I have another computer here that looks like it's due for a wiping and
starting over. I was able to get MalwareBytes run on it and it found over
300 malicious items. The majority was MyWebSearch, but there were some
Trojan.FakeAlerts in there too.
But even in Safe Mode, after about 2 or 3 minutes, an instance of
svchost.exe starts running that works its way up to 80 to 90 percent CPU
usage.The one that is guilty is "svchost.exe -k netsvcs" as revealed by
process explorer. And while it's not using up any CPU, hpgs2wnf.exe also
gets started, even in Safe Mode. It usually stays gone once it is
terminated. The svchost.exe can be terminated too, but it will come back
within 2 or 3 minutes.
This is an older Dell, Pentium 2, with a 2.0Gb processor and 512Mb of
ram. It's one of those Dells with special memory that has to be paired
and it now has 4 128's in it. In order to get it up, it would mean having
to replace it all since it can't be added to. That special Dell memory
While 512Mb is borderline "enough", it should operate pretty well if I
could figure out how to get rid of that svchost problem. The hpgs2wnf.exe
file is associated with HP's Share to Web service. I find no reference to
it in msconfig or in any of the run keys in the registry. I renamed the
exe to keep it from starting but not the way to do things.
Share to Web is in Add/Remove programs but it errors out when I try to
remove it. Some installation file is missing. One Google hit was at http://svchost-fix.blogspot.com/201...using-100-
cpu.html (http://tinyurl.com/bmejzfn) will do it - reading that mess is
almost comical but it'll lead you to a downloadable file,
SvchostFixWizard3.exe. Well, that passed Virus Total so I ran it and it
came up with a scam that would cost you $39.95. Oops, no thanks.
Someone mentioned deleting all the prefetch files. I tried that. No
I tried diagnostic mode. That cripples everything up so bad you can't
even open task manager. I anyone has any idea what's going on with this
svchost.exe -k netsvcs I'd appreciate anything you may have to offer.
I've already got his documents copied off. All that's left is his Outlook
Express and Address Book. Bookmarks & Favirites, And pictures and folders
scattered all over thr desktop.
Then its wipeout time if someon doesn't try to stop me.