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  1. johnervin

    johnervin Thread Starter

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    At times I show svchost constantly busy at 2%; long after it should have finished opening processes at startup or opening anything I've requested, and it might run this way for hours.

    Windows Explorer also shows a constant usage of about 2%, but it disappears part of the time; svchost doesn't. This is not the normal (historical) scenario; it's the first time I've ever noticed any constant processing. Does this sound like a hardware problem or, if not, is it possibly a worm? All of a sudden I'm using considerably more RAM for these two, also - even when I don't open any
    programs.

    I've found the following instances of Explorer.exe and svchost.exe on my system:

    [Explorer]
    C:\WINDOWS\
    C:\WINDOWS\$NtUninstallKB820291$
    C:\WINDOWS\Driver Cache\i386
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache

    [svchost]
    C:\WINDOWS\system32
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache

    Is this normal? Are some of these files evil clones :)? My system is in excellent shape and is finally very fast - after a lot of work - and I'd like to keep it that way.

    Thanks,
    John

    Windows XP Home SP1
    Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1
    eMachines T2042
    2GHz Intel Celeron Processor
    512MB RAM
    40GB Hard Drive (Using about 25%)
    Intel 3D AGP Graphics
    10/100Mbps Ethernet (2200 Kb/s)
    CD-RW 40x Write
    DVD 16x Play
    Kerio Personal Firewall
    AVG Antivirus
    Many Spyware Scanners
    Diskeeper
    Registry Cleaner
    Backup Software
    System Restore Activated
     
  2. mobo

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    Svhost is the generic name for windows running processes. absolutely nothing to worry about there..
     
  3. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    Sounds fairly normal, but if you are worried post a Hijackthis log and we can look it over just in case something untoward is running

    go to http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/files/hijackthis.zip , and download 'Hijack This!'.
    Unzip, doubleclick HijackThis.exe, and hit "Scan".

    When the scan is finished, the "Scan" button will change into a "Save Log" button.
    Press that, save the log somewhere, and please copy & paste its contents to the forum.

    It will possibly show issues deserving our attention, but most of what it lists will be harmless or even required, so do NOT fix anything yet.
    Someone here will be happy to help you analyze the results.
     
  4. johnervin

    johnervin Thread Starter

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    Ok, here it is; I appreciate it.

    John
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Logfile of HijackThis v1.96.1
    Scan saved at 10:32:54 PM, on 10/19/2003
    Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
    MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

    Running processes:
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
    C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG6\avgserv.exe
    C:\Program Files\Executive Software\DiskeeperServer\DKService.exe
    C:\Program Files\Kerio\Personal Firewall\persfw.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
    C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG6\avgcc32.exe
    C:\Program Files\SpywareGuard\sgmain.exe
    C:\Program Files\SpywareGuard\sgbhp.exe
    C:\PROGRA~1\INTERN~1\Iexplore.exe
    C:\Downloads\__Hijack This - Free\HijackThis.exe

