computer crashing, especially when playing videos
Posted 18 April 2012 - 01:44 AM
Posted 18 April 2012 - 06:34 AM
You have sent screenshots of ALL entries. I asked you to send screenshot of those that were check marked.
HOWEVER that is partly my error, as I failed to notice that you have configured selective startup
Go back to msconfig, on the screenshot in your post 29 - that is the screen it opens on, click the entry Normal startup.
Click Apply and OK
Reboot the computer
Go back to msconfig, click the Startup tab and then send me the screnshot please of the entries that are check marked. that is the ones with the green tick in the box to the left of the entry
Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:10 AM
Posted 18 April 2012 - 10:17 AM
YOUR printer is installed twice one on usb port 1 and once on usb port 2.
ONE you will see is default printer
Go Control Panel Printers and uninstall the entry for the HP Laser that is NOT listed as the default printer.
PrintersHP LaserJet 4P (Default Printer)Printer
Port: USB001Print Processor: WinPrintAvailability: AlwaysPriority: 1Duplex: NonePrint Quality: 600 * 600 dpi MonochromeStatus: UnknownDriverDriver Name: HP LaserJet 4P (v6.00)Driver Path: C:\WINDOWS\System32\spool\DRIVERS\W32X86\3\UNIDRV.DLL
HP LaserJet 4P (Copy 1)Printer
Port: USB002Print Processor: WinPrintAvailability: AlwaysPriority: 1Duplex: NonePrint Quality: 600 * 600 dpi MonochromeStatus: UnknownDriverDriver Name: HP LaserJet 4P (v6.00)Driver Path: C:\WINDOWS\System32\spool\DRIVERS\W32X86\3\UNIDRV.DLL
YOU had two printers listed, one on USB port 001 the default printer and the same pirnter still shown as installed on usb port 002
What I think has happened is that at sometinme you have changed the connection from the printer to the usb port and put the cable into another usb port.
Therefore.whenever your print command went to the printer on the usb port where it was NOT then connected the print comand would fail.
If you now have the printer connected and shown and it is not working simply click uninstall and then reboot and it will reinstall.
YOU need one printer for that HP shown as default printer.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 10:34 AM
Posted 18 April 2012 - 11:13 AM
Use the Control Panel Add/Remove programs to start with.
In case you ever decide you want to return to using it, ensure you have the necessary product key, license key or whatever it is called.
I can assure you that this program, far from doing anything to enahnce your computers performance is in fact doing a very good job at degrading the performance by running so many pointless checks on your system.
2.I also recommend you uninstall Copernic Desktop Search service - that is not as URGENT as IOBit ASC which is without doubt slowing your system down - and IMHO should never be reinstalled, but if you can uninstall copernic we can then be assured that it is not this that is causing the problem.
It will NOT be Copernic itself, but its interaction with other programs installed.
Once we have the system right, you can then if you wish reinstall Copernic and see what happens.
3. You have Secunia PSI installed, an excellent program - go into the settings screen and uncheck scan on boot.
Leave the other setings on default.
4. You have McAfee Security scan installed, VERY LIKELY installed with an Adobe update and you failed to see that you had the option to UNCHECK the offered McAfee before installing the Adobe.
Do not take this as an insult PLEASE, many many people fail to notice the offered toolbars, search providers and the security scans offered with many products. Usually it is a question of opting out rather than opting in.
Uninstall it please
WOULD you please start with this and I will post more after I have dined, her who must be obeyed has just called.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 11:33 AM
I have reason to suspect that you are infected. PLEASE NOTE - it is ONLY my suspicion. I am NOT qualified to say either way
PLEASE understand that I am NOT qualified to deal with Malware.
Although I am a Staff member, only CERTIFIED Malware advisors may deal with such matters.
This is to ensure you receive the best advice.
My suspicion arises from this in your Speccy log.
and I immediately recognised it as something which raises concern
Please see this section
Main artifacts: Browser toolbar installed and home page set
Main install vector: Surreptitious install by affiliate with little or no notice to user.
Company behind all this: Zugo Services Ltd of London
For me to continue to advise now that I have found this is NOT in your best interests.
Neither are you well advised to attempt your own removal
Would you please go here and start a new topic in Malware.
Please post the requested OTL log.
Please also provide a link in your post in Malware forum, to this topic HERE, so that my colleague in Malware can see what has been done.
When you then have a clean bill of health, it may be that the Malware specialist will ask you to come back here to continue with the general Tech approach to improve the performance of the computer.
Good luck and I have enjoyed working with you.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 12:31 PM
a thought -- I am very tempted to save all my data (actually it's already saved) and reformat my hard drive and install Windows 7 Professional and get a fresh start, so to speak
what do you think of that strategy?
thanks again for your help
Posted 18 April 2012 - 03:21 PM
Posted 18 April 2012 - 03:56 PM
The answer is unfortunately, no I cannot, as once I have made the decision, that it is correct to refer you to Malware, all help on this forum must cease.
The reason for that is, that any steps I now take can POSSIBLY serve to run the risk of
1. Making the job of the Malware Tech harder
2. Placing your data, at risk and the threat posed by the Malware - if indeed you are infected - at risk of being spread further across the file systems of the computer
Sorry but please do be assured that these rules are for your good.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 05:22 PM
will the Malware Dept. help me, even if I can't run OTL first? I'm assuming my desktop will eventually tire of crashing and I will be able to get back on it
Posted 18 April 2012 - 05:31 PM
If it does and you get the chance do what it appears you did before and disable all startup items and after hiding microsoft services all services.
I did not ask you to do that and did not realise you had until you sent the screenshots
There is a chance that you DID NOT do that and it was done by that Advanced System Care as it mentions optimization of the computer.
I do not know what the ASC does as I would not even think of using it. - even to test it on one my two spare computers.
If you then get chance post the OTL if you cannot add to your post that you cannot include the OTL for the reason given here.
PLEASE be aware that from what I saw of your screenshots you sent you had or something had disabled your avg AV insofar as it was not checked on startup - you would I presume have had an indication from the AVG icon on the taskbar
Posted 20 April 2012 - 09:22 AM
it seems that Reimage Repair totally knocked out my ability to connect to the Internet in the middle of "fixing" my computer. I see no other reasonable choice.
Thanks for your help
Posted 20 April 2012 - 10:16 AM
Well I am sorry about that - but it is NOT an attempted remedy that I would have ever suggested
Good luck with it please come back if you need to.
I use win 7 professional.
As soon as you have it running make your system image and your repair disc
It is a very smooth operation on windows 7.