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Chuck Sisson

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I have a Dell dimension with w/ mirrored 250Gb internal drives and a 180Gb external, 4Gb RAM and WIN XP s/p 3. I have labored for the last 3 months with intermittent 30-40 second delays in getting apps to launch. I keep it pretty clear of malware and run a realltime disk defrager. I always check Task Manager and MSCONFIG to see if anything else may be running that might slow things but there's nothing obvious there. I DO hear the hard drive running but ZoneAlarm does not reflect any internet activity going on. I've downloaded various "tools" to try to fix it, but nothing yet. I've tried PCPal, System Mechanic, cc Cleaner, and a host of other freeware tools - no fix.

Can anyone help?

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Hello Chuck Sisson.... Welcome to GeeksToGo, :) :) :)

I'm sorry to hear about your issue. We will try to help you resolve this as soon as possible.
Please understand we are all volunteers and we are not here all the time. Sometimes it may be a extended amount of time to get back to you. If it has been more then 3 days please shoot me a PM and I will try to get to quickly then.

Download Autoruns from the link in my signature below:

1: Extract the Autoruns Zip file contents to a folder.
2: Double-click the "Autoruns.exe".
3: Click on the "Everything" tab
4: Remove any entries that mention "File Not Found" by right-clicking the entry and select Delete.
5: Go to File then to Export As.
6: Save AutoRuns.txt file to know location.
7: Attach to your next reply.
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Thanks for the fast response rshaffer61. I can't find your link for the autooopen zip file you mentioned. How about a bit more detailed location than "below".

thanks

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Never mimd - I finally figured it out.

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:) :) :)
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OK - here is the autoruns.txt file as requested.

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This file needs to be manually disabled and is only needed if you use multi language on your keyboard. If you do then skip the step.


To turn off just ctfmon.exe go to:


Control Panel then to Regional and Language Options

Click on the Languages Tab then click the Details button

Click on the Advanced tab

Check the box that says Turn off advanced text services option

Click A and then OK

When done restart computer and then:


Download Temp File Cleaner (TFC)
Double click on TFC.exe to run the program.
Click on Start button to begin cleaning process.
TFC will close all running programs, and it may ask you to restart computer.



Download Auslogics Defrag from the link in my signature below. Auslogics Defrag in my opinion is better because:

It does a more comprehensive job at Defragging
It will actually show you what it is doing
At the end of working it will show you how much speed you picked up
You can view a online log of the files that Auslogics defragged
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All tasks complete - is there any other? Some of these things I had already done - several times. I had the Auslogics defragger (although not the latest version) and have deleted many of the temp files - although not nearly as your cleanup app did - it removed 26,544 files in 51.3 Gb of space. It errored when it came to the pagefile bit - probably because I don't keep it on the C drive - is this a problem?

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No problem.
How is the system running now?



Download and install Free Everest Home Edition
Open it.
1: In left pane expand Computer folder.
2: Click once on Summary
3: In upper menu, go Report
4: And then to Quick Report-Summary
5: Save it in text file, and paste it in your next post.


DO NOT INCLUDE ANYTHING UNDER THE LINE THAT SAYS "DEBUG- PCI"
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Hello again

Well, so far, it seems improved - not a silver bullet but definitely improved. We'll see what happens after a few weeks. In the meantime, here is the attached Everest Report

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I forgot one other thing. Since doing the pretty radical cleanup, I now get the following error message box on each boot up;

"This action cannot be completed because the other program is busy. Choose 'Switch' to activate the busy program and correct the problem". This is then followed by 3 buttons - "Switch", "Retry" and "Cancel" (which is grayed out). Either "Retry" or "Switch" seems to get things going again.

Is this result familiar to you?

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Yep I get that error once in awhile also.
Sometimes it is due to just doing things to fast.
Other times the system is just not keeping up correctly.
Make sure you do the basic stuff every week for awhile
Cleaning up temp files
defrag the system
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