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#1 toyotomi


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Posted 19 April 2008 - 01:50 PM

This log was done in Safemode. In safemode the screen doesn't flash but the computer still freezes. When rebooting Windows runs a CHKDSK automatically and attempts to repair the registry and eventually says some entries can't be repaired. Sorry for being so brief but i want to get this posted before the computer locks up again. I'll update the post with more information at the end after this is posted.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 10:44:02 AM, on 4/19/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16574)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
D:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\guard.exe
C:\Program Files\Hijackthis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft....k/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft....k/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft....k/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft....k/?LinkId=69157
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - D:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: Spybot-S&D IE Protection - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - D:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: SSVHelper Class - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_01\bin\ssv.dll
O2 - BHO: AcroIEToolbarHelper Class - {AE7CD045-E861-484f-8273-0445EE161910} - D:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Acrobat\AcroIEFavClient.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Adobe PDF - {47833539-D0C5-4125-9FA8-0819E2EAAC93} - D:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Acrobat\AcroIEFavClient.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [IMJPMIG8.1] "C:\WINDOWS\IME\imjp8_1\IMJPMIG.EXE" /Spoil /RemAdvDef /Migration32
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [VolPanel] "C:\Program Files\Creative\Sound Blaster X-Fi\Volume Panel\VolPanlu.exe" /r
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [P17Helper] Rundll32 SPIRun.dll,RunDLLEntry
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Windows Defender] "C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe" -hide
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG7_CC] D:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe /STARTUP
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NeroFilterCheck] C:\Program Files\Common Files\Ahead\Lib\NeroCheck.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvMediaCenter] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\NvMcTray.dll,NvTaskbarInit
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [!AVG Anti-Spyware] "D:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\avgas.exe" /minimized
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [COMODO Firewall Pro] "D:\Program Files\COMODO\Firewall\cfp.exe" -h
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [SetDefaultMIDI] MIDIDef.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
O8 - Extra context menu item: Convert link target to Adobe PDF - res://D:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Acrobat\AcroIEFavClient.dll/AcroIECapture.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Convert link target to existing PDF - res://D:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Acrobat\AcroIEFavClient.dll/AcroIEAppend.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Convert selected links to Adobe PDF - res://D:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Acrobat\AcroIEFavClient.dll/AcroIECaptureSelLinks.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Convert selected links to existing PDF - res://D:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Acrobat\AcroIEFavClient.dll/AcroIEAppendSelLinks.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Convert selection to Adobe PDF - res://D:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Acrobat\AcroIEFavClient.dll/AcroIECapture.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Convert selection to existing PDF - res://D:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Acrobat\AcroIEFavClient.dll/AcroIEAppend.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Convert to Adobe PDF - res://D:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Acrobat\AcroIEFavClient.dll/AcroIECapture.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Convert to existing PDF - res://D:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Acrobat\AcroIEFavClient.dll/AcroIEAppend.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Open Link Target in Firefox - file://C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\cusnos5c.default\extensions\{5D558C43-550F-4b12-84AB-0D8ABDA9F975}\firefoxviewlink.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: View This Page in Firefox - file://C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\cusnos5c.default\extensions\{5D558C43-550F-4b12-84AB-0D8ABDA9F975}\firefoxviewpage.html
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_01\bin\ssv.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_01\bin\ssv.dll
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {DFB852A3-47F8-48C4-A200-58CAB36FD2A2} - D:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Spybot - Search & Destroy Configuration - {DFB852A3-47F8-48C4-A200-58CAB36FD2A2} - D:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - %windir%\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe (file missing)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @xpsp3res.dll,-20001 - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - %windir%\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe (file missing)
O11 - Options group: [INTERNATIONAL] International*
O16 - DPF: {0EB0E74A-2A76-4AB3-A7FB-9BD8C29F7F75} (CKAVWebScan Object) - http://www.kaspersky...can_unicode.cab
O16 - DPF: {6414512B-B978-451D-A0D8-FCFDF33E833C} (WUWebControl Class) - http://update.micros...b?1164162903203
O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) - http://fpdownload2.m...ash/swflash.cab
O16 - DPF: {F6ACF75C-C32C-447B-9BEF-46B766368D29} (Creative Software AutoUpdate Support Package) - http://www.creative....15034/CTPID.cab
O20 - AppInit_DLLs: C:\WINDOWS\system32\guard32.dll
O21 - SSODL: WPDShServiceObj - {AAA288BA-9A4C-45B0-95D7-94D524869DB5} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\WPDShServiceObj.dll
O23 - Service: Adobe LM Service - Adobe Systems - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe Systems Shared\Service\Adobelmsvc.exe
O23 - Service: AVG Anti-Spyware Guard - GRISOFT s.r.o. - D:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\guard.exe
O23 - Service: AVG7 Alert Manager Server (Avg7Alrt) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - D:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
O23 - Service: AVG7 Update Service (Avg7UpdSvc) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - D:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
O23 - Service: AVG E-mail Scanner (AVGEMS) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - D:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exe
O23 - Service: COMODO Firewall Pro Helper Service (cmdAgent) - COMODO - D:\Program Files\COMODO\Firewall\cmdagent.exe
O23 - Service: NBService - Nero AG - D:\Program Files\Nero 7\Nero BackItUp\NBService.exe
O23 - Service: NVIDIA Display Driver Service (NVSvc) - NVIDIA Corporation - C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
O23 - Service: PnkBstrA - Unknown owner - C:\WINDOWS\system32\PnkBstrA.exe

