PC is getting slower and slower

Sony Vaio vpccw21fx/w notebook
June 2, 2010 at 21:44:06
Specs: Windows XP
Over time my PC has been getting slower to reboot (now takes up to 6 minutes). I frequently do disk clean up, defragment, ccleaner and ntregopt.

In msconfig I un-checked all (but two didn't - zlclient and ezSP-Px), however this made little difference.

I'm running out of options and may try a fresh install of windows - but - any ideas??

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June 3, 2010 at 00:00:39
Basketweave, SWAG, what you describe is a sorta nebulous thing and I can only guess. Since it's been a sorta gradual thing, that sounds kinda like 'index.dat' to me. A common ailment is a file called 'index.dat'. It gets read every time and can take quite a while if it’s too bloated. It's like a log file and keeps a record of every site you visit on the web. Empty, it's 32K, but it can grow HUGE. It's a protected file and can't be deleted by normal methods.
CCleaner can handle it. Simply tic it to be deleted (not to worry, it gets rebuilt EMPTY on the next boot.). May not be your deal at all, but won’t cause any harm to try. I run it often (daily as I mess with LOTS of DLs).
Ed in Texas.

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June 3, 2010 at 03:31:17
Thanks Ed.

It's already ticked for emtying. Pretty much everything except the 'Adavnced' boxes are ticked.


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June 3, 2010 at 05:15:08
Sometimes your Antivirus utility program does a bunch of things on start up. If you are sure you are clean (run Malwarebytes to double check) you can disable your AV at start up as a trial for the one start to see if that is where the delay is coming from.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
If all else fails, read instructions.

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June 3, 2010 at 05:25:58
Are you using both the Windows firewall and Zone Alarm?

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June 3, 2010 at 06:20:13
ZoneAlarm Security Suite

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June 3, 2010 at 12:36:11
Windows firewall installs by default. You shouldn't use both.

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June 3, 2010 at 13:40:56
Thanks OtheHill - perhaps that is the problem.

How can I de-install / disable the Windows firewall?

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June 3, 2010 at 13:55:00
Go to control panel> windows firewall. The setting options are there.

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June 3, 2010 at 23:23:35
Thanks OtheHill - I checked and it's off.

I guess I'll have to try re-installing windows.

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June 4, 2010 at 03:04:44
Did you try to run a different AV program?

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June 4, 2010 at 04:00:54
I've got ZoneAlarm Sucurity Suite running all the time.

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June 4, 2010 at 04:38:42
Is your ZoneAlarm Suite up to date? Try to disable ZA and enable the Windows firewall.

So happens that just last night I was working on my sister's laptop. Both ZA and Windows firewall were activated. ZA kept throwing out a message that it was out of date. The computer was not usable.

I disabled ZA in the task manager and the computer instantly ran much faster.

Then I ran CCleaner, which took forever, due to the large amount of temp files it found. After that the laptop ran like it should. After a reboot ZA was enabled again and the computer took at least 5 minutes to boot. I then uninstalled ZA and enabled the Windows firewall.

Perhaps you inadvertently have a third firewall running. Do you use Spybot S&D? The real time monitor may be the problem.

Have you entered the task manager to see first of all how many processes are running at start up? Next, see if any process is using a large percentage of CPU cycles. System idle should be at the high 90s at idle. If you have something drawing more than a couple of percent, try disabling it in the task manager. It will return on a reboot. You will need to take further action to permanently remove something.

Many programs install unnecessary crap. Checking for program updates at start up for instance. Or running some sort of check at start up.

There are not too many programs that you need to have running at start up.

Your first post probably is on the right track. Programs running at start up.

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June 5, 2010 at 02:31:43
Basketweave, find a list of 'must haves' @:
You can live without everything else being in your START menu.
Ed in Texas.

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