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When I first boot up and try to open programs they do not open right away. After 1 to 2 minutes anything I attempted to run opens. Some time I can get the Task Manager to open
right away and I notice that the CPU usage is up around 85 to 100% (I use Process
Manager). Sometime, but not always once they open I no longer have any problem opening programs. Can something be taking up the resources during that time? I also noticed just now that Process Manager says two programs I tried to run are running but they are not visible on the screen until they all of a sudden open. I hope I am making myself clear - this is a fluky problem.

I have also experienced freezes. After doing something like opening System Information in Process Explorer or opening the quick launch menu it freezes. The mouse pointer either shows the hour glass or it remains the pointer but the mouse or keyboard is useless. I have to reset to reboot.

The slow start up of programs has been with me for about a week or so. The freezing problem started today.

Any ideas on what is happening?

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 11:30:36 PM, on 5/04/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16414)

Running processes:
C:\_Tools\MS Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
C:\_Tools\MS Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\_Tools\StartUp Guru\startupguru.exe
C:\_Tools\FreeRam XP Pro\FreeRAM XP Pro 1.40.exe
C:\_Internet\AVG Anti Virus\avgcc.exe
C:\_Internet\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\guard.exe
C:\_INTER~1\AVG Anti Virus\avgamsvr.exe
C:\_INTER~1\AVG Anti Virus\avgupsvc.exe
C:\_INTER~1\AVG Anti Virus\avgemc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Novatix\Cyberhawk\CHService.exe
C:\_Tools\System Mechanic 6 Pro\IoloSGCtrl.exe
C:\Program Files\SpywareDetector\SDService.exe
C:\_Internet\Spyware Terminator\sp_rsser.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Ulead Systems\DVD\ULCDRSvr.exe
C:\Program Files\Hijackthis\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://e.my.yahoo.co...l...=my&.from=i
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://e.my.yahoo.co...l...=my&.from=i
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page =
F2 - REG:system.ini: Shell=C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.exe
O2 - BHO: SSVHelper Class - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0\bin\ssv.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {D03B6018-E880-4A89-99A2-7354FE52DDAE} - (no file)
O3 - Toolbar: &RoboForm - {724d43a0-0d85-11d4-9908-00400523e39a} - C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\roboform.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Zone Labs Client] "C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SpywareFirewall] C:\_Internet\SpyWall\SpyWall.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Windows Defender] "C:\_Tools\MS Defender\MSASCui.exe" -hide
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [WinPatrol] "C:\_Tools\WIN Patrol\winpatrol.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Startup Guru] "C:\_Tools\StartUp Guru\startupguru.exe" /B
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [FreeRAM XP] "C:\_Tools\FreeRam XP Pro\FreeRAM XP Pro 1.40.exe" -win
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Uniblue Registry Booster] C:\_Tools\Registry Booster\RegistryBooster.exe /S
O4 - Startup: AVG Anti-Virus.lnk = C:\_Internet\AVG Anti Virus\avgcc.exe
O4 - Startup: AVG AntiSpyware.lnk = C:\_Internet\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\avgas.exe
O4 - Startup: EverNote.lnk = D:\_Applications\EverNote\EverNote.exe
O4 - Startup: YankClip.lnk = D:\_Applications\YCIII\YankClip.exe
O8 - Extra context menu item: Search - C:\WINDOWS\pchealth\helpctr\System\panels\subpanels\Search.htm
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0\bin\ssv.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0\bin\ssv.dll
O9 - Extra button: The Weather Channel - {2E5E800E-6AC0-411E-940A-369530A35E43} - (no file)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: The Weather Channel - {2E5E800E-6AC0-411E-940A-369530A35E43} - (no file)
O9 - Extra button: Fill Forms - {320AF880-6646-11D3-ABEE-C5DBF3571F46} - file://C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComFillForms.html
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Fill Forms - {320AF880-6646-11D3-ABEE-C5DBF3571F46} - file://C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComFillForms.html
O9 - Extra button: Save - {320AF880-6646-11D3-ABEE-C5DBF3571F49} - file://C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComSavePass.html
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Save Forms - {320AF880-6646-11D3-ABEE-C5DBF3571F49} - file://C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComSavePass.html
O9 - Extra button: RoboForm - {724d43aa-0d85-11d4-9908-00400523e39a} - file://C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComShowToolbar.html
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: RoboForm Toolbar - {724d43aa-0d85-11d4-9908-00400523e39a} - file://C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComShowToolbar.html
O9 - Extra button: Add to EverNote - {A5ABA0BB-F195-40d8-A5E9-0801153E6597} - D:\_Applications\EverNote\enbar.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Add to EverNote - {A5ABA0BB-F195-40d8-A5E9-0801153E6597} - D:\_Applications\EverNote\enbar.dll
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - %windir%\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe (file missing)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @xpsp3res.dll,-20001 - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - %windir%\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe (file missing)
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O11 - Options group: [INTERNATIONAL] International*
O12 - Plugin for .pdf: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\PLUGINS\nppdf32.dll
O16 - DPF: {9A9307A0-7DA4-4DAF-B042-5009F29E09E1} - http://acs.pandasoft...free/asinst.cab
O16 - DPF: {A90A5822-F108-45AD-8482-9BC8B12DD539} (Crucial cpcScan) - http://www.crucial.c.../cpcScanner.cab
O16 - DPF: {E8F628B5-259A-4734-97EE-BA914D7BE941} (Driver Agent ActiveX Control) - http://www.driverage...driveragent.cab
O16 - DPF: {EF791A6B-FC12-4C68-99EF-FB9E207A39E6} (McFreeScan Class) - http://download.mcaf...866/mcfscan.cab
O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{82614FED-0B4A-4993-9AB4-88E0933D67FD}: NameServer =
O20 - Winlogon Notify: MCPClient - C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\Stardock\mcpstub.dll
O20 - Winlogon Notify: SASWinLogon - C:\_Internet\SuperAntiSpyware\SASWINLO.dll
O20 - Winlogon Notify: WgaLogon - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\WgaLogon.dll
O20 - Winlogon Notify: WRNotifier - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\WRLogonNTF.dll
O23 - Service: AVG Anti-Spyware Guard - Anti-Malware Development a.s. - C:\_Internet\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\guard.exe
O23 - Service: AVG7 Alert Manager Server (Avg7Alrt) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\_INTER~1\AVG Anti Virus\avgamsvr.exe
O23 - Service: AVG7 Update Service (Avg7UpdSvc) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\_INTER~1\AVG Anti Virus\avgupsvc.exe
O23 - Service: AVG E-mail Scanner (AVGEMS) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\_INTER~1\AVG Anti Virus\avgemc.exe
O23 - Service: Cyberhawk - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Novatix\Cyberhawk\CHService.exe" service (file missing)
O23 - Service: iolo System Guard (IOLO_SRV) - Unknown owner - C:\_Tools\System Mechanic 6 Pro\IoloSGCtrl.exe
O23 - Service: iPod Service - Apple Computer, Inc. - C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
O23 - Service: lxbu_device - Lexmark International, Inc. - C:\WINDOWS\system32\lxbucoms.exe
O23 - Service: SDService - Max Secure Software - C:\Program Files\SpywareDetector\SDService.exe
O23 - Service: Spyware Terminator Clam Service (sp_clamsrv) - Crawler.com - C:\Program Files\WinClamAVShield\sp_clamsrv.exe
O23 - Service: Spyware Terminator Realtime Shield Service (sp_rssrv) - Crawler.com - C:\_Internet\Spyware Terminator\sp_rsser.exe
O23 - Service: Ulead Burning Helper (UleadBurningHelper) - Ulead Systems, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Ulead Systems\DVD\ULCDRSvr.exe
O23 - Service: TrueVector Internet Monitor (vsmon) - Zone Labs, LLC - C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exe

