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Problems Shutting Down Windows Xp


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#1 UpInSmoke

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Posted 21 January 2006 - 01:01 PM

Hello everyone

I've recently been having some problems with the general use of Windows XP. I have a very large number of processes running at all times, I'm not sure what these are and if and how I can stop them running on start up. I'm also having problems with various programs freezing and not working properly. I have also been having problems restarting and shutting down Windows, this is taking a very long time and sometimes will not shut down at all. My hard drive was very full and I've deleted a large number of files and defragged the hard drive but this has not helped. I have also run AdAware and Microsoft AntiSpyware.

Any help in solving any of these problems would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much in advance for any assistance.

Sam

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Posted 21 January 2006 - 02:17 PM

UpInSmoke,

First of all let me say Welcome to Bleeping Computer.


Now to address the issues you have described. Without more definiative information. I can only suspect not confirm what I think the problem/s may be. Therefore I suggest that you do some scans to either confirm or rule out my suspicions. Please follow the list of items below to help diagnose what may be wrong. These are tried and proven methods to help resolve issues with computers. Anyone may reply to further posts as you progress. Good luck.

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.

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