Lent PC to nephew now Win XP startup is slow

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December 25, 2009 at 07:01:34
Specs: Windows XP SP3, 1.20
My computer was working fine, then I let my nephew used it, and now it takes too long for windows to start, it just takes too long to start running and when it finally does so, all the applications are too slow to open it up or run as well. I have MBAM did a full scan and it came up clean, also did another full scan with my AVG and nothing comes up either. I know i don't have too much trash on my HD, since i just formatted three months ago and my HD it's almost empty. Any ideas? Thanks.

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December 25, 2009 at 08:53:37
May have gone to a few gaming sites and a lot of new process are running....

You can see what is running at any time by accessing the Windows Task Manager (Ctrl,Alt.Delete). Then click on the Processes tab.

Some things are pretty obvious, like Outlook.exe. But some of those names may as well be in another language as far as determining what they are. A good site to find out what an unknown process may be, is the Process Library.


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December 25, 2009 at 11:35:07
The first thing I would do would be to go into your browser and clean it out > tools>internet options>delete and select everything (this time) and OK... the longer it takes, the more junk.
second go to control panel>add-remove programs, remove anything that is not yours, especially if it sounds like a game or a chat/IM program. If you are not sure about a name, google it first.
third either use task manager (as above) or download 'Prosess explorer' from microsoft, install and run it. It will show you MUCH more about every program that is running and will still allow you to stop it from running AND give you a better clue as to finding it to uninstall/delete it.
Restart, recheck what is running. re-run your antivirus/anti-spyware (somethings are easier to find when stopped)
If you are still having problems, try going to Webroot.com and using their free online scanner to see if it is clean. (I don't think it will remove without buying, but it will be a good double check (I like their antivirus with anti-spyware and they have a good deal on multiple licenses)
Most Important, Be Ruthless, If It Doesn't Belong, Get Rid Of It!!!

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December 26, 2009 at 06:24:13
Manage your startups. Your excess CPU usage is due to too
many programs running in the background. You can cut
these to barebones by alter your msconfig. Here is how:

1. Open your Start menu.
2. Click Run
3. In the command screen type "msconfig.exe"
4. In the "system configuration utility",click either "service" or
"startup" tab
5. Uncheck all programs that your are no longer using.
6. Click "OK"

Hope this helps!


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December 26, 2009 at 07:01:57
Well, i did checked my start up programs, I only have what is necessary to run windows and don't see any suspicious program either under my add & delete programs list. Main problem now is when I restart computer it just takes too long to boot, the little loading bar goes across like 40 times, then the screens goes black and stays like that for like another 3 mins. Curious thing, is that after everything is loaded on desktop and im able to run any program, it works fine. This is why i think my problem could have something to do with booting Windows. Any more suggestions folks?

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December 26, 2009 at 08:31:35
mmm... Boot up (however long it takes); preferably to safe-mode with networking. Go on-line to Trend.com and run their freebie Housecall utility. Opt for a "full" scan" - it "will" take a while so go for tea/coffee etc. once you are satisfied it's actually scanning... Housecall will check for anything it knows about; often finds things your current utility may not find initiallly. No particular utility will find everything every time; but will in due course find things others found before it...

Also disable system-restore prior to running "any" scans; and when clean (scan is finished) reboot and re-enable system-restore option.

Anything that is quarantined should also be deleted before re-enabling system restore.

Also run a scandisk/chdisk routine and let it find/fix anything it finds. Finally defrag the drive - after emptying the recycle-bin first, and having deleted any temp/junk files etc....

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December 26, 2009 at 15:59:23
I just run the scandisk/chdisk and nothing was fixed. Also desfragmented my C:\ and made a litte difference. Besides I had just formated 3 months ago and know don´t have too much trash. I just don´t know how my laptop got so slow. Everything seems to be normal, no new applications, software or harware, AV & AS don´t dectect any infections either.
It´s driving me crazy!

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December 26, 2009 at 16:16:35
So now run the on-line freebie Housecall (full scan) and see what transpires?

And do you have M$ Windows Defender installed; if not install it and let it scan etc. too...

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December 29, 2009 at 22:13:21
Have you checked your RAM? Try downloading a RAM test utility that you can use like MemTest35 that can create a bootable floppy, set the floppy to first boot device and reboot with it in drive. this will tel you if you have a bad RAM.
(If hard drive is clean, free from errors. then I would look at RAM next.)

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