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real sluggish system.


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Bigbear28

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Hi Geeks,
Gotta Dell 490 Xeon 3.2 ghz,3.25 ram running XP pro, 210gb free space on harddrive.
System has gotten real sluggish lately,takes forever sometimes for icons to appear on startup.
I've attached copy of autoruns.
Any thoughts most appreciated.
Cheers,Bigbears.Attached File  AutoRuns.txt   29.63KB   21 downloads
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Ztruker

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You have a lot of "security" software installed.

Zonealarm
Spybot
SUPERAntiSpyware
Kaspersky

There is also a lot of Window MovieMaker software installed. Not sure how much is active though.

How does it behave if you boot to Safe Mode with Networking? If better then something is starting at boot that is causing the problem.

Advanced startup options - XP
Advanced startup options - Vista
Advanced startup options - Windows 7

Use msconfig to determine what is causing the problem

These are good tutorials on using msconfig in XP, Vista or Windows 7:
How to use msconfig in Windows XP
How to use msconfig in Windows Vista
How to use msconfig in Windows 7

Click on Start then Run, type msconfig and press Enter.
Click on the Startup tab, record what is currently starting then click the Disable All button.
Reboot and see if it runs better.
If yes then use msconfig to enable several items at a time till you find the culprit.

If no, start msconfig and click on the Services tab.
Check the Hide All Microsoft Services box, record what is currently starting then click the Disable All button.
Again, do a regular boot, see if it runs normal.
If yes then use msconfig to enable services till you find the culprit.

Once you've found the culprit, uninstall it or find out how to eliminate it from your system. Simply disabling it in msconfig is a temporary fix at best.
Enable everything else you disabled.
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happyrock

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sorry about jumping in here but...

just want to add that I have several systems recently that had both Zone alarm and Spybot S&D...and were bogged down...uninstalled both and the speed came back...
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Bigbear28

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Thanks guys,
I have removed Zone Alarm now things are running smooth again.
Can you recommend a lite Antivirus??
Cheers,Bigbear.
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Ztruker

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Microsoft Security Essentials is what I use.
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