Computer start running very slow

May 14, 2010 at 21:19:31
Specs: Windows XP

Hi, my computer start running very very slow.
it sounds like something is running back behind. so I checked the task manager. But nothing is running. Then I thought maybe a new virus is causing this so I updated McAfee and let it run. But there was nothing wrong. Meanwhile, I was getting a message "Virtual memory too low" so I went to my computer and changed it to "system managed size" But again this did not solve the problem. Oh, I also defragmented the computer. ( there was no need but i did it anyway-the computer has 73% of free space-41.06GB ). I am also getting a message for Window's update but it fails to install.

Can anyone tell me what's wrong with computer?


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#1
May 14, 2010 at 21:34:03

yes, number 1, unload McAfee using the MCPR.exe uninstaller, then do a scan with avast free.
http://www.filehippo.com/download_a...
Then do some scans with Malwarebytes.
http://www.filehippo.com/download_m...
If that doesn't clear it up try combofix
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/com...

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#2
May 14, 2010 at 22:04:31

I agree. McAfee and Norton hog system resources and do not do half of what they should.
In addition, I recommend doing a disk clean up before doing a defrag.
Also if you really want to see what is running on your machine, install Process Explorer from Microsoft, it will tell you much more about what's running than task manager.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#3
May 15, 2010 at 03:07:54

You can make Windows XP boot faster by 5 - 15 seconds (on some machines).

To do so do the following:

1. Start Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).
2. Locate the following key in the registry:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SessionManager\MemoryManagement\PrefetchParameters

1. Make sure you backup the keys by exporting them to a .reg file.
2. On the EnablePrefetcher value, change the setting from 3 to 5 (decimal).
3. Close the registry editor.
4. Restart your computer.


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#4
May 16, 2010 at 11:38:43

5 ways to speed up your PC
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Remove temporary Internet files.
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Remove downloaded program files (such as Microsoft ActiveX controls and Java applets).
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Empty the Recycle Bin.
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Remove Windows temporary files such as error reports.
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Remove optional Windows components that you don't use.
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Remove installed programs that you no longer use.
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Remove unused restore points and shadow copies from System Restore.


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