Removing those processes wasn't really where I was headed. Obviously you cannot delete explorer.exe. What I was illustrating is that there are trojans and worms that utilize these processes, as opposed to creating there own.
It seems to me that that is exactly what was happening on supersteven's machine, as the problem was not evident in safe mode where some of these processes may not have been loaded.
In situations like this, formatting and reinstalling the OS is definitely your best bet. We have exhausted many methods of removing the infection that did not work. It is likely a kernal-level virus that cannot be picked up by conventional means, if by any at all. Many people are scared of a rip and reinstall of the OS, but it's not that hard. Just back up your files externally, scan them before putting them back on the HD after the reinstall, and you're good to go. Nice, healthy PC.
I never suggested that he actually remove these processes which in fact you can't because some of them are windows processes.What i was tryin to say is that if you go to that site i posted, http://hjt.iamnotageek.com/ it analyzes and parses your hijack this logfile....
It explains what could be a possible threat,what's safe and what's unknown.
Don't tell me you guyz actually re-format????There's always a solution........Maybe im just lucky out of a 3 year span,i reformated once,reason,i had way to much crap on my HD,needed a fresh re-install.
Personally,my best friend always re-format's his pc when something goes wrong,he never takes the time or paitence to actually figure out what's wrong.I actually find it redundant that he actually downloads whatever or put's any games or apps on his pc when he just re-format's his pc in a month or so,sound pointless right?
And what i find ironic is that he also use's a ripped OS of windows 2000...hehe...i can definitly recall witnessing his pc reboot by itself after it's been idle for a couple of minutes.This is a guy who doesn't even use any anti-virus programs or even a firewall.....to funny....
You guyz definitly have to post ur Hijackthis logfile,im curious to see how many processes you are runnin,the most processes i run are about 16/17,my pc runs alot faster since i disabled alot of the useless windows processes and my connection seems to be alot faster too...check it out,it may work for ya......