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Random Freezing/Extreme Slowdown - XP

Q: Random Freezing/Extreme Slowdown - XP

Currently when using my computer it will either seemingly randomly freeze, forcing me to restart it, switch to a black screen for several seconds then continue functioning extremely slowly, or the screen and box will just fail completely, and even though there's power still running through it, nothing shows or happens.

Using an Intel Pentium 4, 3.20GHz
2BG of RAM
Radeon X600 PRO.

I scanned for Viruses etc., and cleaned/quarantined whatever it found, but didn't help.

Any suggestions?

Preferred Solution: Random Freezing/Extreme Slowdown - XP

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

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A: Random Freezing/Extreme Slowdown - XP

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My father in law's Toshiba Satellite 2.5 ghz with Windows XP Home has been causing him problems. He had Norton complaining that he has a Trojan. He ran a flurry of antivirus/malware software without apparent success (he uninstalled all antivirus/malware software since, including the logs). I've ran the Norton removal tool, turned off every startup program in msconfig, installed Microsoft Security Essentials, ran it only finding cookies, disabled cd emulation software with defogger (didn't need to restart after so I guess none was installed). The internet is disconnected (pulled out usb wifi adapter).
Microsoft Security essentials real-time protection disabled during all scans.
DDS gets 51 colons in and freezed, I left it alone for 20 mins without any more progress, mouse still moves with busy cursor but nothing is clickable and there is no hard drive activity, had to hard reset.
Ran rkill which closed my explorer windows and the resulting log shows nothing was terminated, ran DDS again and the same thing, get far then no more progress, no hdd activity and I had to manually power off/on again.
Ran GMER and it freezes after I click scan showing Sections: C:/WINDOWS/system32/drivers/ftdisk.sys.

Rebooted into safe mode, logged in as the normal user.
DDS did the same thing again, looks like its complete then hangs the computer.
Ran GMER from safemode again and this time it get stuck after I hit scan showing Sections: C:/WINDOWS/system32/ntoskrnl.exe.
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A:extreme slowdown, "random" freezes

you can close this now, reinstalled windows, all the programs and restored all backups faster than it took to do one virus scan.

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Hello, the past few days my computer gets random periods of slowdown and it happens quite frequently. The lag can last from 5 seconds to several minutes and every click takes 10 seconds to complete. I did a virus scan, turned off all unnecessary services and startup programs, defrag, cleaned computer with ccleaner, uninstalled all unnecessary programs and cleaned the registry. It seemed to help with the performance a little bit but the problem still persists. My computer stays cool, but but 4 years old. I think it might be the hard drive.

Windows 7 64 bit
AMD Athlon X4 620
4 GB ram
Geforce GTX 480

A:Random periods of extreme slowdown

This does sound conducive of a drive issue as the drive struggles to read bad sectors. When you experience the lag, does your drive LED (or "activity LED") on your PC get solid, as if to say your drive is working overtime? If so, that's a clear indicator of drive failure.

If you wish, you can use Seatools to test the drive, running all tests except the advanced ones. Also run a diskcheck on your partitions as instructed here. Before doing each either of these it's best to backup your data, as these tests will cause stress on the drive and if the drive is already on it deathbed then these tests will only exacerbate the issue and cause it to die quicker.

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Windows Vista Build 6002: Service Pack 2Dell Inspiron 530S Desktop PCMy computer has suddenly started moving very slowly. Suddenly as in right away and not gradually over time. I don't know what happened. Everything moves at a snail's pace. Opening programs takes a few minutes, and when they are opened they move slowly as well. Internet is slow. Start up is slow. Shutting down is slow. It took about five or six minutes just for the computer to turn off.I assume I downloaded something terrible. So, I went into safe mode, which itself still has slowdown problems, and used system restore to turn it back a couple days. No luck. I tried running a Microsoft Security Essentials scan, but after five minutes, it scanned exactly ONE file of thousands. Then, I used it in safe mode. It told me there was nothing wrong with my computer. I tried Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. Nothing. I tried Spybot Search and Destroy. It found some minor problems, but it did not fix the issue. I defragged the computer. No luck. I tried to restore it to an even earlier date. It did not solve the problem.I'm using a different computer to type this. No, I do not have the original disks. I'm stumped because all the things I would normally do to fix problems either don't work or can't work because the extreme slowdown makes them impossible to use. In safe mode, I can't even download certain programs (like AVG) that could help because some things won't install in safe mode. I can... Read more

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Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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I know i have WhenU installed on my pc, but it's not listed on the add or remove programs list.. also, when i use the internet, it's extremely slow even though i just restarted it 2 minutes ago. please look at this log and thank you!Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 12:22:45 PM, on 8/11/2005Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\csrss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgamsvr.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgupsvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\crypserv.exeC:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\nv... Read more

A:Help please, extreme slowdown

Welcome to the BleepingComputer forum. We are currently studying your log and will have instructions for you shortly. Thank you for your patience.I see that you have AVG7 and the Norton Internet Security Suite which contains an anti-virus program. Please read this:There are basically two types of anti-virus programs:On-Access and On-DemandOn-Access ScannersAs the name implies, it runs in the background all the time the PC is turned on and running. The main function of an on-access scanner is to monitor activity on your machine.On-Demand ScannersAs the name implies, are scanners that only run when you ask them to.Such as:Online Scans and scanners that run on your machine but are not actively scanning your machineAnti-virus programs take up an enormous amount of your computer's resources when they are actively scanning your computer. Having two anti-virus programs running at the same time can cause your computer to run very slow, become unstable and even, in rare cases, crash. I notice that you are using more than one anti-virus program. This is very dangerous, as multiple anti-virus programs can interfere with one another and actually allow MORE viruses to get through. Running two anti-virus programs at the same time could lead to both of them trying to scan the same file at the same time, scan the same email at the same time and so on which could lead to conflicts. I strongly suggest you either (1) configure only one anti-virus program to enable automatic realtime scan... Read more

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Every since I reinstalled Windows about a month ago, I have been periodically experiencing extreme slowdowns that I can't resolve without restarting. They can get so bad that when I type something, it may not appear until a couple minutes later. These have occurred when very few or only one program was running (in the most recent case, just Firefox). Hitting ctrl+alt+del shows that the normal programs are taking up a lot more of the CPU than they usually do, and I don't see any unusual processes.
I am using Windows XP Pro SP2 with 1024 MB of RAM on a Dell Inspiron E1505. What are the possible causes of this kind of slowdown, and what could I do to fix it?
Also, Windows has been complaining sometimes that Virtual Memory Minimum is too low. I don't know if this is related or not.
Thanks in advance

A:Extreme slowdown

There are several things that can cause this.
The most obvious one is RAM memory. One gig is barely enough for XP.
It will run much better with TWO.
If you've done nothing to alter the Virtual memory (the Pagefile, on the HD) it will be 1.5x the size of your RAM.
More RAM = larger pagefile.

