Unstable after virus removal

December 30, 2009 at 20:48:43
Specs: XP Pro SP3
A week or so ago my machine was infected with the conficker virus. After a combination of Trend Micro Internet Security, Malwarebytes, and Viper Anti Virus, it was clean (I've re-scanned 2 or 3 times with each program and the results were "0 threats found" every time). But now my machine crashes frequently and odd times and for no particular reason. I could be in Windows Explorer, or on line with Firefox, or Chrome, it doesn't matter, it'll freeze at some point. And usually it doesn't take long after boot. The longest it has stayed functional is about 20 minutes from boot. The shortest is about 2 or 3 minutes from boot. I've run Chkdsk and SFC but neither has helped that I can see. I can usually figure these things out but this time it's really got me stumped. Any help at all will really be appreciated.

Russell


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#1
December 30, 2009 at 22:50:09
Protect yourself from Conficker: http://www.microsoft.com/security/w...

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#2
December 31, 2009 at 01:00:51
It sounds as if the worm/virus may have corrupted some important files. If you have the recovery disk that comes with new pc's you can repair this damage. Insert the cd-rom into your cd drive, there will I believe be two options, select the repair option and do exactly as the instructions on your screen tell you. If this does not work and your pc is still corrupted after the fact then you will need to reformat your hard drive.
Try the first and if that works then great. But if not then try the latter.
Josh

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December 31, 2009 at 13:02:15
Yep, that's what I kinda figured. I just have so much on this machine it's just a pain to reformat. But I suppose that's gonna be my only out. I've tried a repair install in addition to the other things I mentioned, but it didn't help much either. I guess I was just hoping that someone had found a magical fix for this kind of situation. But the reality is, that just doesn't happen very often. Thanks for the suggestions though.

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