Further to the below, by the time I had got everything I needed to do a
fresh install of the OS, I got a response from to my ticket to MS
Support[Case SRX1118251854ID .
I telephoned them and was eventually put through to the correct section and
was given excellent assistance by Shad.
He seemed a bit perplexed at first that MSE had found this particular
'nasty' WIN32/MARIOFEV.A in the location it was.
I referred him to
and a couple of other places where this had been reported.
We then went into 'remote assistance' and within a couple of minutes he was
able to find the reason for the warning of the virus - it was a folder/file
in System32, a 32.dll one which 'had an error'. Due to the time factor, I
was not able to note the exact cause/reason, but it appeared to be a
'false/positive' type of thing.
I have continued to remove a number of unwanted software progs - cleaned out
the temps etc, disc cleaned and defrag - done multiple scans with online AV
and antimalware. Deleted and reset System Restore.
All the latest security updates are installed
The system is running as smooth as it did from the factory - startup and
shut down are done in half the time it took previously.
Hope this info is of use to somebody
Thanks to those with advise etc given
"antioch" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Acer Extensa Notebook
> WIN XP Pro SP3 - nearly up to date with security updates.
> IE 7 + OE6
> I have been given the above computer and I have been cleaning out all
> software etc not required.
> Google Chrome was the default browser with Google as home page.
> I have tried to set the default browser to IE7.
> I have been into Cont Panel/Add Remove/Set Prog Access/Custom.
> I could not get IE to set as default.
> I removed Google Chrome and although the settings in the new default show
> that Int Explorer is the browser with enable access, when I click to open
> it on the desktop or quick launch, I get the framework and nothing else -
> it freezes like that until I 'End Prog'. I did notice that when I went
> into Task Manager, in the Processes col. there were two Int. Explorers
> running at the same time - each with 50% usage, but only one showing in
> Even the default home page Google[shows as home page in Internet Props]
> does not show in the window/address bar at the top.
> I tried to open Windows Update from the Start Menu but nothing happens.
> Getting the latest updates was to be the next job.
> Email works though :-)
> Is there something I have missed?