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#1 wolfen57

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 02:54 AM

Hi all
I recently got a PC second hand it ran fine for a couple of weeks then started freezing. When i start it up it will run for about 5-10 mins then freeze for about 20 mins then start running again but very unstable.
Searching through the files i came across a folder labeled SP2, but unable to open it, properties state it was created in Oct 05.
Is it possible to uninstall SP2 if this is the problem.
I,ve run CCleaner,adaware,Spybot and AVG and got rid of anything they found.
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Posted 13 September 2006 - 03:56 AM

Hi Wolfen57

Short answer - NO
XP SP2, automatically updated, is what keeps your PC safety up to date. Without it, MS will not want to know you.

Try the suggestions HERE.
Let us know your progress.

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 04:56 AM

If you would not mind giving us alittle more information about the computer and software.
What security software are you running? Do you have a firewall?
Have you looked in the Event Viewer, in Administrative Tools? If there is an error message please post the entire error message. This may lead us to the problem.
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Posted 13 September 2006 - 04:59 AM

Well hey we got three things we gotta look at here, one how much ram do you have with your computer? Processing power?

second thing: Clean the inside of the computer (this is actually more of a maintanence thing and it's just a good thing to do)

Third thing: you might want to get a hijack and then post it in hijackthis log, most reasons why the computer runs slow is because of spyware and such.

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 05:19 AM

Thanks for your replies

rowall5555: the reason i asked about SP2 is because of this posted in BC

- Using Windows Update to get the latest Windows security updates.

One thing which is often overlooked in getting you computer secure is updating all the security patches that Microsoft has for Windows and Internet Explorer. There is only one caveat... If you are not running Windows XP SP-2, do NOT update to it!!! The update is known to be faulty when there is malware present on your system. This can render your computer system unstartable! So, in short, get all updates you can apart from SP-2!

acklan: I,ll get the complete system spec when i get home tonight

Gyro: not sure about the ram till tonight, i,ve done most of the maintenance, was going to do a HJT tonight

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 05:40 AM

OK. I am taking it for granted that you are running XP in which case you should have SP2 installed and fully updated for your own protection.

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 07:30 AM

Try going to Start then Run. Type in msinfo32. This MicroSoft utility will give you quite a bit of infomation about your computer.
If you need more information about your computer, including the COA keys for Windows and Office, you can use either Belarc or Everest 1.51.
Just thought I would mention it. They are good utilities to have anyways.

Edited by acklan, 13 September 2006 - 07:31 AM.

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 09:59 AM

I believe that the post about SP2 was made shortly after SP2 came out. There were many stories about SP2 problems back then - but they all seem to be traceable to software/drivers that weren't compatible with SP2.

In short, the fix is to update those outdated drivers/software to a version that supports SP2.

Take a look at this topic to see if you can isolate some error messages for us to work with: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/40108/how-to-use-event-viewer/
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Posted 13 September 2006 - 10:32 AM

Oops, must of had a blonde moment.:thumbsup:

Ive not read it properly, i thought it meant dont download SP2, the post concerns updates :flowers:

Which means Windows SP2 is not my problem oh well see you all in Highjackthis log.




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