cmd.exe runs by itself at each win xp start up and sometimes later. Virus?
Posted on 2004-10-07
I updated a few days ago to win xp SP-2.
Since yesterday my system show the following strange behaviour.
Each and every time i (re)start, and at the point where start up programmes (such as antiviruses) initialise, i get 3 command promp windows opening in consecutive order saying on the window label C:Windows/system32/cmd.exe. The first is blank (black screen), the seconds writes "initialising" and the third is blank again.
Then the system starts. But then sometimes the response time of the hard disks when i try to execute other programmes (i.e IE, or Outlook) is very long (i.e. 60 secs) or the system just hangs. Some other times there are no other symptoms.
I have Mc Affee antivirus which detects nothing. I have run also Spywhere Doctor which also detects nothing. I run msconfig and cannot see any line pointing to a cmd.exe. BTW i am afraid to start looking at the Registry without instructions as i am far from expert.
What can this be? An unknow virus?
I am thinking of formatting and doing a clean install of my win xp but i want to leave this option as ultimum refugium. I am lucky because i have a separate particion where i keep only my operating system.