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Windows 7 PC very very slow to start


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#1 Refuge

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 11:51 AM

Hi, my self-built PC with an AMD Opteron 165 dual core cpu on an MSI mobo has become extremely slow to fully boot. It had been running well.

I did have that annoying Security Scam virus but RKill seems to have removed that sucessfully.

I had been using the Hibernate option when switching off the PC. That was working fine till after the virus problem. Sometimes the Hibernate option ran into restart problems. Once or twice it did not work and I had to Re-start the PC.

Now I have to wait about 4 minutes till the splash screen disappears then Windows starts and there is another delay till the Logon screen appears.

Any ideas on fixing this issue?

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 04:03 PM

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 05:36 PM

RKill seems to have removed that sucessfully

rKill actually doesn't remove anything.
It'll stop some malicious processes (until next reboot), so some other tools can be used to remove an infection.
I suggest, you start new topic in "Am I Infected?" and have your computer checked.

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 08:41 PM

http://speccy.piriform.com/results/gH76FMwIkNyhcqFIRYFcf86

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 09:38 PM

I see you have 9% drive space left that can slow downs.

Try running: Temp File Cleaner and see if that speeds up your computer.

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Posted 12 October 2010 - 10:12 AM

Thanks, but that made no difference to the startup time. It did free up quite a bit of disk space so that's good. Not sure it did actually. I think I need to clear more room on the hard disk.

However it did get rid of a message re an unknown USB device. Oops, no it came back.

This s just so annoying.

Should I move the boot disk files to another internal drive?

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Posted 12 October 2010 - 05:52 PM

rKill actually doesn't remove anything.
It'll stop some malicious processes (until next reboot), so some other tools can be used to remove an infection.
I suggest, you start new topic in "Am I Infected?" and have your computer checked.


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Posted 14 October 2010 - 11:36 AM

Ccleaner is free and cleans up hard drive space and registry clutter
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I would check out your startup items using msconfig and disable anything that you don't want to start with your computer.
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Posted 14 October 2010 - 11:41 AM

Ccleaner is free and cleans up hard drive space and registry clutter
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I would check out your startup items using msconfig and disable anything that you don't want to start with your computer.
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Tried this but it makes not difference. The initial splash screen still takes about 4 minutes to get to the Windows Boot Option

Not sure why this could happen. The BIOS does not seem to have any option to change the time for the splash screen. And disabling it makes not difference.

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 11:47 AM

Does it do the same thing when booting into safe mode?

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 11:52 AM

You're most likely infected. Click on this link (am I infected) http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/forum103.html
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Posted 14 October 2010 - 01:08 PM

Ccleaner is free and cleans up hard drive space and registry clutter
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Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons:

• Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

The Windows registry is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component because it is where Windows "remembers" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system inoperable. For a more detailed explanation, read Understanding The Registry.

• Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all work entirely the same way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad entry". One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.

• Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes. If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.

• Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfection and make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.

• The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in "unpredictable results".

Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 05:47 PM

Hello,

Now that you have posted a log here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic353654.html you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc) unless advised by a MRT Team member, nor should you ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show in the log you already posted. Further, any modifications you make on your own may cause confusion for the helper assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.

From this point on the MRT Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.

Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the MRT Team members are EXTREMELY busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the MRT Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another MRT Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.

Please be patient. It may take several days to get a response but your log will be reviewed and answered as soon as possible. I advise checking your topic once a day for responses as the e-mail notification system is unreliable.

To avoid confusion, I am closing this topic. Good luck with your log.

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