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Very Slow Start-up/ctfmon

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#1 TheIowaKid


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Posted 27 April 2005 - 11:39 AM

I was wondering what tweaks I could do to speed up my start up. It seems I have alot of things opening at this time and alot of processes running. CPU usage is alright, its just alot slower than when I first purchased a few months ago. Also, this is unrelated, (well sort of) but CTFMON, what is it? is it bad? what does it do? Its listed as a process and seems to be using alot of memory.... Im running a dell inspiron 8600 1.6g with centrino xp home 512. When I start up its a blank screen for like a minute before i see the windows loading, its just loading a buch of stuff. Any help will be appreciated, thanks in advance!

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 12:58 PM

CTFMON could be a couple of things, some bad ( Troj/Delbot-B, CoolWebSearch parasite related, SOWSAT.B WORM).

Or it could be this:
Frequently asked questions about Ctfmon.exe

I would post a HijackThis log just to be sure.
This way, we can eliminate the possibility of spyware/malware, being the cause of your problem.

Read the pinned post in the HijackThis forum, here
Please read, and follow, all directions carefully.

Then, run a log, and post it in the HJT forum, at this link. Do not, fix anything, yet.
A member, of the HJT Team, will help you out.
It may take a while to get a response, because the HJT Team are very busy. Please, be patient, these people are volunteers. They will help you out, as soon as possible.

Once you have made the post, please, DO NOT make another post in the HJT forum, until it has been responded to by a member of the HJT Team. The first thing they look for, when looking for logs to reply to, is 0 replies. If you make another post, there will be 1 reply. The team member, glancing over the replies, might assume someone is already helping you out, and will not respond. So, just make your post, and let it sit there, until a team member responds. This way you will be taken care of, in the most timely manner.

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#3 TheIowaKid

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 01:08 PM

Thank you very much. I will run Hijackthis and post a log. So could this be the problem of the slow start up?

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 01:09 PM

About start up problems.

If you have Spybot S&D installed, you can use their start up tool to select which programs you want to load on start up (this is the cause of the slow boot, since each application takes time to launch). BC has a startup program database against which you can review each of the programs and elect to eliminate them from the process. Many applications you install have something like a "quick launch" feature so that you can open them faster when you need them, but you trade off this launch time with the time it takes during the boot process; if you have MS Office installed, for example, it usually launches on start up, a good thing I suppose if you use Office constantly, but a bad thing if you use it once a week.
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