|I have been having a problem with my computer lately. I have Win XP SP3 and I just performed all the latest updates (which I have been backed up on.) I also recently installed Adobe Acrobat Reader X.|
After having performance issues, I have noticed an instance of svchost.exe running in my task manager. At first I thought it was automatic updates or something similar, but it keeps taking at least 200 Mb of memory space and using most of my CPU power.
I have attempted to determine the source of this unusual instance, and have found the following details:
This svchost is the only one that is the only one run under my username (all other instances are by SYSTEM or LOCAL SERVICE or NETWORK SERVICE.)
Process Explorer shows it a program under explorer.exe . No services are associated with it, but it is accessing hundreds of websites while it runs.
I determined the the only changes it is making to my computer is filling up a folder named "C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Cookies with an enormous amount of cookie files with random names. The contents of these cookies are things like "lucky.com" and other oddball commerical websites.
I have attempted to shut the program down, only to have it pop up every 30 minutes. Interestingly enough, my son's account (which is limited because his is only 7) has no problems like this and no cookies loading.
I have tried AdAware, McAfee, and Microsoft Malicious Software Removal tools and none of them have found anything (this program was accessing the internet and downloading tracking cookies under AdAware's nose)
I have attempted to shut down every possible program that is run in the background, to no avail. I even tried disabling add-ons to Mozilla hoping those would help.
Internet searches have been pointless. There are no particular answers to this problem. Does anybody have any ideas?