Posted 29 October 2012 - 09:29 AM
Hi everyone, I am new to this forum. I know just enough about PCs to get into real trouble.
My older HP PC, running XP media edition, has slowed even with use of ARO to clean up issues. I SUSPECT that I need to wipe my HD and start over, but as you all know, that is such a massive PIA, I was hoping for a quick and easy fix.
My TASK MANAGER is bloated with all kinds of crap, some of which I KNOW is not needed on a daily basis (like my TomTom updater). So I took a look at my STARTUP files. I do NOT see the TomTom updater, or the others that I know are legit but not needed, in the STARTUP list. ALSO, in the STARTUP list I found "nwiz.exe"
1 - WHERE/HOW do I disable STARTUP of those legit programs that are not needed daily?
2 - Is nwiz a trojan or other malware or NOT? According to this site, that I came upon through a Google search, Kaspersky (which antivirus software I found unsuitable) says it IS malware. Malwarebytes does NOT report it as a problem, NOR does a current version of McAfee Antivirus Plus.
ANY guidance from knowledgable folks would be greatly appreciated!