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Malware problems?

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I'm running a P4 with 300Mb + memory, XP Home (more about this later)

Just recently I've had problems with my computer running slow, so I have scanned it with numerous programs inc MSoft AntiSpyware, AdAware, SpyBot, Ewido and quite a few others. Quite a few items were found and removed but it did not seem to improve the start up speed.

I could use msconfig aand unticked a number of programs from the start up file.

I decided to try a repair of WinXp home, forgetting that I had downloaded a number of win updates over the last year. It did a system compatibility check first and I did the upgrade option (recommended). However, after I had run the repair the performance didn't seem to improve and a number of other problems have surfaced.

The windows firewall cannot be seen or modified thru Control panel. When I click on start/run and type msconfig in the dialog box nothing happens, so I cannot check what is running at start up.

If I type anything in the run dialog box nothing happens. Task Manager doesn't show if I use ctrl+alt+del.

I am about to back up/copy the important data files on the system and do a reformat and a clean install.

Do I have any other option?

Look forward to some assistance if it's available.


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