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#1 deepat

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 05:27 PM

Hi,

I made a note to myself yesterday to sort out my computer. At time it is tortue to operate this machine. Just the pauses and inconsistency of performance paticularly regarding internet surfing.

Is there any help with using Combofix?

I Think this may help, as my computer bleeps very regularly! I've been putting up with it for a long time.

The normal programs I use are

Super Anti Spyware
Malware Bytes Anti malware
AVG PC Tune Up - 2011
Uniblue - Speed up my PC - 2009
Spybot

Currently running Comodo Security Suite for Firewall, virus, and spyware protection.

Operating System - Windows XP
Service Pack 2
32 bit
1.67 GHz, 256MB RAM

Thanks

D

Edited by deepat, 31 May 2012 - 05:38 PM.


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Posted 31 May 2012 - 05:45 PM

You are seriously under - memory. Only 256Mb means that there is a lot of swapping to the hard drive going on. I'd bet the hard drive activity light stay pretty much on.

I would suggest going to at least 1Gb of memory. If you can post the make and model I might be able to be of more help. If it is a no name brand then what make and model of motherboard please.

1.6Ghz can run OK with enough memory.

Also you should be running SP3. Once the memory is upgraded and it is running OK then that should be the next step.

Cheers
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Edited by rotor123, 31 May 2012 - 05:48 PM.

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 06:54 PM

<<Is there any help with using Combofix?>>

ComboFix is a powerful malware removal tool...it is not designed for troubleshooting system issues that have nothing to do with malware.

No DDS, HijackThis, or ComboFix logs should be posted in this forum. - BleepingComputer.com - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/forum-56/announcement-45-no-dds-hijackthis-or-combofix-logs-should-be-posted-in-this-forum/

If you feel that you have a malware situation, you should follow Steps 6-10 of Preparation Guide, Before Using Malware Removal Tools and Requesting Help - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic34773.html and post the requested logs in the forum linked to in the Prep Guide.

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 07:36 PM

Thanks Roger & Louis

You are seriously under - memory. Only 256Mb means that there is a lot of swapping to the hard drive going on. I'd bet the hard drive activity light stay pretty much on.


I have two slots available for more memory. I'll look into it. I actually am running Free RAM XP Pro, and I dont think its doing any good. But should more memory help with the smooth running of the internet? I'm not sure myself.

Its a time machine, if that sheds any light. Pretty old and have gone out of business I hear.

I tried running SP3, but it requires the XP operating disk, which I dont currently have. Again, I'll look into it.


Louis,

I'm sure there is an infection, srosa was picked up by Spybot, and It couldn't remove it. In the mean time something I ran most have removed it as my last run of Spybot never detected it.

I'll see how it goes with updating the system before I take that step.

Thanks again for your attention on this little matter.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 01:45 AM

Re: Uniblue - Speed up my PC - 2009
This is a dangerous as well as generally useless program to run on a system like yours -
Re: FreeRAM XP Pro
This should (in theory) make your computer faster and more responsive. (NOTE: not my review, the sites own review)

Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons:

• Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

The Windows registry is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component because it is where Windows "remembers" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system inoperable. For a more detailed explanation, read Understanding The Registry.

Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all work entirely the same way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad entry". One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.

Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes. If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.

Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfection and make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.

The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in "unpredictable results".

Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again.
For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.
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Edited by noknojon, 01 June 2012 - 01:55 AM.





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