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Slow boot from new SSD when older HD removed

Q: Slow boot from new SSD when older HD removed

Last November I installed a Crucial M500 960GB SSD drive, used a partition tool to copy all of the HD partitions to the SSD, changed the boot sequence to use the SSD and restarted.
Windows 8 worked fine for weeks until I removed the old 1TB HD from the system.
Apparently, Windows is looking for something during the boot and eventually times out.
All programs work correctly but can be slow to start.
With HD in place as a second drive, the system boots up within 10 seconds to use apps.
With HD removed, the system requires over a minute to boot up to use apps.
Microsoft Outlook 2010 is especially slow to start - requiring a minute with SSD vs. 3 seconds with SSD & HD.
Does anyone know how to determine what file(s) are missing or how to change the boot configuration so it stops expecting to find another HD?
 

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A: Slow boot from new SSD when older HD removed

Something else is causing it to boot slow.  You did not per chance disable Prefetch & Super Prefetch?  If you did, you need to enable both of those settings.  Then it should boot into the login screen faster.

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Hi guys,

My first post here....i've got a bit of a problem. i've just removed my second HDD from my PC and the boot up time has increased dramatically. Funnily enough Windows works fine and even boots up normally once you get to the Windows XP screen with the moving bar, but the initial boot up screen stays on for ages and then the screen proceeds to go black for about 1 minute before I get to the windows start up screen. The HDD I removed had no boot files on it, it was purely used to store music and video. It was also set to the slave setting and the remaining HDD is set to master.

Any advice would be appreciated as I am having to sit and stare at my screen for 3-4 minutes before I can start using it!

Thanks.....
 

A:Slow boot up after second HDD removed

Sounds like the bios is wasting time looking for the second drive. Why not reset the bios to optimum defaults and hopefully that will reset drive configuration.
 

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I just removed a trojan from the Java appdata folder using avast's boot up scanner. I want to make sure I got rid of it completely, because this is the second time I removed it. Windows was taking a long time to boot up after logging in, its gotten better, but not as much as the first time I got rid of the trojan.

Here's my sysinfo:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.1
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium , Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 6000+, x64 Family 15 Model 107 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2046 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 238472 MB, Free - 58719 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., M3A78-CM, Rev X.0x, MF7093G03402376
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated and Enabled

And the other logs:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 3:39:31 PM, on 7/15/2011
Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v9.00 (9.00.8112.16421)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exe
C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe
C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE
C:\Windows\System32\mobsync.exe
C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\AvastUI.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\ThreatFire\TFTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exe
C:\Program Files\PC Tools Security\BDT\FGuard.exe
C:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe
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Computer has been running slow for a month or more now. Was infected with Personal Guard popup, but I think I got rid of that. It still is popping up these work from home google windows. I get redirected to weird websites when trying to click links in google searches as well. So...seeing as how I"m reaching my ropes end, I joined your website. I read all of the things to do/know before you post. I then proceeded to reboot my computer in safe mode to run my antivirus and I got the blue error screen with the following code " Stop: 0X0000007B (0XF78B5524, 0XC0000034, 0X00000000, 0X00000000) "My antivirus has found Vundo, but I was under the impression I had quarantined it. There are also a few programs in my start up menu that I don't recognize or think belong. Any help would be greatly appreciated, before I reformat this damn thing. I can't figure out how to text file a list of the start up programs from the msconfig screen so I'll need some help there. Here's the Hijack this log"Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 7:08:58 AM, on 11/20/2009Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)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.e... Read more

A:safe mode boot error/slow computer/vundo removed

Hello,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.My name is Syler and I will be helping you to solve your Malware issues. If you have since resolved your issues I would appreciate if youwould let me no so I can close this topic, if you still need help please let me no what issues you are still having, in your next reply.Download random's system information tool (RSIT) by random/random from here and save it to your desktop.Double click on RSIT.exe to run RSIT.Click Continue at the disclaimer screen.Once it has finished, two logs will open. Please post the contents of both log.txt (<<will be maximized) and info.txt (<<will be minimized)Then please post back here with the following: log.txt info.txtThanks

