Out of the blue today, I decided to restart my laptop, and found it to take much longer than usual. So when it finally got to the desktop, I decided to shut down. While the screen turned off, some of the lights and the fan stayed on, so I had to hold down the power button to switch it off. When I tried to turn it on, it took ages to get to the desktop. I've gone from being able to get to desktop in seconds, to waiting several minutes.
While I'm currently running thorough scans with avira antivirus, I doubt the problem is caused by any virus/malware. I'll make sure to run scans by malwarebytes and emsisoft when avira finishes, but again, I doubt the problem is related to security.
On checking my event viewer, under the system tab I found several errors and warnings, some of which I have copy pasted below. I am not sure if this helps pinpoint the problem, but I would hugely appreciate any help with targeting why my laptop suddenly has much slower startup and shutdown times. Thank you.
The speed of processor 0/1/2/3/4/5/6/7 in group 0 is being limited by system firmware. The processor has been in this reduced performance state for 3 seconds since the last report.
File System Filter 'wcifs' (Version 10.0, 2016-07-16T05:27:16.000000000Z) failed to attach to volume '\Device\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy28'. The filter returned a non-standard final status of 0xC000000D. This filter and/or its supporting applications should handle this condition. If this condition persists, contact the vendor.
The above error also happens with shadowcopy29/31/25
The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server application with CLSID
to the user NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM SID (S-1-5-18) from address LocalHost (Using LRPC) running in the application container Unavailable SID (Unavailable). This security permission can be modified using the Component Services administrative tool.
The Windows Presentation Foundation Font Cache 22.214.171.124 service failed to start due to the following error:
The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion.
A timeout was reached (30000 milliseconds) while waiting for the FontCache126.96.36.199 service to connect.
The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) did not load:
A timeout was reached (30000 milliseconds) while waiting for the Avira.ServiceHost service to connect.
The server service was unable to recreate the share My Apps because the directory C:\ProgramData\BlueStacks\UserData\Library\My Apps no longer exists. Please run "net share My Apps /delete" to delete the share, or recreate the directory C:\ProgramData\BlueStacks\UserData\Library\My Apps.
Task Scheduler service found a misconfiguration in the NT TASK\Microsoft\Windows\Workplace Join\Automatic-Workplace-Join definition. Additional Data: Error Value: %SystemRoot%\System32\AutoWorkplace.exe.
Task Scheduler service found a misconfiguration in the NT TASK\Bitdefender Update Product Data_A17FD818A96743FAB28AC221BEB4B2C8 definition. Additional Data: Error Value: C:\Program Files\Bitdefender\Bitdefender 2015\bdproductdata.exe.
The driver \Driver\WUDFRd failed to load for the device ACPI\ENE0110\5&2dc08549&0.
Windows failed fast startup with error status 0xC000000F.