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Thread Starter
Apr 9, 2004
Since running Windows XP I have experienced system activity on my machine. The yellow light on my case resembles a heartbeat and some of the time an annoying round disc accompanies my curser that when active follows in time with the light. There appears to be no activity through my cable router. I disabled temporarily all my start-up programs in ms-config to find a cause. I have Si Meter running and it shows blips of processor activity. It is becoming like fingernails over a chalkboard. From Belarc Advisor:

Operating System System Model
Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 1 (build 2600) VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8367-8235
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
2.00 gigahertz AMD Athlon XP
128 kilobyte primary memory cache
256 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: VT8367-8235
Bus Clock: 133 megahertz
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG 06/18/2003
Drives Memory Modules c,d
61.48 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
56.61 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

AOPEN DVD1648/AAP [CD-ROM drive]
ATAPI CDRW 52X32 [CD-ROM drive]
3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

HDS722580VLAT20 [Hard drive] (61.49 GB) -- drive 0, s/n xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx rev V32OA60A, SMART Status: Healthy
IOMEGA ZIP 100 [Hard drive] -- drive 1 512 Megabytes Installed Memory

Slot 'A0' has 256 MB
Slot 'A1' has 256 MB
Slot 'A2' is Empty
Local Drive Volumes

c: (on drive 0) 61.48 GB 56.61 GB free

Network Drives

Users Printers
local user accounts last logon
Owner 4/10/2004 6:56:48 PM (admin)
local system accounts
Administrator never (admin)
Guest never
HelpAssistant never
SUPPORT_388945a0 never

Marks a disabled account; Marks a locked account APOLLO P2500/2600 Series on USB001

Controllers Display
Standard floppy disk controller
Primary IDE Channel [Controller]
Secondary IDE Channel [Controller]
VIA Bus Master IDE Controller NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 with AGP8X [Display adapter]
CTX 16.3 [Monitor] (16.3"vis)
Default Monitor
Bus Adapters Multimedia
Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller
VIA Rev 5 or later USB Universal Host Controller
VIA Rev 5 or later USB Universal Host Controller
VIA Rev 5 or later USB Universal Host Controller Unimodem Full-Duplex Audio Device
Vinyl AC'97 Codec Combo Driver (WDM)
Communications Other Devices
HSP56 MR [Modem]
1394 Net Adapter
VIA Rhine II Fast Ethernet Adapter
Network Card MAC Address: xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Network IP Address: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx NEC OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
PS/2 Compatible Mouse
USB Root Hub
USB Root Hub
USB Root Hub
USB Root Hub
Virus Protection
Norton AntiVirus Version 10.00
Virus Definitions Version 4/7/2004 Rev 17
Last Disk Scan on Friday, April 02, 2004 5:10:38 AM
Realtime File Scanning On

Installed Microsoft Hotfixes [Back to Top]
Q832483 on 3/25/2004 (details...)
DX819696 (details...)
Internet Explorer
Q330994 (details...)
Q832894 (details...)
SP1 (SP1)
Windows Media Player
Q828026 (details...)
WM817787 (details...)
WM819639 (details...)
Q828026 on 3/25/2004 (details...)
Windows XP
KB810243 on 3/26/2004 (details...)
KB817778 on 3/26/2004 (details...)
Windows XP
SP2 (continued)
KB820291 on 3/26/2004 (details...)
KB821253 on 3/26/2004 (details...)
KB822603 on 3/26/2004 (details...)
KB823182 on 3/25/2004 (details...)
KB824105 on 3/25/2004 (details...)
KB824141 on 3/25/2004 (details...)
KB824146 on 3/25/2004 (details...)
KB825119 on 3/25/2004 (details...)
KB826939 on 3/25/2004 (details...)
KB828028 on 3/25/2004 (details...)
KB828035 on 3/25/2004 (details...)
Q322011 on 3/26/2004 (details...)
Q327979 on 3/26/2004 (details...)
Q814995 on 3/26/2004 (details...)
Q819696 on 3/25/2004 (details...)

In addition I have Anti-Keylogger running with Spy-Bot SnD.
I know of no more to add. Please head me in the right direction.
Feb 23, 2003
First question: Do you have a cdrom in the drive that isn't being used ? If not then lets have a look at startup:
Download 'Hijack This!'. and save it to a folder on your desktop.
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, load it in Notepad, and copy its contents here. Most of what it lists will be harmless or even essential, don't fix anything yet.