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(Please pardon my redundancy - I have posted this to the Customer Care Board and Client Service forums - just hoping to correct what I hope was an accidental change in support policy.)
This is not a technical comment but it is a comment about Dell's Technology Support. Recently the support site for laptops, and I presume other areas though I have not checked, was revised to change its structure. In the process many items were removed notably having to do with drivers for older systems. Even if a system is past warranty that does not remove the responsibility for Dell to continue to provide the most recent (even if old) drivers especially since the cost of doing so is trivial. This is especially the case when Dell is the only source for specific drivers. A specific example is a Dell Vostro 3700 laptop which uses the embedded GPU in the CPU as well as outboard nVidia GPU; the hybrid video architecture is such that NVidia provides no driver and re-directs users to Dell's site. In the case of this specific model, most of the drivers that were present a month ago are now gone.
Dell laptops have two things going for them - good products at a good price and a great support site. This has prompted me to continue focusing upon Dell - e.g. two new 5759's in 2017, and to recommend Dell to colleagues and friends. I have had recent occasion to review some very old systems on HP's support site - all relevant drivers continue to be available. I strongly recommend that Dell c... Read more

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Hi, I am having a problem with an older Dell running XP. The owner of the computer bought Ascentive Proscan and installed it, and there is a freeze.com toolbar in the add/remove programs that I can't get rid of. I uninstalled Ascentive, as well as Symantec and Norton, and already removed around 20 threats using Malwarebytes in safe mode as Administrator. I ran the latest version of Spybot, and it removed win32.banker.fgv, and BPS Performance Center malware. I also ran CCleaner. I rebooted and ran both Spybot and Malwarebytes and its coming up with nothing, but when I log in one of the owner accounts and try to run either Spybot or Malwarebytes, it can't even make it through the scan before the computer freezes and has to be unplugged. Here is the Hijackthis log.. any help would be appreciated.

A:older Dell running XP freezing, multiple threats removed I think

Hello , And to the Bleeping Computer Malware Removal Forum. My name is Elise and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems.I will be working on your malware issues, this may or may not solve other issues you may have with your machine.Please note that whatever repairs we make, are for fixing your computer problems only and by no means should be used on another computer.The cleaning process is not instant. Logs can take some time to research, so please be patient with me. I know that you need your computer working as quickly as possible, and I will work hard to help see that happen. Please reply using the Add/Reply button in the lower right hand corner of your screen. Do not start a new topic. The logs that you post should be pasted directly into the reply. Only attach them if requested or if they do not fit into the post.Unfortunately, if I do not hear back from you within 5 days, I will be forced to close your topic. If you still need help after I have closed your topic, send me or a moderator a personal message with the address of the thread or feel free to create a new one.You may want to keep the link to this topic in your favorites. Alternatively, you can click the button at the top bar of this topic and Track this Topic, where you can choose email notifications. The topics you are tracking are shown here.-----------------------------------------------------------If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you let... Read more

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I bought a second-hand IBM Aptiva 350 with a 486 Intel and Windows 95. It has 32 MB RAM, 75% free space on drive C, 95% free on drive D, it says 90% of system resources are free, but it runs incredibly slow. It had alot of software which I couldn't use because I needed the disks, so I put all unecessary programs in the recycle bin, but it had no effect. When I loaded the AOL 7 CD, it installed AOL 3. AOL tech support says it does that when the system doesn't have the right requirements. The computer I have currently has a 300 Mhz Cyrix processor with Windows 95 and works just fine with AOL 7. I have no idea what is causing the IBM to act so slowly. Would reinstalling Windows 95 help or should I just forget the whole thing? Surely some parts must be salvageable?
 

