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#1 jimar65


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Posted 30 October 2007 - 10:57 AM

I need help, as everyone else here does, lol. I have used Spybot,AVG,Adaware, Defraged. Also used
Spyware Doctor. All found a bunch of bad stuff, never a virus, but my computer takes 45 min to load up and about 20 to 30 min to shut down.
I don't know anything else to do. Please help.
I am in the middle of building some websites and I need this computer at high performance.

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#2 VirtueOfPanda


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Posted 30 October 2007 - 12:32 PM

Hi jimar65, welcome to BC :thumbsup:

The slow startup could be caused by the amount of programs you have running at startup. Seeing as you have Spybot S+D, you could use that to manage this. Open up Spybot, then go to Mode > and check Advanced Mode. Then you should see 3 new tabs appear on the left hand side of the window. Choose Tools > then System Startup. What is shown is a list of all the applications which run on startup. Disable the ones you don't need. If you are unsure, you can always consult Bleeping Computer's own Startup Programs Database found here.

Another way you could control this is with a program called Autoruns. You can see it in action ( as well as in conjunction with the BC's Startup List) here.

As for the shutdown issue, well it can be caused by lots of things. Hopefully a more experienced member can help you with that.

Hope this helps with your startup issues,

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Posted 30 October 2007 - 01:35 PM

Are you getting any error messages? Shutdown problems can be symptomatic of a variety of things to include hardware/software issues, mismatched RAM, other programs hanging or unresponsive in the background, unsigned device drives and even malware.

To get hung processes to end automatically when you shutdown, see Automatically Close Applications Not Responding at Shutdown: AutoEndTasks registry tweak. This step involves making changes in the registry. Always back up your registry before making any changes. If you are not familiar with working in the registry, then you should NOT attempt to make any changes on your own. Improper changes to the registry could adversely affect your computer and render it inoperable.

The above registry tweak is sometimes referred to as "Force Exit" to automatically close applications that are not responding at shutdown. When an application fails to respond a dialog box is displayed prompting the user to either end it now or to wait. Enabling the value AutoEndTasks will take care of the non-responding application without user intervention.

Another thing to try is downloading and installing the User Profile Hive Cleanup Service which helps to ensure user sessions are completely terminated when a user logs off. System processes and applications occasionally maintain connections to registry keys in the user profile after a user logs off. In those cases the user session is prevented from completely ending.

Also see:
Windows stops responding during Windows XP shut down
Troubleshoot shutdown problems in Windows XP
Troubleshooting Windows Shutdown Problems
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