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#1 KristyB

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Posted 18 September 2006 - 08:04 PM

Hi Everyone,


I need help really bad, the computer I have right now is not my own, which has Windows XP on it(thank god)
the one I am using is running Windows ME. I have all of two programs that start up with windows, and no matter what I do my system resources end up falling below 10%.

Here are the specs of this computer

Windows ME

319 MB RAM

Intel Celeron Processor

27.9 GB hard drive 24.2 GB free

I have two programs that start up with windows, and no matter what I do my system resources end up falling below 40% as soon as I connect to the internet.

I use Netzero HiSpeed Internet(because it is THE only thing I can get, at least for now. I am stuck with dial up. By the way I only connect at 28800 kbps. I know "lucky me"

When I am on the internet I can have one window open and everything is fine, but if I go to open a new IE window my system resources fall dangerously low (<5%).

On start up I usually have between 60 and 65% free resources, which to me is not ideal at all.

Anyone have any suggestions on how to free up the resources? I have to use this computer for my college courses since I have to submit papers , assignments, etc online.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Please XXXXXXXXXXXXX me because that will be easier for me.

Thank you

Kristy Barrett

(Moderator edit: E-mail address has been deleted to prevent its being harvested by spambots.
jgweed)

Edited by jgweed, 19 September 2006 - 01:45 AM.


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Posted 18 September 2006 - 10:46 PM

The hdd is full basically.

Family and loved ones will always be a priority in my daily life.  You never know when one will leave you.

 

 

 

 


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Posted 19 September 2006 - 01:53 AM

I am curious as to which two programmes you have starting up when you boot. Does your system resources deplete itself when you are NOT on the internet, say just doing word processing. Outside of internet problems, and despite the percentages, how does the computer seem to run when doing other tasks?
Have you run scandisk and then defragged recently, and scanned for malware (both with an Anti-virus and several anti-spyware applications)?

As an aside, while asking members to E-mail you directly and publishing your address might be "easier" for you, it could lead to both undesirable correspondence and a lot of SPAM; it would also prevent other members who have the same or similar problems in the future from benefitting from public replies here at BC.

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 12:57 AM

The hdd is full basically.


Dyslexia strikes again, I transposed the free and used portions of the hdd. My apologies.

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 10:18 AM

You need to examine what other aps are running in the background, because you should have the capacity to open several IE windows at the same time.

Use Startup Inspector to manage your startup menu and disable unnecessary programs from running when Windows starts. (DO not disable your AV program, firewall or necessary system functions)

Startup Inspector freeware (manages startup menu helps you identify aps in the startup menu so you can disable unnecessary programs from running in the background when they are not needed)

And

Startup Monitor (a small freeware ap available on the same page to notify you and require your permission for any program to add itself to your startup menu)

http://www.windowsstartup.com/download.php



It would also be a good idea to check for malware as jgweed suggested.
In addition to your resident AV scan here are some web based scans you can and should use:

Kaspersky Anti-Virus Web Scanner
http://www.kaspersky.com/service?chapter=161739400#betatest
and
File scanner and virus scanner
http://www.kaspersky.com/scanforvirus


Panda Activescan
http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/co...n_principal.htm
http://www.pandasoftware.com/products/activescan.htm

Trend Micro antivirus and malware scan:
http://housecall-beta.trendmicro.com/en/st...orp.asp?id=scan

Etrust Anti-virus web scanner
http://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx.

Avast Online scan
http://onlinescan.avast.com/

F Secure online scan
http://support.f-secure.com/ols/start.html

Ewido Online scan
http://www.ewido.net/en/onlinescan/


Trojan scans
Sygate Trojanscan
http://scan.sygatetech.com/pretrojanscan.html

Windows Security Trojanscan
http://windowsecurity.com/trojanscan
See instructions for it here:
http://www.windowsecurity.com/trojanscan/trojanscan.asp

Parasite scan from Aumha:
http://www.aumha.org/a/noads.php
or here:
http://www.aumha.org/win5/a/noads2.htm

I suggest running at least three plus one of the trojan scans and the parasite scan.




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