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#1 Seventh

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Posted 15 July 2009 - 05:15 PM

I am using Windows XP Professional.
Everytime I start up my comp I would have to wait around 15 min for my programs to start up. I mean that my task bar won't be there when i start up it would only be my background and after around ten minutes my task bar comes up and my programs on my desktop appear.
But recently I noticed that when i go into full screen (Youtube full screen vids, Games, Or any programs that take up the whole screen) and minimize some bits and pieces of my task bar and programs would be gone or sometimes the whole task bar would be gone.
I checked msconfig to make sure my startup was in Normal startup.

Please help.

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Posted 15 July 2009 - 05:46 PM

Hi Seventh

Welcome to BleepingComputer.

I am assuming you have current AntiVirus and AntiMalware installed, but would still be inclined to run an online scan from MalwareBytes or Windows Live OneCare to ensure your machine is clean.

Another possible cause is simply lack of room on your harddrive. Windows needs a minimum of 15% free space at all times in order to 'breathe', e.g. for a 40GB drive you need at least 6GB free - easily checked by going to Start/My Computer and right clicking on your C: drive and choosing 'Properties'.

You could also try going to Start/All Programs/Accessories/System Tools/Disk Cleanup, and don't forget to empty the Recycle Bin.

Let us know how you get on.

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#3 Seventh

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Posted 15 July 2009 - 06:34 PM

When I open some things such as "My computer" it doesn't respond and when I run Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware it would start to scan but then it would say NOT RESPONDING. And when i press end now all my icons and task bar disappears and i would have to wait 10 mins for them to reappear. I'm pretty sure i have space on my harddrive. I also did the clean up but it didnt seem to do much. Some programs would take forever to run and some are running pretty smoothly..

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Posted 15 July 2009 - 07:33 PM

OK. We'll see if other members may have some ideas. Adding extra RAM would probably help, but not knowing your setup it is hard to comment.

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Posted 15 July 2009 - 08:09 PM

If your computer has not always ran this way, I would suspect some type of virus or malware is on it. If it has always run this way, then it would probably lack of ram or other hardware issues.

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 08:37 AM

How much RAM is intalled?

How large is C: partition...and how much free space currently in C:?

Last time you ran chkdsk /r on the C: partition?

Last time you defragged C:?

Have you checked Event Viewer for errors which require attention?

How To Use Event Viewer - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/40108/how-to-use-event-viewer/

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 10:54 PM

This is quite likely related to the problems you have posted in the HiJack This forum here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/243700/search-engines-redirects-links/ to which you have received a response.

From this point on the HJT Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.

If you are still experiencing this issue once you have been declared clean, send a Private Message to a moderator to reopen this topic.

This topic is now closed to avoid confusion.

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