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Computer Runs Slowly, Icons flash on start up


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Hi:

My computer is slow, and the Icons on the start-up page flash at least three times on start-up. I have Spydoctor, Lavaware, and Registry Mechanic. Also have lastest McAfee Anti Virus.

Have run all of these in both regular and safe mode. No results so far. Any help apreciated.

Thanks,

Keith

Edited by paxwax, 28 January 2006 - 06:51 PM.

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Run disc clean up and then disc defragmenter

Download, install and run Tune Up 2006 Trial

Click start then run, type prefetch then press enter, click edit then select all, right click any file then click delete, confirm delete.

Run Tune Up disc clean up

Run Tune Up registry clean up

Click optimize and improve to run Reg Defrag, the screen will lose colour during the process which can take a few minutes and then needs a reboot

Those will have cleared the drive of obsolete software errors

These are suggestions for making the most of the free trial

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to optimize the computer, select computer with an internet connection from the drop down menu, this also requires a reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to accelerate downloads, select the speed just above your actual connection speed, this requires a reboot.

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to run system advisor

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Hi:

I've tried your suggestions but the Icons still flash on start-up. The computer is quite slow. Again any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Keith
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The flashing icons at start up, or when you close a programme is not so unusal

Is McAfee set to scan the PC when windows loads, that would slow things up
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Hi: MCAfee is not set to scan the computer on start-up. We only use McAfeee to scan for visuses.

Thanks again for your help.

Keith
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Can you right click the taskbar, click task manager, click processes to see which programmes are using what

Look for programmes you have closed to see if they are still running
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Hi:

Nothing running that was previously closed. Would it help to run hijackthis and post the log?

Thanks,
Keith
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Run through this in case it is malware

Please go here:

Malware Removal Guide

Run all the programmes as advised then post a current Hijack This Log in a new topic in the Malware Forum

For the purpose of accurate malware analysis, Hijack This Logs are only dealt with in the Malware Forum. Posting them anywhere else will result in a delayed response

If you are unable to run any of the programmes, ask for advice in the Malware Forum

You can also look through this

Click start then run, type sfc /scannow then press enter, you will need the XP CD

System File Check will display an onscreen blue progress bar, when the bar goes, reboot.

Click start then run, type chkdsk /f /r then press enter, type Y to confirm for next boot, press enter then reboot.

Windows will appear to load normally then either the monitor will show progress or the screen will go blank, do not disturb this. This will take an hour or so before it gets to the desktop.


Click start, all programmes, accessories, system tools to run disc clean up, click more options then clean up restore points, click confirm, click OK. Then from system tools, run disc defragmenter.

Click start then run, type prefetch then press enter, click edit then select all, right click any file then click delete, confirm delete, then reboot

When it gets to the desktop, the system files and the hard drive will be as they should and you can check for any improvement

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Hi:

Just wanted to say thanks for all of your help. Computer is working well now.

Keith
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Thank You for letting me know
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