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System Too Slow

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I use XP Home SP2. My system has become slow. The CPU usage is always 100%. It takes ages to open small applications.

Can anyone please help this thing come back to normal??


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Please go to the malware forum and follow the instructions at the top....Especially the CLICK HERE .

That will give you several steps that will help you clean up 70 percent of all problems by yourself. If at the end of the process you are still having difficulty--and you may not be-- then post a hijackthis log in THAT forum.

If you are still having problems after getting a clean bill of health from the malware expert, please return to this thread.
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If your system checks out clean of malware, can you do a System Restore to before the problem started? Did you recently install any new software or hardware?

If you bring up the task manager, can you identify the process(es) that seem to using all your CPU resources? In the Device Manager, are there any error symbols or question marks?

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If you get a clean bill of health from the Malware forum, follow up with some housecleaning as we always say. Run the disk cleanup utility and take out the trash, run chkdsk and if the drive is fragmented run the disk defragmenter as this will surly help inprove speed. Also keep the startup list light.
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