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P4 1.5Gz (Xp HE) way slower than 650 P3; was decent b4...


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#1 gp4Jesus

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 10:09 PM

Long story short-had Finally Fast, an AVG product, and malwarebytes* running "together."
* didn't know this was a real bad idea; speed was decent before I "added" malwarebytes.

I've since removed all of them (I think) but the P4 is still agonizingly slow. As I type (on that 650) I'm searching for remnents of those programs in "safe mode."

where do i find checkdisk or scandisk? any other ideas?

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Posted 13 August 2009 - 08:13 AM

Chkdsk is a disk error checking utility that verifies the logical integrity of a file system. As you use your hard drive, it can develop bad sectors which slow down hard disk performance and make data writing difficult. Chkdsk scans the hard drive and will check the files and folders for file system errors, lost clusters, lost chains, and bad sectors. When encountering logical inconsistencies in file system data, it will perform the necessary actions to repair the file system data.

Chkdsk will create and display a status report for a disk based on the file system and will list and correct errors on the disk. If used without parameters, chkdsk displays the status of the disk in the current drive. Chkdsk scans the disk structures and disk surface for possible errors and inconsistencies in separate phases. During the first few phases, it checks the FAT or NTFS for lost clusters, cross-linked files and inconsistent directories. When these steps are completed, it asks you whether you want to run a full scan, during which it actually reads every single sector to prove that it is readable.

Chkdsk can be run from the Recovery Console (correct way), the command prompt or through the Windows GUI.

The main thing that keeps utilities like Chkdsk from running successfully is having other programs running in the background. Chkdsk will not check files that are being used by Windows so using Chkdsk in the Recovery Console with the /r switch is a way to resolve this.

Have you tried using System Restore or System Restore from a command prompt in Safe Mode to return to a previous state before your problems began?

Also see Slow Computer/Browser? Check here first; it may not be malware. There are reasons for slowness and poor performance besides malware - i.e. disk fragmentation, disk errors, corrupt system files, too many startup programs, unnecessary services running, too many browser Add-ons (toolbars), 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 13 August 2009 - 04:29 PM

thanks for the input*.

Since the "slowdown" I've deleted unused software; will go into each user profile to delete the stuff the internet surfing collects. I will try the rest of your suggestions.
* familiar w/chkdsk from my DOS days

I'm confident it's not "age." It went from decent* to pathetic** over a weekend. I've had the computer over a year with it being part of a network about 9 months.
* fastest computer in the house to way slower than the slowest
** that's being nice

thanks

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Posted 13 August 2009 - 04:34 PM

forgot to mention: 1.5 Ghz /w over 600MB of ram running Xp home edition




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