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New HD, but pc so slow...


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Hi. I've just installed a new 40Gig HD, but find the pc is running very slowly, or at least the internet is.

It's a new-ish PC; P4 2.8, 512 Ram etc.
But for some reason it is just running very slowly now. I have hardly any programmes installed on it yet. Pages take 60-90 seconds or more to load.

One thing I do notice in Windows Task manager is that the CPU usage is at 100% all the time. <_<

Before you ask, I have nothing new installed other than the HD! In fact havent even installed Norton, MS Works or anything else yet.

Thanks

KC
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Do you have DMA enabled?

http://www.cdrlabs.c...opic.php?t=7625
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Two things to report tonight.

1 When I turned on the pc the following opened up in the form of a web page:

c:\open.html - Microsoft Internet Explorer

2 Immediately the cpu usage is 100%. Under processes, here are the figures I found ( I presume percentages ??) :

System varied between 0-2
svchost.exe (User: Network Service) " " 05-19
taskmgr.exe " " 02

AND
xwinrpc.32.exe " " 81--92

So whatever that is it seems to be the culprit.

Also, when I installed the HD and then XP, I had to install the drivers and devices from the blue CD (this is a dell pc). In device manager I found 4 or 5 items with the big yellow question mark. Some of these I had to install from the Dell cd (graphics, modem etc). they had to be clicked on, extracted and installed from the Dell cd. I may have extracted and installed something I shouldnt have, I dont know. The sound card I installed from the soundblaster cd. I dont know if this is relevant or not.

Perhaps I should just reformat the drive. Everything is slow, I click on links and cannot find server come up, I refresh and the page loads ok. Its all very messy!

Even as I write, I have checked Task Manager and CPU usage is suddenly around 4%--5% !
And xwinrpc.32.exe is at 00 !! Whats going on...!? BTW, its still running slow esp on internet.

Kevin
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xwinrpc.32.exe seems to be some tyoe of randomonly named malware. Let us take a closer look at what is running on your PC. We'll need you to use a free diagnostic tool (HiJackThis) and post a log back here with the results.

Click the HijackThis Guide in my signature, download it and follow the instructions in the guide.

Most of what it lists will be harmless or even essential, DO NOT delete or modify anything yet! Someone will be along to tell you what steps to take after you post the contents of the scan results.
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