    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://www.emachines.com
    R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page = C:\WINDOWS\PCHealth\HelpCtr\System\panels\blank.htm
    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page = C:\WINDOWS\PCHealth\HelpCtr\System\panels\blank.htm
    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
    O2 - BHO: CCHelper - {0CF0B8EE-6596-11D5-A98E-0003470BB48E} - C:\Program Files\Panicware\Pop-Up Stopper Pro\CCHelper.dll
    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {4401FDC3-7996-4774-8D2B-C1AE9CD6CC25} - C:\Program Files\E-Book Systems\FlipAlbum 5 Pro\FpLaunch.dll
    O2 - BHO: SpywareGuard Download Protection - {4A368E80-174F-4872-96B5-0B27DDD11DB2} - C:\Program Files\SpywareGuard\dlprotect.dll
    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {724d43a9-0d85-11d4-9908-00400523e39a} - C:\Program Files\AI RoboForm v4.6.8 - Free\RoboForm.dll
    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar1.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\msdxm.ocx
    O3 - Toolbar: &RoboForm - {724d43a0-0d85-11d4-9908-00400523e39a} - C:\Program Files\AI RoboForm v4.6.8 - Free\RoboForm.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: Pa&nicware Pop-Up Stopper Pro - {B1E741E7-1E77-40D4-9FD8-51949B9CCBD0} - C:\Program Files\Panicware\Pop-Up Stopper Pro\popuppro.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar1.dll
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG_CC] C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG6\avgcc32.exe /startup
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [TClockEx] C:\Program Files\TClockEx\TCLOCKEX.EXE
    O4 - Startup: SpywareGuard.lnk = C:\Program Files\SpywareGuard\sgmain.exe
    O8 - Extra context menu item: &Google Search - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmsearch.html
    O8 - Extra context menu item: Backward &Links - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmbacklinks.html
    O8 - Extra context menu item: Cac&hed Snapshot of Page - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmcache.html
    O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office10\EXCEL.EXE/3000
    O8 - Extra context menu item: Si&milar Pages - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmsimilar.html
    O8 - Extra context menu item: Translate into English - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmtrans.html
    O8 - Extra context menu item: Yahoo! Dictionary - file:///C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Common/ycdict.htm
    O8 - Extra context menu item: Yahoo! Search - file:///C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Common/ycsrch.htm
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console (HKLM)
    O9 - Extra button: Fill Forms (HKLM)
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: &7 Fill Forms (HKLM)
    O9 - Extra button: Save Forms (HKLM)
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: &8 Save Forms (HKLM)
    O9 - Extra button: RF toolbar (HKLM)
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: &9 Robo Toolbar (HKLM)
    O9 - Extra button: Real.com (HKLM)
    O9 - Extra button: Messenger (HKLM)
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Messenger (HKLM)
    O12 - Plugin for .bcf: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Plugins\NPBelv32.dll
    O14 - IERESET.INF: START_PAGE_URL=http://www.emachines.com
    O16 - DPF: {0E5F0222-96B9-11D3-8997-00104BD12D94} (PCPitstop Utility) - http://www.pcpitstop.com/pcpitstop/PCPitStop.CAB
    O16 - DPF: {166B1BCA-3F9C-11CF-8075-444553540000} (Shockwave ActiveX Control) - http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/director/sw.cab
    O16 - DPF: {30528230-99F7-4BB4-88D8-FA1D4F56A2AB} (YInstStarter Class) - http://download.yahoo.com/dl/installs/yinst.cab
    O16 - DPF: {556DDE35-E955-11D0-A707-000000521957} - http://www.xblock.com/download/xclean_micro.exe
    O16 - DPF: {597C45C2-2D39-11D5-8D53-0050048383FE} (OPUCatalog Class) - http://office.microsoft.com/productupdates/content/opuc.cab
    O16 - DPF: {74D05D43-3236-11D4-BDCD-00C04F9A3B61} (HouseCall Control) - http://a840.g.akamai.net/7/840/537/76808a0e7ae82f/housecall.antivirus.com/housecall/xscan53.cab
    O16 - DPF: {9F1C11AA-197B-4942-BA54-47A8489BB47F} (Update Class) - http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/CAB/x86/unicode/iuctl.CAB?37873.1050578704
    O16 - DPF: {A17E30C4-A9BA-11D4-8673-60DB54C10000} (YahooYMailTo Class) - http://us.dl1.yimg.com/download.yahoo.com/dl/installs/yse/ymmapi_416.dll
    O16 - DPF: {CAFEEFAC-0014-0001-0001-ABCDEFFEDCBA} (Java Runtime Environment 1.4.1_01) -
    O16 - DPF: {CAFEEFAC-0014-0001-0003-ABCDEFFEDCBA} (Java Runtime Environment 1.4.1_03) -
    O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) - http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab
    O16 - DPF: {EF791A6B-FC12-4C68-99EF-FB9E207A39E6} (McFreeScan Class) - http://download.mcafee.com/molbin/iss-loc/vso/en-us/tools/mcfscan/1,5,0,4297/mcfscan.cab
    O16 - DPF: {EF99BD32-C1FB-11D2-892F-0090271D4F88} - http://us.dl1.yimg.com/download.yahoo.com/dl/toolbar/ym/yiebio5_1_3_0.cab
    O16 - DPF: {F04A8AE2-A59D-11D2-8792-00C04F8EF29D} (Hotmail Attachments Control) - http://sea2fd.sea2.hotmail.msn.com/activex/HMAtchmt.ocx
    O16 - DPF: {F58E1CEF-A068-4C15-BA5E-587CAF3EE8C6} (MSN Chat Control 4.5) - http://fdl.msn.com/public/chat/msnchat45.cab
     
  5. srisaikrish

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    The Svchost.exe file is located in the %SystemRoot%\System32 folder. At startup, Svchost.exe checks the services portion of the registry to construct a list of services that it needs to load. Multiple instances of Svchost.exe can run at the same time. Each Svchost.exe session can contain a grouping of services, so that separate services can run, depending on how and where Svchost.exe is started.


    To view the list of services that are running in Svchost:
    1.Click Start on the Windows taskbar, and then click Run.
    2.In the Open box, type CMD, and then press ENTER.
    3.Type Tasklist /SVC, and then press ENTER.

    This is all I can do for this, I found this please let me knwo if you need more info abt this ......
     
  6. johnervin

    johnervin Thread Starter

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    Hi srisaikrish,

    Windows XP HOME has no utility for viewing processes, threads, etc. The utility from XP Pro, Tasklist, causes blue screens in XP Home. See:

    Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 314056
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...14056#appliesto.
    [See this at the beginning of the article: "View products that this article applies to."]

    Thanks anyway.

    Jon
     
  7. BillEC

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    Here's a little freeware program that will let you view the processes and threads running:

    http://www.teamcti.com/pview/prcview.htm

    You might also try running Chkdsk on the drive. With svchost and explorer both running fairly constantly it sounds as if svchost might be trying to access a file it can't find.
     
  8. mobo

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    Thatsa very nice tool indeed. After opening up the program click on the view tab to follow the processes backward to find the actual running applications..
     
  9. johnervin

    johnervin Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the tips, guys; did anybody ever take a look at my Highjackthis log file?

    I'm attaching a picture of the info from a download of tasklist.exe. The Microsoft site now shows both Home and Pro compatible.

    Jon,
     

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    Looks fine , but one thing I notice is that you have the default settings for the running services. They are in control panel /administrative tools / services.

    Compare this list of those links to see what you can disable..
     
  11. johnervin

    johnervin Thread Starter

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    I keep running into conflict with the two services lists. Yours says to disable, but mine doesn't offer that option. Am I missing something?

    I've been hoping to find something like this for a long, long time.

    John
     
  12. mobo

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    What services would they be and are you using the services list in administrative tools ?
     
  13. johnervin

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    When I go to the service list (Administrative Tools / Services) and highlight "Alerter," for instance, it shows a manual start and I don't get an option to disable; just to start or stop.

    In "Automatic Updates," I click "Stop the Service," and the option changes to "Start the Service," but the startup type remains "Automatic." I guess this means it's more-or-less disabled; is the term "Stop" interchangeable with "Disabled?" They mention both terms, but there is never a "Disable" option.

    I don't mean to be nit-picky or thick-headed, I just want to avoid the possibility of doing it wrong because I probably won't know how to fix it :).

    John
     
  14. mobo

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    Have you tried right clicking it and use the dropdown menu to select disable then apply it as well as stop ?
     
  15. mobo

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    Like this.
     

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