Solved comp is really slow cpu's are high

June 27, 2011 at 14:14:03
Specs: Xp pro, 240 mobile cpu 240mb of ram
my comp started actin up bout a week ago, it works fine for about 2 minutes then my cpu's jump to 100 and my comp takes forever to do anything for example it took about 15 minutes to write this statement. i scanned with maleware bytes and bit defender both came up with no issues found.what to do next, thanks for any and all help it is really appreciated

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#1
June 27, 2011 at 15:35:16
For starters, 240MB isn't enough RAM to run XP decently, so you should expect the system to run slowly. But obviously 100% CPU usage & taking 15 min to post a question indicates that you have other issues.

Considering how little RAM you have, you should be running the system as lean as possible. That means you shouldn't have a lot of crap loading at startup & running in the background. In other words, no instant messengers, no Quicktime, no iTunes, no RealPlayer, no camera/scanner/printer software, no toolbars, etc, etc. You should be using a lightweight anti-virus program & MalwareBytes should only be used when needed, it should not pre-load.

Did you check to see which process is hogging the CPU? When you ran the scans, did you do it from safe mode?


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#2
June 27, 2011 at 16:38:49
Hi and thanks for replyin i have nothin on at start up already did that no iphones or itunes nothin just ie and clearwire runnin n i just opened task manager ie explorer 44 cl wire 20 taskmgr.Exe 38 thats what i got n dont know what 2 do thanks 4 ur help really appreciated n yes mick i did it all in safemode

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#3
June 28, 2011 at 06:15:49
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"i have nothin on at start up"

Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to bring up Task Manager. At the bottom/left, what's the number of processes? Click the processes tab, then at the top of the column headings, click User Name to arrange the processes. You may have to click twice to bring all the processes associated with your User Name to the top. How many of those processes are there? Can you identify them all? Do any of them look suspicious, such as the following?

http://www.thestubware.com/malware_...

Do you use a cleaning program such as CCleaner? If not, download & install it. During the setup, do NOT allow Yahoo Toolbar to install. Once installed, run it & remove everything it finds. Use it regularly.

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/bu...

You can also check the startup list from CCleaner by clicking Tools > Startup. You can then disable or delete entries that you don't want loading. You can also use MSCONFIG:

http://netsquirrel.com/msconfig/msc...


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#4
June 28, 2011 at 06:46:03
"nothin just ie and clearwire runnin"
is clearwire a file sharing program like limewire??

larry


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#5
June 28, 2011 at 09:33:19
"is clearwire a file sharing program like limewire??"

I believe it's 4G wireless.


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#6
June 28, 2011 at 09:37:59
Hi larry n thnx 4 the reply clearwire is my mobile internet connection. Its 4-25 taskmgr.Exe 35-75 ieexplorer 9-33 lsass 1-3 svchost 1-3 services.Exe 0-3 system 0-3 19 processes n thanks again larry

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#7
June 28, 2011 at 12:08:21
hi mick clearwire is my internet connect and yes it is 4G,those are the only 2 apps i have running, 19 processes taskmgr.exe-37-84 clearwire 2-38 ieexplorer3-39 mostly 20s explorer.exe 0-5 SYSTEM 0-5 schost.exe 1-3 lsass.exe 1-3 dont really know what to look for nothing looks like what u asked for, but i did read somewhere that csrss.exe doesnt belong in start up or taskmanager, not sure which so i havent touched it thats where i am and hope this tells you something, i will try what u said and will post back with results. and i am in safe mode thanks again for all your help mick its really appreciated

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#8
June 29, 2011 at 13:32:08
You mean to say you only have a total of 19 processes running? I run pretty lean & I have 43 processes. 7 of those processes are under my username, the rest are under local service, network service, & system.

