Hey there, let's continue..
Please move HijackThis to another location, preferably c:\Program Files\HijackThis
. Anywhere is fine, other than your Desktop or a Temp folder. If HijackThis is in a temporary folder you run the risk of accidentally deleting the backups or it clutters your desktop with all the backups.
If you use Windows XP it might be that you just double clicked on the file HijackThis.exe, but that only extracts the file to a temporary folder. Please select the file and Extract it to a folder.
How do you make a permanent folder:
Click "My Computer", then "C:\
" and then on "Program Files".
In the menu bar, "File"->"New"->"Folder".
That will create a folder named "New Folder", which you can rename to "HJT" or "HijackThis".
Now you have "C:\Program Files\HijackThis". Put your HijackThis.exe there.
As AcaCandy said, you are using the Ares
p2p file sharing program.
This is not technically malware by itself, but it installs malware in order to run properly.
It also opens the door for every other nasty program you can think of.
I strongly recommend that you remove it from your computer.
Read this article for alternatives that will provide some of the same function without the garbage:
I suggest you remove the program now.
Go to Start > Settings > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs and remove the following programs if present:
This is another article you can read:
The choice to remove it is entirely up to you, but I would strongly recommend that you get rid of it.
If you do not want to, please at least
refrain from using any peer-to-peer programs for the remainder of my fix.
You might like to limit the programs that are loading when your computer starts, you might have unneccessary software loading whn you boot your computer which is eating away at your CPU and ultimatley slowing down your computer. Many programs install a quick launch feature which is not needed; if you want to use the program you can start it up manually. The easiest way to see whether a program is needed at startup, you can use bleeping computer's own list, which gives an indication of whether the program is required/optional etc. Note that essential processes such as those for your anti-virus or your modem must be kept.
So, firstly click on start, then run and type msconfig
. Then hit enter.
Click on the startup tab and a list of programs will appear.
You can compare the startup name with those on the startup list., link is below:
You might like to try and clear clutter off your computer, and free up some space on your harddrive.
Old games, unwanted photos and unused programs could be a starting point.
You can also clear clutter such as temprary files by doing the following:
Go to start and click on the "run" button.
Type the following in the box --> cleanmgr
and click ok.
Let it scan your system for files to remove.
Make sure only Temporary Files, Temporary Internet Files, and Recycle Bin are checked.
to remove them.
Next you can defragment your hard-drive...when was the last time you did this?
Windows puts new files in any available open space and defragging will cluster files closer together making your harddrive more efficient.
This saves wear and tear while speeding up programs.
1. Open My Computer
2. Right-click the local disk volume that you want to defragment, and then click Properties
3. On the Tools
tab, click Defragment Now
4. Click Defragment
5. This process takes quite a long time, so be patient.
I then want to do two more scans for malware, things can hide from a Hijackthis log.
Download and save Blacklight
to your desktop.
then accept the agreement.
Click on scan then click next,
You'll see a list of all items found.
Do not choose for rename yet! I want to see the log first; legitimate items can also be present.
There is a log on your desktop with the name fsbl.xxxxxxx.log (the xxxxxxx stand for numbers)
Post the contents of the log in your next reply.
Please perform this online scan: Kaspersky Webscan
Read the Requirements and Privacy statement, then select "Accept
A dialogue box will appearing asking "Do you want to install this software?
" Name: kavwebscan_unicode.cab
" to download the ActiveX controls that allows ActiveScan to run.
When the download is complete it will say ready, click "Next
Select a target to scan: Click on "My Computer
When the scan is complete choose to save the results as "Save as Text
Post the Kaspersky scan results in your next reply, along with a new Hijackthis log.
Don't forget the Blacklight log either.... :up: