PC health

Posted on 2006-04-13
Last Modified: 2013-11-16
I am currently protecting my computer with spyware doctor and an expired version of norton antivirus.  Is this sufficient security?  What do you recommend?  Also, I have about 25 tasks running in my task manager which seems to be slowing my computer.  What steps can I take to ensure speed and efficiency?  How do I know what programs I should keep running?

Thank you
Question by:wander4heat
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    Accepted Solution

    I suggest you pay attention to what you download, running a expired version of NAV is a security risk, I advise you to change to AVG as it is free:

    Also, I would reccomend another good spyware alternative  Spybot Search & Destroy:

    I would also advise you to get a good firewall, you can find a free version of ZoneAlarm at or you can buy a hardware firewall such as a router.
    LVL 15

    Expert Comment

    I would say get rid of the NAV, it sucks (pardon my french) anyway, and a outdated one is even worse. Get AVG, its free and good.

    If you run XP, get the Defender, free aswell.

    Thats what i use, and it works like a charm! :-)

    25 tasks is not that much, but if you dont know what they all are do a hijackthis ( and check the logfile..
    If you need help with the analyzing, do a scan and paste the logfile here..

    Author Comment

    this is my logfile?  can you help?

    Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
    Scan saved at 7:55:14 PM, on 4/13/2006
    Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
    MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

    Running processes:
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
    C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\NISUM.EXE
    C:\Program Files\Intel\NCS\PROSet\PRONoMgr.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
    C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\jusched.exe
    C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\ccPxySvc.exe
    C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
    C:\Program Files\Spyware Doctor\swdoctor.exe
    C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
    C:\Program Files\Spyware Doctor\sdhelp.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Security Center\SymWSC.exe
    C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
    C:\DOCUME~1\User\LOCALS~1\Temp\Temporary Directory 1 for hijackthis_199[1].zip\HijackThis.exe

