe
C:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum Internet Security\SRVLOAD.EXE
C:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum Internet Security\WebProxy.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\alg.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\cmd.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exe
C:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum Internet Security\Upgrader.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\DOCUME~1\SUNEJE~1\LOCALS~1\Temp\Temporary Directory 1 for hijackthis.zip\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.google.dk/
O2 - BHO: DriveLetterAccess - {5CA3D70E-1895-11CF-8E15-001234567890} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\dla\tfswshx.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [BluetoothAuthenticationAgent] rundll32.exe bthprops.cpl,,BluetoothAuthenticationAgent
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SCANINICIO] "C:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum Internet Security\Inicio.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [APVXDWIN] "C:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum Internet Security\APVXDWIN.EXE" /s
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [IntelWireless] C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\ifrmewrk.exe /tf Intel PROSet/Wireless
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /installquiet
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [dla] C:\WINDOWS\system32\dla\tfswctrl.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [UpdateManager] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Sonic\Update Manager\sgtray.exe" /r
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [DVDLauncher] "C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDVD\DVDLauncher.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SSBkgdUpdate] C:\Program Files\Common Files\Scansoft Shared\SSBkgdUpdate\SSBkgdupdate.exe -Embedding -boot
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [DNS7reminder] "C:\Program Files\ScanSoft\NaturallySpeaking\Program\ereg.exe" -r "C:\Program Files\ScanSoft\NaturallySpeaking\Program\ereg.ini"
O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [PANDA ANTISPAM SERVER SERVICE] "C:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum Internet Security\PasSrv.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [CTFMON.EXE] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
O4 - Startup: Dragon NaturallySpeaking.lnk = C:\Program Files\ScanSoft\NaturallySpeaking\Program\natspeak.exe
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\OFFICE11\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\OFFICE11\REFIEBAR.DLL
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O20 - AppInit_DLLs: PAVWAIT.DLL
O20 - Winlogon Notify: IntelWireless - C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\LgNotify.dll
O23 - Service: EvtEng - Intel Corporation - C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
O23 - Service: Sony SPTI Service for DVE (ICDSPTSV) - Sony Corporation - C:\WINDOWS\system32\IcdSptSv.exe
O23 - Service: NVIDIA Display Driver Service (NVSvc) - NVIDIA Corporation - C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
O23 - Service: Panda Antispam Server Service (PASSRV) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum Internet Security\PaSSrv.exe
O23 - Service: Panda Firewall Service (PAVFIRES) - Panda Software - C:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum Internet Security\Firewall\PavFires.exe
O23 - Service: Panda PAVFNSVR (PAVFNSVR) - Panda Software - C:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum Internet Security\PavFnSvr.exe
O23 - Service: Panda PAVPROT (PAVPROT) - Panda Software - C:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum Internet Security\pavprot.exe
O23 - Service: Panda Process Protection Service (PavPrSrv) - Panda Software - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Panda Software\PavShld\pavprsrv.exe
O23 - Service: Panda anti-virus service (PAVSRV) - Panda Software - C:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum Internet Security\pavsrv51.exe
O23 - Service: Panda Preventium+ Service (PREVSRV) - Panda Software - C:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum Internet Security\Prevsrv.exe
O23 - Service: Panda IManager Service (PSIMSVC) - Panda Software Internacional - C:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum Internet Security\PsImSvc.exe
O23 - Service: RegSrvc - Intel Corporation - C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\RegSrvc.exe
O23 - Service: Spectrum24 Event Monitor (S24EventMonitor) - Intel Corporation - C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
O23 - Service: WLANKEEPER - Intel® Corporation - C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\WLKeeper.exe
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if you want help on your hijack log you have to post it on the hijack forum.
to me it looks like you got infected with the same thing on both installs.
if reinstalling is still an option i'd suggest doing that and format the disk twice (just restart the install process after the first format). after the install go straight to the microsoft updates site and install SP2.
i read an article the other day that there is a "super" worm in the works...maybe you got the first taste...anyway, good luck.
if that doesn't help the problem then it has to be hardware related being that everything to do with software (except bios of course and that doesn't get infected) is stored on your hard drive.
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I doubt it very much. I have already posted my hijackthis log to a hijackthis forum, but was confirmed in my opinion that everything looked normal. Also, service pack two is installed directly from the CD and the same goes for antivirus software, all of this before ever connecting to the Internet.
Finally, I read on the Internet about other people getting this error message for a problem which was related to an HP driver -- so doesn't have to be a hardware problem.
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did the article say what drivers? go to the hp website and download the drivers then reinstall them. if it's the drivers then that should do it.
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i don't have that printer, it was just an example.
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it looks like that panda program is al over your hijack log...try uninstalling it (you can always use AVG for free) and see what happens...that BHO entry looks suspicious...have you tried following up on that any? if you want someone else to help i suggest starting another thread, just cut and paste your first entry...good luck
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