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horizonatdawn

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My Desktop is very slow a lot of the time. I read the post started on 10/21/12 with similar symptoms and thought I'd see if you guys can help.

I just worked with MBAM for a few days. The person I worked with found a root kit and then everything was ok with combofix scan. That's not the complete sequence of events but you get the idea. The problem is not fixed but my system is clean so I thought I'd see if I can get some help from you guys.

I have a HP I-7 with 9GB ram Nvidia GTX 260.. 880GB disk with 128GB free, 0% fragmented. I've had this system for about a year and it usually runs just fine.. For the last couple of weeks, it runs very very slowly. It takes a long time to boot. When I load something like "Word" the "working circle" stays for a long time while the program loads. If I look at a folder in explorer I get the same thing. Looking at Task Manager applications tab, I see that sometimes the application is not responding. After a bit it responds again.

So, I took the side off the case and made sure it's cool and it is. I vacuum the inside once a month. The HP diags run fine (test memory, disk etc.). I haven't loaded any programs that would have caused this intermittent problem that I can think of.

That's all I can think of.

Please let me know how to proceed.

Many thanks in advance,

Rich
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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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Thanks,

I'll be working on your suggestions and report back.

Rich
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So, I thought you'd like an update.

Thanks immensely for the info on Autoruns, pacs-portal and netsquirrel (led to them indirectly with your link). I've learned a bunch and I can't believe I've been running so many start up programs. Services also.

I'm about halfway through reading the database of start up items on pacs-portal and enabling or not, determined by my newly found smarts.

Can we keep this open for a while longer so I can finish and give you a final thumbs up? Just in case I run into a problem...

Thanks again!

Rich
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We don't close threads as a rule unless they are old and people start posting in them then, so no problem, it will be here when you are ready.
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