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Need fix for explorer restarting every 5 seconds

wefalk asked
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I'm working on a machine that restarts explorer/desktop every 5 seconds.  I've tried AVG 8.0, McAffee Anti-virus, Spybot, Ad-aware 2008, smitfraud detectors, doing an in-place installation of XP pro, but nothing works.  It's driving me crazy as it is so hard to work when the windows disappear every 5 seconds, even in safe mode.  Help & thanks!
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wefalk--I suspect you have a virus or trojan.
Scan your hard drive with your antivirus and antispyware programs.  Delete what is suggested.
If you still have problems, run a scan with HiJackThis and post the log here for interpretation
P.S.--If this works, and someone else advises you about the HJT log, please remember who suggested using HiJackThis.
Top Expert 2009

wefalk, any feedback?


Combofix.exe did indeed find and remove the virus.  Thanks for the tip.  I was able to work for a couple of hours without problem.  However, when I re-booted, the virus re-emerged.   I heard the disk grinding, used Process Explorer to kill an active process.  I don't remember the name, but it was a "rundll" type.  Once I killed that and re-ran combofix.exe it seems to be holding.  Thank you for you help!

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