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Am I Infected???


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#1 rocko36

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 09:31 AM

My computer is running extremely slow. I am now running in SAFE mode and it seems to be much more responsive. I am running Windows XP. Any advice on what to do?

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 11:27 AM

Slowness and performance issues as you describe are not uncommon. If you're not finding any malware, please refer to 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.

"Safe Mode" is a troubleshooting mode designed to start Windows with minimal drivers and running processes to diagnose problems with your computer. This means some of the programs that normally run when Windows starts will not run so your computer will probably perform better.
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