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#1 bird6622

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Posted 13 June 2011 - 09:52 PM

Hello
I am having problems with a slow computer. I am running win xp sp3 1.16 gig athlon processor 1 gig ram
when I open task manager the cpu usage is jumping between 10% and 100%. The greatest part is winlogon. When I click on the performance tab the graph looks like a heart beat, but the pf usage is steady. This seemed to have started after downloading a mcfee update.
Any Suggestions

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 06:46 AM

Slow Computer-browser Check Here First; It May Not Be Malware - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic87058.html

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 06:50 AM

First thing you want to do is uninstall any and all McAfee products. They are notoriously terrible. Replace McAfee with ANY other anti virus app.

If the problem continues, try a selective startup. Open msconfig and on the General tab choose "selective startup" (uncheck all three items) and reboot. Does the problem still occur? If not, start adding items back to msconfig one or two at a time, rebooting after each change, until the problem reappears and you'll have identified the offending process. This is clearly a time consuming procedure, but it is the best way to determine if some process loading with the system is the cause of your problem.

After you've isolated the cause, do not use msconfig to permanently disable the process. Instead, if it is a service go to START - RUN and type: services.msc (then press enter) and disable the service OR, if it a program, you can download & run a simple app such as Mike Lin's Startup Control Panel (http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml) to enable, disable, or otherwise manage startup programs.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 08:07 PM

Thanks
I will try uninstalling mcafee and see if it helps

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 09:40 PM

Once you've uninstalled McAfee, I suggest downloading and installing Microsoft Security Essentials.

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Posted 15 June 2011 - 06:29 AM

Yes - after uninstalling McAfee please do not run the system for any period of time without installing another AV.




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