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Current window periodically loses focus for a sec

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by bdmiller, Aug 8, 2006.

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  1. bdmiller

    bdmiller Thread Starter

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    Hello,
    On my Win2k laptop, every 5-10 minutes while I am working, the "current" window loses focus for a second or two, and then regains it. I have been trying to figure out the culprit for days and have not been able to identify it. If anyone has any ideas, I would really apreciate hearing them.

    So far I have tried the following:
    * Scan with TrendMicro's online Housecall 6.5
    * Scan with McAfee VirusScan 4.5.1
    * Scan with Spy Sweeper 5.0.5.1286
    * Scan with SpyBot S&D 1.3
    * Scan with Windows Defender beta2
    * Reboot with BHODemon 2.0

    Random leads that may or may not go anywhere useful:
    * I first noticed this behavior the weekend of July 22.
    * About that time, my installation of SpySweeper began reporting a browser helper object trying to install itself every time IE started. Around that date, my online yahoo mailbox had an email infected with a variant of the MyDoom virus (I don't recall which one), but I not think I ever downloaded that email and I deleted it.

    Here is a HijackThis log:
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    Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
    Scan saved at 5:18:01 PM, on 8/8/2006
    Platform: Windows 2000 SP4 (WinNT 5.00.2195)
    MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

    Running processes:
    C:\WINNT\System32\smss.exe
    C:\WINNT\system32\winlogon.exe
    C:\WINNT\system32\services.exe
    C:\WINNT\system32\lsass.exe
    C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
    C:\WINNT\System32\svchost.exe
    C:\WINNT\system32\spoolsv.exe
    C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\Avsynmgr.exe
    C:\Program Files\Executive Software\DiskeeperWorkstation\DKService.exe
    C:\WINNT\system32\regsvc.exe
    C:\WINNT\system32\MSTask.exe
    C:\WINNT\system32\stisvc.exe
    C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\THOTKEY.EXE
    C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TME2\Tmesrv2.exe
    C:\Program Files\Webroot\Spy Sweeper\SpySweeper.exe
    C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\VsStat.exe
    C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\Avconsol.exe
    C:\WINNT\System32\WBEM\WinMgmt.exe
    C:\WINNT\System32\mspmspsv.exe
    C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
    C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
    C:\WINNT\Explorer.EXE
    C:\WINNT\system32\wuauclt.exe
    C:\WINNT\system32\Promon.exe
    C:\WINNT\system32\TPWRTRAY.EXE
    C:\WINNT\SM1BG.EXE
    C:\Program Files\Webroot\Spy Sweeper\SpySweeperUI.exe
    C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
    C:\Program Files\Trillian\trillian.exe
    C:\vnc\vncviewer\vncviewer.exe
    C:\vnc\vncviewer\vncviewer.exe
    C:\vnc\vncviewer\vncviewer.exe
    C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
    C:\WINNT\System32\cmd.exe
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\WINWORD.EXE
    C:\Program Files\Webroot\Spy Sweeper\SSU.EXE
    C:\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = about:blank
    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = about:blank
    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant =
    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch =
    O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINNT\system32\msdxm.ocx
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Promon.exe] Promon.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Tpwrtray] TPWRTRAY.EXE
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TMESRV.EXE] "C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TME2\TMESRV2.EXE" /logon
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SM1BG] C:\WINNT\SM1BG.EXE
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Synchronization Manager] "mobsync.exe" /logon
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SpySweeper] "C:\Program Files\Webroot\Spy Sweeper\SpySweeperUI.exe" /startintray
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Windows Defender] "C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe" -hide
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ISUSPM Startup] C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\INSTAL~1\UPDATE~1\ISUSPM.exe -startup
    O4 - Startup: ERUNT AutoBackup.lnk = C:\Program Files\ERUNT\AUTOBACK.EXE
    O4 - Global Startup: 2Wire Wireless Client Manager.lnk.disabled
