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Not sure if I'm infected...internet slow to start up


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#1 ibttw23

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Posted 04 November 2009 - 12:27 AM

Hi everybody...first post here...I've heard you guys do great work.

I run Windows Vista on a Dell Inspiron 1420. I use Firefox mainly and rarely Internet Explorer.

I was browsing around for an article on the late Len Bias when I clicked on a site that created a pop up. I don't remember what the pop up said exactly, something about Windows must run a scan on your computer...but I know it was a Firefox window and not from my virus scanner, McAfee, which I haven't used in a while since the subscription expired. I tried to close the Firefox window but another popped up, so I Task Manager'd it away by killing the Firefox.exe process. I started up Firefox again and the same window popped up, so I killed the process again. I started Firefox for a third time, and it seemed to hang for a while until I clicked Firefox again, then my normal Google home page loaded. Internet Explorer seems to be fine and does not have any of these slowdowns. I restarted my computer and got the same Firefox slowdown.

On my old computer I got a Google redirect virus so I immediately checked the Google search listings and found that I wasn't being redirected anywhere. I used Internet Explorer to download Spybot S&D and Malwarebytes AntiMalware. Spybot only mentioned random ad cookies, and Malwarebytes recorded nothing unusual.

I may or may not have a problem, I wanted to come on here to be sure of it. I appreciate the help.

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Posted 04 November 2009 - 11:44 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.
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