Thread Starter
Apr 9, 2004
I double checked the disk idea and am sure there is nothing there. Below is the scan you requested.
Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 2:46:52 PM, on 4/11/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Si Meter\SiMeter.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\InCD.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Works\WksSb.exe
C:\Program Files\Iomega\DriveIcons\ImgIcon.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Desktop\UNUSED DESKTOP ICONS\FreeRAM XP Pro 1.40.exe
C:\Program Files\WinRoll\winroll.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Works Shared\wkcalrem.exe
C:\Program Files\3M\PSN2Lite\Psn2Lite.exe
C:\Program Files\PrintKey2000\Printkey2000.exe
C:\Program Files\A!K Research Labs\NotesHolder\NotesHolder.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\Screen Scapes Task.exe
C:\Program Files\Yo!Utilities IIII\YoIIII.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exe
C:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\InCDsrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Norton AntiVirus\SAVScan.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\My Documents\hijackthis\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
O2 - BHO: Web assistant - {9ECB9560-04F9-4bbc-943D-298DDF1699E1} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\AdBlocking\NISShExt.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar1.dll
O2 - BHO: NAV Helper - {BDF3E430-B101-42AD-A544-FADC6B084872} - C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\msdxm.ocx
O3 - Toolbar: Web assistant - {0B53EAC3-8D69-4b9e-9B19-A37C9A5676A7} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\AdBlocking\NISShExt.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Norton AntiVirus - {42CDD1BF-3FFB-4238-8AD1-7859DF00B1D6} - C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar1.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NeroCheck] C:\WINDOWS\system32\NeroCheck.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Si Meter] C:\Program Files\Si Meter\SiMeter.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PCTVOICE] pctspk.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\System32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HPDJ Taskbar Utility] C:\WINDOWS\System32\spool\drivers\w32x86\3\hpztsb02.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [URLLSTCK.exe] C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\UrlLstCk.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [InCD] C:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\InCD.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PPMemCheck] C:\PROGRA~1\PESTPA~1\PPMemCheck.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Microsoft Works Portfolio] C:\Program Files\Microsoft Works\WksSb.exe /AllUsers
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Microsoft Works Update Detection] C:\Program Files\Microsoft Works\WkDetect.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ezShieldProtector for Px] C:\WINDOWS\System32\ezSP_Px.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Iomega Startup Options] C:\Program Files\Iomega\Common\ImgStart.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Iomega Drive Icons] C:\Program Files\Iomega\DriveIcons\ImgIcon.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Anti-keylogger check] C:\Program Files\Anti-keylogger\AntiKey.exe /checkautorun
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [NvMediaCenter] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\System32\NVMCTRAY.DLL,NvTaskbarInit
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Mozilla Quick Launch] "C:\Program Files\\Mozilla\Mozilla.exe" -turbo
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [FreeRAM XP] "C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Desktop\UNUSED DESKTOP ICONS\FreeRAM XP Pro 1.40.exe" -win
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [WinRoll] C:\Program Files\WinRoll\winroll.exe
O4 - Startup: NotesHolder.lnk = C:\Program Files\A!K Research Labs\NotesHolder\NotesHolder.exe
O4 - Startup: Office Startup.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA.EXE
O4 - Startup: PowerReg SchedulerV2.exe
O4 - Startup: Screen Scapes Task.lnk = C:\WINDOWS\Screen Scapes Task.exe
O4 - Startup: Yo!Utilities IIII.lnk = C:\Program Files\Yo!Utilities IIII\YoIIII.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Office.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA9.EXE
O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Works Calendar Reminders.lnk = ?
O4 - Global Startup: Post-it® Software Notes Lite.lnk = C:\Program Files\3M\PSN2Lite\Psn2Lite.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Printkey2000.lnk = C:\Program Files\PrintKey2000\Printkey2000.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: 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
O9 - Extra button: Related (HKLM)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Show &Related Links (HKLM)
O12 - Plugin for .bcf: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Plugins\NPBelv32.dll
O16 - DPF: {33564D57-0000-0010-8000-00AA00389B71} -

Feb 23, 2003
What you can do is look at the cpu time in task manager and watch for the offending program to initiate the cpu spike and watch the numbers going in sync to it..


Thread Starter
Apr 9, 2004
I feel I have solved the flashing disk issue at my cursor. There was a conflict with Office 97 and word 2000. Since I uninstalled and reinstalled Word 2000 the disk no longer appears on screen. The light still does it's thing but I can live with that since I don't look directly at it. I will keep at it though and see what the cpu is up to.
Thanks, seahawk
Feb 23, 2003
Thanks for your response as well. First time i have heard of such so thats good info.
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