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#1 Bill47

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 12:03 PM

Hi!

My system has been running very slow. I am unaware of anything I installed that may have created the problem. I updated and ran AVG, Spybot, Anti-Malware. Ran scandisk and defragmented. Used crapcleaner.

I am not getting any popups or odd messages. It is just very very slow no matter what I do. I get "not responding" a lot with firefox, but it eventually responds.

Thanks for any help!

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 12:14 PM

Reboot into Safe Mode with networking (Press F8 repeatedly at startup until the safe mode selection screen appears) and see if the problem persists.

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 01:39 PM

The problem does not persist in safe w/ net.

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 01:45 PM

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 03 September 2011 - 05:45 PM

I've had a similar problem, after installing Firefox 6.1 On checking via Process explorer (thanks BC) there is a new process in firefox: plugin-container.exe
This basically eats the cpu causing everything else to hang - including firefox. I switched to IE temporarily, and my speeds increased.
Hope this helps..

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 05:55 PM

plugin-container is not unique to Firefox 6. It's been a component of FF or a long time and should not be an issue. The fact that the above user is having a problem with it should not be relevant to the original question.

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 09:52 AM

Hi. The problem persists with those items unchecked.

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 12:01 PM

(uncheck all three items) and reboot.

There's actually 4 items....

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Which 3 did you uncheck or did you uncheck all 4?

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 12:17 PM

all 4

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 12:22 PM

Strange. Well my suggestion would be to do a fresh install and don't load down your computer with crap but I'm sure Allan will have you try other things. Just wait for him. :)





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Posted 04 September 2011 - 12:25 PM

Okay, if the problem does not appear in safe mode but is present in regular mode with a selective startup I suggest you post in the Am I Infected forum on this site and let them determine whether or not your system has a malware problem.

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 12:41 PM

OK, thanks.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic417410.html




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