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Slow XP Operation, Frequent Hard Drive Access ...


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jr02827

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Hi! Hope you can advise me on identifying the problem ...

Symptoms
1. Initial start-up is very slow, takes several minutes
2. In XP, opening folders and applications is very slow
3. Opening a browser (Firefox) takes a long time
4. Opening new tabs in the browser often fails, due to time-out
5. I hear the hard-drive being accessed frequently, even when applications aren't being loaded

Not sure if there is something going on in XP (malware?) or if it's time to replace my hard drive.

Any ideas?
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Neil Jones

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May be malware, lack of physical memory or a dying drive.
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Danawar

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Please say your system specs
Ram:
Processer:
Harddrive:
Internet Connection:
Sorry for bad spelling ^^
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jr02827

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Here's my system info ...

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name OFFICE
System Manufacturer Dell Computer Corporation
System Model Dimension 8200
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 4 GenuineIntel ~1993 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Dell Computer Corporation A07, 7/18/2002
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume2
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)"
User Name OFFICE\Dora
Time Zone E. South America Standard Time
Total Physical Memory 256.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 25.99 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 1.21 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys
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Danawar

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Im gussing its a virus or spyware but may not be =(

Edited by Danawar, 28 October 2007 - 01:26 PM.

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Matt T

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It could quite possibly be malware.

Please go to the malware forum and follow the instructions at the top....Especially the CLICK HERE.

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 THE MALWARE FORUM forum.

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

~Matt :)
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