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I have an older HP e/w a Pentium II and only an 8 Gig HD. I am running Windows 2000. I am also not very computer savoy – just know enough to get myself in trouble. Lately my PC has gotten slower and slower. Deleting Temp Internet files, defraging, and running Spybot usually brought the speed back up to be acceptable. Lately those things are not helping much. If I go to the Task Manager on the “process” tab I see 34 items running. That seems to be a lot more than I used to see. How do I go about identifying and getting rid of those that I do not need?

I did run HijackThis and the results follow.
Thanks for any help you can give

Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 10:44:18 AM, on 10/24/2004
Platform: Windows 2000 SP4 (WinNT 5.00.2195)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINNT\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\services.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\avsynmgr.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\regsvc.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\MSTask.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\VsStat.exe
C:\WINNT\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\Avconsol.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\WBEM\WinMgmt.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\Webscanx.exe
C:\Program Files\EarthLink 5.0\ConMgr.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\msmsgri32.exe
C:\Program Fi... Read more

A:Older Pentium II PC has gotten slow

Here's a DYI HijackThis Analysis Site you can paste your log into for an analysis. Also, download the latest HijackThis version, yours is out of date.
 

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Hi,

I'm the new IT tech at our office, and I have been asked an odd question a few times now.

Someone asks why their computer is slow, it takes 3 minutes to open an excel spreadsheet for example.

Typically it's an older core2duo processor with windows XP.

Can you tell me what you would check?

1) what processes are running in task manager
2) run a registry scanner

I think as computers get older they just become less responsive.

Andy

A:New to IT, older XP computers slow

Generally computers will deteriorate over time, more specifically the CPU, the PSU, and the HDD. There are a few things that jump out at me at a first glance:

1 - The CPU has been in use for years, and over time has lost performance
2 - Too many programs that are 'necessary' are running, creating a bottleneck in the CPU
3 - The excel documents that your colleagues are opening are big/newer formats (.xlsx) that excel is having trouble reading
4 - The read speeds of the workstation's HDD's are dropping due to continued use over the years

Here are a few questions:

1 - Do you know how often the company machines are being turned off? At the end of each day? Are they always left on?
2 - What strange processes can you see running on the machines? Any bloatware/adware/etc?
3 - How old are the machines and what are their specs?

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Good evening! I have an older computer and have notived that it is getting terribly slow. Recently I got a networm virus but assumed that I got it removed. I know very little about computers(except for what I have learned along the way). I have viewed the computer slow post and have got down to installing the autorun program. That is where I am stuck I do not know what should be on auto start and what shouldn't. Or if this is even my problem. Any help would be appreciated.

What info would anyone need to help me out?

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Can someone please help me analyse this log? It appears that I had the Virtumonde virus which spyboy detected and VundoFix virus (which Avast detected and removed as I reboot) since last Wednesday, May 14th, there was no system restore date available at the time so since then I've run Spybot, Spydoctor, Avast, cleaned out startup, removed useless programs, ran diskcleanup and defrag, xspy and still my applications (especially MoZILLA & INTERNET EXPLORER) are crawling at startup and I don't understand why?? I am trying to save all my files instead of reinstalling Windows XP. I would appreciate any help from people with knowledge of these log files.thank you!!! thank you!!! so much for any help.Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 10:54:10 PM, on 5/19/2008Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)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\avast\aswUpdSv.exeC:\Program Files\avast\ashServ.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\CTsvcCDA.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\tcpsvcs.exeC:\... Read more

A:Vundofix Removed By Avast! Computer Still Slow - Application Start Up Verrrry Slow. Help!

