Posted 08 May 2009 - 08:34 AM
I am new to this site and have some problems with my computer (Windows XP). In the last 6 months, my computer is running extremely slow. Everyday, there are more and more programs running in the background. When I go in and turn them off, it runs faster. I try to go to msconfig and turn them off permanently, but it says I don't have admin rights even though my acct says it does. Also, I have to run several security programs (not all actively running at same time). I have MaCafee, Xoft, Regcure, Malwarebytes. Do I need all these? Everytime I run Xoft and Regcure it finds over a hundred items, are these real issues?
2 days ago, I got a screen that said it was dumping physical memory. I shut the computer down. I bought an external drive to back my hard drive up. Now everytime the computer starts, it goes into CHKDSK with a lot of errors in different files. There are also new folders in my c: drive that were created at last start up that seem to have random names like 8f5645dsfs564dfs6d54sd (not exactly the name but lots of numbers and letters). Also one called BJ.
I need help with the following questions:
1. Why can't I turn off programs in ms.config if I am set up as an adminstrator?
2. Do I need to run these different security programs, or are they finding false issues?
3. Why am I getting random folders created?
4. Why is CHKDSK running at start up?
5. Is this a sign of a failing hard drive?
Thanks in advance,