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psychepiper

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Hello!

I was here a little under a year a go with a malware problem and you guys helped me so much, and I was in such a state of panic, I can't thank you all enough! :whistling:

So, naturally, when having trouble with my computer I thought I should see if you guys could help me out like you did before!

THE PROBLEM: Recently, I downloaded a couple things to my computer: mostly Yahoo-based systems relating to my geocities site I maintain through them, Real Player, and Firefox, and that's pretty much it. However, for the last month or so, my computer has been a bit sluggish. It takes a while for websites to load in, it doesn't start up as fast as it used to, etc. I checked my memory and it's only at 59.4 GB of free space out of 76.6 GB total, so I don't think that's the problem. I remove my Temporary Internet Files and Cookies, as well as run ad-aware, spybot, and Microsoft Anti-Spyware about every 2 - 3 weeks.

I'm at a loss as to what to do. Any ideas? I have a rebuilt Compaq PC [rebuilt as of 11/05] and use Windows XP as my operating system, along with Microsoft Office. I still have CleanUp!, ewido, smitRem, and Hijack This on my computer from the malware incident.

[I'm sorry if I've posted this is the wrong forum, by the way.] Any help would be appreciated!

~Psychepiper :blink:
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Hi Psychepiper. Just to put you right on your terminology. That 76.6Gb is not memory, it's your hard disk space where programs and files are stored. Memory (or RAM) is what your system uses to run programs when you are using your PC and is no more than 1Gb for most people, often less.

Anyway, might I suggest you try running the 'defragmentation' tool to help Windows run faster. Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Disk Defragmenter. That's a start. Get back if no improvement.

Edited by pip22, 07 November 2006 - 01:19 AM.

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Also remove the unwanted programs from windows start up

To do this click on Start and then go to RUN and type msconfig.

After that go to startup tab and unselect all the applications . Your pc will boost fast now . Also download this tweaking utility from microsoft
http://www.filehippo...wnload_tweakui/
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Ok...second time posting this.

I defragmented the computer and it's running more smooth, however it still takes a while for startup and shut down.

As for the msconfig. I went and did it and there were some programs I don't know if I should uncheck; things beginning with HP which I'm guessing is Hewlett-Packard and ergo related to my printer. Also, there are three things labeled "Common Startup." One is a Logitech setup, and my mouse is a logitech as is my keyboard, the other is labeled Microsoft Office and the third is Microsoft Works.

Let me know if I should remove them from startup, too.
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remove ms ofice and works
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