Hello southflgirl,We need to create a Deckard's System Scanner (DSS) Log Please download Deckard's System Scanner (DSS) from one of the links below and save to your Desktop. Primary Mirror Secondary Mirror DSS will do the following: 1. Create a new System Restore point in Windows XP and Vista. 2. Clean your Temporary Files, Downloaded Program Files, Internet Cache Files, and empty the Recycle Bin on all drives. 3. Check some important areas of your system and produce a report for an analyst to review. 4. Automatically run HijackThis. It will also install and place a shortcut to HijackThis on your desktop if you do not already have it installed. So if HijackThis is not installed and DSS prompts you to download it, please answer yes. Note: You must be logged onto an account with administrator privileges when using Deckard's System Scanner. 1. Close all applications and windows. 2. Double-click on dss.exe to run it and follow the prompts. 3. If your anti-virus or firewall complains, please allow this script to run as it is not malicious. 4. When the scan is complete, two text files will open in Notepad: main.txt <-- Will be maximized extra.txt <-- Will be minimized 5. If not, they both can be found in the C:\Deckard\System Scanner folder. 6. Please copy (<Control>+C) and paste (<Control>+V) the contents of main.txt and extra.txt in your next reply. Note: When running DSS, some firewalls may warn that DSS is trying to access the Internet; espec... Read more

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Hello Good People,

I come for help. My pc has dramatically slowed down, not only in web browsing (Firefox) but in general operations.
I've completed a virus scan, no virus found.
Spybot S&D found a few items which I chose it to fix.
Adaware found a few and I had it fix them.
I have checked all that I know to check in my operating system, XP, and cannot determine what is out of line.

The change of speed (lack of) now is imperceptible and I would love some help please.
I'll post the dds log file here and await your suggestions.

The rootrepeal application took 15 minutes to initialize and then gave me error warnings and so the report is unavailable at this time.

Thank you in advance.

SS
DDS (Ver_09-10-26.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Scott at 10:51:23.25 on Thu 10/29/2009
Internet Explorer: 6.0.2900.2180
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.2.1252.1.1033.18.254.25 [GMT -4:00]

AV: AVG Anti-Virus Free *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {17DDD097-36FF-435F-9E1B-52D74245D6BF}

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

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
svchost.exe
svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
svchost.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgwdsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Nero\Nero 7\InCD\InCDsrv.exe
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A:Slow, removed some malware, still slow and HJT list shows additional items.

One or more of the identified infections is a backdoor trojan.This allows hackers to remotely control your computer, steal critical system information and Download and Execute filesI would counsel you to disconnect this PC from the Internet immediately. If you do any banking or other financial transactions on the PC or if it should contain any other sensitive information, please get to a known clean computer and change all passwords where applicable, and it would be wise to contact those same financial institutions to apprise them of your situation.Though the Trojan has been identified and can be killed, because of it's backdoor functionality, your PC is very likely compromised and there is no way to be sure your computer can ever again be trusted. Many experts in the security community believe that once infected with this type of Trojan, the best course of action would be a reformat and reinstall of the OS. Please read these for more information:How Do I Handle Possible Identify Theft, Internet Fraud and CC Fraud?When Should I Format, How Should I ReinstallHowever, if you do not have the resources to reinstall your computer and would like me to attempt to clean it, I will be happy to do so.Should you have any questions, please feel free to ask.Please let us know what you have decided to do in your next post.

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My computer is older and running slowly. When checking running processes, far more than would seem normal are running. Any help to clean this up a bit would be appreciated.

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DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSx86
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_26
Run by Susie Hunt at 12:16:23 on 2011-11-21
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1022.129 [GMT -6:00]
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============== Running Processes ===============
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C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG10\avgchsvx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k WudfServiceGroup
svchost.exe
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXBCES.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXPPS.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Lexmark 1200 Series\lxczbmgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxpers.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe
C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDVD\DVDLauncher.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\dla\tfswctrl.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\MYWEBS~1\bar\5.bin\mwsoemon.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\MYWEBS~1\bar\5.bin\m3SrchMn.exe
C:\Program Files\Lexmark 1200 Series\lxczbmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Roxio Shared\9.0\SharedCOM\RoxWatchTray9.exe
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A:Older computer running slow

