Now any Vista Windows Explorer operation, from START, All Programs to Task Manager to boot up to shut down to Display Properties and most especially, loading pages in IE7 are painfully slow. The cursor jerks and pauses and is almost uncontrollable. Highlighting text or scrolling down are a joke.
A look at Task Manager Applications shows nothing suspicious. A look at Processes shows nothing unusual, but the CPU usage at the bottom cycles between 4%, 7%, 58%, 3%, 7%, 47% etc constantly. The slowdown started a week ago after a periodic update of Vista from Microsoft. All 17 available (not IE8!!!) were installed without problem.
I ran ccleaner.exe and it found two little DLL files that it said were probably left over after installation of some software. I deleted them, and no improvement on speed.
I checked the broadband rates with another computer on the LAN running Win7 with IE8 and it is the expected 2.5Mbs down, and 400Kbs for my service level, and are what I have seen for months from AT&T DSL. The Vista and IE7 are still s--l--o--w. The little "connecting" wheel just turns and turns before the cursor arrow comes back.
Did a reverse to System Restore point that is before I did ccleaner.exe install. Vista and IE7 were fine. But Windows Update wanted to do the 17 updates again. Did those fine. Slow Vista and IE7 then came back and painful as ever.
Did HijackThis at suggestion of cousin. Here the log file is attached. I have done nothing to any of the entries in it.
Did Trend Micro free Houscall scan and it found FixCam~1.exe as a Troj_agent.aekr file. But it was installed with my freeware Amcap software for image display and capture from my webcamera and Dazzle video input from USB 2. I don't suspect it and many users of Houscall say they have camera software that needs it. Is this a problem?
Ran RUbotted.exe and it found nothing. Ran updated Spybot and no threats found.
Just ran the TCPview program and did not find any unusual ports or processes or programs that I could recognize as controlling the computer.
Before I did HijackThis, I installed Google Chrome browser and it works just fine, very fast. It is the only reason I am doing this entry in this forum. It would be torture in IE7.
I have a six week old full backup on an external HD and another that I did just last night.
Any suggestions out there? Thanks for viewing.