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I would consider formatting and re-installing your OS. This time have an anti-virus already downloaded and install once you have your OS installed.


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It's not by any chance in the Task Scheduler is it?
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Originally Posted by zzM View Post
Nothing looks fishy there. Check to see if you have any scripts running at login, Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Local Users and Groups > Users then click on your account name, click the Profile tab and check if anything is in the Logon script: box.
All the fields in the Profile tab are empty


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I would consider formatting and re-installing your OS. This time have an anti-virus already downloaded and install once you have your OS installed.


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That is exactly how I reformatted last week



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It's not by any chance in the Task Scheduler is it?
I just checked and nothing there
Edited by m1kcal - 4/5/11 at 8:49am
    
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One other thing - are you disabling the Windows Firewall when you set up XP? Also, ridic question but are you leaving the network cable plugged in when you install XP?

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1. Yes, everybody disparages the XP firewall but it HAS proven (anecdotally) to be safer and does let you keep the box clean enough to get to Win Updates and slap on the needed security fixes from MS - especially if you don't have a router with stateful packet inspection to put the computer behind.

2. Unplugging a network cable prior to install may seem excessively paranoid, but given that some installs of Windows enable the networking subsystem so you can "register with Microsoft" prior to even getting to the desktop for the first time, this seems like a disaster waiting to happen.
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One other thing - are you disabling the Windows Firewall when you set up XP? Also, ridic question but are you leaving the network cable plugged in when you install XP?

Notes:

1. Yes, everybody disparages the XP firewall but it HAS proven (anecdotally) to be safer and does let you keep the box clean enough to get to Win Updates and slap on the needed security fixes from MS - especially if you don't have a router with stateful packet inspection to put the computer behind.

2. Unplugging a network cable prior to install may seem excessively paranoid, but given that some installs of Windows enable the networking subsystem so you can "register with Microsoft" prior to even getting to the desktop for the first time, this seems like a disaster waiting to happen.
i always have the firewall on and as far as the cable, i usually shut down the modem before reformat or during
    
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Hmm. I do know a couple of updates for XP SP3 do run "cmd" but that's only once, not multiple times. I believe McAfee may run it on boot as well.
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Hmm. I do know a couple of updates for XP SP3 do run "cmd" but that's only once, not multiple times. I believe McAfee may run it on boot as well.
I don't have McAfee installed
    
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Then I'm stuck. I'm inclined to start pointing fingers at your XP SP3 CD. Is it a slipstreamed install? If so, try using your original XP CD that should have come from Microsoft or your system manufacturer, and use Windows Update to grab SP3 from Microsoft's website after your clean install. Cnet's copy should be clean, if you'd rather not go through the rigmarole of Windows Updating to begin with (I don't blame you!). If your original XP is too old to even have SP1a, there's a registry hack you can use to get SP3 to go straight on but buggered if I can find it.

At this point, keep track of EVERYTHING you're installing, and EVERY web site you're going to.

You are using Firefox + NoScript + Flashblock, right?
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post #39 of 46
Have you checked services? Some viruses/programs add services on that may be causing this. Look through it and see if you find anything unusual.
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I'm sorry to hear it still hasn't been fixed yet. I've been wracking my brain all day and I can't recommend anything that hasn't been recommended already. This is really starting to irritate me, and it's not even my system! LOL

I don't remember seeing it asked, is System Restore turned on? What about going to a restore point prior to when this happened? Since you haven't installed anything around the time this occurred it shouldn't break anything.
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