Hi,Please do the following:Download ComboFix from one of the following locations:Link 1 Link 2 VERY IMPORTANT !!! Save ComboFix.exe to your Desktop * IMPORTANT - Disable your AntiVirus and AntiSpyware applications, usually via a right click on the System Tray icon. They may otherwise interfere with our tools. If you have difficulty properly disabling your protective programs, refer to this link here Double click on ComboFix.exe & follow the prompts.As part of it's process, ComboFix will check to see if the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is installed. With malware infections being as they are today, it's strongly recommended to have this pre-installed on your machine before doing any malware removal. It will allow you to boot up into a special recovery/repair mode that will allow us to more easily help you should your computer have a problem after an attempted removal of malware.Follow the prompts to allow ComboFix to download and install the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console, and when prompted, agree to the End-User License Agreement to install the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console.**Please note: If the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is already installed, ComboFix will continue it's malware removal procedures. Once the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is installed using ComboFix, you should see the following message:Click on Yes, to continue scanning for malware.When finished, it shall produce a log for you. Please include the C:\C... Read more

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Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 2:05:39 PM, on 3/15/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16608)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\HPZipm12.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashWebSv.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\devldr32.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\ALWILS~1\Avast4\ashDisp.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqtra08.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqSTE08.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqimzone.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = about:blank
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,SearchAssistant = about:blank
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
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A:Older PC incredibly slow - no malware though

bump

It's been a few days, does anyone notice anything unusual or have any insight?

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I bought a second hand computer at the Salvation Army. It was an IBM Aptiva 350 Model 2168 26P, Intel 486, with a 17 inch flat panel monitor, printer, keyboard and mouse for $49.99. They demonstrated it in the store and it worked fine. Then I wheeled it home in a shopping cart and when I turned it on at home, it beeped once, then beeped again on another frequency and nothing appeared on the monitor. The monitor works great on my old computer, and I tried it with my old monitor and still nothing appeared on the screen, so it's not the monitor. I'm hoping that something came loose during transport. I took the case off but I have no idea what it's supposed to look like. All the cards are in place sturdily. There is a green wire which appears to be attached to the motherboard but is dangling at the other end. It has a little plastic cap with input holes. I took a chance and plugged it into a matching interface where the video, sound cards are etc. but when I did that, the power supply wouldn't come on. The green 'on' light came on briefly then went out. When I disconnected it, the computer went back to beeping twice. The power comes on, I hear it checking the floppy drive, but the operating system won't load. Also, the thick strap that attaches to everything is dangling at on end. It has a plastic thing with a bunch of holes as if it could attach to something but I can't see anything in there it could attach to.
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A:Older IBM boot problem

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I have an old HP Pavillion 751 desktop with a P4 2Ghz. I put a new AGP vid card in and loaded Windows 7 32bit. The OS loaded fine, but the system will not boot at all. It's just a reboot loop. I cannot get Windows 7 to even display on the screen for half second to press F8. I tried doing a startup repair also, but it will not boot. I then tried to load Vista...same exact result. I had XP running fine on here. The HD and RAM are good, no issues there. What is the reason this system will not run with either Vista or 7, even with a brand new 'aero' compatible video card?

A:Win 7 + Older HP Desktop = NO BOOT

Make sure that you have your CD removed. If you have and it still does not work go into bios and make sure it is set to boot from the Hard drive.

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I have two older PCs. Both of them are extremely slow now, and I'm wondering what happened to make them get that way. I took good care of them. I've tried everything it says to do on the forums to increase the speed, but my computers just work at a snail's pace.

Can I do something besides running CCleaner, Malware Bytes, virus scan, and uninstalling things? I mean something that will make it come close to the original speed (not just speed it up a little)? Take it to a professional?

My main question, which I'd like to know more than anything (even if the above question isn't answered), is: What is the reason for the degradation in speed over the years on my computers? What could I have done that caused them to become irreversibly slow?
Thank you,
Brad
 

A:I took good care of my older PCs. Why have they gotten so slow over the years?