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#9
June 29, 2011 at 16:20:55
hey mick, i have 19 processes in safe mode and 29 in normal, dont have much on here. i downloaded ccleaner like u said, had a problem with windows installer, fixed that, had to create another admin account to fix it, cleaned the pc,then defragged, cleaned reg with eusing (free download) also used boost my pc (also free) got rid of some files. now im on new admin account for bout an hour and no problems so far, the manager jumps a bit but calms quickly, i will change over to the other account soon to see if the other account is the same as this one in working order, mick i want to thank u and larry (another comp guru) for all your help without it i am a basket case, but with your guys help i think we got that problem solved, i hope, i still he a few issues to deal with but i will do that later with some help from you guys i hope. i will post about the other account as soon as i change again thank u very much mick

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#10
June 30, 2011 at 16:23:05
hey mick, im back that didnt take long huh, anyway- it worked fine for a bout 3 hrs then i got on the other account and that one worked for about 25 minutes and boom same thing and thats in safe mode,shut it down and got on the other account and now its doing the same thing all over again, good for about 5 minutes nd then stuck in the mud again, did all the clean up again defrag the whole bit and nothing still the same, i did find out one thing i completely forgot about, my buddy told me to go to system restore,and i have no restore points before the 21 st of this month, but looking at the last point it was when i installed sp3 and right before that i was trying to update my drivers because the movie i was watching online was choppy so whtever happened it had to have been then, hope this gives u an idea of what i screwed up, if u can hep sure would appreciate it and sorry to be a burden thanks for ur patience and ur expertise

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#11
July 1, 2011 at 02:03:58
Alboson, pure SWAG, I suspect you have some sort of nasty (virus, worm/trojan, etc.?). 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, Malware Bytes (Google for location) seems to be the preferred remover, but I've run into a few it couldn't handle. Superantispyware seems able to handle all comers. (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 @:
http://www.superantispyware.com/
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 any cleaner prior to running. They just released a new update recently and it changes all the time. Things are in a constant state of flux.
Disable 'restore' after cleaning and run it again (to remove any nasties living there, restart after cleaning) so the nasty doesn't get put back should you later ‘restore’.
The restore thing is critical. May not be your deal at all, but won't hurt anything to try. Know you've run a couple of 'cleaners', but I KNOW these work. I'm not positive about yours. You've had such a hassle, seems like anything is worth trying.
HTH
Ed in Texas

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#12
July 1, 2011 at 08:26:24
Hey ed, thanks for the reply, sure could use the help. I have run malware bytes, ccleaner and bit defender and they have found nothin, but i will try this super antispyware like you said , anything is worth tryin about now, thanks for the info and i will post back later to let you know the results, thanks ed

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#13
July 1, 2011 at 21:32:39
Hey ed, thanx for ur input, i got superantivirus and am runnin it now, u said urs took an hour, well mine has been runnin for 12 hrs and 30 minutes already, found 71 infections, 7 ave trojan agent/gen, 10 are brower hijacker.Tubby and 54 are adware tracking cookies and still not done, hopefully this will do it, comp is bad if it takes 12 - 13 hours would u say anyway i will updatd when done, thanks a bunch ed really appreciate yours and everyone elses knowledge, again thanx ed be in touch

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#14
July 4, 2011 at 00:42:40
Alboson, that seems like a long time, even for Windows. Makes me wonder if you don't have a hardware problem like a failing HD seeking too long? Anyway, this MIGHT be of some help to you. Sounds to me like you already have sorta the minimum running at start up, but Windows has certain files that MUST be present in order for it to work. Individual proggies may require others.
Find a list of 'musts' @:
http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startu...
or
http://www.castlecops.com/startup_c...
or
http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php
or
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/sta...
You may use others as well, but those are 'musts'.
HTH
Ed in Texas

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#15
July 5, 2011 at 15:04:14
hey ed, the comp starts up ok and pretty quick, its after its on that tasmgr.exe seems to be using up alot of cpus from 67 - 92.checked start up its ok, ran superantivirus it took 27 hrs total first and 22 second time all this in safe mode. i also noticed 2 csrss.exe running instead of 1, comp is still the same after all the scans and clean ups, how do i check for failing hard drive. sorry for being a pain but i sure appreciate all your help

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