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Computer Much Slower Than Usual


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#1 appraisersean

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 01:56 PM

I'm using Windows XP Professional with SP3. Computer is an AMD 64x2 Dual Core 5000 2.61Ghz with 2GB RAM

In the last probably 48 hours I've noticed significantly increased process time to open applications such as Word, IE Explorer, and other basics. Trying to ctrl-alt-dlt to see what is hogging isn't providing me a clear picture and even that is sometimes lagging/bogging down so much that it seems impossible.

I've noticed my Internet Explorer memory usage for a single tab is hovering around 300,000 sometimes..Not sure if that is important/high/normal.

I'm operating in safe mode now and things are ok but obviously I need to run regular. Today I ran Malwarebytes after updating it. It only found tracking cookies. I've also run SuperAntiSpyware and it found none. I use AVG2011 Free version and it updates automatically. I can't pinpoint one certain thing that I may have done that would cause this.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

Edited by hamluis, 19 July 2011 - 03:05 PM.
Moved from XP to Am I Infected.


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#2 Allan

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 03:07 PM

Have you run a full scan with AVG? If not, please do so now. If that doesn't help let's 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. 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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