Significant system slowdown

Micro-star international / Ms-7512
June 22, 2009 at 10:52:04
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.84 GHz / 3071 MB
Hello everyone,

This problem started up fairly recently, basically my computer has been starting up at an excruciatingly slow level. After power up and the motherboard splash screen, the windows loading screen is present( loading not stalling at all) for about 3 minutes! As if that was not bad enough, following that im presented with a BLANK screen for another 6 minutes, after which the login screen is present. After logging in it takes around 1-2 minutes to load the desktop and then about 30 sec to load the startup apps which are simply: Razer drivers, ATI catalyst, DualCore Center, MSI LiveMonitor and Impulse. To sum it up from the time i press the power button to where i can finally use the computer is about 12-13 minutes!

I am not sure what exactly happened and any help is appreciated, the PC used to be up an running in 1-2 min and then one day it just slowed down. I haven't tried anything yet as i am reluctant to do anything until i at least have a general idea what the problem may be. I haven't gotten any error messages at all. Ive run several virus scans that came up clean, but i am about to do another one, following up with chkdsk /r.

any help or tips is greatly appreciated

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June 23, 2009 at 00:39:10
w1tch3r, you've done the most obvious thing by doing a virus scan. Next most obvious IMHO is a worm/trojan. 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, Superantispyware can do the job and you can get it free @:
among other places. They have a Vista compatible version if needed.
If it turns out that you need to use it, be sure to update prior to running and disable 'restore' (restart after cleaning) so it doesn't get put back. They just released a new update recently and it changes all the time. Things are in a constant state of flux.
The restore thing is critical. May not be your deal at all, but won't hurt anything to try.
Next (if that doesn't work) comes 'index.dat'. 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 (free @: can get rid of it (not to worry, it gets rebuilt EMPTY on the next boot.).
Beyond that, I'm out of suggestions.
Ed in Texas.

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June 25, 2009 at 23:19:35
Ok update on the situation. Virus scan came up negative again, so i skipped the SuperantiSpyware fix. The cccleaner also did nothing sorry mate. I ran chkdsk /r from command prompt and when i restarted it told me that the volume could not be accessed and that "windows has finished checking the volume" it will then hold up at this page for about 6 minutes before goign to login page. When i try starting the PC in safe mode with command prompt, it loads all the system files but then simply stops at the screen where theyre loaded. I left the PC alone for 30 min came back and it was still hung up. Anymore tips in light of this situation? Anyone think it coudl be the hardrive? i have a WD 300gb velociraptor. I wouldnt assume that since my programs and applications dont run/load slow at all.

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June 26, 2009 at 00:19:02
w1tch3r, I'm confused. Did you simply run another virus scan or did you run a TROJAN scan? They're similar, but not the same.
As far as CCleaner's concerned, did you tic the box to delete 'index.dat'? You must instruct it as to what to do. It doesn't do it on it's own. If in doubt, run a search for 'index.dat' and note file size. Any more than 32k and something's wrong.
Ed in Texas.

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June 26, 2009 at 04:41:15
well there are alot of reasons for poor start up one is programmes in conflict or the reg trying to load a file that is no longer available run a reg cleaner or down load free advanced system care 3
run all the programmes and see if it is any better

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June 26, 2009 at 06:36:43
CCleaner has a registry scanner that is pretty good and safe to ues. Run that module. Whaen asked if you want to save the changes say yes. I suggest you change the save location to the desktop. That way it is easy to find to either remove after a few days or to use to restore. I have never had to restore anything when using that program.

The index.dat file is emptied by default, if you haven't changed the settings. Perhaps you don't understand how to use Ccleaner.

You click on the Analyse button and when it finishes you then click on the Run cleaner button.

On the left side of the screen there are four modules. Ccleaner defaults to the cleaner module. Run the registry module by clicking on it and then scan for issues, save the changes as I described above, then fix selected issues.

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