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#1 Peter

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Posted 29 May 2005 - 01:45 PM

Hi

As you can see, it's my first post, and I wasn't too sure as to where to post so feel free to correct me.

Anyway I recently noticed a significant drop in speed in just about every process my computer trys. A 1.4mhz AMD processor should open AOL pretty fast, certainly not leave time to go and make a cup of tea and still be at it when you get back!

I think the problem stems from background processes. Ctrl + Alt + Del tells me there's about 40 of them, reading something like :

msmsgs.exe
taskmgr.exe
wuauclt.exe
alg.exe
wmiprvse.exe
ccEvtMgr.exe
symlcsvc.exe
SPBBCSvc.exe
SNDSrvc.exe
navapsvc.exe
ISSVC.exe
ccSetMgr.exe
ccProxy.exe
AOLacsd.exe
spoolsv.exe
LEXPPS.exe
LEXBCES.exe
explorer.exe
svchost.exe
devldr32.exe
svchost.exe
svchost.exe
svchost.exe
svchost.exe
msmsgs.exe
lsass.exe
services.exe
winlogon.exe
csrss.exe
smss.exe
ctfmon.exe
dslagent.exe
dslstat.exe
ccApp.exe
AOLDial.exe
AOLSP Scheduler.exe
fts.exe
realplay.exe
System
System Idle Process

How many of these are important? They all have pretty self indulgant sounding names...

One other thing; I think this speed drop is related to our new broadband connection. We have Norton Firewall NOW, but for a while we didn't have anything. I've used a few free Spyware and Adware checkers and there's still all these background processes taking up space.

Any advice is well appreciated (just remember I'm not that computer literate, ta)

Pete

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#2 Enthusiast

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Posted 29 May 2005 - 03:36 PM

Those look fairly normal. What probably is wrong in your case is a malware manifestation.
A number of the processes you listed are Windows processes, some are Norton, some AOL, etc.

You should install, update and utilize
several of the anti-malware programs listed below and if you don't have a firewall better then what comes with WinXP get one of the two I listed here.

Do a few of the web based malware scans.

Freeware AntiSpyware and Security Programs

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

Antivirus programs - freeware (you can only use one resident anti-virus program on your computer. More than one will conflict)

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

Avast Anti-virus freeware
http://www.komando.com/bestshareware.asp


Anti-malware freeware (You can run as many of these as you wish. Generally there is no conflict between these and you should always run several)

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):
http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.mspx


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
http://www.intermute.com/spysubtract/cwshr...r_download.html


Web based online Antivirus and anti-malware scans: (these can be run regardless of whatever else you are using. You must use Internet Explorer to run these.)

Panda Activescan (IE only)
http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/co...n_principal.htm

Trend Micro antivirus and malware scan:
http://housecall-beta.trendmicro.com/en/st...orp.asp?id=scan

Etrust Anti-virus web scanner
http://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx

Kaspersky Anti-Virus Web Scanner
http://www.kaspersky.com/service?chapter=161739400#betatest



Winsock XP Fix
http://www.spychecker.com/program/winsockxpfix.html

Edited by Enthusiast, 29 May 2005 - 03:37 PM.





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