Edited by richocki, 03 May 2007 - 10:10 PM.

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Turn off unnecessary services.

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A very interesting link to pcstats. I'll disable the ones they recommend disabling and see what happens. This may speed up the computer somewhat but I don't think it will help with applications taking a minute or more to open at times. I hope so though .... :whistling:
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If you have ccleaner, use the tool button to see what you have in startup.
You only really need the antivirus (AVG, AVAST, etc) and firewall (Zone Alarm, Sygate, etc) in startup.
Other programs are loaded as needed.


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I ran ccleaner and nothing has changed. I don't think it's the applications I have starting up. They have been there almost forever.... I did trim the start ups though. All I have now is the Anti Virus, Anti Spyware, Spyware Firewall and MS Defender.
This also has made no difference.
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You could have a possible malware Problem.

We now need to make certen that this issue is not malware becosue if we troubleshoot otherwize we may be wasting our time.

Please go to the malware forum and follow the instructions at the top....Especially the Instructions things to do before posting in the malware fourm.

That will give you several steps that will help you clean up 70 percent of all problems by yourself. If at the end of the process you are still having difficulty--and you may not be-- then post a hijackthis log in THAT forum.

If you are still having problems after getting a clean bill of health from the malware expert, please return to this thread.
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Thank you Tuxmaster....

I did as you suggested and will post in the malware forum.
When I ran the ATF-Cleaner I did not have the option to select
Firefox, it was grayed out as was Opera. I use Firefox.
AVG Anti Spyware found only cookies. They were deleted. I will
be posting a HighJackThis and the AVG report in the malware forum.
Thanks again.

Edited by richocki, 06 May 2007 - 09:28 AM.

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