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Xp's Losing Hope (and Speed)

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#1 Raydanator


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Posted 29 May 2007 - 07:56 PM

Hi, recently my computer has been considerably slower than at previous times, especially during start up, and I'm wondering if you could give me some advice. I have had a HT logfile scanned and no malware was found, however I have recently had alot of virus trouble (to the point of windows being reinstalled).

My computer is a: Windows Xp Home w/SP 2
Intel Pentium 4 2.53 Ghz
1gb of RAM
1.5 Megabyte connection speed

I just upgraded the RAM when we had the OS reinstalled, but have actually not noticed huge changes. (We upgraded from 512 mbs) I have Norton Antivirus, however which will be gone when the subscription expires, since it definitely slows down the machine. I am also running the freeware version of ZoneAlarm firewall, which seems to slow up my computer somewhat, but I know I need a firewall of some sort.

My machine seems the most slow when browsing the internet, and at start up. Although even little things like opening "My Documents" seems slightly delayed at times. I guess my question is, why is my computer running slower, and how can I fix it. I just finished a defrag, which helped slightly, and have emptied the history files and such. I have had some viruses found by Spybot recently however, but the HT specialist said my log came out clean, so I'm not sure what my problem is. I know I need to disable some programs from auto-starting, but how would you recommend doing that? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks


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Posted 29 May 2007 - 08:03 PM

If you have Spybot S&D installed, it has a handy startup utility that will allow you to manage which applications run on startup. You can review the list it provides against the BC StartupList tabbed at the top of the forum pages; this database will indicate whether the item is needed, optional, or should not be allowed. Naturally, if you have any specific questions about an item, you can ask Members for advice.
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Posted 30 May 2007 - 12:19 AM

See this link for suggestions.

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Posted 31 May 2007 - 07:18 AM

When you reinstalled Windows, did you reinstall the drivers with it? Have you scanned your hard drive with a diagnostic utility to ensure that it's functioning properly? I'd ditch the Norton right now and go with a free product that offers equal (or even better protection) - most suggestions that I've seen recently are for AVG Free and Avast Free (I use the AVG Free).

I'd ditch the ZoneAlarm also (because I've had problems with it and have seen others with them also). I'd suggest trying the last freeware version of the Sygate Personal Firewall. Also, I personally use Windows Defender for my antispyware - but others will disagree with it's abilities. You may want to try the AVG Antispyware (it used to be Ewido).

With a fresh install of XP you won't notice a lot of change going from 512 mB to 1 gB. You may not even notice the benefit in the long run, but it will definitely keep the system from slowing down on you as fast as it would with only 512 mB.

Here's 2 free programs for helping with the startups. The first one is easier to use, but the second one is more thorough:

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