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Need fix for explorer restarting every 5 seconds

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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
http://www.download.com/Trend-Micro-HijackThis/3000-8022_4-10227353.html
P.S.--If this works, and someone else advises you about the HJT log, please remember who suggested using HiJackThis.
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wefalk, any feedback?

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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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