Very slow start up

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March 4, 2009 at 12:16:31
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 2.792 GHz / 509 MB
When I start up the computor after shutting it off for the night, it takes several minuets to boot up. I'd like to get on line right away but it takes forever. It used to perform muth faster. Since I installed an expensive Norton 360 security disc it seems worse. I thought that might help if there was a virus. Can you help ?

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March 4, 2009 at 12:23:24
I've run the latest Norton 360 program to clean up the files. It found one issue which it repaired I assume.

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March 4, 2009 at 13:01:00
You say
...I thought that might help if there was a virus...

What about checking for Spyware.
Most Virus and Spyware scans are likely to work better in Windows Safe-Mode.

Possible that the harddrive is not running at its normal speed,
freezing up or slowing down. Or has quit.
My computer took 20 min. to boot the other day.
I was watching the HDD activity indicator light,
and it would remain on, and not rapidly blinking.
Mechanical devices do have problems.

Harddrive manufacturers have software for download for testing HDD.

You can do Start, then RUN, then type
Then uncheck items in the Startup tab.

To find out what each Startup(or Process) item
does or means, and any recommendation as to if you should close the process:
Task List Programs
The Process Library

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March 4, 2009 at 14:27:17
Tankyou Chuck 2 I'll try those fixes and see if it helps. My active light also lights up without blinking for long periods so something is working I assume. Iappreciate the tips and so fast a responce. This is the first time I've used Computing . net.

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March 4, 2009 at 14:58:09
>>>Since I installed an expensive Norton 360 security disc it seems worse. <<<
Norton is known to be a resource hog.
I would suggest:
1- Ccleaner Slim (no Toolbar)
2- Malwarebytes- remove all it finds
3- Avast Free- install it and let it do a bootscan on reboot and move everything it finds to the chest.

If your PC is still running slow I would suggest adding more ram.
If you decide to dump Norton, then be sure to use the uninstaller from the Norton Site or nothing will run well on your PC.

Some HELP in posting on plus free progs and instructions Cheers

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March 5, 2009 at 11:35:49
Chuck 2 : I'm trying to start the computer in Windows safe mode but it does not follow the steps they give me in their instructions. Can you or anyone help me get this set up in Windows safe mode ?

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March 5, 2009 at 13:41:45

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March 6, 2009 at 03:36:12
Definitely, you should update the norton antivirus and scan your computer.
You should also disable unwanted startup from your computer.
Type msconfig in run box and then go startup tab and uncheck all unwanted startup.
You should also delete all temporary files and internet files and remove useless software or programs.
After done above step definitely your computer performance increase.

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March 6, 2009 at 08:38:10
Tech Advise:

You can find the solution on below step:

Uninstallation Steps:

l Click the Start button to open the Start menu

l Locate the Norton 360 folder and select uninstall from the list

l Follow the on-screen instructions to completion


You can Uninstalling With Windows Add Or Remove Programs Utility. If you haven't any Remover tool then you can download on below link:

After download tool then

Uninstalling With Windows Add Or Remove Programs Utility

l Click Start

l Click Control Panel

l Click Add Or Remove Programs

l Navigate down to the Noton 360 entry and click the Remove button

l Follow any on screen instructions to completion

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March 7, 2009 at 16:36:58
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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March 8, 2009 at 14:36:59
I would certainly get rid of Norton. It is the biggest watse of money out there!!!

Go to Run in the Start menu

type- Msconfig

Then click the Startup tab, untick the things you dont want to run. If you are unsure what a program is, Google it. If google says that it is a Windows service, Leave it :)

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March 15, 2009 at 18:47:26
Thanks to everyone for your tips to help with my slow sart up. I've removed Norton and got an instant improvement . Will try some your other ideas. D'ont know how to remove my post but thanks again to all !

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