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Hi, I have a pretty old computer that runs windows XP. It seems to be taking longer than usual to boot up, and it tends to freeze at the log in screen. Internet explorer causes the computer to freeze, and the only browser that works is chrome. When I go on YouTube, it freezes. Facebook, same thing. However, I did all these things in the past, and I never had a problem.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 502 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family, 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 238464 MB, Free - 219815 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0HC918
Antivirus: None
 

A:Older computer suddenly being super slow

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Our main computer is in the shop having the chipset fan fixed. The kids have been complaining that our old computer that they use for their ipods and general internet use was really slow. So with extra time on my hands I have been playing with it. They were not kidding, this beast does not MOVE, freezes, etc. I deleted quite a few old games, downloaded and ran Malwarebytes, ashampoo win optimizer, tuneup utilities, and uni blue from this site. defraged through tunup utilities and ashampoo, loaded microsoft IE 8 (was running 7, I think)

Am running windows xp home 2002 Service pack 2 on dell desktop

Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated. I am ready to toss this puppy!

A:Older Dell Desktop Slower Than Slow! Please Help!

How much RAM is installed?

System model?

How much free space on C:? How large is C:?

Have you removed anything that really is not essential, as programs go? Such as toolbars?

<<...ashampoo win optimizer, tuneup utilities, and uni blue...>>

I would uninstall each of those programs, using Add/Remove Programs...then check system performance.

I further suggest that you remove the HJT log data from your original post (edit it) because leaving it posted will result in this being treated as a malware problem/situation...which may be inaccurate.

Louis

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I'm still using my five or six year-old Compaq laptop for (mostly) Chrome, OpenOffice, VLC, and Evernote. The computer is very slow on boot-up, about seven minutes recently. Applications also most come up very slowly, on the order of two minutes for Chrome, five minutes or more for OpenOffice, VLC, and Evernote. I am getting the messages about 1) extremely low memory, and shutting down applications; 2) D-drive almost out of space, would I like to delete things from it (D drive is a partition on my hard drive, and is named Backup, I haven't messed with it ever).

Also, the machine is running hot. After a couple of hours, the case under my left wrist, left of the mouse pad and buttons, gets almost too hot to touch. Finally, sometimes the machine just shuts itself off with no warning. I suspect this is a heat issue, as it's usually after I've been web-crawling for three or more hours, or watching lots of video with Chrome or VLC (Yes, there might be porn involved, but you didn't hear that from me.)

Malwarebytes and AVG do not find anything they think I should worry about.

At last, the questions: Is it worth the effort to install more memory and an external disk drive? Would an external drive handle the drive D issue? What can be done for the heating? And the ultimate, is it just time for new hardware?

Thanks, y'all. Sorry for the short novel. Don't ask me what the time is, or I'll tell how to construct a time-keeping device.

Steve
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A:Solved: Older Laptop Running Slow

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Hi
I'm helping my sister with her painfully slow laptop. I was able to get it to speed up some by running malware removal tools like Malwarebytes but it appears something still exists since MS essentials gets turned off.
Let me know what logs are needed. I recently installed AVG 2013 but it didn't find anything.
Thanks!
Jim

A:Slow XP laptop-removed some malware but still slow

Download Security Check from HERE, and save it to your Desktop. * Double-click SecurityCheck.exe * Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box. * A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.=============================================================================Please download Farbar Service Scanner (FSS) and run it on the computer with the issue.Make sure the following options are checked:
Internet ServicesWindows FirewallSystem RestoreSecurity Center/Action CenterWindows UpdateWindows DefenderPress "Scan".It will create a log (FSS.txt) in the same directory the tool is run.Please copy and paste the log to your reply.====================================================================================Please download MiniToolBox and run it.Checkmark following boxes:Report IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Devices (do NOT change any settings here)List Users, Partitions and Memory sizeClick Go and post the result.=============================================================================Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (aka MBAM): http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free to your desktop. * Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program. * At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwar... Read more

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Hello everyone, my first post here.

To make a long story short, a USB video adapter that I was using with Windows 7 stopped working with Win 8, because the drivers are no longer compatible with the latest drivers for my older Nvidia graphics card (7900GS). So the manufacturer suggests on their website to try installing an older Nvidia driver thats still compatible with Win 8.

