Mykas0

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  1. Hey there, everyone. This time, I was hoping you could help me with a longtime problem of mine. The computer from where I'm posting this message - my brother's - has been slow for quite some time by now. The issue, here, is that there seems to be no actual reason for it to be this slow... Although Firefox windows (and every other program, I guess) works at normal speed, when I try to play videos (either Youtube ones or actual DVDs) or Flash content, they are terribly slow, lagging, etc. The computer specs are: Pentium 4, 3 Ghz 1 GB RAM Hard Drive: 150 GB (50 GB free, in two partitions) OS: Windows XP, SP3 Right now, CPU is at around 14% and FP usage is at 350 MB. The only open program is Firefox, but Ad-Aware and Avast processes are started, for protection, and the computer is still slow when it comes to the aforementioned content. Here are some of the things I've tried to do in order to fix the problem: 1- Scandisk, followed by a disk defrag 2- Scan for virus/spyware using Avast, Kaspersky Online Scanner, Ad-aware and Spybot S&D 3- Reinstall flash, and Firefox itself 4- Using IE (the same problem happens) 5- Starting the computer in Safe Mode + Networking (problem still happens) 6- Reducing the number of programs that load at startup 7- Uninstalling everything this system doesn't need 8- Running CCleaner, to get rid of unneeded files and unrequired registery entries (...) Unfortunately, nothing fixed the problem. I know an obvious option would be formatting this disk, but I can't do it, due to several reasons. Any more ideas on what I could be missing, that could fix this problem?
  2. I just remembered this one because it happened again a few minutes ago. When someone upgrades for Ad-Aware Pro, the program asks you if you also want to install the e-mail shield. If you say "no", it will install anyway, unless you cancel the windows installer manually. This also happened before, and so it's not a new bug; I seem to recall this happening in the first post-beta version, too...
  3. I'm still having this same problem, and yes, I tried all the solutions here stated, including the reinstallation one...
  4. I'm having this same problem, using XP SP3. I just reinstalled the entire program, and after the initial update this happens yet again... so, it's obviously not a firewall / antivirus issue...
  5. Silly forum, you never warned me about that reply. Anyway, I was using 'Pro', the same key I was given after the 08 Beta. However, by now this problem is fixed, no idea how; probably, one of the updates fixed it.
  6. I've reported this problem back when we were all using the Ad-Aware 2008 beta version, but unfortunately (and after all this time) it isn't fixed *yet*. Unlike what happened with the previous version of this same software (i.e. 2007 one), I can't complete any kind of normal scan. Either if I go for a SMART SCAN or for a FULL SCAN, the scanner is bound to, eventually, stop. It's not the usual "don't worry, it'll eventually end, just wait" thing, I've waited as far as 8 hours (in a 50GB disk, with 15 GB free), and it continues stuck in some file, not moving at all. (I haven't tried doing CUSTOM SCANs, by the way) Last time I checked (as in, I cancelled it 5 minutes ago), it became stuck in a 93,0 KB file, for around 1h45min, until a cancelled it. As far as I've noticed, the file that makes it hang is not always the same, but I would like to know if this information is really relevant, before conducting further testing. Can anyone please help me with this?
  7. I just wanted to report that both my problems are now fixed. However, I haven't got a clue on how they got fixed: yesterday, I simply got home, used Ad-aware, clicked the update button and IT WORKED. So, I did the usual scan and at the end it didn't freeze. FIXED, no idea how, though... -_-
  8. VMWare has been around for ages (I use it to run Linux and other system at the same time I'm running my Native Windows XP), and so is "Download Acelerator Plus", so I don't understand how that could be the problem, since I didn't even changed anything about it. As for SpyNuker, where did we see that before? I don't remember, do you? :|
  9. Hum, yeah. :-\ Any more ideas, LS CalamityJane ? And like I said before, back to the original problem, I can't update yet and the program is unusable, due to the freezing bug when quarantining. Do you think I should try using an older version of Ad-aware, and wait till the next one (or a beta) is released?
  10. Ok, this is what I got: I think everything went fine, and yes, I was logged in as Administrator. I rebooted, and Ad-aware still freezes at the end. Any more ideas? Anyway, back to the original problem, I can't update yet and the program is unusable, due to the freezing bug when quarantining. Do you think I should try using an older version of Ad-aware, and wait till the next one (or a beta) is released?
  11. I finally installed this product, due to it being free and offering real time protection, but I seem to have found a huge glitch: there's now "check for updates" button, at least a visible one. Therefore, does anyone have the slightest clue on how to update my definitions in there?
  12. I had already tried those solutions, as stated before. With "RootkitRevealer", the scan never ends (I've idled, turned I.E. and Messenger off, and made it scan), it seems to freeze while scanning HKLM\System\WPA\Signing-Hash-XKRMQ[something here]. Using the "BlackLight" one, nothing was found. Next, I will try another time the ewido online scanner. Wish me luck!