Next there is a well known HD failure mode that causes the HD to run exceedingly slow.

Things to try: (you may want to do these in SAFE mode)
run chkdsk /f
followed by a Defrag.

If those operations run really slow, in SAFE mode, the problem may be in the HD itself.

Also, some programs like Norton, can bring a decent computer right down to it's knees. If you have that program, disable it and try to use your PC again and see if there's any difference.

Good Luck,
The Shadow

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Recently my Windows Xp has been amazingly slow. I just recently reconnected my computer to the Internet and that is when the problem started, so I assume it is a virus/spyware/ect. I've ran CWShredder and it detects and deletes one file every time after start up, but the problems persist.

Here is the scan from Hijackthis if that helps:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 12:42:07 PM, on 10/15/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\Adaptec\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Hardware\Mouse\point32.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\Winamp\winampa.exe
C:\Program Files\Netscape\Netscape\Netscp.exe
C:\Program Files\WinZip\WZQKPICK.EXE
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Hijackthis\HijackThis.exe

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A:Extreme Slowdown with XP

Welcome to TSF.

You should have posted this in the HijackThis category. I will move it there now.

Please print out or copy this page to Notepad. Make sure to work through the fixes in the exact order it is mentioned below. If there's anything that you don't understand, ask your question(s) before proceeding with the fixes. You should not have any open browsers when you are following the procedures below.

Go to My Computer->Tools/View->Folder Options->View tab and make sure that 'Show hidden files and folders' (or 'Show all files') is enabled. Also make sure that Display the contents of System Folders' is checked. Windows XP's search feature is a little different. When you click on 'All files and folders' on the left pane, click on the 'More advanced options' at the bottom. Make sure that Search system folders, Search hidden files and folders, and Search subfolders are checked.

Turn off system restore by right clicking on My Computer and go to Properties->System Restore and check the box for Turn off System Restore. Click Apply and then OK. Restart your computer. After we are finished with your log file and verified that it's clean, you may turn it back on and create a new restore point.

Make sure to close any open browsers. Go into HijackThis->Config->Misc. Tools->Open process manager. Select the following and click Kill process for each one if they are still listed (they shouldn't be - but double check it):

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Hello,Before I start I would like to point out that I did read the "Slow Computer?" threads and followed the insturctions.Anyways, as stated in the title, my computer has drastically slowed down. The slowdown was very sudden and I am not sure what to do. Even my internet has slowed down (although it works fine on other PC's on the same network).It is a shared PC and so I cannot tell you what was going on around the time this started to happen, as I was not on it. I do know, however, that nothing significantly out of the ordinary was going on.I have ran an Malewarebytes' Anti-Malware scan, and an AVG scan. Both of them come up clean. When running a Spybot S&D scan, I get many errors like this:Error during check!Microsoft.Windows.RedirectedHosts [1 - $63CDFA57] (Out of memory)When the scan gets to this area (which is about 30% progress through the scan) the scan slows down immensly. At the moment, it is still scanning... and it is up to 495 errors, all the same as the one above.Other then the slow performance, there is nothing noticably wrong with the computer. I see no signs of any virus anything else that could be a problem.Other then removing a few services that were not required, and what I have mentioend above, I have not done anything esle to resolve this issue. I have no idea what to do or what could be wrong.Any help is greatly appreciated.

A:Extreme PC Slowdown

Have you added anything to the HOSTS file, used a Custom HOSTS file or used a security program which may have added entries to it? If so, then that is normal behavior and Spybot is just letting you know its been altered so you can investigate.Although malware can be responsible for altering the HOSTS file in an attempt to redirect your browser, it does not do so without infecting other areas of your system. There are several legitimate security programs like SpySweeper, STOPzilla, Spybot S&D, etc which can add entries to the HOSTS file and that action may be detected as a change. If you use Spybot's immunization facility the "Global (Hosts)" profile adds entries to the HOSTS file. If you downloaded and used a custom HOSTS file or made edits that too would trigger a change detection. If you did not make any changes or do not have security programs with these features, then you need to investigate what the changes are.This is an example HOSTS file.This is an example of the original HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Window. <- If your file looks like this then its not being usedThis is an example of a customized HOSTS file created by mvps.org. This is an example of a Editing a HOSTS fileAnything that appears in your HOSTS file without an # at the beginning, except from the " localhost" line, should be viewed with suspicion. Although malware can be responsible for altering the HOSTS file in an attempt to redirect your browser, it does... Read more

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Hey there, and thanks in advance for any help! Coupla weeks ago, firefox started acting wierd, so I followed a friends advice and went and got AVG to run a rootkit/av scan, and sure enough, 2 rootkits showed up, which I deleted.
"";"<unknown>";"IRP hook, \Driver\atapi DriverStartIo -> 0x86C9431B";"Object is inaccessible."
"";"MBR";"Rootkit.TDSS.TDL4";"Object is inaccessible."
I had AVG heal both of them, and on reboot, my computer slowed WAAAAY down. And it's getting progressively worse each boot up. I used TDSS killer since apparently I had it and it wasn't letting me post on here before, seems to be working now, but comp is still running really slow. I havn't noticed any of the other problems I've been having yet, just the slowdown. any help would be appreciated!
DDS (Ver_2011-06-23.01) - NTFSx86
Internet Explorer: 6.0.2900.3264 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_21
Run by Danny at 12:14:32 on 2011-06-26
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1022.392 [GMT -5:00]
AV: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2011 *Enabled/Updated* {17DDD097-36FF-435F-9E1B-52D74245D6BF}
AV: Norton 360 *Disabled/Outdated* {A5F1BC7C-EA33-4247-961C-0217208396C4}
FW: Norton 360 *Enabled*
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG10\avgchsvx.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG10\avgrsx.exe
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A:Extreme computer slowdown, pop ups, etc

Hello and Welcome to the forums! My name is Gringo and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems. Somethings to remember while we are working together.Do not run any other tool untill instructed to do so!Please Do not Attach logs or put in code boxes.Tell me about any problems that have occurred during the fix.Tell me of any other symptoms you may be having as these can help also.Do not run anything while running a fix.We apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.Click on the Watch Topic Button and select Immediate Notification and click on proceed, this will help you to get notified faster when I have replied and make the cleaning process faster.In order for me to see the status of the infection I will need a new set of logs to start with.Please print out or make a copy in notpad of any instructions given, as sometimes it is necessary to go offline and you will lose access to them.DeFogger: Please download DeFogger to your desktop.

Double click DeFogger to run the tool.
The application window will appear Click the Disable button to disable your CD Emulation drivers Click Yes to continue A 'Finished!' message will ap... Read more

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Hello! I have updated my System Profile.... My system has begun to respond very slowly...programs may take 5 to 10 seconds to launch, changing tabs in browser or quitting a program seems to take forever.

