Slow closure and general speed

December 31, 2010 at 15:16:35
Specs: Windows XP, 2.8 gig/512mb ram
Lately, my dell 3000, has been slow doing everything, even closing programs. I can exit out of internet even and watch the screen SLOWLY move down exposing the desktop. Opening and closing word or anything else is painfully slow. Hard drive still has 45% empty and has been defragged recently. Any suggestions

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#1
December 31, 2010 at 15:36:31
do a full scan with malwarebytes and remove all it finds.
512ram is pretty well the minimum for xp, bumping it up to 1GB or more (depends on how much ram your PC can take) will speed things up considerably for you.
Go to
http://www.crucial.com/
and use their tool to let you know what you have and how much ram you can install.

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#2
December 31, 2010 at 17:14:47
Actually, I already ordered more RM but this hasn't been a problemd until recently. Bought the computer new and it's been fine until recently. JUST ran a scan but I'll run it again/

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#3
December 31, 2010 at 17:25:24
you may also want to try combofix:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/com...
Follow the guide and you should be fine.

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#4
December 31, 2010 at 22:44:20
jbltwin1, I agree with User, sounds like maybe a nasty 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.
There're some that even M-B can't clean. I've never encountered one that Superantispyware can't clean. If you need to clean one, Superantispyware (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 Superantispyware prior to running. 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’(Maybe you need to do that with M-B?). 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.
HTH.
Ed in Texas.

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#5
January 1, 2011 at 05:01:07
Ran scan and found nothind at all with either Mcafee OR Malware Bytes.

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#6
January 4, 2011 at 13:47:58
Just a follow up. I did upgrade the RAM and it APPEARS to be better. I guess too many functions and things going on with just 512mB. I'll see if this cures any more. It's STILL slower than owl $&*# opening MS WORD documents and closing them. It takes 30 seconds to CLOSE. Wierd.

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January 4, 2011 at 21:15:02

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#8
January 7, 2011 at 07:47:07
Actually, after updateing RAM, it seems OK. Just too much stuff running I guess for a measly 512Mb of RAM.

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