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Please, please help. Big problem here

My computer is freezing at times, the theme switches from media center to classic then back to media center. i use avast since avg failed to fix anything and i found a few trojans. my hard drive wont even show in device manager. ive looked into all sorts of virus info on the web and i got nothing. please, i need some serious help. just identifing the problem would be a big step

its an old pc i got from my mom

512 mb ram
celeron d
xp sp3

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Just 2 ideas.

1. I wonder how long since you did the following:

2. The blank device manager is usually a sign of REGISTRY CLEANER use. But you write "failed to fix anything and i found a few trojans."

--> I'm encountering folk that expect an antivirus to (a) repair what damage trojans do and (b) find what other antivirus didn't find.

NEITHER are true today. The BIG STEP is to find out how those got onto the machine if possible. But let's tackle a BLANK DEVICE MANAGER short of reloading the OS then offer GRIF'S ADVICE!

a. The blank device manager. Try these and use the one you like!

b. Avast, AVG, ZAV does not matter. Grif writes more at:

Happy cleaning and scanning,

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Thank you

Thank you

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