I have looked at what is starting up and looked some at Task Manager without seeing anything obvious.
I run Norton Security as well as Malware Bytes...have for some time and all ran fast and normally...(I know Norton can be resource intensive, but I like the coverage and it worked great for long time)...

I suspect issue may be related to Shockwave Flash plugin freezing often in Firefox...have updated the plugin 10/25/16. Norton checks the disks and optimizes them...I regularly run latest CCLeaner to clean out caches and log files and clean registry etc.

Any guidance appreciated!!

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Ok, Ive run countless utilities i.e AV, spyware scan, registry fixes, etc and tried to research this problem to no avail. Hoping someone else has run into this problem and knows the fix.

Everytime I use windows uninstall or installer for that matter, I experience extreme slowdown.
It takes forever to actually uninstall any program. The computer is unusable until I get fed up and hope to get the process manager and end it prematurly so I can regain control.

Dial a fix program had a section that actually stopped the service, uninstalled the windows installler and reregistered and restarted it, but that did not fix it.

Any help would be appreciated.

I would prefer not to hear an answer of reinstalling windows as that is the most obvious answer but will have to be left as a very last resort.

A:XP uninstaller extreme slowdown

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It seems like the processing speed of my computer is slowing down; everything from start up to running online games, and even just browsing the internet.
The slow down is like there's too many programs running... even when there's only usually 2 going (msn and my online game), besides my standard background programs (zone alarm, pc-cillin, sound, video and asusprob system monitoring; all which are normal) and this has never slowed my computer down in the past year, only this past month; so it sounds like I have something hiding, running in the background that shouldn't be there.
Restarting the computer doesn't fix it (so it's not the ram needing to be cleared from leaving my online game running too long)

Edit: Also, when I ctrl+alt+del to kill something, and I click end process in the applications tab; the only way to finally kill it is to go into the processes tab and kill something called dumprep.exe

So, HijackThis file (which was also rather slow running):

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 10:41:11 PM, on 20/03/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\ewido\ewido anti-spyware 4.0\guard.exe
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Hey everyone, I'm having some major trouble with my PC. When I got it it was working fine, however about 3-4 months ago it decided to slow down significantly. It is only recently that games get around 2-3 FPS and I have to start up my computer around 2 to 3 times and wait around 15minutes for it to boot properly.

I have tried the following steps:
-Uninstalling Antivira(sp?) and re-installing my Trend Anti Virus (full version)
Explanation on this: Trend Anti Virus had a problem in making my computer slow(er) to boot, so I just disabled it with msconfig on startup and start it up manually now. My computer was having extreme startup and FPS problems prior to this.
-Running my Trend anti Virus and Webroot Spy Sweeper regularly... no results found, except 9-10 or so "threatening" cooking. Ran both in normal boot mode and Safe Mode. Safe Mode found a bit more than normal.
-Took my laptop vents to a can of air. Both CPU core temps run at 51-54degrees... Whenever I run a game (and presumably at start-up) I get 100%CPU usage.
-"Updated" my drivers. I uninstalled my 9800M GTS drivers and reinstalled the 177.70vista64 version. Whether this was a smart move or not I don't know, but I didn't notice a change in my system performance.
-De fragmented my C and D drive... Didn't seem to help.
-Ran CC cleaner, but not on my Registry.

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A:[SOLVED] Extreme slowdown of PC

Get Tune-Up Utilities 2009, Run the 1-Click Maintenance; get NOD32 and scan for viruses using that; I strongly suggest that you find another anti-spyware solution other than webroot (in the past, webroot severly slowed my PC until I uninstalled it - my PC did indeed take 15 minutes to boot up with it installed).

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Im running on a
AMD64 3200+
Asus K8N-E
Iv never had any type of slowdown or major problem with this comp up to this point, but 2 days ago the entire machine became incredibly slow.
On examining the CPU usage i discovered that it was at a constant 100% usage for about 80seconds and then down to 2-20% for 10seconds in a repeating pattern.Of course during this 100% usage the computer is fully useless, for example 80seconds of video will play but you can only see about 3 frames and hear scattered music,even typing this now is laggy,that little barfing smile to the right takes about 30seconds to throw up and over that time i see some frames lasts over 6seconds!
I have fully defragmented .scanned for viruses and even cleaned the inside for dust with zero effect.
This is a gigantic problem for me right now and any help would be much appreciated

A:HELP! Instant extreme slowdown

try posting a hijak this log file

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Hello all--

My desktop started freaking out this morning. It's never had this problem before, and I couldn't find another problem on the forum that was exactly comparable. I'm running Windows Vista. See detailed specs at the end of the post.

--Boots up without any noticeable problems until after the initial Windows loading screen. Then it slows down dramatically. It spends about 5 minutes with a blank screen before Windows actually shows up. Takes another 10-15 minutes before Windows loads completely and desktop icons are visible.
--I can actually use various programs, but oftentimes "Windows Explorer" will time out, and prompt me to end the program. Programs alternate between long wait times and normal functioning.
--Has trouble recognizing secondary hard drives. Sometimes it will show them. Other times it won't.
--Has trouble with internet connections. Sometimes it will recognize the Ethernet connection and sometimes it won't.

Things I've tried:
--Tried booting into safe mode to see if the problem occurred. It did.
--Tried System Restore, but didn't change anything.
--Tried using the Windows install disc to "repair" the installation; however, it seemed to experience the same slowdown loading up the install disc and I was unable to get to the repair function.
--I'm running Memtest right now on an Ubuntu "live" DVD. No problems so far.

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A:Extreme Computer Slowdown

Hi try running sfc /scannow and chkdsk/r

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For the past few months I've been having quite a few memory related issues. My specs then where a 3.0ghz Dual core pentium D processor, 1GB RAM, Geforce 7800GTX 512MB video card and a 600 Watt Power supply. Things where good then. After that my dad went and bought 2 gigs of memory, which he couldn't use. I took it off of him and for the remaining 6 months that I left it in my computer I would get the occasional blue screen. (I removed the old RAM). Most often I would get it while watching flash animation like Youtube but at other times it would just happen out of the blue. I ran hardware diagnostics on all my components and everything came up clear. So now, about 3 weeks ago, I replaced the 2Gigs of memory with two 2gig sticks of corsair gaming memory. Of course, after that all the blue screening stopped but now if I have firefox up, a flash program, or simple minimizing, the computer slows down dramastically. If there is audio playing, (like my zune player) it gets really sluggish. I know the memory isn't bad but I can't quite tell what's causing this system slowdown.

Also, I'm using 32bit Windows XP, knowing full well that 32 bit only picks up 3 gigs but I'm keeping the extra for when I update. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

A:Extreme system slowdown

Make sure that 3Gig Max installed only
Run CCleaner
Then a CheckDisk

Manual steps to run Chkdsk from My Computer or Windows Explorer

Open My Computer, and then right-click the hard disk that you want to check.
Click Properties, and then click Tools.
Under Error-checking, click Check Now. A dialog box that shows the Check disk options is displayed
Use one of the following procedures:

? To run Chkdsk in read-only mode, click Start.
? To repair errors without scanning the volume for bad sectors, select the Automatically fix file system errors check box, and then click Start. (tick)
? To repair errors, locate bad sectors, and recover readable information, select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box.

