Computer running extremely slow

September 26, 2011 at 15:42:31
Specs: Windows XP, Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz 3.01 GHz, 1.00GB of RAM
I have been having a problem with my desktop for quite a while now, and I have tried almost everything. My computer was once at lightning speed and now its chugging along slowly. I have tried spybot search and destroy anti spyway, trend micro house call, malwarebytes anti malware, Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011. Spybot found about 30-40 entries, and all were deleted. I have used hard drive cleaner, and disk defrag. My computer is Windows XP Gome edition version 2002 service pack 3. Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz 3.01 GHz, 1.00GB of RAM. If anyone could please help me in speeding up my computer, it would be greatly appreciated!

- Luke

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September 27, 2011 at 11:51:38
Hi, please try running TFC (Temporary File Cleaner) and see if it solves the issue of your PC running slowly:

Are you still having any malicious file pop-ups after the entries were removed by Spybot?.

What I recommend you do is to first download and run Rkill from this link: (Rkill will temporarily shut down the malicious process. It is important that you do not restart your computer after Rkill finishes). Then, please try updating and re-running Malware Bytes to see if it finds anything.

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September 27, 2011 at 16:14:09
Last night I ran spybot and kaspersky. Spybot found 5 entries and Kaspersky found 1 trojan. All were deleted successfully, and I am about to try the TFC and the Rkill soon. Will post an update soon. Thanks

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September 27, 2011 at 16:18:06
I have a problem now - Every time I click an application to run, it says _____________.exe is not a valid Win32 application. Whats going on?

[Edit - a restart fixed this with a kaspersky system recovery]

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September 27, 2011 at 17:12:19
The computer is fairly quick on internet and browsers, but with games and such, its completely slow. I have checked for driver updates and everything seems to be up to date. Could this be a whole different problem in general?

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September 27, 2011 at 18:09:07
After running Malwarebytes after Rkill, no malicious items were found.

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September 28, 2011 at 14:08:24
You're welcome. I'm guessing the problem could have been from that Trojan, but I'm not sure. Have you ever had any issues with online gaming/PC games in general before this problem started?.

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September 28, 2011 at 14:28:53
Games were running PERFECT last night, but then this morning they started to resume to a lower speed... Im confused. And no, I havn't really had much of a problem running high quality games in the past.

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September 28, 2011 at 14:39:51
1. Open up task manager and find out which program is occupying most of your computers resource.

2. If you have too many start up items try removing them

3. Question: Does this problem happen only when you get off the online gaming session or is it in general ?

4. Do not trust any third party program that's not well tested. I sincerely recommend
SPY BOT and Microsoft Security Essentials, Both are absolutely free.I personally recommend these software's as I have used it thoroughly and it has saved several of my clients computers.

5. Try a different user account. If you don't have one. Create it by going to control panel and user accounts >>>

Hope this helps. Let me know the status. Reply back to this post. Thanks.

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September 28, 2011 at 18:19:51
Since I use firefox:

firefox.exe 138,100K
Plugin-container.exe 27,504K
avp.exe 30,000K

I have many svchost.exe applications running at one time 8-10 if that matters. I only have necessary startup applications. The computer is only slow while playing games, since the earlier scanners deleted some spyware and malware, and a few trojans. I have yet to try microsoft security essentials.

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September 29, 2011 at 02:23:37
plz check your ram and delete your cookies from your pc.

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September 29, 2011 at 11:24:38
MSE nor Spybot will get the issue fixed, in my honest opinion. I see you have 1.00GB of RAM, which is perfectly enough for games. I'd like to check to see if perhaps you have a Rootkit on your computer just to be safe. Please download the Kaspersky TDSS Killer Tool from here: after downloading that re-run Rkill then run TDSSKiller to see what it finds, if anything.

I'd like to also run Process Explorer just to see where those svchost.exe processes are coming from:

Process Explorer is like Task Manager on steroids, pretty much. It allows you to view detailed information about each process running on your system.

I find it very strange myself that games ran perfect last night, but, yesterday morning everything was to a crawl again.

When you run games, how many open windows do you have at one time?, I'm asking because that could also be the cause of lag, as games usually use a lot of RAM depending on how much they need to run.

Could you also tell me the name of this "hard drive cleaner" you installed on your PC, please?.

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September 29, 2011 at 20:18:54
The TDSS didn't find anything, and the hard drive cleaner was just the Disk Cleanup provided with windows. I must have just mixed up the names. Now, with the Process Explorer, what information should I share? Ever since I have installed Windows Essentials Protection, I have a process called MsMpEng.exe which takes up to over 300,000 K. Should I disable Microsoft Security essentials untill I need to use it, as I am already using Kaspersky AV 11. And with the svchost.exe problem, what information would you like to be displayed? I am not the greatest with computer tech. The game I am currently trying to run is a browser based game, that uses Java. (Runescape)

Much appreciated!

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October 2, 2011 at 11:06:34
Sorry for the late reply!

Yes, I would disable it. That process actually belongs to Microsoft Security Essentials. As for svchost.exe, I was going to ask where the processes are located (If the process instances of svchost.exe are coming from anywhere but your C:/Windows/System32 directory, it could be a virus). But, now that I think about it. Maybe the problem is just related to memory usage of programs. You have 1.00GB of RAM, and Microsoft Windows programs can be resource hogs.

Do you have any programs set to run at certain times? (such as Antivirus scanning, Windows update, etc). Have you tried running Malwarebytes in safe mode, just to make sure there's nothing there?.

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October 4, 2011 at 17:38:45
Nothing runs at a scheduled time - i made sure. I will try running malwarebytes in safe mode.

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