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#1 onlysoni

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 06:28 PM

Okay,

My dad asked if I could come take a look at his computer. It is a dell and only a couple of years old. It is running XP and there is plenty of ram, and the hard drive is fine. I have ran anti-spywaree, defragged, and messed with a couple little things, (I am in no way a computer gurue).

By chance I was checking through task manager to see if anything stood out and by golly there it was. System Idle Process is taking all of the available resources. I disabled stand-by, turned of idle and just like that the system was moving a whole lot faster.

Went back to visit this last weekend and it is slower than dirt again. System idle is again using all of the available resources, however, the settings that I put in the week before are still intact. System Idle is disabled. Any ideas, or thoughts on how to fix it?

Like I said, I am not a real advanced user, just can get my way around. I will be going up again next week but his system is soooooo slow, I don't have the patience to sit through the wait time on his system, so hopefully I can take your ideas with me when I leave on Monday. TIA.. Sonja

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 09:10 PM

This is normal, System Idle Process is the amount of resources available for use.

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 10:24 PM

Do a Ctrl/Alt/ Delete, and click the Performance tab.
At the top, left, the meter will show you your CPU usage.
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Posted 22 July 2005 - 11:07 AM

okay, so if that is not what is making things sooooooo slow, do you have any ideas. What is this trojan? Does that spyware bocker not catch the trojan?

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Posted 22 July 2005 - 11:20 AM

Hi what antivirus does he have installed and did you run that, antivirus not same as spyware.
Now installed Microsoft Security Essencials on my Tower with Windows Home Premium 32bit and Toshiba Satellite Pro Laptop with Windows Home Premium 64bit

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Posted 22 July 2005 - 11:44 AM

okay, so if that is not what is making things sooooooo slow, do you have any ideas.  What is this trojan?  Does that spyware bocker not catch the trojan?

What trojan? I didn't see any mention of a trojan in your post.
There are several different trojans and yes they can cause different types of problems, slowing can be one of the problems.

Slowing problems can be caused by several different things:
Driver corruption
Hardware issues
Spyware &/or Malware

See this article:
Taking out the Trash

Have you tried a complete cleaning to see if that helps?
Show all Files & Folders
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...showtutorial=62
Try these free tools.
Trendmicro (free virus scan only)
http://housecall.trendmicro.com/
Adware SE (update after installing)
http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
Spybot S&D (update after installing)
http://www.download.com/Spybot-Search-Dest...4-10122137.html

After doing this and the problems are not better feel free to post a HJT log.
Be sure to read the How to submit a HJT Log and submit it to the appropriate forum. HJT Forum links provided below.

How to submit a Hijackthis Log
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/How...s_Log-t956.html
HJT Forum
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/Hij...alysis-f22.html




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