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Computer No Longer Whirls Up, And Is Slow

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#1 kozaz


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Posted 26 February 2007 - 08:39 PM

Hey guys and gals!

I've been tyring to fix my computer for about 3 months now, with no luck.

The computer takes a long time load the tray icons and such when starting for the first time and the hard drive does not spool up like it use to. .

I really notice it when I lauch IE7, it takes a while to load it.

I tried both IE6 and 7 with no change in performance. (I thought it was IE7 at one time)
I removed Norton AV and installed Zone Alarm and AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5. with no change in performance.

I assume it's my Zone Alarm fire wall and AVG Anti-Spyware. But, my computer was doing this before I installed the above 2 programs.

Symptoms are as follows:
Takes longer than it should to (45-90 seconds) to launch IE.
When opening MSWord, PhotoShop, or any other application, it takes a while to launch it. The applications use to launch quickly and when I first started my Computer, it would whirl up. Now the computer does not whirl up like it use to.
It does seem. that once IE7 and my applications are launched. they run fine. But are slower than usual, depending on what I'm doing.

I performed the following:
Removed NAV
Ran MsConfig and turned off alot of start up programs.
Defragged my Hard Drive
Ran Check Disk
Ran Disk Cleanup
Updated my Java to Runtime Environment (JRE) 6
Ran sfc /scannow
Ran Registry Fix 2007
Deleted all History files in IE. (Currently set to 2 days and 50mb)
Added applications from the following website. (The Parasite Fight)

That's all I can think of off the top of my head.

Any help would be greatly appreceiated!!


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#2 fozzie


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Posted 27 February 2007 - 06:06 AM

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A few things come to mind :

:cool: You told us you have removed NAV, but I could not see from your post that you installed another
Anti-Virus. If not this is somewhat suicidal in todays virtual world You could consider to download
AVG Free antivirus ( Check the link in my sig). More importantly are you sure you have totally
removed NAV. It has the tendency to leave behind some remniments and consequently slowing down
your system. Please go over this post : How to remove Norton products

:flowers: Download and install Firefox and see wether the delayed starting up is still the same

:trumpet: Please go over the below instructions and see if you have missed anything :
Please follow these steps :

• Defrag your system. Disk fragmentation slows the overall performance of your system. When files are fragmented, the computer must search the hard disk when a file is opened. Disk Defragmenter consolidates fragmented files and folders on the hard disk so that each occupies a single space on the disk. This speeds up reading and writing to the disk. Read "The Importance of Disk Defragmentation" for instructions.

• Check for disk errors by running CHKDSK. CHKDSK can be run from the Recovery Console, the command prompt or through the Windows GUI.
To run chkdsk from the Win XP GUI see these instructions.
To run chkdsk from the command prompt see these instructions.
To run chkdsk from the Recovery Console see these instructions.
The problem with running CHKDSK from Win XP is that it will not check files that are being used by Windows. Using chkdsk in the Recovery Console with the /r switch is a way to resolve this.

• Check for damaged, altered or missing critical system files by running the System File Checker. If SFC discovers that a protected file has been damaged, altered or missing, it restores the correct version of the file from the cache folder. You must be logged on as an administrator or as a member of the Administrators group to run sfc and it may ask you to insert your XP Installation CD so have it available.

• Clean up your hard drive by removing unused programs and transferring old data, pictures, music files to a CD or an external hard drive. When you have moved/saved the files you want to keep, run Disk Cleanup and let it scan your system for files to remove. "Don’t clean out the Prefetch folder" - This is a common myth that will not improve performance.

• Check for any unnecessary running services. If you have a typical installation, many services are configured as "automatic"; that is, they start automatically when the system starts or when the service is called for the first time. Use "Black Viper's Services Configuration" to help fine tune this area.

• Check for any unnecessary applications loading at startup when Windows boots with MSConfig. Some startup programs are necessary so be careful what you disable. If you are unsure what any of the startup entries are or if they are safe to disable, then search one of the following Startup Databases:
Startup Programs Database
StartupList Index

Note: MSConfig.exe is a troubleshooting utility used to diagnose system configuration issues. Although it works as a basic startup manager which allows you to enable/disable auto-start programs, msconfig should not be used routinely to disable startup programs.

A better alternative is to use a startup manager. If you have have Spybot S&D 1.4 installed, launch it, go to Mode and select Advanced. Then go to Tools, select System Startups. You will be provided with a list of programs that load when Windows starts. If you untick an entry it will no longer run at startup. This will allow you to experiment and see how your system performs with any of them disabled. Other startup managers you can download and use for free are Startup Control Panel, Autoruns and Starter by CodeStuff.

• Remove any third party "Memory Manager" or "Optimizer". Windows XP memory management was designed to make the best use of Ram and these memory management utilities defeat that purpose. They push applications out of RAM into the pagefile, creating holes in the RAM and by doing so, slow down your computer.

• Disable some visual effects. While visual embellishments that may be attractive, they don’t do anything else for you. Disabling some of them frees up system resources and makes the operating system perform better. Right click My Computer, choose > Properties > Advanced, click on "Settings" under performance...UNcheck all the visual effects, except for the last three. Click "Apply", then "OK", then "OK" again. Then right click your desktop and choose > Properties > Appearance > "Effects...Uncheck the first two boxes and hit "OK".

:inlove: Download install and update Ccleaner
After installing and updating go to options - advanced and tick prompt for registry back ups
Now Start up in safe mode
Do two runs

1) Click on problems and tick all. Click on analyse. At the end you will be prompted for storing a backup.
This will be stored, as a default, in My documents.
2) Click on cleaner click on analyse and accept all files to be removed.

:) In normal mode, run an online antivirus check from at least two and preferably three of the following sites
Computer Associates Online Virus Scan
Panda's ActiveScan
Trend Micro Housecall
Windows Live Safety Center Free Online Scan
This scanner from Trend does not require an Active X to run.

1. Detects and removes malware ( viruses, worms, trojans, etc. )
2. Detects and removes grayware and spyware
3. Restores damage caused by malware to your system.
4. Notifies about vulnerabilities in installed programs and connected network services.
5. Multi-platform support for: Windows, Linux, Solaris.
6. Easy-to-use with the Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.

Please post back any results

Edited by fozzie, 27 February 2007 - 06:07 AM.

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