    O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Reader Speed Launch.lnk = C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\reader_sl.exe
    O4 - Global Startup: Configuration Utility.lnk.disabled
    O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Find Fast.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\FINDFAST.EXE
    O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Office.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office 2000\Office\OSA9.EXE
    O12 - Plugin for .swf: C:\Program Files\Netscape\Communicator\Program\PLUGINS\npswf32.dll
    O16 - DPF: Microsoft WFC Forms Designer - file://D:\VJ98\wfcforms.cab
    O16 - DPF: Visual Studio 6 Extensibility Libraries - file://D:\VJ98\vstudio6.cab
    O16 - DPF: {04E214E5-63AF-4236-83C6-A7ADCBF9BD02} (HouseCall Control) - http://housecall60.trendmicro.com/housecall/xscan60.cab
    O16 - DPF: {0E5F0222-96B9-11D3-8997-00104BD12D94} (PCPitstop Utility) - http://www.pcpitstop.com/pcpitstop/PCPitStop.CAB
    O16 - DPF: {17492023-C23A-453E-A040-C7C580BBF700} (Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool) - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=39204
    O16 - DPF: {41F17733-B041-4099-A042-B518BB6A408C} - http://a1408.g.akamai.net/7/1408/99...W/win/019-0123.20031218.zes4d/iTunesSetup.exe
    O16 - DPF: {74C861A1-D548-4916-BC8A-FDE92EDFF62C} - http://mediaplayer.walmart.com/installer/install.cab
    O16 - DPF: {8AD9C840-044E-11D1-B3E9-00805F499D93} (Java Runtime Environment 1.4.2) -
    O16 - DPF: {B38870E4-7ECB-40DA-8C6A-595F0A5519FF} (MsnMessengerSetupDownloadControl Class) - http://messenger.msn.com/download/MsnMessengerSetupDownloader.cab
    O16 - DPF: {BAC01377-73DD-4796-854D-2A8997E3D68A} (Yahoo! Photos Easy Upload Tool Class) - http://us.dl1.yimg.com/download.yahoo.com/dl/installs/ydropper/ydropper1_4us.cab
    O16 - DPF: {BCBC9371-595D-11D4-A96D-00105A1CEF6C} (View22RTE Class) - http://hgtv3.view22.com/view22/app/view22rte.cab
    O18 - Protocol: ms-help - {314111C7-A502-11D2-BBCA-00C04F8EC294} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Help\hxds.dll
    O20 - Winlogon Notify: WRNotifier - C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\WRLogonNTF.dll
    O23 - Service: AVSync Manager (AvSynMgr) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\Avsynmgr.exe
    O23 - Service: Diskeeper - Executive Software International, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Executive Software\DiskeeperWorkstation\DKService.exe
    O23 - Service: Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service (dmadmin) - VERITAS Software Corp. - C:\WINNT\System32\dmadmin.exe
    O23 - Service: Hummingbird Export (HCLExport) - Unknown owner - C:\WINNT\System32\Hummbird\expserv.exe
    O23 - Service: InstallDriver Table Manager (IDriverT) - Macrovision Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\11\Intel 32\IDriverT.exe
    O23 - Service: McShield - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Network Associates\McShield\Mcshield.exe
    O23 - Service: NoIPDUCService - Vitalwerks LLC - C:\Program Files\No-IP\DUC20.exe
    O23 - Service: THotkey (THOTKEY) - TOSHIBA Corp. - C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\THOTKEY.EXE
    O23 - Service: Tmesrv2 (Tmesrv) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TME2\Tmesrv2.exe" /Service (file missing)
    O23 - Service: Verity K2 Administration Server - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Verity\k2\_nti40\bin\k2admin.exe" -cfg "C:\Program Files\Verity\k2\common\verity.cfg" -ntstart 1 (file missing)
    O23 - Service: Verity_Application_Server - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Verity\AppServer\conf\jk\jk_nt_service.exe
    O23 - Service: Webroot Spy Sweeper Engine (WebrootSpySweeperService) - Webroot Software, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Webroot\Spy Sweeper\SpySweeper.exe
    O23 - Service: VNC Server (winvnc) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\ORL\VNC\WinVNC.exe" -service (file missing)
    --- snip ---

    Again, thanks for any help offered!
     
  2. ozrom1e

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    The monitor is loosing focus just for a few moments. Have you tried another monitor yet?
     
  3. bdmiller

    bdmiller Thread Starter

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    Ozrom, it's not the monitor that is out of focus--the current window that I am working in loses the focus for a moment. i.e. the title bar goes grey and the stream of characters that I am typing stops going to that window--as if I had clicked on another application. Then, the window I was working in regains the focus.
     
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