Solved What are the causes of SLOW startup of PC in Win 10?

Acer Aspire 5738dg-6165 core 2 duo t6600...
November 4, 2018 at 19:49:13
Specs: Windows 10, 4 gb
Whenever I start/restart my notebook it takes much more time to get to log on screen, which really surprises me!
What are the possible causes for such a slow startup?

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November 4, 2018 at 20:15:37
Your system may be infected - malware, spyware, viruses, or any combination of the 3. You may have also installed software which has added start-up entries.

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November 5, 2018 at 00:41:44
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having a hard-drive and a s---ty cpu+RAM(having a laptop means this is almost always true) = 5~10min startup-time


your cpu vs modern cpu:

i5-6600K[delid]@4.7GHz/4.3GHz@1.376v LLC=6 | 2x4GB Crucial-DDR4-2133CL15@14-14-14-28 1T 2700MHz@1.35v
MSI Armor RX 570 4GB@1400Mhz core@1.18v/1950MHz

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November 5, 2018 at 00:58:29
Whilst I can agree that hardware specifications for any computer (desktop or laptop) can have an effect on boot up/startup time, especially if an olde system running the latest OS, I’m not sure that 5-10 mins startup is the usual result; unless, as I comment above, a really old system with a current OS.

Malware etc. would be my first port of call, and thus worth running a few cleaners?

Presumably the laptop startup time was ok, much shorter in the recent past?

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November 5, 2018 at 05:57:45
Also mentioned but maybe needs stressing a bit: Programs that Start with Windows. You should investigate this and change most of them to start manually so they are not starting with Windows and running all of the time. I start by uninstalling many programs that were once used but never used any longer and those that were factory installed junk that has never been used. Google anything in Programs and Features that you are not sure about if they are important in some way first though. Next see what is still running in Task Manager and those that can, open them and check its settings and set them not to start with Windows. For the rest that you use once in a while but cannot find the settings for, you can use CCleaner and after the normal cleaning, there is an option to manager Start Up Programs. Finally, reevaluate your antivirus program, some of the biggest names are system hogs, consider changing to one that performs better and is lighter on system resources at the same time. The time is way past that they need to do a scan at start up, the good ones quietly monitor activity all of the time and unobtrusively scan on a loose schedule when activity is low.

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

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November 5, 2018 at 14:36:40
These two small freebies from MalwareBytes often find what anti-virus programs miss. Run AdwCleaner first:

Download and "Save" the file somewhere. Go to the saved file then double click it to run the program. Run the "Scan", followed by the "Clean & Repair".

(use the "Free Download" button rather than the "Buy Now" button).
After the install go to "Settings > Protection". Under Scan Options click the "Scan for rootkits" slider over to On and Run the Threat Scan. Quarantine anything it finds.

Keep the logs in case there is need to go further with the malware aspect.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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