EDIT: OK, so I tried to edit once on the machine experiencing the problems, but it crashed right as i had finished typing. And things got worse from there. To start at the beginning, I awoke to first find that my bookmarks in Firefox had completely screwed up. Almost all the folders were missing and the bookmarks in the main directory had vanished. One folder that had remained was intact but only half of its contents were in the folder while the other half had somehow been moved into the main directory. I have no idea how that could have happened.

Shortly after noticing this problem the screen would flash black, and would cause a hang in applications. A few seconds later the application would be able to resume normally except with some graphical glitches. One example is that while i was originally typing my edit on that machine, it would flash black, hang, then when the screen returned i'd have to hit the backspace button to see what i had just typed. Basically it was like the image of what was on screen a few seconds before the screen turned black was superimposed over the actual display. It seemed that the flashing problem would increase the longer the machine was turned on, and eventually would flash black and upon return to normal would be completely frozen. Neither key commands nor the mouse would work.

Upon reboots Windows would do an automatic CHKDSK and attempt to fix a large number of errors. At the end of the attempt it said there were errors that could not be corrected. This lead me to believe that the problem was merely a corrupted Registry. I put in the windows disk and tried a CHKDSK with that and it yielded no results. I was going to attempt a system restore and then if that had failed I was about to try to do a non destructive reinstallation of windows. Before I could do either however, the system locked up as I was typing my original edit and I was forced to do a Hard reset. Since then, I have not been able to turn the machine back on. At first when trying to turn it on after this last freeze, the BIOS would give one beep (about 2 seconds long) and then nothing. I'd try a reboot and the same would happen.

After that I figured it could possibly a hardware malfunction or overheating. So I opened the case and cleaned it out. It was dusty but not extremely so. After cleaning it I let it sit for about an hour to fully cool off before attempting to power it back on. When I did, I got the same BIOS beep as before except after around 5 or so seconds it would beep again, giving the impression it was trying to cycle itself on IE automatic reboot. I tried to just hit the power button but it didn't turn off the machine. This time to turn it off I had to hold the power button for it to power off. Generally before the OS loads just hitting the power button once will power it off. So I was considering maybe the RAM was bad and took it out inspected it for any obvious signs like malformation or oxidation on the contacts, but nothing was wrong.

Now I'm at a loss. I have the signs it could be either a random windows error (registry corruption) or virus, and at the same time the suggestion that it's a hardware issue evident by the fact that I can not power on the machine anymore. It's rather confusing. I was prepared to just reformat when I had thought it was a software issue but now that isn't even an option. At this point I think my only option may be to just take the machine to my local computer store for them to test the individual components... unless someone has some other good ideas as to the cause of the problem. I'm just hoping that I didn't have something overheat and fry itself or other components.

Edited by toyotomi, 21 April 2008 - 01:56 PM.


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