To make a long story short, the driver installed, the screen went black and stayed black from that point on. Panicked, I powered off the PC and thinking I could just get into Safe Mode and uninstall the driver, rebooted. Lo and behold I get a Boot Disk Failure error. So I then used the Win 8 install DVD to get to repair options, but the Automatic Repair does nothing whatsoever. I then started reading up and tried the usual bootrec commands to try and fix the issue but to no avail. Finally I booted Hiren's Boot CD,, and used the first Boot From Hard Drive option and the PC boots, but the screen stays black. The crazy thing is, the mouse cursor appears but the screen is black.

So I know Windows is working but for the video driver.

The solution is obvious - get to Safe Mode and uninstall the driver to get windows back to the default microsoft drivers.

Unfortunately, not so simple to get to Safe Mode as I am running Win 8 on an old Abit IP-35pro board without any of the UEFI goodies that newer boards have. I have tried the tutorials here but nothing seems to work.

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A:Windows 8 on older PC...need to boot into Safe Mode

Start to the install DVD; see if you can see system restore points. Try system restore to before you installed the new driver if you can.

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There is a detailed version of this post below. For simplicity's sake I am making a shortened version. I installed Ubuntu, and ran into trouble. Like the kind that you can't boot your computer with. Because my computer is set to boot from the optical drive before the hard disk I was able to install Ubuntu to a disk and restart my computer to Ubuntu and Windows. During this process I had to do a system restore, which seems to have done nothing but uninstall the software for my external wireless antenna. I tried to reinstall the antenna, but it didn't work because I installed the hardware before the software. this led other users of the same computer t believe Ubuntu was the problem. Uninstalling it was easier said than done, and now instead of uninstalling it, I am only able to [successfully] boot from it.

Please try and solve this. -Miles Martin (MM)

I am currently running Ubuntu 12.04.1. I will further explain my predicament below. I realize not many people will want to read a post as long as that but please, for my sake, please do.

Edit: The post *will* be posted below. It apparently needs to be Moderated. Oh well.

A:I can only successfully boot from Ubuntu, as my boot file was removed.

Here's my recount of the situation, from the top.

-I had downloaded Ubuntu as a .iso file; I intended on creating an installation CD from it.
-My first CD outright didn't work. It was just an .iso, unmounted. I didn't know this wouldn't work, so I went to check in the BIOS what the boot order was. I deduced that the file was unmountable from the fact that the CD was in pristine condition, and the optical drive containing the disk was first in the boot order.
-In essence, I did the same thing with the second CD, but I didn't know I was doing so. I learned this after I got the same results, but with a twist: it brought up the System Restore window, because I shut down the computer manually. I had no option but to restore the system to the last restore point. To my knowledge it had been fairly recent that we created a Point, but not recent enough. It kept our files, but not the information on how to run the wireless antenna.
-At this point I was frustrated: cursing under my own breath, etc. I realized I was down to one CD, and I didn't think it would work. I looked carefully and found I wasn't selecting the option which made the CD mountable. There. Problem solved, so I thought. I wrote the disk at 8x speed, as to ensure good quality.
-I used InfraRecorder to create the mountable CD. I forget the mode InfraRecorder was in, but anyone who can help me will know.
-From there I proceeded to install Ubuntu, but made the deadly error: I forgot to create a System... Read more

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Hello! I am unable to get into bios or the boot options menu on an older machine. (Emachines T3304 desktop, phoenix award bios NAA21EM, FIC K8MC51G MB).

When attempting to enter the boot options menu (F10) or the bios (F2) all I get is a blank screen, no display. Will flashing the bios fix this issue? If so, how do I get the machine to boot from usb or from cd to complete the update with no access to the boot options?

Any help is greatly appreciated!
 

A:Cannot enter bios or boot options on older system

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Not sure how I ended up with Zentom System Guard, but I went through the step by step instructions here,

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-zentom-system-guard

Afterwards I was prompted to restart my computer. I did so and now Windows will not boot. It sticks on the blinking text cursor in the upper left corner of a black screen.
I have a MacBook Pro and am running XP in Boot Camp.

