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Internet Explore on Windows XP extremely slow, hangs often [Solved]


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Hi Dakeyras. I am in the process of downloading the updates identified by filehippo. However, it has also identified certail BETA updates. Would you like me to install these updates as well? Here are the programmes for which the BETA updates are available:

Adobe Air 3.6.0.5390 Beta

Firefox 18.0 Beta 6

Flash Player 11.6.602.108 Beta (IE)

Flash Player 11.6.602.108 Beta (Non-IE)

Google Chrome 25.0.1364.5 Dev

Thank you!!
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No need to install any beta updates as they will still be in the test phase and not fully stable etc. :)
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Hi Dakeyras. All done!! I have updated all the updates that FileHippo found. Is this it? Cant thank you enough for your help.
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Hi. :)

Cant thank you enough for your help.

You're most welcome!

All done!! I have updated all the updates that FileHippo found. Is this it?

Good and aye that should be it, providing there are no further issues remaining ? Just let me know in your next reply please.

Next:

Delete your current version of OTL and then empty the Recycle Bin. Then download a new copy from here and save to the desktop.

Reason being the version you have is out of date and it is better to use the latest in due course when we remove all tools used during the malware removal process etc.
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Thanks! Everything is working perfect and I have noticed no issues at all. Also, I have also updated the OTL as you instructed.

Thanks!
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Hi. :)

Thanks! Everything is working perfect and I have noticed no issues at all. Also, I have also updated the OTL as you instructed.

Good and you're welcome!

Next:

Congratulations your computer appears to be malware free!

Now I have some tasks for your good self to carry out as part of a clean up process and some advice about online safety.

Importance of Regular System Maintenance:

I advice you read both of the below listed topics as this will go a long way to keeping your Computer performing well.

Help! My computer is slow!

Also so is this:

What to do if your Computer is running slowly <-- This topic is temp unavailable but should be back up soon.

Reset SR Points/Clean up with OTL:

  • Double-click OTL to start the program.
  • Copy the lines from the codebox to the clipboard by highlighting ALL of them and pressing CTRL + C (or, after highlighting, right-click and choose Copy):
:Commands
[ClearAllRestorePoints]
  • Return to OTL, right-click in the Custom Scans/Fixes window (under the cyan bar) and choose Paste.
  • Then click the red Run Fix button.
  • Let the program run unhindered. When finished click on OK and close the log that appears.
  • Note: I do not need to review the log produced.
  • Now close all other programs apart from OTL as this step will require a reboot.
  • On the OTL main screen, depress the CleanUp button.
  • Say Yes to the prompt and then allow the program to reboot your computer.
The above process will flush old System Restore points and create a new clean one. It should also clean up and remove the vast majority of scanners used and logs created etc.

Any left over merely delete yourself and empty the Recycle Bin.

Now some advice for on-line safety:

Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware:

This is a excellent application and I advise you keep this installed. Check for updates and run a scan once at least once per week.

Other installed security software:

Your presently installed security application, Microsoft Security Essentials automatically checks for updates and downloads/installs them with every system reboot and or periodically if the machine is left running providing a internet connection is active.

I advise you also run a complete scan with this also at least once per week.

Erunt:

Emergency Recovery Utility NT, I advice you keep this installed as a means to keep a complete backup of your registry and restore it when needed.

Myself I would actually create a new back up once per week as this along with System Restore may prove to be invaluable if something unforeseen occurs!

Keep your system updated:

I do advise visiting Windows Update periodically as Microsoft releases patches for Windows and other products regularly.

Plus check Automatic Updates is enabled.

Be careful when opening attachments and downloading files:

Never open email attachments, not even if they are from someone you know. If you need to open them, scan them with your antivirus program before opening.
Never open emails from unknown senders.
Beware of emails that warn about viruses that are spreading, especially those from antivirus vendors. These email addresses can be easily spoofed. Check the antivirus vendor websites to be sure.
Be careful of what you download. Only download files from known sources. Also, avoid cracked programs. If you need a particular program that costs too much for you, try finding free alternatives on Sourceforge or Pricelessware.

Stop malicious scripts:

Windows by default allow scripts (which is VBScript and JavaScript) to run and some of these scripts are malicious. Use Noscript by Symantec or Script Defender by AnalogX to handle these scripts.

Avoid Peer to Peer software:

P2P may be a great way to get lots of seemingly freeware, but it is a great way to get infected as well. There's no way to tell if the file being shared is infected. Worse still, some worms spread via P2P networks, infecting you as well. My advice is avoid these types of software applications.

Hosts File:

A Hosts file is like a phone book. You look up someone's name in the phone book before calling him/her. Similarly, your computer will look up the website's IP address before you can view the website.

Hosts file will replace your current Hosts file with another one containing well-known advertisement sites, spyware sites and other bad sites. This new Hosts file will protect you by re-directing these bad sites to 127.0.0.1.

Here are some Hosts files:

Only use one of the above!

Consider installing WinPatrol:

WinPatrol alerts you about possible system hijacks, malware attacks and critical changes made to your computer without your permission.

Download it from here.

You can find information about how WinPatrol works here.

Next:

This is a very helpful/useful set of advice from Microsoft: Microsoft Safety & Security Center

Any questions? Feel free to ask, if not stay safe!
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Thank you sir. I will try my best to follow the safeguards you have recommended. Thanks again and wish you a very happy new year!!
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You're most welcome and likewise! :)
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Since this issue appears to be resolved ... this Topic has been closed. Glad we could help. :)

If you're the topic starter, and need this topic reopened, please contact a staff member with the address of the thread.

Everyone else please begin a New Topic.
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