Explorer.exe freezes computer

By Habylab · 15 replies
Apr 25, 2009
  1. Only recently too. Don't know why, just is. Its in't Avi's its just opening, say, my computer, freezes my computer completely for 5-10 seconds. Can't find how to fix it.

    Attached hijackthis file.

    Attached Files:

  2. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    I know you have posted here frequently and you are on the Virus and Malware Removal Forum. If you would like to check for malware, please follow all the Steps HERE.

    When finished, attach all three logs for review.

    Please include a more clear description of what you are experiencing.
  3. Habylab

    Habylab TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 263

    I click on start --> My Computer and my computer freezes for 10-5 seconds.... Found some malware in MalwareBytes, but hasn't solved the problem.
  4. Habylab

    Habylab TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 263

    Right ok, heres what you wanted.
  5. Habylab

    Habylab TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 263

    I would appreciate a reply, as I have (maybe Wasted/)spent time in scanning this. I feel, personally that only a Hijackthis log is useful, as the scans can be done by the users wishes. If they don't want to, and could possibly solve there problem, that i up to then. But by uploading the log file is just time-wasting, as they can just say whether they have scanned or not.

    I'm not having a go, but I feel it is not useful. I am happy if you tell me otherwise, as I am sure I am missing a big point here!
  6. Habylab

    Habylab TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 263

    Please? You've looked at them...
  7. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    The only process of any significance was this one which was removed by Mbam:
    Registry Keys Infected:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\gaopdxserv.sys (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

    gaopdxserv.sys is considered to be a Rootkit. Hidden files show be shown and Rootrepeal run. However, I didn't suggest it because:
    and took issue with the additional scans.

    It appears there are 5 users on the system and you have given very little specific information. I suggest you check the Event Log for any Errors that correspond to the time of the freezes.

    The thread subject is: "Explorer.exe freezes computer." The path you gave is "start --> My Computer and my computer freezes for 10-5 seconds.."

    This tells me nothing.
    1. Is there any error message? If so, what?
    2. Does the function proceed after the 5-10 second freeze?
    3. What feature are you trying to access in My Computer?
    4. Have you tried doing a right click on Start> Explore?
    5. Is the problem only with opening the antivirus program? You have a full Norton suite. Do the other parts of it work?
    6. Have you tried launching the program from All Programs?
    7. an you update the program?
  8. Habylab

    Habylab TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 263

    1. No error messages
    2. 10 seconds and then computer is fine
    3. I just click my computer, then freeze
    4. Thats worse!
    5. Nope, thats fine.
    6 & 7. Yeah up to date.

    By the way, I only have 1 user(Apart from a program created one), myself, and have previously had 2. How do I clean this up??
  9. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    I haven't used Chrome yet, but see 5 Chrome entries in the HijackThis log. But they are all the same:
    C:\Documents and Settings\Harry\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe

    Do you have 5 different profiles set for name of 'Harry'?

    I'd like you to do two things:
    1) Check the Event Viewer to see if there is any Error corresponding to the time of the freeze:

    Start> Run> type in eventvwr

    There is a question in my mind whether you are having an actual 'freeze' or whether you are experiencing a prolonged load time.

    Your logs are clean- only the one entry for gaopdxserv.sys which was removed. Let's make sure:

    Update and run Malware bytes again. Follow that with Combofix:

    2) Please download ComboFix. HERE:

    With ComboFix, at the download window, please rename it to Combo-Fix(.exe) before downloading it.

    Please disable all security programs, such as antiviruses, antispywares, and firewalls.
    Also disable your internet connection.

    Attach the report and log. Paste any corresponding Error from the Event Log. I think your problem is mechanical but we will make sure.
  10. Habylab

    Habylab TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 263

    No error in event log, and MBAM is ok.

    Attached Files:

  11. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    I'm going to request another helper check the Combofix log. It appears that you ran it previously and that both times, there were a great number of deletions. There are numerous files on the system that I don't recognize.

    I also see these:
    2009-03-30 16:18 . 2008-09-29 18:31 -------- d-----w c:\program files\Sophos Anti-Rootkit
    2008-12-10 21:12 -------- d-----w c:\program files\Mozilla Thunderbird 3 Beta 1
    2009-03-29 12:15 . 2008-10-15 16:13 -------- d-----w c:\program files\Mozilla Firefox 3.1 Beta 1

    You are also using a file sharing programs:
    c:\program files\Dropbox\DropboxExt.dll
    c:\\Program Files\\uTorrent\\uTorrent.exe"=

    Looks like 4/17/09 was a very busy day for you!
  12. Habylab

    Habylab TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 263

    I know. It is related to SmitFraudFix. When run, all the items that are listed as steps in that, come up in combofix. Computer is still the same, mind.

    Doing a vunduscan now to make sure it is ok.

    No vundu found, attached a rootrepeal log
  13. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    Habylab, please Edit your post to add comments rather that posting a new reply. That can be done if there is not another reply. You have 3 replies above, almost like talking to yourself!

    I have ask for someone to review your Combofix log- we have all been very busy with malware cleaning! I strongly advise you not to keep running special programs if you are not advised to.
  14. Habylab

    Habylab TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 263

    What do you mean by special programs??

    Anyway, computer BSOD's on start-up after windows loading comes up. Now doing a CHKDSK /R

    EDIT: Arghhh, Managed to fix it with "Last good configuration" After 2 hours of CHKDSK!!!

    EDIT: Norton is playing up now. In the morning after, today, it claimed not have been updated for 20 days, and browser and intrusion protection were off. Intrusion is on, but Browser protection isn't. Also, Chrome wont start anymore.

    Double post, sorry, wrong tab!
  15. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    You refer to a problem with the AV:
    but when I ask you about it specifically, you say:
    I told you that:
    I had you run multiple malware programs which showed nothing with the exception of some questionable entries in Combofix, but you tell me:
    I am closing this thread, at least for my help. If you can get focused on what the actual problem(s) is, I suggest you start a thread in the appropriate forum> most likely Windows OS.

    If you are going to get any help to resolve your problems, you need to focus on the specific problems. You are randomy running malware programs on your own. The original problem was that there was a slight delay in either startup or opening a program.

    I asked what you were tryig to do when you clicked on My Computer.
  16. Habylab

    Habylab TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 263

    ok... fine then
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