XP logs off 2nd user after 5 minutes

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/sp2
November 30, 2009 at 10:33:53
Specs: Windows XP

I'm having a very strange problem on my Windows PC running XP Pro SP2. Here's what happened:

A few days ago my machine became infected with the win32.mebroot.bz trojan which affects the Master Boot Records and starts to replicate your user folder calling it "HelpAssistant," and brings your machine to literally a grinding halt (I had to do hard reboots several times b4 I figured out the problem).

I managed to fix the problem thanks to a few posts about booting from an XP CD, starting Recovery console and running the "fixmbr" command which did the trick.

Since then my machine seems to be fast, clean but also experiences one annoying problem. If two users are logged in (both users are Administrators), it will log out one of the users after approximately 5 minutes. The last user to "log in" is left logged in but the other user is logged out with all programs shut down. I've searched everywhere for a solution and can't find any. All the solutions I've come across relate to the following:

-- Screen Saver configuration (I have this disabled)
-- Power Settings (My settings are correct)
-- A group policy that maybe the cause (Can't find one that says anything about logging off idle users)

I've also checked using Malware Bytes, SuperAntiSpyware, AVG, and Search and Destroy to make sure there's no spyware on my machine.

If anyone has seen this before or has any ideas please let me know.

Thank you.

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November 30, 2009 at 13:00:17
I never try to repair virus's even though all sorts of people do it. This is the kind of results I see from trying to repair them.

My answer is almost always do a clean install. It is almost 100% sure way to fix it and bring it up to speed.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)

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November 30, 2009 at 13:07:55
It is also the only way you can be sure the hacker didn't leave any tools behind for later access. Wipe the partition and reinstall.

These virus's/malware/root kits/all of it, are tools for hackers to access your pc. Their only purpose is to steal from you or use your pc to steal from others.

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January 19, 2010 at 07:58:51
Did you ever solve this?!?? I have the EXACT same problem and it is maddening. If the other user logs on and I'm in the middle of something, I will lose all of my work! UGH!!

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