Note If one or more of the files on the hard disk are open, you will receive the following message:

The disk check could not be performed because the disk check utility needs exclusive access to some Windows files on the disk. These files can be accessed by restarting Windows. Do you want to schedule the disk check to occur the next time you restart the computer?Click to expand...

Click Yes to schedule the disk check, and then restart your computer to start the disk check.

Wait until Chkdsk finishes Checking / Repairing any faults
Windows will then either restart your computer or continue loading Normally.

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Hello, recently on my Dell Inspiron laptop, has come to a gridning halt. I boot up and within a minute the desktop freezes and I am forced to restart. HOWEVER, when I turn off all the services through msconifg, it runs just fine. My specs are Intel Core Duo Processor(2.40 GHZ), 4 Gigs of ram, and a crappy integrated intel graphics card. Also, as an additional question, does anyone know the service that needs to be run so that wireless networks will be shown under the Wireless Zero Configuration screen for wireless networks? Before it would just autoconnect to the first network it found, but when I went to go select another one, it told me no wireless networks were in range even though I was connected. Thank you for all the help!

A:Extreme Windows XP slowdown

hate to bump this but this is really god damn annoying!

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About a month before this all began I put a fresh install of windows XP on my Desktop and everything was running perfectly soothly. I was playing a game for a while when it froze. It had happened before, and after trying to get back to windows I was forced to reset the computer. From that point on, the boot process which would take maybe 45 seconds now takes at least 5 min, and thats only to get to the logon screen. Once I logon it takes a very very long time to get to windows, which runs so imbossibly slow that any usage is nearly impossible. Same thing happens in safe mode. I don't know where to start, and with windows running so slow I can't fumble around pointlessly trying to troubleshoot. Any ideas?

-I can't think of anything changed from when it was working fine to when it started running slowly. No new programs for a while, no new updates, etc.
-My specs are as follows:
-AMD Athlon 64 2800+
-MSI K8N Neo Platinum Mother Board (nForce 3)
-1GB of DDR 400 RAM
-eVGA GeForce 6800
-Maxtor 250GB HDD
-Pioneer slot-loading DVD drive
-Plextor CD-RW

A:Extreme Windows Slowdown

i would uninstall that game and revert your hard drive if possible (press f8 reapeadedly at start up and select last known good configuration) if that doesnt work reformat and dont install the game again.

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I'm new here but I've heard this is a very helpful place so I'm wondering if you can help me with this issue. I'm having problems with extreme slowdown when ever i do pretty much anything from right clicking to opening a window, it has also been freezing randomly every 4-5 sec's and sometimes blue screening. Often when it freezes it get a pop up saying, Shockwave flash has crashed. What should i post to help you help me. I've also recently been having what i assume are ad popping up on random words. Like it looks like a link and it just show's a popup when i mouse over. I have ran a scan of my computer and have cleared my cache and nothing has worked.

OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2310M CPU @ 2.10GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8139 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family, -250 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 452999 MB, Free - 112609 MB;
Motherboard: TOSHIBA, Portable PC
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated and Enabled

A:Extreme slowdown and Flash crashing

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I am aware that is a common issue, and i have looked it up previously before posting. However, i am still unsure on what is causing the problem.

Firefox takes about 1-3mins to open up after starting my computer and every page about 15-30s. My internet connection is 12mb/s, so no raw speed problems there. I know it's not my computer, because Firefox is blazing fast on other users on my computer. I did delete 5 months of browsing history, as that was a bit much i think. I have only 5 add-ons, do it isn't that either. I don't want to delete any cookies, as i cant remember my passwords. hopefully, that's not where my problem lies
Perhaps i have to delete some folders, but i don't want to do that without knowing that it's safe, which i am sure you can all understand.

Thank you very much in advance!

A:Solved: Fixefox Extreme slowdown

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My PC slowed down very hard lately. Sometimes it isn't just slow , sometimes it's lazy: When I open a program my CPU is idle for a few seconds then it opens all the programs I clicked. But the main problem is that it has become very slow, whenever I ALT-TAB out of a game it takes huge amounts of time (minutes) instead of less than a second (as it used to be), and sometimes the PC even stucks.

My PC:
AMD Athlon64 3500+
2x512MB RAM
ATI Radeon X800 XT

I have some suspicions though; I did the clean up your disk thingy from windows once , and it compressed some 'old' files , including windows' files. I cannot seem to find how to decompress them all at once instead of one by one. It also had something about indexing that is said to be slowing down my PC too , but I guess I can undo that in the same program as the compressed files.
I also have one Virusscanner: AVG Free (Some of the most lightweight virusscanners) and no firewall. There are also some Services like ATI Catalyst center that (I think) slow down my PC too , they also include Quicktime, MSN, Java, ... Is there any program to clean up or explain all services (like Uretopia's WhatProcess or something) , both for the services and Windows temporary files that have been left behind etc.

Alot of things can be done here though Google didn't help me (It is still slow).
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Recently for the last couple of months my 'XP Home' computer has been experiencing extremely bad 'lag' and slowdown.

Basically every so often while surfing the web (using Firefox usually), chatting on MSN Messenger or just opening a program off the desktop my mouse pointer will either start to drag at an extremely slow rate or the pointer will be normal except opening/closing a program, scrolling an internet page etc. will take an extremely long time.

For example, while experiencing this slowdown and actually writing this message it takes up to 30 seconds for each character to display.

The weird thing is that after turning the computer off for 24 hours it becomes fine and experiences no slowdown for a week. A system restore also sometimes helps to delay the slowdown for a week.

Other times after completing a manual shutdown using the power button while experiencing this slowdown my computer will hang at a black screen after the windows logo (loading screen).

My windows installation is around about 2 years old and I have been using ccleaner usually twice per week. I have from anywhere between 33 - 55processes running at a time and while experiencing the slowdown the CPU USAGE graph 'flatlines' at 100%. At times the slowdown goes away after without me having to turn it off and wait.

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A:Extreme Hang/Slowdown (XP HOME)

Heres a 'Hijack this' log of my computer. On another note the process which takes up 98 - 100% of the CPU is named 'System' with all the others taking up either 0 or 01 etc during a slowdown.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.0 (BETA)
Scan saved at 11:41:30 AM, on 7/7/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\guard.exe
C:\Program Files\Comodo\Firewall\cmdagent.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_01\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Program Files\Comodo\Firewall\CPF.exe
C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\reader_sl.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
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Occasionally, after playing Left 4 Dead 2 on Steam, Firefox and IE will go through a period of severe slowdown. Is there anything I can do to prevent or fix this?