  13. Sorry for the delay, I wasn't at home these days. Yes, I used that method for the CHKDISK, but I didn't try the rootkit revealer and the other program. Should I try those?
  14. Completed the fragmentation scan a couple hours ago, it didn't worked like that, either. Now, about the new one, I cancelled after getting 12 tracking cookies AND the freezing issue still occurs, when I try to quarantine them. As for NewDotNet, I removed it "normally" (I mean, I just used that scanner's option for removal) and my connection still works. Yey!
  15. Ok, I am trying those. Here are the results: - I don't have Spysweeper installed (I have Spybot, but it is never on at the time of the scan); - I fully cleaned my system using "Cleanmgr", removed all items that appeared in there. Then, I tried to scan again, same problem; - In the "From the Ad-Aware FAQ" section, I have yet to try those. I'll be defraging during the night, and tomorrow I'll post the results here; - As for the virus problem, I had already thought about it. Scanned with "Avast", no problem found. Scanned with Kaspersky's online scanner, it found 2 virus, which I removed. I just installed "eTrust Antivirus Web Scanner", scanned, and got no virus. Tried the ewido one, got a whole bunch of tracking cookies, and this: ... Maybe I didn't explained myself right, but I'll try again. In the freezing issue (yeah, the "updating" one is sill occuring >_< ), it doesn't happen during the scan, but on the quarentining section, when it hits 100%. In this image, you can see where it freezes. When it reaches this position, I can leave it like that and it will never continue, I've tried for at least 30 minutes, and it doesn't advance...
  16. I erased "settings.awc" and "stats.awd", reinstalled the whole program AND I am still having my issue, both the update AND the freezing one. Got rid of the entire proxy thing, and now I generated a new log: I hope someone can finally fix my problem by now...
  17. LS CalamityJane: As for the proxy stuff, I'll repeat it again: it is FULLY disabled by now, so I doubt that's the problem. Also, I managed to update after installing it that program, the problems only started after the power went out! With some trouble, I managed to find the scandisk log for after the power went out, here it is: As seen below, there was some problem in "settings.awc" and "stats.awd", from the application data folder. Can this be the cause of the problem? And, if so, how can I fix it? However, as for the SAFE MODE thingy, it doesn't work. My last log, posted in this topic, was taken by using SAFE MODE, and while it produced the log, IT ALSO FREEZE! Therefore, SAFE MODE is not the solution, sorry...
  18. No, I don't have it, that's probably spyware. I only have Spybot, besides Ad-Aware. As for the settings, then... how do you explain that my scan freezes when the "Quarantining Selection" reaches 100% ? Also, how can I fix this? I could post all my settings here, but they are probably stored in a file, no? Or is it in the registery?
  19. Sorry for my delay, I fell asleep on the couch. >_< Updated it as you told me, but there was no *.old file, which I doubt is important. Using those new definitions, I scanned using Windows' XP SAFE MODE and I got the following log: In an important note, it ALSO freeze when the "Quarantining Selection" reached 100%. As for the proxy, I'll try to make it simple. I used JAP ( http://anon.inf.tu-dresden.de/index_en.html ) for a bit, BUT I restored my original settings at the end (with their tool for doing so, it has a "restore browser settings" option), as you could see in the image from my definitions (posted 2 or 3 posts before this one...). Therefore, I doubt that's the problem, since there's also that freezing issue...
  20. The error message is exactly the same I've stated in the first post: As for logs, using the definitions you've pointed me before (which are 50 days old...), performing a FULL SYSTEM SCAN, they get this log: The final result was: MRU List (27 objects) Tracking Cookie (26 objects) SpyWareNuckerXT (1 object) While I was at it, I obviously quarantined all of them. When the "Quarantining Selection" reaches 100%, it seems to freeze.
  21. Yeah, but the proxy is currently turned off, I am connected directly to the web by using a usb modem...
  22. Yeah, if I remember correctly, I installed a proxy-like program 2 days before. However, since my update before the power going down was doing fine (it was above 80%, I don't remember the exact number but I remember it was almost completed), I doubt that it can be the cause of the problem. However, I already tried to disable the proxy and tried to update again, but it didn't worked. About your suggestions, those seem to be the same as in the "Ad-Aware Definition Update Problems" topic, no? Because I've tried that before! - I deleted the files, as you had already told me to do. - It doesn't halt at 5%, it doesn't even start! - The Web update dialogs are not supressed, I mean, the option is off. - The "Use HTTP Proxy" proxy is off. - About the manual update, well, that worked. However, that's not my point; apart from updating, I want to fully fix this problem!
  23. Deleted them, safely restarted, tried to disable the Firewall again (as you had told me in the previous message of yours) and I still get the same error.