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Program not responding - most of the time

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#1 Lexington


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Posted 05 August 2009 - 01:25 AM

My computer has slowed down without any direct causal event - it just started one afternoon - and constantly gives me "program not responding" messages in the program bars.

Currently working in safemode- networked, which is fine. When I ran Malwarebytes in normal mode it never finished after 12 hours, in safe mode (deep scan it took 1 hour)

I have run Malwarebytes, Vipre, AVG 8.5, Windows defender, spybot search and destroy, and none of them show any malware.

I have Vista business (32) sp1 on a lenovo T60P with a core 2 (7600) 2.33 ghz processor and 3 gigs of ram. I have about 30 out of 80 gigs free on the SATA hard drive.

I have disabled indexing, I have gone through all the start up programs and also processes in task manager and eliminated many of them, I ran chkdsk I have defragmented and run diskcleanup the CPU usage is almost always 80%+ system idle process

I have turned the laptop upside to shake out any debris.

Can anyone
-Suggest other tests
-tell me what might be happening here.

Given that it is fine is safe mode I figure that there has to be either an infection or a conflict somewhere. However, no evidence of malware.

I am about to wipe the computer and install windows 7, but I am sure i will lose data that way despite having backed up. (just will forget where it is) and will ahve to reinstall all my programs.

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#2 CoolCatBad


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Posted 05 August 2009 - 04:33 AM

Press Ctl+Shift+Esc to bring up the task manager. This should start with the Applications tab showing which programs are running. Anything look out of order?

Click the Processes tab, how many procceses running (50 to 70 should be running on average system). If any processes look unrelated to what you know you have installed, and is not a "Windows" or "Microsoft" process, right-click it and choose Properties to find out what it is and post a description back here.

#3 Lexington

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 10:01 AM

It is ctrl+shift+del on my computer, I have already gone through applications and all the processes using the task manager - including looking at the ones that are normally hidden. None of them were resource hogs (except the system idle process, but well - that is what you would expect) and none seemed to be malware.

Since I am in Safemode right now I need to restart to post the actual list, but I spent about an hour going through the processes.

#4 CnP Systems

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 05:20 PM

How about memtest to check for bad ram or other errors?

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