Windows 7
Intel i5 Processor
4 GB ram

Resetting the router for my wireless internet makes everything better, and it also seems that my desktop, which is attached to the same wireless internet router and ISP router suffers the same severe slowdown, if not inability to have firefox connect to the internet after a L4D2 session.

Current wireless router is a Cisco M10 Valet
Current router from ISP is Arris TM602G/CT
Desktop is windows XP service pack 3, Intel Pentium D processor Dual Core

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My problem began about two weeks ago. There is no specific event I can link it to. I went out to dinner and left my computer on while I was out getting dinner, and when I came back this had started happening. I have been searching for a solution since then without any success.

The problem involves opening programs, as the title implies. Basically when I try to open virtually any program my computer will take about 10 minutes to actually open the program. During this time, processes that are already open run fine - Web Browsers, Games, Media Player, all run at full capacity. Task switching does, however, become a major issue, usually taking me about 30-45 seconds to swap between programs while something else is "opening." When I finally tab back into the program, it usually runs perfectly.

Also, if I try to open multiple tasks at once, my system seems to freeze for between 2 and 10 minutes, during which it is entirely unresponsive. After a few minutes, it will spontaneously "catch up," performing everything I have tried to do in the past 10 minutes all at once.

I keep the task manager open almost always now, and my CPU usage almost never rises above 20% during this time, so I assume the problem is not a question of resources.

I have done numerous virus and spyware scans using SpyBot, AVG, Kaspersky, ZoneAlarm, McAffee (now uninstalled), AdAware SE Home Edition with VX2Cleaner tool, and DSS/HijackThis!. (I don't normally keep all of t... Read more

A:Extreme Slowdown when Opening New Programs


Also I should add that closing programs that are (Not Responding) usually causes the system to run extremely slowly and takes 5-10 minutes as well.

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I'm running an Asus laptop:
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
2.53 GHz Intel Core2Duo
4.0 GB memory
Less than 1 year old

This morning it started up, then nearly completely froze up. It will not open several programs (firefox and google chrome are the two I've tried that just will not open, no matter the wait), opens others extremely slowly (just right clicking to bring up files' drop down menus takes up to 10 minutes), and just acts frozen. It's unusable.

The hard drive is in constant activity, the light's not quickly blinking, it's just on, and it stays on.

I've disabled any and all start up programs and services that I can identify (by sight or by google) to no avail.

The strange thing is, it boots like a champ. I get to a useable explorer in under a minute, and I can open programs (including firefox and chrome) like normal, but just about 1 - 2 minutes into working in the OS, the symptoms above start suddenly, no detectable ramp-up.

Also, safe-mode runs perfectly.

Any help would be very much appreciated.

A:Mysterious, sudden, extreme slowdown

re-install ur operating system to get it working again.

it should work but if not, then i do not know how to help you.

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One day last week my PC slowed down considerably, booting up or opening applications. It's an Acer laptop and it's about 4.5 yrs old.

At that time it was also getting quite hot, like sometimes the fan wasn't working. There were times when one application was running that it was taking a few minutes to open a menu or start up another application.

The last couple days the machine isn't overheating. Sometimes it boots up more quickly than others. It seems to really bog down if I've been using it for awhile and have opened and closed a few different applications.

It took me several attempts to run the GMER application. One time I left in on all night (it was running for over an hour and still not done), but then I couldn't save the log report. After rebooting and scanning a few more times, I was finally able to save the report. The report was in My Documents (I couldn't save it to the desktop), but I couldn't access My Documents or Explorer (I would just get an error message. I sent an email to myself and attached the GMER report.

The 2 reports are attached, with the DDS report below.

Stephan Borau

DDS (Ver_10-03-17.01) - FAT32x86
Run by Linda_b at 21:21:40.96 on Tue 04/13/2010
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_13
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.894.370 [GMT -4:00]

AV: CA Anti-Virus *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {17CFD1EA-56CF-40B5-A06B-BD3A27397C93}

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A:extreme sudden slowdown of laptop


My name is Iain and I will be helping you clean your system.

You may wish to Subscribe to this thread (Thread Tools > Subscribe to this thread) so that you are notified when you receive a reply.

Please read these instructions carefully and then print out or copy this page to Notepad in order to assist you when carrying out the fix. You should not have any open browsers or live internet connections when you are following the procedures below.

Note that the fix may take several posts. Please continue to respond to my instructions until I confirm that your logs are clean. Remember that although your symptoms may vanish, this does NOT mean that your system is clean.

If there is anything you don't understand, please ask BEFORE proceeding with the fixes.

Please ensure that you follow the instructions in the order I have them listed.

Please do not install or uninstall any programmes, or run any other scanners or software, unless I specifically ask you to do so. Also please copy and paste logs into the thread, rather than add them as attachments.

We will begin with ComboFix.exe. Please visit this webpage for download links, and instructions for running the tool:


Please read all the information carefully! If using Windows XP you should ensure you install the Recovery Console.

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yesterday, i (stupidly) opened an e-mail that had no subject, and my computer started opening and closing programs, kinda went haywire for a minute.

now ever since i'll have like 20 minute periods where my computer will run extremely slow and the mouse icon will jump from place to place instead of moving freely like it usually does


my e-mail is SBC/Yahoo DSL

CPU Specs
1Ghz Celeron CPU
Western Digital 9 Gb HDD (originally came with computer, so it's probably 5400 RPM)
Maxtor 40Gb HDD 7200 RPM
384 MB RAM
running Windows XP Pro SP2

scanned for viruses (with most recent defs) with NAV 2003, McAfee Stinger, and Trend Micro House Call

any help is appreciated


A:Problems with extreme slowdown on my computer

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I am running Windows XP (SP3) on 2 GB RAM. Two days back I was using msn messenger when all of a sudden msn got disconnected all of a sudden and my system got super slow. I wasn't sure what was wrong as I did not accept any files or click any links on messenger. Since then my system has gone very slow and every time I run any program (browser, MS Office) it gets even more slow and 60% of the times give me a blue screen error and my laptop restarts.

I have scanned my system with Avira and then by Avast for viruses and also scanned for malwares with SpyBot but none of the scans found anything suspicious. I tried a system restore, that too was an extremely slow process (took about 15 minute) and even after a restore the system performance did not improve. I tried another restore on safe mode but that did not complete.
I checked the application event logs (from My Computer> Manage) and most of the errors were related to Windows Update, they said Windows Update could not write some file to a specific .cab file on my Windows. So to be safe I disabled Windows Update, but still noticed no improvement. Now I am confused, if there are no viruses or threats then what could be the problem !!

