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#1 razblow


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Posted 22 May 2005 - 06:22 AM


Every time I restart my PC it runs REALLY, REALLY slowly. “My Computer” properties tab also doesn’t display my specs properly; it only shows how much RAM I have, nothing else.

Next, I use a system restore point. The computer works fine after this, no problems at all – runs normal speed, specs are displayed properly. Until I restart it, then the whole SLOW problem happens again.

Spybot and PC-Cillin don’t pick up on any viruses, but Ad-Aware strangely gets stuck when it gets to the registry scan part.

My friend suggested resetting the BIOS. Please help.


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#2 Enthusiast


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Posted 22 May 2005 - 09:42 AM

What anti-malware programs have you used?

While you should use only one firewall and one resident anti-virus program it seems that there is no limit to the number of anti-malware programs that can be used to keep your computer uninfected.

Here are some that have proven to be of assistance:

Freeware AntiSpyware and Security Programs

Software firewalls with freeware versions
Zone Alarm: http://www.zonealarm.com/
Sygate: http://www.sygate.com/

Antivirus programs - freeware

AVG: http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_index.php

Avast Anti-virus freeware

Anti-malware freeware

AdAware: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
Microsoft Antispyware Beta: http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/s...re/default.mspx
SpywareBlaster: http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
Spybot S&D: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (Win XP and Win 2000):

CWShredder from InterMute
CW Shredder removes some variants of spyware known as the Coolwebsearch Trojan. The Trojan takes advantage of a flaw in a key component of Windows -- Microsoft's version of the Java Virtual Machine -- to install itself via popups often found on porn and illegal software (a.k.a. "warez") sites. Run CWShredder after installing, and have it look for updates. Then click the "Fix" button, and the program will both scan and fix any problems it finds. If your system does not have this kind of spyware, it will give you the good news.
Cost: Free

Hijack This and a variety of other tools for malware and pestware or

Web based online Antivirus and anti-malware scans:

Panda Activescan (IE only)

Trend Micro antivirus and malware scan:

Etrust Anti-virus web scanner

Kaspersky Anti-Virus Web Scanner

#3 Rimmer


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Posted 22 May 2005 - 07:07 PM

I agree with Enthusiast, your problem may be due to a malware infection. My suggestion is you download AdAwareSE, Spybot Search and Destroy and SpywareBlaster. Install them on your PC then update each of them from the internet (get the latest anti-virus update while your at it).
When they are updated reboot in Safe Mode and run the anti-virus and anti-spyware scans there. If you are not sure how to boot in Safe Mode there is a tutorial here:
Safe Mode

Soltek QBIC, Pentium 4 3.0GHz, 512MB RAM, 200GB SATA HDD, ATI Radeon 9600XT 256MB, Netgear 54Mb/s WAP, ridiculously expensive Satellite Broadband
Windows XP Home SP2, Trend Micro Internet Security, Firefox, Thunderbird, AdAwareSE, Spybot S&D, SpywareBlaster, A-squared Free, Ewido Security Suite.

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