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#1 famousdave

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Posted 11 January 2006 - 12:06 AM

I am having severe problems with my computer speed, both regular usage and internet usage. I'm not a computer pro, and would like some advice, as there are so many products out there. I have Norton Antivirus. I am running a scan for threats on it right now. I also regularly run Adaware and Spybot. They will come up with a few problems that I delete, but it doesn't seem to help. Just in the past 2 days, I've started to receive pop up's like crazy. Thought my Norton was supposed to take care of them. When I start the PC up, it will take up to 15 minutes to log on a specific user. I also just downloaded Registry Mechanic from PC Tools and ran a scan. It is coming up with 314 problems. Should I take their advice on what to do?

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Posted 11 January 2006 - 01:33 AM

famousdave,

First of all let me say Welcome to Bleeping Computer.
As a starting point to find whats causing your slow down follow the instructions that follow:
Run these online virus scanners:
http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/
http://housecall.trendmicro.com/

Also this online Trojan scanner:
TrojanScan

Are you using these basic security programs?
(They're all free.)

aČ free - a complementary product to antivirus software which is specialized in protection against harmful software. Antivirus software often features an inadequate protection against Trojans, Dialers and Spyware. aČ fills this gap.
ewido security suite - offers protection against urgently growing threats like Trojans, Worms, Dialers, Hijackers, Spyware and Keyloggers.
Ad-Aware - A good program similar to SpyBot S & D.
Spybot S&D - Detects and removes spyware, of different types, from your computer.
Spywareblaster - A good program that prevents spyware from being installed on your computer in the first place. This program is always running in the background, protecting your computer. It prevents the installation of bad active X controls found in web pages.
SpywareGuard - A nice compliment to SpywareBlaster. This allows you the option to prevent downloads that contain bad active X controls.

If not, you need to. These programs, updated and used regularly, will do a lot to keep your computer clean of spyware, trojans, keyloggers, browser hijackers, etc...

Download them, update them, and then run them.

When installing ewido security suite, under Additional Options uncheck:
Install background guard
Install scan via context menu

Important:
Please read this tutorial on Spybot S&D before using it. Spybot can do SERIOUS damage, if not used properly.

If the above doesn't help rid you of the problem, then:

Read How to post a HijackThis Log.
Please read, and follow, all directions carefully.

Then, run a log, and post it in the HijackThis forum, at this link. Do not, fix anything, yet.
A member, of the HJT Team, will help you out.
It may take a while to get a response, because the HJT Team are very busy. Please, be patient, these people are volunteers. They will help you out, as soon as possible.

NOTE:
Once you have made the post, please, DO NOT make another post in the HJT forum, until it has been responded to by a member of the HJT Team. The first thing they look for, when looking for logs to reply to, is 0 replies. If you make another post, there will be 1 reply. The team member, glancing over the replies, might assume someone is already helping you out, and will not respond. So, just make your post, and let it sit there, until a team member responds. This way you will be taken care of, in the most timely manner.

I would follow the script I have posted above, before you follow any other directions, first. After your clean up, you'll be given maintenance guidance to keep you clean. Post back if you have any further questions. hth

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