computer crashes and takes 3 or 4 to restart

April 18, 2010 at 17:19:52
Specs: Windows XP
I have many questions and problems and don't know where to begin, I've read so many related topics and so many things to try that I don't know where to start, lol. I want to start by thanking anyone who reads this all the way through and can answer my questions and help, it's greatly appreciated, lol!
First I'm using an older PC, it only has 512MB Ram, and a friend of mine installed a mini version of windows xp I believe, I've installed the service pack 2. I have Zone Alarm running, also AVG anti-virus, and he also installed Peer Guardian which I've disabled due to problems connecting online or to certain sites. I'm always running low on virtual memory and noticed that the teatimer.exe in spybot S&D uses a lot of virtual memory so I usually shut down spybot.
Here's a list of some problems. first when my pc starts up a RUNDLL error pops up stating c:windows/system32/rejetepu.dll access is denied. 1. After being online for a bit my computer just shuts down / crashes and restarts itself, 2. and it's been having problems restarting where it keeps crashing and takes 4 or 5 times trying before it finally restarts to where I can use it. 3. I use firefox and when I use the google search engine the links always get redirected to other sites. 4. my internet explorer had many viruses or trojans and I couldn't get rid of them using many highly recommended anti-virus and spyware programs, so I uninstalled it all together. 5. while running spybot S&D and other programs such as Malwarebytes they find many infections mostly in the windows 32 system folders and another one something like HCKY or something like that, but my PC keeps crashing before they can finish the scan. 6. seems like there's a problem with java and maybe a flash player or drive, whenever I'm on a website that has adds on there pages such as myspace or mocospace, etc. everything's slow loading. 7. windows media Player won't work.

Questions: Lets say the crashing problem gets resolved, I would like to know what as far as for pc protection and anti virus / spyware programs would be best to use, preferably ones that won't use to much vertual memory and I can download for free. I have zonealarm, AVG, Ccleaner, Spybot S&D, Malewarebytes anti maleware, task manager 17, hijack this, peerguardian. So which one of these are good to keep and which ones do I get rid of? I do like to download stuff and seems like it would be smart to keep peerguardian, but not if it interrupts other programs?

Should I reinstall firefox and int explorer into a new folder and uninstall the ones I'm using?

I'm frustrated, tired of reading so many different ways of handling some of these problems, if someone can get me started with solving the problem of my pc crashing and having problems resarting first I will be happy and will figure out the rest afterwards...


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#1
April 18, 2010 at 17:48:50
"a friend of mine installed a mini version of windows xp I believe"

Probably a good idea (likely it's an "nLited" version), given it's an older machine with only half a gig of RAM. I'd almost recommend a reformat/reinstall if you're having all the problems you mentioned.

"Questions: Lets say the crashing problem gets resolved, I would like to know what as far as for pc protection and anti virus / spyware programs would be best to use, preferably ones that won't use to much vertual memory and I can download for free. I have zonealarm, AVG, Ccleaner, Spybot S&D, Malewarebytes anti maleware, task manager 17, hijack this, peerguardian. So which one of these are good to keep and which ones do I get rid of? I do like to download stuff and seems like it would be smart to keep peerguardian, but not if it interrupts other programs?"

FWIW-Here's what I run on a similar system (Dell GX110 - 866MHz, 512MB RAM, nLited XP SP2):

Avast! Home 4.x (free version--likely update to 5.x when 4.x updates are no longer posted)
Spybot S&D
CCleaner
Malwarebytes

Avast! is the only one running in the background (consuming resources) until I bring up one of the others (as needed).

I gave up on ZoneAlarm long ago. Just became "too" intrusive. Windows XP firewall seems to work fine. You didn't state why you use PeerGuardian -- never used it.

Most other programs (Firefox, OpenOffice, CoolPlayer, VLC Player, etc.) are of the "Portable" variety (though they're installed on the HDD instead of a flash drive):

http://www.portableapps.com


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#2
April 18, 2010 at 18:15:00
Thank you for that info. I think I use to use Avast, maybe I'll try using that instead. As far as peerguardian goes he suggested using it for protection while downloading from bit torrent sites, maybe just incase somethings downloaded illegally, lol?

Do you think maybe there's a patch or something I'm missing for xp sp2, and that's why my computers crashing? I need to find a program that won't crash as it finds infections in my pc, any suggestions for that problem?


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#3
April 18, 2010 at 18:39:00
I was just reading about scrsvr.exe file and it being infected with the opaserv worm, I notice in win task manager that scrsvr.exe file is running on my computer, wonder if mines infected amongst other things...

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#4
April 18, 2010 at 18:55:40
I don't know what you mean by a "mini" version of XP, but "normal" XP will run reasonably well with 512MB RAM. From what I can see, you have way too much garbage installed. Seems like you're overly paranoid for some reason & have installed way too many security softwares. And it didn't do you any good because you got infected anyway.

I generally don't recommend this but your system is a mess, it's infected & you have way too much sh!t installed. I suggest you wipe the HDD & start from scratch. Install "normal" XP with SP3, make sure you have all the latest drivers & Windows Updates installed, add a free anti-virus such as AVG or Avast!, MalwareByte's AntiMalware, & a decent free firewall such as Comodo.

Keep it lean. And if you're going to download from the torrents, use your head. The number of seeders & leechers can be faked. Read the comments to see what others are saying. If there are no comments, beware!


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