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#1 TheVish

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 01:03 PM

I just wanted to say, before I get flamed, that I have done everything I could to try to fix my slow running computer. I have cleaned out my hard drive, fragmented it multiple times, updated my drivers, cleaned my registries, uninstalled various programs and junk I don't use anymore, and have ran Anti-Mal ware, Spy bot S&D, Threatfire's root kit scanner, and CCleaner. I also have almost no application running when I start up. And have tweaked my ram using Cacheman.

Recently my computer has been running so slow to the point where it will get random lag spikes, it will take multiple clicks to start up Mozilla (which leads to multiple browers I have to close), etc. etc. I was wondering if I would be able to post a Hijack this log, so that someone might be able to tell me if there is a badrootkit running on my system. Or perhaps someone might know of a program that allows me to figure out if a stick of ram has crashed, for I fear that also might be a problem. Any programs I use atm such as cacheman seem to read my ram, but I don't think it means it is functioning properly.

I have Erunt, Rootkit Revealer, Smitfraud, and all sorts of other programs at my disposal (that I dare not use without proper direction), so whatever information or logs somebody might need to help me out, just tell me what to do and it will be posted in a jiffy.

Thanks for the help!

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 01:48 PM

Well...let's find out something about this computer.

How large is the hard drive? How large is the C: partition? How much free space currently on the C:?

How much RAM is installed?

FWIW: I suggest you stop using Cacheman...IMO, no benefit derived from such.

http://windowsitpro.com/article/articleid/...ation-hoax.html

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 02:00 PM

The hard drive is 178G. I can't remember how to check how much is partitioned, so if you could let me know I will check for you, although if I remember correctly, there is not a whole lot partitioned, if any. I still have 75.6G open on my hard drive. I have 2G of DDR2 ram installed. Thank you for posting that link btw lol. If it really doesn't work then that is just another something I can get rid of.

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Posted 08 August 2009 - 10:18 AM

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Posted 08 August 2009 - 11:21 AM

More than likely you have somtheing hardware going bad.

First thing I would check is the motherboard and make sure that you have no bulging capacitors, they can cause slowness, BSOD's and all kinds of un-explained problems.

Second I would test the RAM.

Third test the HD.

All else fails, I would reload Windows and see if that fixes the problem. If you still have a problem you know that something hardware has gone bad.

Hope this helps.

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Posted 08 August 2009 - 11:23 AM

Well, it's pretty much up to you...what your next step is. The advantage that you have over anyone at this forum...you actually have access to the system and can perform checks and such...whereas we cannot. We can guess, suggest, etc...based on the data you provide...but you are in much better position to determine what you think is wrong...and correct such.

If you want to check out your RAM via a diagnostic tool, you can do that.

Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool - http://www.memtest.org/#downiso

MemTest Manual - http://hcidesign.com/memtest/manual.html Outdated, but basic guidance on how a user should proceed.

Icrontic » Diagnose with Memtest86+ - http://icrontic.com/articles/diagnose_with_memtest86

If you want to check your hard drive via a diagnostic tool, you can do that, using the tool provided by the respective hard drive manufacturer.

Hard Drive Installation and Diagnostic Tools - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/

If you suspect that malware is an issue (HJT is a tool for handling malware issues...not a general purpose troubleshooting tool...you can follow the procedures established at BleepingComputer.com - Am I infected What do I do - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/103/am-i-infected-what-do-i-do/

And...you can check Event Viewer for any possible indications of errors (not information items) which might impair system functioning.

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

You referred to the number of mouseclicks it takes to do something...have you simply tried a different mouse (along with everything else, they too can go bad)?

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Posted 08 August 2009 - 02:03 PM

I think what I really needed was the tools to test my hardware and find out whats going on, because more then likely it IS the hardware. I would also notice once in a while that Mozilla's memory leaks can cause up a stir. But thanks for the links and the advice. I am sure from here on out it's up to me now :thumbsup:

Thanks again!




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