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XPpro laptop behaving oddly, jsp errors, taiwan port opened

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6 /22/2010 11:30am PST
Xp pro Sp3, IE8, is suddenly behaving oddly. Two weeks ago, had some great help from this site, and received an all clean. But oddities are poping up. Have zonealarm, corporate edition symantec, and spybot which usually keeps me squeaky clean.

1) Outlook 2007 opens twice; or stalls on opening (did create a new short-cut, no help)
2) When I run cleanmgr (c: > properties> disk cleanup > it starts a windows office 2003 install, rather than clean manager which comes with the O/S

3) A rootkitreveal showed linkage to sector 61 (but not 60 or 62), but not a specific root kit

4) The system becomes slow for no reason:

5) A few things:
- noticed that my palm desktop has all of the contacts a-f erased. (recovered easily enough because I use my phone as the master.)
- IE is getting errors on pages, not loading correctly, believe them to be jsp errors. No such issue in firefox.
- My memeo backup suddenly decided to backup itself as well? What should be "key" files from C going to my backup drive G. Suddenly was backing up itself G to G. (as you can imagine, this infinite loop soon caused the drive to fill up.)
- found that the pointer to localhost was missing from my host file? (put it back.)
- upon doing my regular check of spybot found that all immunizations were gone (put them back.)
- using a netstat -a saw two ports opened to taiwan when using I.E.

And finally: I used to semi-regularly go to GRC.com and do a shields up set of tests. Was always happy to see that my system passed those tests for common and expanded ports. Now, I don't pass those tests anymore. My ports are no longer in stealth, they can be "touched" and confirm as existing. Like my firewall isn't configured the way it used to be.

Perhaps a false concern about the linkage to sector 61; was considering a safe mode fixmbr, but as an IBM thinkpad, don't want to trash out the recover partion. The dr says meekly "help"
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