    R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page = C:\WINDOWS\about.htm
    O2 - BHO: PCTools Site Guard - {5C8B2A36-3DB1-42A4-A3CB-D426709BBFEB} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYWAR~1\tools\iesdsg.dll
    O2 - BHO: PCTools Browser Monitor - {B56A7D7D-6927-48C8-A975-17DF180C71AC} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYWAR~1\tools\iesdpb.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: Norton AntiVirus - {42CDD1BF-3FFB-4238-8AD1-7859DF00B1D6} - C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll (file missing)
    O3 - Toolbar: iMeshBar - {5345A7A9-805A-4923-B505-86B2FEBA3FE0} - C:\Program Files\iMeshBar\bar\1.bin\IMESHBAR.DLL (file missing)
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PRONoMgr.exe] c:\Program Files\Intel\NCS\PROSet\PRONoMgr.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\System32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [zBrowser Launcher] C:\Program Files\Logitech\iTouch\iTouch.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccRegVfy] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccRegVfy.exe"
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Symantec NetDriver Monitor] C:\PROGRA~1\SYMNET~1\SNDMon.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NeroFilterCheck] C:\WINDOWS\system32\NeroCheck.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\jusched.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [EPSON Stylus Photo 820 Series] C:\WINDOWS\System32\spool\DRIVERS\W32X86\3\E_S0EIC1.EXE /P29 "EPSON Stylus Photo 820 Series" /O6 "USB001" /M "Stylus Photo 820"
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [NvMediaCenter] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\System32\NVMCTRAY.DLL,NvTaskbarInit
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Spyware Doctor] "C:\Program Files\Spyware Doctor\swdoctor.exe" /Q
    O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Reader Speed Launch.lnk = C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\reader_sl.exe
    O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Office.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office10\OSA.EXE
    O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office10\EXCEL.EXE/3000
    O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\ssv.dll (file missing)
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\ssv.dll (file missing)
    O9 - Extra button: Spyware Doctor - {2D663D1A-8670-49D9-A1A5-4C56B4E14E84} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYWAR~1\tools\iesdpb.dll
    O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\OFFICE11\REFIEBAR.DLL
    O9 - Extra button: - {B7FE5D70-9AA2-40F1-9C6B-12A255F085E1} - C:\Program Files\PartyGaming\PartyPoker\RunApp.exe
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: - {B7FE5D70-9AA2-40F1-9C6B-12A255F085E1} - C:\Program Files\PartyGaming\PartyPoker\RunApp.exe
    O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {CD67F990-D8E9-11d2-98FE-00C0F0318AFE} - (no file)
    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
    O16 - DPF: {88D758A3-D33B-45FD-91E3-67749B4057FA} (Sinstaller Class) -
    O16 - DPF: {90C9629E-CD32-11D3-BBFB-00105A1F0D68} (InstallShield International Setup Player) -
    O18 - Filter: text/html - (no CLSID) - (no file)
    O23 - Service: Symantec Event Manager (ccEvtMgr) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
    O23 - Service: Symantec Password Validation Service (ccPwdSvc) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccPwdSvc.exe
    O23 - Service: Symantec Proxy Service (ccPxySvc) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\ccPxySvc.exe
    O23 - Service: InstallDriver Table Manager (IDriverT) - Macrovision Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\11\Intel 32\IDriverT.exe
    O23 - Service: Norton AntiVirus Auto Protect Service (navapsvc) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
    O23 - Service: Intel NCS NetService (NetSvc) - Intel(R) Corporation - c:\Program Files\Intel\NCS\Sync\NetSvc.exe
    O23 - Service: Norton Internet Security Accounts Manager (NISUM) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\NISUM.EXE
    O23 - Service: NVIDIA Driver Helper Service (NVSvc) - NVIDIA Corporation - C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe
    O23 - Service: ScriptBlocking Service (SBService) - Symantec Corporation - C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\SYMANT~1\SCRIPT~1\SBServ.exe
    O23 - Service: PC Tools Spyware Doctor (SDhelper) - PC Tools Research Pty Ltd - C:\Program Files\Spyware Doctor\sdhelp.exe
    O23 - Service: Symantec Network Drivers Service (SNDSrvc) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
    O23 - Service: SymWMI Service (SymWSC) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Security Center\SymWSC.exe

    LVL 15

    Assisted Solution

    I had a looksee, and its not all that bad.
    A couple of regentries should be fixed, but windows defender, or spybot wil take care of those.
    O16 - DPF: {88D758A3-D33B-45FD-91E3-67749B4057FA} (Sinstaller Class) -
    O16 - DPF: {90C9629E-CD32-11D3-BBFB-00105A1F0D68} (InstallShield International Setup Player) -

    What i would do is this:
    Get rid of Norton and Symantech software. Use AVG instead, its is lighter on your system.
    You also run WinMessenger,  shut that off with msconfig (Start->Run>Type "msconfig" enter, here you can disable autostartup of other stuff that you dont need all the time aswell)
    If you run XP, use the XP Firewall, if you run another WIN OS, use Zonealarm. (Free firewall)

    Last, do a defragmentation of your drives. If you have more than one disk in you computer, move the pagefile. And if you are low on RAM, use a memory/diskmanager as Cacheman to trim your system.
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    Expert Comment

    Here are the some things unneccesary which can be removed by a spyware program.


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    Expert Comment

    The upside to having an UPDATED version of Norton is that it does it's job well when it comes to getting rid of viruses. It will also remove some adware as well. I found this out the other day when I got a new copy of NAV 10.0.2. It may create a little bit of a lag on your system, but it's worth it to me for the extra security of my machines. Personally, updated antivirus software is something you DON'T want to slack on.
    LVL 4

    Expert Comment

    I use AVG and it has served me well. The downside to Norton has been (from what I heard) that it can slow down your computer to a crawl.

    Also, you seem to be under the misguided assumption that more is better. You should only have 1 firewall, 1 anti-virus scanner, and 1 ad-ware/spyware remover.

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