I have pasted my HJT log here, please help me resolve this.
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 11:55:09 PM, on 8/28/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Safe mode with network support

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A:Extreme System Slowdown and Blue Screens

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Let me start by telling you that my overall knowledge of computers, networking, and internet configurations is limited. All I know is that when I hit the round button it turns on and off. Hope you can help......
My system info=

hp pavilion mx90
1.3 GHz IP4 Processor
60.0GB ultra DNA hard drive
10/100 Base-T networking interface card
Basically , here is the problem. Until a few days ago when my dial-up server changed our dial-up number, my computer was quite fast at downloading pages and accessing sites on the internet (THRU MSN AS HOMEPAGE). Rather than a couple of seconds to access pages, some take too long to wait for and some never finish downloading. Strangely, some web pages download nearly immediately, including this website.

I use my internet mostly to access school-related sites and to play online games. When trying to access 'MSN's Gaming Zone', I am forced to wait ENTIRELY too long to get into even the first set of rooms....can you please suggest anything that I can do to rectify this recent problem? A friend of the family suggested selecting some auto-fix feature of internet explorer???? Don't know how and would rather have an expert opinion before I go poking my settings and fuddling this NICE COMPUTER UP.

Appreciate any and all help/suggestions... ODIE

A:Sudden Extreme Slowdown of Download Time on Net

Use this :

Cnet.com has a few download managers that may be of some help.
I use Download Accelerator myself and I've had no problems.
There is also a place there for you to check your bandwidth and download times.
A great site.
I would also check with your server as to the problem that you have. They SHOULD provide you with some further answers.

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I've just put a new install of Windows XP on my brother's computer and it's hanging and taking forever to boot or do anything.

The computer has:
an Athlon64 3000+
2 sticks of 512MB ram
a Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI mobo
2 80GB SATA HDDs in raid 0 (hardware raid)
a cd-rw/DVD-rom drive

The install seems to go fine, then once windows finishes installing and offers the tour it starts locking up and taking a few minutes to load explorer windows. After this point the only thing that seems to work at all is task manager, and it's a bit unstable too.

A:new install of Windows XP, lockups and extreme slowdown

Is there any process in task manager which seems to cause any problems?? i.e: using too much memory or cpu??

Have you used the Installation disc before and is it an official Microsoft disc or a slipstreamed one?? Reason I ask is that it could have contained nasties that were transferred during install.

Did your brothers pc work ok before this...has he put in any new hardware for the upgrade/installation i.e: RAM etc? If yes, have you tried with just one stick of RAM?

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Suffering some major problems with wife's Dell laptop. This was her business laptop. A few months ago she was issued a new one. Unfortunately my teenage kids were allowed to use this old one. Who knows what they did to it.

Please keep in mind that my knowledge of malware/spyware removal is very limited. I apologize in advance.

1. Takes up to 20 minutes to restart. And at times it will not load past the 'loading personal preferences' notice.

2. Everything runs extremely slow after start up. Opening an app might take 3-5 minutes.

3. Most apps crash/not respond within a minute once they do actually open. Tried to run malwarebytes but freezes as soon as you click SCAN.

4. I am getting NO ERROR MESSAGES.

DDS (Ver_09-07-30.01) - NTFSx86 NETWORK
Run by bakocatering at 22:53:09.78 on Sun 08/23/2009
Internet Explorer: 7.0.5730.13
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.2.1252.1.1033.18.510.327 [GMT -7:00]

AV: Total Protection for Small Business *On-access scanning enabled* (Outdated) {8C354827-2F54-4E28-90DC-AD391E77808C}

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\ZcfgSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
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A:Extreme slowdown, apps crash/close

Not sure if it helps but when I try to run Malwarebytes in SafeMode I get an error code:vbacellerator sgrid II controlRuntime Error 0===========Hello While we understand your frustration at having to wait, please note that Bleeping Computer deals with several hundred requests for assistance such as yours on a daily basis. As a result, our backlog is quite large as are other comparable sites that help others with malware issues. Although our HJT Team members work on hundreds of requests each day, they are all volunteers who work logs when they can and are able to do so. No one is paid by Bleeping Computer for their assistance to our members.Further, our malware removal staff is comprised of team members with various levels of skill and expertise to deal with thousands of malware variants, some more complex than others. Although we try to take DDS/HJT logs in order (starting with the oldest), it is often the skill level of the particular helper and sometimes the operating system that dictates which logs get selected first. Some infections are more complicated than others and require a higher skill level to remove. Without that skill level attempted removal could result in disastrous results. In other instances, the helper may not be familiar with the operating system that you are using, since they use another. In either case, neither of us want someone to assist you who is not familiar with your issue and attempt to fix it.We ask that once you have posted your log and are waiti... Read more

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I seem to have hit a bug that I'm surprised hasn't been reported before. If you have a w530 with 32 GB RAM (technically anythng more than 16), and set your display settings to "integrated only; disable OS detection of optimus", the system comes down to a crawl. This is independent of the OS. I confirmed it with both linux and windows. You would not hit this if you set the display to optimus or discrete only. Can others reproduce this ? The rest of my bios settings are pretty standard. virtualization and vt-d are both enabled.

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This computer has only been operating for about one month and had no problems until earlier this week. Suddenly tabs started opening in my browser for some kind of downloading program or service; this will happen apparently at random as i am browsing the internet. The computer also seems to be having trouble going into sleep mode, shutting down, and starting up. The process is taking longer and longer, and the slowness is starting to affect the system at pretty much every level. Sometimes the computer also warns me that there is a problem detected by the Action Center, but i haven't seen anything on the list when i've clicked on it for more information.

I only go to a handful of website and my browsing habits have not changed, so i can't imagine where these problems would be coming from. I've run Avast antivirus and AdAware and they removed some things (including from the system32 folder) but now i think i'm in over my head.

The requested logs are posted below, except for the Gmer one since i am using a 64-bit Windows.

In advance, i'd like to thank you for your time and assistance.


Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 5:15:29 PM, on 7/26/2012
Platform: Windows 7 SP1 (WinNT 6.00.3505)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v9.00 (9.00.8112.16447)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\SlimDrivers\SlimDrivers.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology\IAStorIcon.exe
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A:Extreme slowdown, new tabs, bogus (?) warnings

Bumping from 3rd page.

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Up until last night my computer was working perfectly and now it acts like I am running everything on a Pentium II. When I'm just browsing the web or using Windows apps like notepad it isn't noticeable but if I try to run a program, watch a movie, or even cause the Windows "ding" sound it is really bad. This morning I tried to start up Dragon Age and it took ten minutes just to get to the title screen. I tried watching some movies on Hulu and the audio is constantly grinding like I am playing it in extreme slow motion. I tried defragmenting my drives but after six hours it is only at 11% which is ridiculous. It normally only takes 4 hours to defrag the entire C drive.

I'm at a loss. Is my processor dying? RAM going bad? I don't know.

A:Solved: Extreme slowdown started yesterday...

