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Programmes won't load or take forever to start.

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I have Windows XP on a Dell PC. For some time now I've been having a problem where the computer starts up normally but when I click on any programme icon, nothing comes up. Or it takes forever to come up, even though the computer's finished loading right away and isn't doing anything else. Then I go into Task Manager and look into all the running applications and lo and behold, every programme I clicked on is listed there as up and running! Yet it isn't in evidence anywhere else. Does anyone know what is causing this to happen?
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Hello wynneyelle,

I suggest you go to the Malware Forum and run all the steps located in the START HERE. These self-help tools will help you clean up 70% of problems on your own. If you are still having problems after doing the steps, then please post a HiJackThis Log in THAT forum. If you are unable to run and/or post a HJT log, then post that in your initial post in the topic you create in that forum.

If you are still having problems after being given a clean bill of health from the malware expert, then please return to THIS thread and we will pursue other options to help you solve your current problem(s).


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