why is my XP so darned slow?

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
November 23, 2010 at 10:52:21
Specs: Windows XP, pentium D/1 G
it's like watching "grass grow" when you try to do anything.:-) I've done the usual things: deleting unused programs,fixing the registry (at least that free registry scanner says it was fixed) and deleting the temp. internet files. only thing I can see is the comp. seems to be "paging" like mad. the disk activity light is always going and the "performance" thingie in control panel shows tons of paging. (the yellow line jumps up to the top every 5 sec. or so)
any ideas? not enough ram?

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November 23, 2010 at 10:58:17
You should be fine with 1gig of ram. Sounds like you are infected with malware/virus's.

Avast or AVG are good and free as is malwarebytes.

When was the last time you defragged the drive?
BTW its best to use disk cleanup to take care of temp files which are in more than one place.

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November 23, 2010 at 22:21:29
no luck! the system disk DID need defragging...did that and scanned with AVAST...no viruses! I know WinXP runs alot of processes but I counted over 30! there seems to be plenty of physical memory left so why all the disk activity? THAT's evidently slowing things down! I'll probably end up re-installing XP. probably was a virus at one time,since deleted,but the damage remains.


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November 23, 2010 at 23:43:00
analogmusicman, I agree with Wanderer, think you have a nasty (virus, worm/trojan, etc.?). My fix is a little different as I've tried his recommendations and failed to clean things. Be aware that a virus and a Trojan are similar, but not the same. Many times, an AV detects one it can't clean, other times, it gets missed entirely.
If you need to clean one, Superantispyware (info only. I’m not paid for recommendation. WARNING! FYI, a full scan on mine takes over an hour.) can do the job and you can get it free @:
among other places. They have a Vista compatible version if needed. Dunno about Windows 7 or later.
If it turns out that you need to use it, be sure to update Superantispyware prior to running and disable 'restore' (restart after cleaning) so the nasty doesn't get put back. They just released a new update recently and it changes all the time. Things are in a constant state of flux.
The restore thing is critical. May not be your deal at all, but won't hurt anything to try.
Ed in Texas.

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November 24, 2010 at 11:22:25
thanks for all the help but I think I may be "spinning my wheels" with all the stuff I'm doing because replacing the motherboard just might do it. I've known for awhile now that it acts "screwy" when the comp. is first started up when all the components are cold. I've always assumed that it is all ok when it warms up but now I'm not so sure. I'm getting a good Intel MB for my other comp. and I think I'll just order another for this one.


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November 24, 2010 at 20:15:00
My work computer has over 60 processes running & it performs decently with just 1GB RAM. Some of these things steps you may have done already, but here's a few things I suggest you try:

- turn off the Indexing service. Doing this step alone may end the hard drive thrashing.


- download & install CCleaner-Slim. Run both the Cleaner & the Registry scanner - remove everything they find. After doing that, click the Tools Button, then Startup. Review the Startup list & disable any suspicious entries.


- reboot

- which anti-virus program do you have? Try Microsoft Security Essentials. Download it, install, update, then run a full scan from safe mode.


- try Defraggler-Slim for defragging your drive.


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