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Every time I try to boot up my computer, it shows the Lenovo logo, then the Win8 logo, and then it fades to a black screen that doesn't show anything. After a long time it finally boots to desktop, but is extremely slow.
My laptop was working fine earlier today. Everything was working very smoothly. This is the breakdown of events since.
1) Downloaded and installed third party Win8 theme software UxTheme Patcher.
2) Downloaded and installed a theme from here : http://ezio.deviantart.com/art/Abisso-2014-dark-theme-Windows-8-1-Update1-Upd11-418540806
3) I rebooted my laptop after installation
4) Bootup was very slow, took around 5 minutes to get to desktop. At that point my computer could not load anything without freezing. I had to leave and so I shut the lid on my laptop and went home.
5) Tried to boot laptop, and went to black screen after Win8 logo for a REALLY long time. It boots to desktop after, but extremely slow.
6) Trying to start applications or even opening explorer causes it to freeze.
Upon closer inspection of the file I downloaded, I did NOT follow the instructions correctly (screw me right?), and I'm 99% sure it is the reason why my laptop is being like this.
The biggest problem I'm having is trying to remove this application from my laptop. I DO have a recovery USB and Disk, but both are unable to boot to safe mode. I have also tried refreshing my system, but apparently my drive is locked, and it also won't allow me to reset my system as ... Read more

A:Cannot remove theme program causing extreme slowdown.

Well, you may need to do the factory reset.

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I was regularly using Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with no problems what so ever from the OS until 2 days back. Since then, suddenly my laptop is taking a lot of time to boot, shutdown or hibernate- surprisingly no noticeable slow down while turning on from hibernation. Entering and exiting sleep mode is also non-issue. Another strange thing was that on hitting shutdown/hibernate my HDD activity indicator would blink a little and then show no activity for a long time. Then it will come back on, blink randomly, sometimes extended and then shuts down/hibernate.

While powering on from shut down, it also takes a longer than usual time.

My usual hibernate takes around 25secs with the HDD activity remaining on through out. Now it's almost 2mins! I always hibernate my laptop- shut downs are only when required.

I had updated windows that day earlier, but I did hibernate/turn on without any issues after that restart once without problems. To be sure i did a sytem restore- no solution. So i ran windows update again.

I am almost certain my hardware is not a problem- I've made no recent changes, including drivers. It is an ASUS K43-SV notebook with following specs-
Intel Core i5 2410M 2.3Ghz
Nvidia GeForce GT 540M 1GB

I use ESET Smart Security 5.0. I keep only my essential applications like DAP, Audio Manager etc. running in the back ground with minimal startup applications.

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A:Sudden and extreme slowdown Shutdown, boot and hibernate

Have you checked Event viewer?

Type eventvwr in search and go to the windows log>application tab & system tabs.

Look for red errors that say app hang, or app crash, or anything related to the current activity / problem.
When you find them either take a screenshot of them and upload them to us, or note the event ID and source codes and look them up in Google.

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I was regularly using Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with no problems what so ever from the OS until 2 days back. Since then, suddenly my laptop is taking a lot of time to boot, shutdown or hibernate- surprisingly no noticeable slow down while turning on from hibernation. Entering and exiting sleep mode is also non-issue. Another strange thing was that on hitting shutdown/hibernate my HDD activity indicator would blink a little and then show no activity for a long time. Then it will come back on, blink randomly, sometimes extended and then shuts down/hibernate.

While powering on from shut down, it also takes a longer than usual time.

My usual hibernate takes around 25secs with the HDD activity remaining on through out. Now it's almost 2mins! I always hibernate my laptop- shut downs are only when required.

I had updated windows that day earlier, but I did hibernate/turn on without any issues after that restart once without problems. To be sure i did a sytem restore- no solution. So i ran windows update again.

I am almost certain my hardware is not a problem- I've made no recent changes, including drivers. It is an ASUS K43-SV notebook with following specs-
Intel Core i5 2410M 2.3Ghz
Nvidia GeForce GT 540M 1GB

I use ESET Smart Security 5.0. I keep only my essential applications like DAP, Audio Manager etc. running in the back ground with minimal startup applications.

While using, the notebook is zippy as it has been since day 1. Only the said proble... Read more

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2 windows 7 PC involved direct conneted to each other gigabyte nic cards.
I booted up win7 on the ubuntu PC (dual boots)

And did a large file copy from client win7 to other win7 that has internet. Results were close to 70 MB/sec

Now it is terrible slow AFTER I enbled ICS on that nic card to share the internet to other win7 PC.

So please explain to me how doing that would kill file copy that bad.
Went from 70 to 10 MB/sec

A:file copy speed extreme slowdown after that nic card has ICS enabled

Ok, turned off ICS sharing and verified it was not running under services.
LAN copy speed back up high again, about 100MB/sec

So why is this happening?

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I've looked over all the posts and have found some similar problems to mine but nothing that quite exactly matches it. So here goes with what has happened and hopefully someone can give me a solution.

The trouble began a few weeks ago when I had to begin powering on/off my pc with the PS's power button. The front button would no longer work. No problem until after a severe lightning storm the pc wouldn't power on at all. I check the RAM, tested voltages on the PS (they all showed good) but still nothing. Finally I ordered a new motherboard and checked everything again. Still no go so I requested a replacement chip from Intel (which they shipped very quickly and for free) and still nothing. I then began the process over again and found two bad stick of RAM (1 GB total, leaving me now with 2GB).

So now I fire up the pc and am still having to do the following to get it booted. Push the PS's power switch and then the power button on the front. Again, no problem as long as the pc works. The onboard NIC would not work. I check and see that it has no assigned MAC address. So I assign one via a registry entry, disable and then re-enable the card. Now the NIC works. I begin playing some games to test everything out (TF2 - one player only, Supreme Commander - local game) and it works fine. Then I begin playing others online and both games come to a crawl. I do several speed tests and they show a download of 1.5 Mbps and 256 up.

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A:Extreme slowdown when Internet gaming - recent hardware issues

My only question is why you were using the hardware switch instead of Windows shutdown software?

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Computer has been behaving extremely slow for a few days, usual methods to speed it up have had no effect. Some particular errors seem to keep appearing, making me think it may be a virus. In particular, an error saying 'incd.exe failed to initialize properly' this is something to do with nero cd burning software. Icons have disappeared from the quicklaunch bar, internet explorer and firefox both crash and do not run. another error 'avgnt.exe failed to initialize properly' comes up on start up, as well as an error saying that 'raid service U.S. English resources has encountered a problem'. The hard disk seems to be constantly running while the computer is doing nothing, and the desktop hangs for many minutes at a time constantly. The most consistent strange occurance is the installation of something called 'status.msi'. We tried using the windows disk to revert back to a previous time, but this has had no effect. We have tried virus/spyware checking software including Avira which has had no effect. We would be very grateful for any help, I hope I have posted correctly, please inform me if otherwise. The log is as follows.

