Windows XP SP3
Pentium 4, 3.00GHz, 1GB RAM
F-Secure through Charter Security Suite
I belive I have run all the steps in the posting rules. First time posting, so if I forgot to add anything, please let me know. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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"but no icons or taskbar for a couple of minutes"
He's not even talking about boot time, but the initial time to open single program.
Edited by wwarrior, 01 January 2009 - 11:56 PM.
Which is why I answered the question that he asked.
His logs were clean and it definitely doesn't sound malware related, so please don't recommend they go there.
I believe I read that and followed all the steps (ATF cleaner, Malwarebytes, etc.)
5 minutes is a long time to startup. Perhaps Rorschach112's advice of posting in here is a good idea in future.
Have a read of the "You Must Read This Before Posting A Hijackthis Log" first and then see if the Malware boys can spot anything next time.
If the logs are indeed clean, you could try starting the machine in Safe mode and seeing if it boots faster. Press F8 when it is starting and select Safe Mode at that menu.
If it is faster, perhaps the system event log will reveal it is awaiting a service to start or similar which is making it slow.
Other factors like the drive being very full or the drive being compressed can also cause that to happen.
Edited by kcmast, 02 January 2009 - 09:19 PM.
I just tried running in safe mode and I could immediately select the START menu and open a program.
It still had about a 2 minute time when there were no icons or taskbar, but when they appeared, I was immediately able to open IE.
1. How is the issue, if you start computer in Safe Mode?
2. Go Start>Run (Start Search in Vista), type in:
Click OK (hit Enter in Vista).
Click on Startup tab.
Click Disable all
Click Services tab.
Put checkmark in Hide all Microsoft services
Click Disable all.
Restart computer in Normal Mode.
NOTE. If you use different firewall, than Windows firewall, turn Windows firewall on, just for this test, since your regular firewall won't be running.
If you use Windows firewall, you're fine.
How is it now?
I was afraid that was the next step.
Now, you'll need to take time. Don't worry about those 2 minutes to see taskbar, and icons. Just watch, how soon you can open any program.
Go back to msconfig, re-enable one service, restart computer, and see what happens. If it's still good, re-enable next service, and so on, until you find the culprit.
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