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Rapid slowdown of my system


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#1 Epsynus

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 07:32 AM

Hello in the course of 2 days my system has rapidly slown down to basically a crawl.
i haven't done anything unsual that i can think of right now.
It takes about 2-3 minutes for it to delete a map or a file even when its only a few mb big (last file i deleted was on 2MB and it took it 2 minutes to delete) when normally it took it a few seconds to delete it.
and while it deletes i cannot do anything else because it hangs itself & explorer.exe starts to take alot of CPU.

i don't know if its just my computor thats getting to old or if something else is the culprit.

thanks for reading this topic & helping out :thumbsup:

EDIT: Oh right, i got a map in my trashbin witch i cannot delete because it says "Cannot be removed. cannot be read from Source file or Source disk (rough translate from swedish). and i cannot restore it either because then it says "cannot restore tmp Access denied. check that the disk aint full or write protected and that the file aint in use" (also a rough translate from swedish)

Running on Windows XP SP3 home edition

Edited by Epsynus, 02 March 2010 - 07:59 AM.

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 10:54 AM

Sounds like the signs of an aging computer. Your CPU spikes make it sound like the motherboard's on its last legs, but your Recycle Bin problems seem to point at a failing HDD.

What kind of computer is it? If it's a dell, there should be built in Diagnostics that you can run via the F12 boot menu, if not, you'll need to pick up another HDD scanning utility. HDAT2 is my favorite, but tests are apparently still disabled in the latest version. 4.5.3 has tests, but the only download I see on their site of 4.5.3 is a floppy disk image.

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 01:24 PM

Hi, You should also look thru this topic... Slow Computer/browser? Check Here First; It May Not Be Malware

Then run this scan.


Next run MBAM (MalwareBytes):

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (v1.44) and save it to your desktop.Download Link 1
Download Link 2
MBAM may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.
  • Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
  • Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
    For instructions with screenshots, please refer to the How to use Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Guide.
  • When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
  • When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:
    • Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    • Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.
  • If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue.
  • If you encounter any problems while downloading the definition updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.
On the Scanner tab:
  • Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.
  • Then click on the Scan button.
  • If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.
  • The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.
  • When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".
  • Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.
Back at the main Scanner screen:
  • Click on the Show Results button to see a list of any malware that was found.
  • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
  • When removal is completed, a log report will open in Notepad.
  • The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply. Be sure to post the complete log to include the top portion which shows MBAM's database version and your operating system.
  • Exit MBAM when done.
Note: If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you will be asked to reboot your computer so MBAM can proceed with the disinfection process. If asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot normally (not into safe mode) will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware.
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#4 Epsynus

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 01:45 PM

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.44
Database version: 3815
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3
Internet Explorer 8.0.6001.18702

2010-03-02 19:51:09
mbam-log-2010-03-02 (19-51-09).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 111488
Time elapsed: 9 minute(s), 1 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 0

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)
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Posted 03 March 2010 - 03:12 PM

Any luck in the "... Slow Computer/browser? Check Here First; It May Not Be Malware
" thread?
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Posted 04 March 2010 - 07:26 AM

It speeded it up a bit. but its still very slow, compared to the days before.
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Posted 04 March 2010 - 12:21 PM

Have you run the disk defragmenter lately?

Run a file cleaner
TFC by OT
Please download TFC by Old Timer and save it to your desktop.
alternate download link
Save any unsaved work. TFC will close ALL open programs including your browser!
Double-click on TFC.exe to run it. If you are using Vista, right-click on the file and choose Run As Administrator.
Click the Start button to begin the cleaning process and let it run uninterrupted to completion.
Important! If TFC prompts you to reboot, please do so immediately. If not prompted, manually reboot the machine anyway to ensure a complete clean.

Now you should Create a New Restore Point and clear up some more space.
The easiest and safest way to do this is:
  • Go to Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools and click "System Restore".
  • Choose the radio button marked "Create a Restore Point" on the first screen then click "Next". Give the R.P. a name, then click "Create". The new point will be stamped with the current date and time. Keep a log of this so you can find it easily should you need to use System Restore.
  • Then use Disk Cleanup to remove all but the most recently created Restore Point.
  • Go to Start > Run and type: Cleanmgr
  • Click "Ok". Disk Cleanup will scan your files for several minutes, then open.
  • Click the "More Options" tab, then click the "Clean up" button under System Restore.
  • Click Ok. You will be prompted with "Are you sure you want to delete all but the most recent restore point?"
  • Click Yes, then click Ok.
  • Click Yes again when prompted with "Are you sure you want to perform these actions?"
  • Disk Cleanup will remove the files and close automatically.
Vista and Windows 7 users can refer to these links: Create a New Restore Point in Vista or Windows 7 and Disk Cleanup in Vista.
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Posted 04 March 2010 - 02:15 PM

Ok. i will run defrag & TFC and see if it helps.
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Posted 05 March 2010 - 08:05 AM

that speeded it up a bit.
it mutch better but still not as good (well that might because its old but yea.)
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Posted 05 March 2010 - 11:58 AM

You can start a topic in XP and ask them .. They may have a few other tricks.
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Posted 05 March 2010 - 12:03 PM

ok thanks for the help :thumbsup:
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Posted 05 March 2010 - 05:01 PM

Hello Epsynus,

The problem sounds to me like it was a disk fragmentation issue, if you run a Windows Operating system it can cause problems after a few weeks of use due to the hard drive becomming fragmented. Lucky enough there are solutions out there, such as the Disk Defragmenter Tool.

May I suggest you follow the tutorial that is for your Operating System;
How to Defrag on Windows XP
How to Defrag on Windows Vista
How to Defrag on Windows 7

That should fix your problem, also I would recommend getting software such as TuneUp or O&O Defrag Pro, it really does make a difference to performance of computers, especally TuneUp 2010 as it optimizes it in so many ways!

Well help that helps.

Kind Regards,
BuzzCola




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