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Ran avg antispyware and saved the log but when I boot up normally the reports folder does not exist
Posted 08 September 2007 - 07:31 PM
Folder:: C:\Program Files\WebRebates4\ Registry:: [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\shared tools\msconfig\startupreg\webrebates]
Edited by SifuMike, 08 September 2007 - 07:33 PM.
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Posted 13 September 2007 - 07:28 AM
Posted 13 September 2007 - 12:59 PM
My computer is running pretty slow. When I booted up last night, it froze when it got to the desktop. I can move the mouse but when I click on anything nothing happens. I was able to get this info this morning but it took about ten minutes. When I click on anything there is delay (from 10 sec up to several minutes) for it to execute. Maybe too much running in background?
There are many things that could be slowing you computer. We have eliminated malware, so lets try other fixes.
1. Check your hard disks for problems.
There are two different types of disk checks:
one is a file check, which checks the state of your operating system, checks all of your files, your file structure, and other software checks. If there are software problems (such as a corrupt FAT (file allocation table), etc., this check will attempt to fix it.
The other is a physical hardware disk check. This checks the surface of your hard disks, to see if there are bad sectors (sections) of your hard drive, to see if your drive is physically experiencing problems. This disk check will attempt to repair the bad sectors, but if it canít, it will mark the sector as bad and attempt to move the file(s) or file ‚Äúpieces‚ÄĚ to a good sector(s) of the disk. By marking the sector as bad, it knows not to write any future files to this section of the hard drive.
To run a disk check (or scan disk), here are the steps:
For XP, double-click My Computer. Right-click the C-drive and click Properties. Click on the Tools tab and choose to check the computer for problems. Click on Check Now. You will then have two check boxes.
The top option is for the file check, and the second option is for the hardware (physical disk) check. Check either one, or both. At least check the top one.
Again, if you think you may be having problems with the hard disk itself, then check the second one, as well. this will take quite a bit longer to run, so let it run over night.
One thing, though: For XP, you wonít be able to run the check right then.
After clicking the Start button (once the check boxes are checked), you will need to reboot to run the disk check. It will ask you if you want the system to run the CHKDSK on reboot. Choose Yes and reboot.
Just before getting back into Windows, the system will do its CHKDSK, and depending on which options you chose, will take either a few minutes, and sometimes up to an hour or so, to run.
Let it run.
2. Defragment your hard drives.
If you have never done this, or it has been a few months since the last time, this step is one of the most important things that will give you more performance. As you use your computer, your drives become fragmented, by creating and deleting files. Just because a file is 10mb in size, doesnít mean that it is sitting there on the drive (all 10mb) all in one spot on the drive. It fills in from the inside of the drive, outward, as the drive finds room. So your one file can be in pieces, in several spots on the hard drive. Donít worry, your file allocation table keeps track of where the pieces are, however, it takes longer to access a file that is in pieces (fragmented), than a file that IS all in one spot on the hard drive. This is where defragmenting comes in. When you defragment your hard drive, this process copies all of the pieces to temporary spots on the hard drive, and then fills in all of the files (in their entirety) from the inside, out, so that no files are split into pieces. This dramatically speeds up the seek time, as well as speeds up the use of your files and programs.
NOTE: to efficiently defragment a hard drive, it likes to have 25% free space. It can still do the defragmentation with only 15% free space, but it takes quite a bit longer. If you can, delete any unnecessary files before degramenting your drives.
To defragment your hard drives (in any Windows operating system), double-click on My Computer. Right-click on the c-drive and click on Properties. Click on the Tools tab and choose the bottom button, to Defragment NowÖ Click on the appropriate drive, and then on Defragment. This can take some time. Depending on your processing power, the amount of RAM you have available, the size and speed of your drive, and a few other things, this process can take 20 minutes, or hours. It is best to let this one run over night, as well, but it is well worth it.
3. Streamline MSCONFIG.
One thing that really causes a HUGE performance decrease is to have unnecessary programs running in the background.
Some of these programs can be seen in your System Tray (located next to the clock, in the lower-right corner of your screen). These are tiny programs that are robbing you of memory and processing power. Some of them you need, while most you donít. Some of the programs you DONíT need are printer icons, CD burning icons, shortcuts to programs (such as video settings), AOL, any Instant Messaging Programs, etc. Just because these programs arenít always running, doesnít mean that you still canít print, burn CDs or Instant Message. They can be run when you need them, from a shortcut.
You can use a utility, called MSCONFIG, to turn OFF unnecessary Start Up items. Or use a free startup utility (see below)
In XP, click on Start\Run and type msconfig. Click on the Startup tab.
This is a list of everything that is running in the background, some of which show up in the System Tray.
Now, be very careful, some of these you do need.
Some items to keep are Ctfmon.exe (XP), Rundll.32, any AntiVirus programs (such as McAfee, Norton, or AVG). Others, you can uncheck, such as NeroCheck, ypager, qttask, AOL, and any other Instant Messaging programs, or printing programs.
If in doubt, then look them up with Google.
Remember, if something doesnít work, because you turned it off, it can always be turned back on.
You just have to reboot every time you make a change here.
But, as you uncheck the unnecessary programs that run in the background, you will see that Windows loads much faster, that there are less icons in the System Tray, and that your system is much more ‚Äúsnappy‚ÄĚ and quick to respond.
Rather than use MSCONFIG command to disable processes, you can use a free Startup utility.
Mike Lin has a free Startup Control Panel that allows you to easily configure which programs run when your computer starts. http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml
Be sure you read the intructions before using it. You can use the Disable / Enable - to disable or enable the selected entry. A disabled program will appear in the list with a special icon, and will not run at system startup.
Another free Startup utility is Startup Inspector.
Startup Inspector for Windows is a Windows platform software that helps Windows user to manage Windows startup applications.
On www.windowsstartup.com, there are more than 4,300 known programs in the database.Startup Inspector for Windows can thus provide a consultative information on the programs that are running at your Windows startup process. Whether a program is necessary to the system, or is the program a spyware.
other Startup Managers I recommend:Autoruns http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysintern...uns.mspxStarter by CodeStuff http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/System-...k/Starter.shtml
There are 4 user profiles on this computer. Do I need to do scans on each of them?
Edited by SifuMike, 13 September 2007 - 01:03 PM.
Posted 18 September 2007 - 09:21 PM
Posted 18 September 2007 - 09:52 PM
I see wscntfy.exe and wuauclt.exe are in my running processes. I think they should not be there according to bleepingcomputers startup list.
Edited by SifuMike, 18 September 2007 - 09:58 PM.
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