Computer goes into slow motion mode..

Hewlett-packard Compaq 2710p tablet pc
April 3, 2010 at 14:00:33
Specs: Windows XP

I have been having this problem for past 2-3 days and this is very very random. At times, my laptop would just go on a really slow motion mode where even switching windows or typing a word would take seconds/minutes and it would be fine after a few minutes. This has happened several times and I have tried to keep an eye on which program could be causing it and narrowed it down to Firefox, MSN Messenger or uTorrent because they were running at every time this problem occurred. In fact, once i forcibly closed Firefox and computer was fine. But at different times of when this occurred, either or none of those problems were running so those processes could be ruled out. When i checked Task manager, 'CPU Usage' was shot up to 100% but under 'Processes' none of the programs were hogging down the computer.

I ran Ad-Aware and Spy Sweeper and none came up with any suspicious/malicious threats. Ad-Watch was kinda slowing down my computer so i thought that could have been it but this has occurred several times after Ad-Aware's uninstallation. I have also ran a virus check and nothing came up. :s The weirdest thing is that if i forcefully shut down the computer and restart.. it still starts off in a really really slow motion mode so the slow effect somehow still carries on after computer's shutdown. I ran HijackThis and ran auto-analyzer but that came up with nothing either.

I would appreciate any input or any ideas towards solutions anyone may have.. this is getting really annoying even though i have been very patient. I am running Windows XP on a HP Tablet and all my windows update/security/anti-virus are up-to-date. I haven't installed any program in past 2-3 days except Ad-Aware and Spy Sweeper and i am never prompted for any pop-ups or anything, so being online or offline doesn't make a difference, it seems. Oh and the only processes on top of 'Mem Usage' in Task Manager are usually McAfee Service and Task Manager itself (after firefox's termination).

Any help would be greatly appreciated.. thanks and hope to hear from someone soon.

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April 3, 2010 at 18:17:15
"if i forcefully shut down the computer and restart.. it still starts off in a really really slow motion mode"

That kinda sounds like an overheating problem, especially if it runs ok after being turned off for a while.

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April 3, 2010 at 21:14:28
In firefox go to tools/clear recent history and select all or most to clean out (do similar for IE if you use). Download Process Explorer from Microsoft, it will give you a better understanding of what processes are running so you know which way to go. I believe you have too much running at start up and you just might have overlapping antivirus/antiSpyware drawing resources and possibly conflicting. You can use Spysweeper with an antivirus basic program, but you must make sure others you have are not running in protection mode. If that's Webroot's Spysweeper, consider upgrading to their Antivirus with Spysweeper (compact and integrated) and uninstalling McAfee (heavy on system usage).

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April 5, 2010 at 09:13:26
@aegis1: Spot on, buddy! I figured out that the slow motion effect was due to faulty battery where it wasn't getting enough power or there must be a short circuit somewhere. But the continuing slow effect was definitely due to overheating. Thanks! :)

@Fingers: Thanks for the suggestions. I have already uninstalled Ad-Aware and Spy Sweeper and now only have McAfee.. i know it's not that effective but it has been working fine for me for a couple years now, so no complaints.

@Mod/admin: Please close this thread. Problem has been solved. Thanks!

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