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#1 khopp

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 10:19 PM

Hi!
I've run various diagnostics and tried to follow the guidance per the instructions that i've read yet to no avail.
I use my comp. mainly for gaming (WoW and CoH) and since the last year I've had to dumb down my video settings when I believe it's not necessary even though I've updated the drivers.
World of Warcraft takes almost a few minutes from the launcher to the login screen and from my experience, I know it's taken less time once upon a time.
Firefox takes close to 30-60 seconds if I let it remain idle for more than 5 min (and I have very few add ons).
My system used to run smoothly but I believe something is slowing me down... I'm looking for some guidance and would appreciate being guided in the right direction.

XPS 410 Intel ® Core™2 Duo Processor E6400 (2.13GHz, 1066 FSB)
Memory 2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz - 2 DIMMs
Video Card 256MB nVidia GeForce 7900 GS

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 10:04 AM

Start with this.

If your computer seems to be slow, please refer to Slow Computer/Browser? Check here first; it may not be malware. There are reasons for slowness besides malware - i.e. disk fragmentation, disk errors, corrupt system files, too many startup programs, unnecessary services running, not enough RAM, dirty hardware components, etc. As your system gets older it becomes filled with more files/programs and has a natural tendency to slow down so cleaning and regular maintenance is essential.
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Posted 12 May 2009 - 12:19 AM

Thanks for the suggestion.
I've tried this and it still seems to run sluggish... any other suggestions?

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 12:32 AM

You can try using registry cleaner tool ( Im installed 4 kind : NTRegOP, Wise reg pro, TuneUp reg cleaner, and reg winner_) :thumbsup: :flowers:


I had same problem before like you, but im use that tools and use tweak tools, all running fast :trumpet: when im play my PES 2009 (before when scored goal, sound is weird)..


Trial and Error . :inlove:

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 12:36 AM

Oh you can try too GMER, hijackthis and autoruns . With trial and error using them. you may found your problem.. :thumbsup:

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 08:17 AM

Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons:

Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

The Windows registry is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component because it is where Windows "remembers" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system inoperable. For a more detailed explanation, read Understanding The Registry.

Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all work entirely the same way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad entry". One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.

Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes. If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.

Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfection and make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.

The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in "unpredictable results".

Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.You also should not follow anyone's advice to use advanced tools like GMER and HijackThis unless they are approved staff instructing you to do so under their expert guidance and supervision. Please read the pinned sticky How do I get help? Who is helping me?.

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (v1.36) and save it to your desktop.
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MBAM may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.
  • Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
  • Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
  • When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
  • When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:
    • Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    • Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.
  • If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue.
  • If you encounter any problems while downloading the definition updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.
On the Scanner tab:
  • Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.
  • Then click on the Scan button.
  • If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.
  • The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.
  • When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".
  • Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.
Back at the main Scanner screen:
  • Click on the Show Results button to see a list of any malware that was found.
  • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
  • When removal is completed, a log report will open in Notepad.
  • The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply. Be sure to post the complete log to include the top portion which shows MBAM's database version and your operating system.
  • Exit MBAM when done.
Note: If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you will be asked to reboot your computer so MBAM can proceed with the disinfection process. If asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot normally (not into safe mode) will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware.
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Posted 12 May 2009 - 09:37 AM

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.36
Database version: 2116
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

5/12/2009 7:34:36 AM
mbam-log-2009-05-12 (07-34-36).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 95640
Time elapsed: 4 minute(s), 0 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 0

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 09:42 AM

No evidence of malware so lets try something else.

Please perform an online scan with Kaspersky WebScanner.
(Requires free Java Runtime Environment (JRE) be installed before scanning for malware as ActiveX is no longer being used.)
  • Click on the Posted Image ...button.
  • The program will launch and fill in the Information section ... on the left.
  • Read the "Requirements and Limitations" then press... the Posted Image ...button.
  • The program will begin downloading the latest program and definition files.
    It takes a while... please be patient and let it finish.
  • Once the files have been downloaded, click on the Posted Image ...button.
    In the scan settings make sure the following are selected:
    • Detect malicious programs of the following categories:
      Viruses, Worms, Trojan Horses, Rootkits
      Spyware, Adware, Dialers and other potentially dangerous programs
    • Scan compound files (doesn't apply to the File scan area):
      Archives
      Mail databases
      By default the above items should already be checked.
    • Click the Posted Image ...button, if you made any changes.
  • Now under the Scan section on the left:Select My Computer
  • The program will start and scan your system. This will run for a while, be patient... let it run.
    Once the scan is complete, it will display if your system has been infected.
  • Save the scan results as a Text file ... save it to your desktop.
  • Copy and paste the saved scan results file in your next reply.

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#9 khopp

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 09:12 AM

Hi.
Kaspersky was unable to find anything. I think it may be sluggish due to something in the background.
I'm going to go back to the Slow Computer/Browser? Check here first; it may not be malware. thread and see if there's something I may have overlooked.
I thank you for your time :thumbsup:

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 09:46 AM

You're welcome and good luck.
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