DDS (Ver_09-10-13.01) - NTFSx86 NETWORK
Run by Administrator at 23:11:30.89 on 20/10/2009
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_16

============== Running Processes ===============
============== Pseudo HJT Report ===============

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A:Unknown problem, seems like a virus, extreme slowdown of computer, other methods have had no effect

Hello george12Welcome to BleepingComputer ==========================Sounds like a hard drive going bad to me with all of the random errors and the random freezing.Do the following to get the model number of the hard drive and you can download and run a diagnostic program to check it for bad sectors.You will need to know the manufacturer's name of the hard drive you have installed.To get that go to Start then right click on the C:\drive and choose properties.Then click on the hardware tab.Then you can write down what you see there under Disk Drives and post that info here for me to see then I will be able to help you further.

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My laptop hasn't been acting normal lately and nothing seems to be showing up in the Virus and Spyware scans that I run on a regular basis, I thought if I posted a Hijack this log, someone might find something that could be causing problems..
Thanks...JO Richard

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 12:07:14 PM, on 09/01/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\guard.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\Power Management\CeEPwrSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Sunbelt Software\CounterSpy\Consumer\SBCSSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Linksys Wireless-G USB Wireless Network Monitor\WLService.exe
C:\Program Files\Linksys Wireless-G USB Wireless Network Monitor\WUSB54GS.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TouchPad\TPTray.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\E-KEY\CeEKey.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\MouseWare\system\em_exec.exe
C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\msimn.exe
C:\Program Files\Hijackthis\HijackThis.exe

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A:PC slowdown & freezing sometimes


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Over the last 2 days my computer has be slowing down when I use certain programs. It seem sto happen most when I use windows explorer to browse. It will first slowdown, then freeze completely. I will get the not responding message and have to shut it down. Connection tto websites in internet explorer also have started taking a long time. I ran all the programs the forums reccomend and it comes up clean. Here is my hijack this log.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 11:50:23 PM, on 4/19/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\Core\smax4pnp.exe
C:\Program Files\dvd43\dvd43_tray.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy Media Creator 7\Drag to Disc\DrgToDsc.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell Photo AIO Printer 922\dlbtbmgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Saitek\Software\Profiler.exe
C:\Program Files\Saitek\Software\SaiSmart.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell Photo AIO Printer 922\dlbtbmon.exe
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You have a lot of processes related to F-Secure running there. I never liked these bundled programs...

Did you install anything new before this slowdown occurred? Perhaps F-Secure? Do you still use the TrendMicro Anti-Spyware program? Trying to rule things out here...so let's uninstall that program first.

Download LSPFix http://www.greyknight17.com/spy/LSPFix.exe and run it. Check the box that says 'I know what I'm doing'. Click on winsflt.dll on the left window and then click on the arrow pointing to the right. Click Finish and follow the prompts.

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*This is on a friends PC*

Usual mayhem, slowdown, freezing, homepage hikacks etc.

I've got the computer at my house now, and I am able to send this post from it.

I have already downloaded SpywareBlaster, SpywareGuard, AVG, CWShredder and HijackThis.

Was not able to download ZoneAlarm for some reason; it said something about TrueVector needing sorted first?

Here is the HijackThis log;

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 19:02:36, on 12/09/2005
Platform: Windows XP (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 (6.00.2600.0000)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Virtual CD v4 SDK\system\vcssecs.exe
C:\Program Files\Virtual CD v4 SDK\system\vcsplay.exe
C:\Program Files\Orawaxq\Uutly.exe
C:\Program Files\SurfAccuracy\SAcc.exe
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A:HijackThis log - bad slowdown/freezing

(as per jgvernonco's instructions)

"I'm just moving this back up".


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So. Starting Sunday night before I went to bed, my computer started running slower than usual and eventually would get to the point where it froze. Yesterday (Monday), I ran Adaware and it found a Trojan of the Win32 family and it said it successfully removed it. I restarted, ran a Malwarebytes quick scan to be sure, and it found nothing. I also cleaned off hard drive space since I was running low and thought that might have been causing the problem, did a Disk Cleanup, and removed unnecessary programs that set themselves to run at start up.

Before I removed the Trojan, it was also having problems on start up and would sometimes fail to start up, which at one point, prompted Windows to run some sort of diagnostic that told me there was a ?hard drive disk error.? Startup has gone fine, albeit slow, since the Trojan removal.

Problem is, my computer will run fine for a few minutes before starting to slow down, then freeze after being in use for what seems like less than ten minutes. I just learned that it?s only happening when I use Firefox (maybe because of the resources it eats?). I?ve been using IE for the last 20 minutes with none of that happening. Is there some spyware/malware that I?m missing that might be eating away at things and taking up a lot of my memory for running things?

I am running Vista OS and using a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop. If anyone can provide me with some insight to this, I?d appreciate it! I?ll provide any other useful information that I can, ... Read more

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My computer almost always freezes after a short while, especially on the net, and everything runs slows. It's making using it almost impossible (it's taken me long enough to post this). Any help would be great, here's my log:Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 19:57:11, on 13/12/2007Platform: Windows XP (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 (6.00.2600.0000)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exeC:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exeC:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exeC:\Program Files\Logitech\MouseWare\system\em_exec.exeC:\Program Files\Thomson\SpeedTouch USB\Dragdiag.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Sony\SONICS~1\SsAAD.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exeC:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\ctfmon.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exeC:&#... Read more

A:Slowdown And Freezing Up - Malware?

Welcome to the BleepingComputer HijackThis Logs and Analysis forum Ghostly MuffinMy name is Richie and i'll be helping you to fix your problems.Before we can provide you with any further assistance,you first need to go here and install Service Pack 1a;http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloa...p1/default.mspxThis will patch numerous security vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and the Windows operating system. As your machine stands right now it's exremely vulnerable to infection. You need to get these updates installed first before we can proceed or we?ll both be wasting our time.Do not install Service Pack 2.If you install SP 2 on an infected machine it will cause serious problems within the operating system.Once you've completed the above,post a new Hijackthis log into this topic.

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I built a computer last year and a month or two ago I upgraded to Windows 8. Since I've upgraded it, at random times, while moving my mouse, it would move extremely slowly for about ~5 seconds. After the 5 seconds are up, it would resume normal speed.

Furthermore, Chrome also has an issue where it will randomly freeze and I cannot do a thing about it unless I force close it.

I cannot replicate these issues at all as they happen at random times and have only happened after I went from Windows 7 to Windows 8.

A:Mouse slowdown + Chrome freezing

As I am sure you know, these transient faults are always hard to solve.
As against one that is evident all the time.

Re Chrome, may I suggest you try IE and see if that does as well - that is only the starting point of course.

If Chrome freezes when using flash player then I suggest you see this and work your way through that guide.

If it is not restricted to flash see this please


IE will also be a good test for that, as Chrome comes with its own add on for flash and it does sometimes cause problems
re the mouse - is it wireless or wired please

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