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Windows XP forum: Win XP SP 3 running VERY slow


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#1 pityocamptes

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 02:47 PM

I have three partitions on my drive (two windows one data) one for all normal programs, one for data only and the last one is windows only but for simple online stuff - basially stripped down version.

Anyways, the stripped down partition works great, as it should. I normally use this drive for working on my site, FTP, etc. The first partition that has all my programs (3rd party, win office, etc) was working when I set everything up (loaded windows on the two partitions. However, I don't boot and log into this drive that often, only to use image manipulation software, use word, etc. Lately I have had the need to boot into this drive and I have found that it runs slower than snail poop in winter. I checked CPU usage and although the charge is around 40-50% CPU usage is 99-100%. Yesterday, CPU usage went into the red and I got the momentary blue screen of death. I booted back in and tried looking at the error logs and could not find anything, and it still runs very slow.

I don't think I have any viruses because I normally run Avast (when in the stripped down partition) on the entire drive, and I'm all clean.

Can anyone suggest where to look, or what to do? When I boot into the first drive and try to click on icons, they either do not load, or if they do it takes forever and a day. In fact I am running a disk defragment and its still analyzing the drive and its been running for a day now and barely on 40%.

I did the sfc/scannow and I got the windows protection file popup, and put the OS disk in, it completed but nothing has changed.

Help.... thanks!


P.S - I should mention that I running Raxco perfect disk, Avast, registery mechanic, SpyBot Teatimer, Agnitum fire wall... off the top of my head, can get a more detailed list later.


Iposted over here as well: http://forums.cnet.com/7723-6142_102-529007.html?tag=contentBody;threadListing

and was told that the Teatimer may be an issue. I believe I am also running superantispyware, and malwarebytes in addition to the above. Perhaps I can post a Hijack this log later (if my system lets me) and someone can offer some advise? I know when I boot this drive in safe mode it seems to run quicker... thanks!

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 02:50 PM

Hello and :welcome: To Bleepingcomputer.com :thumbsup:

Well lets start with seeing if we can get a look at the BSOD

Download BlueScreenView
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Double click on BlueScreenView.exe file to run the program.
When scanning is done, go Edit>Select All.
Go File>Save Selected Items, and save the report as BSOD.txt.
Open BSOD.txt in Notepad, copy all content, and paste it into your next reply. :)
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Posted 06 June 2011 - 02:57 PM

<<I should mention that I running Raxco perfect disk, Avast, registery mechanic, SpyBot Teatimer,...>>

I suggest uninstalling Spybot, SUPERAntiSpyware is a much better choice.

I would uninstall Registry Mechanic.

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 06 June 2011 - 03:02 PM

Thank you! I will take the advise and post the BSOD results later.

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 03:17 PM

Hamluis, you got me thinking now. I don't believe I have ever run the registry mechanic, though I may have (don't want to rule anything out), how would I know if something is not right in the registry (some app to run)? If so, how do you fix it? Just trying to cover all bases and figure out why its running uber slow. Thanks again!

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 03:26 PM

You said the cpu is spiking. Open Task Manager to the processes tab, sort on the cpu column, and let us know which process is chewing the cycles.

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 03:32 PM

You said the cpu is spiking. Open Task Manager to the processes tab, sort on the cpu column, and let us know which process is chewing the cycles.



Thats the thing, svchost will be like 48% during one reboot, with the windows file protection app another 48%, and misc apps the other 4%, and then on other boots its svchost, or firefox, etc. It seems to change between apps everytime I reboot and check the manager. Total memory charge is maybe 50% - running 2x1gig sticks.

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 03:37 PM

Your system may be infected. I'd suggest posting in the Am I Infected forum.

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 11:12 PM

Hello and :welcome: To Bleepingcomputer.com :thumbsup:

Well lets start with seeing if we can get a look at the BSOD

Download BlueScreenView
No installation required.
Double click on BlueScreenView.exe file to run the program.
When scanning is done, go Edit>Select All.
Go File>Save Selected Items, and save the report as BSOD.txt.
Open BSOD.txt in Notepad, copy all content, and paste it into your next reply. :)



OK, I ran it and it said zero crashes. I am only able to run it in safe mode. Safe mode is screaming fast but as soon as I boot into normal mode it slows down. I basically removed all spyware apps and kept malwarebytes, superantispyware, avast and agnitum (firewall) and it still runs slow...

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 06:46 AM

Your system may be infected. I'd suggest posting in the Am I Infected forum.



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Posted 07 June 2011 - 10:05 AM

I ran malwarebytes and superantispyware and NO infection. Here is an image of proc, do you still think this is an infection issue or something else? Thanks!

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 10:08 AM

Oh, I should also mention that the windows protection file pops up everytime I boot into normal mode, not sure why as I have put the OS cd in and it went through the process and returned no errors. However every time it boots in normal mode the pop up still comes up. How do I keep this from popping up everytime?? Thanks again!

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 10:25 AM

The suggestion to initiate a topic in Am I Infected...was designed to eliminate speculation about being infected.

We can't tell if you are or are not...that's the job of the personnel in the AII forum.

If you are, they will advise you as to what steps to take...if not, then you've eliminated all concerns about malware possibilities...and can move on to other possibilities (hardware, software, Windows).

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 10:29 AM

The suggestion to initiate a topic in Am I Infected...was designed to eliminate speculation about being infected.

We can't tell if you are or are not...that's the job of the personnel in the AII forum.

If you are, they will advise you as to what steps to take...if not, then you've eliminated all concerns about malware possibilities...and can move on to other possibilities (hardware, software, Windows).

Louis



Thanks. I have a thread in that forum, for the past day or so and no one has answered. Will wait until someone does, hopefully soon.

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 10:39 AM

They will get to you when they can. Please post back here AFTER you are finished in the other thread. Good luck.




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