A:Boot Camp, Zentom Removed, XP won't boot

Your post has been reported in the unbootable PC's forum:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic412868.html/page__pid__2359362#entry2359362Not sure how I ended up with Zentom System Guard, but I went through the step by step instructions here, http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-zentom-system-guardAfterwards I was prompted to restart my computer. I did so and now Windows will not boot. It sticks on the blinking text cursor in the upper left corner of a black screen.I have a MacBook Pro and am running XP in Boot Camp.

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My Old Desktop OS is Windows Vista. I need to import files to my new desktop. New OS is Windows 10. OlD HP Model is HP Pavilion m9000. New HP model is HP Pavilion 23 q113w. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!













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A:importing files from an older HP system and older OS

@Jeff1017 If by "hardwiring" the two PCs together, you mean using a crossover network cable to connect the two, that only overcomes the issue of using a USB stick. You still need third-party software to transfer settings and/or apps -- as that information is stored in lots of different places and it would take you forever to find them all manually and copy them.

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I'm running on a Dell Dimension 4600 and want to burn a couple cds. I tried downloading a bunch of different burning software, but my drive was outdated every time. I was able to burn before, about a year or so ago. I've tried older versions of various software, but no luck.
 

A:Need older burning software for an older drive.

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At work I have a PC w/an Athlon XP 1700 chip, 256 meg of ram, and a Radeon AGP w/64 meg memory video card runing Win XP Pro. So my gaming choices are somewhat limited. I've already played Quake 2 and Half-Life (and Opposing Force & Blue Shift). I like playing the FPS style games (single-player mode). So I'm wondering:

Is Counter-Strike single player or only multi-player? Is it free if I own Half-Life?

Is there a site that would list FPS games by release date year to year? Since I know Half-Life was released around 98, I could look for other games released around then that would probably run ok on my system.

Any suggestions for good FPS games that would run on my system would be appreciated. I'm looking into some of the Star-Wars games, also Halo, and Unreal seem to have good reps and might run ok.

Thanks much,
Harold
 

A:A Few Questions re: Older Games on an Older Machine

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hi

I recently uninstalled avg 8.0 and replaced it with bullguard. Upon the first scan it discovered and removed eight trojans which avg had missed. However the pc is still running slow so i guess the registry is messed up now. I'd appreciate some help and thanks in advance.

A:Trojans removed but pc still slow

Moving from HiJack This forum to Am I Infected as there are no logs. ~ OB

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Hi all,

Last week my laptop got infected with spyware. I've downloaded a spyware removing program that searches & destroys the spyware.(called Search & Destroy)
Although I regularly run the search/destroy program my computer is still extremely slow, and wont open up certain webpages/sites. Other webpages looks totally mashed up when I do access them, and pictures/images wont display.

I also downloaded and installed a firewall (outpost).

Can someone tell me what the actual problem is?? I thought I had gotten rid of everything- do I need to update settings? Did my settings change when I ran the first spyware scan?

Im going slightly crazy....please help.

x
 

A:Removed spyware- pc still slow

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Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 9:47:54 PM, on 13/09/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16512)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\HPZipm12.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\snmp.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\UAService7.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_02\bin\jusched.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\PRISMSVR.EXE
C:\Program Files\Intel\Modem Event Monitor\IntelMEM.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\dla\tfswctrl.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgw.exe
C:\Program Files\InterVideo\Common\Bin\WinCinemaMgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgwb.dat
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.home.eastlink.ca/
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwli... Read more

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Hi I recently loaded Bootskin and decided to remove the program after experiencing problems. Since then I've had more problems. My system wouldn't load config.sys and I had to use a recovery installation as everytime I tried to use the repair console it said the administrator password was invalid although I hold all the passwords for the PC. I have since got my pc working again and managed to create disks to access the pc recovery console with a microsoft version of it and have fixed my boot. My boot.ini file looks normal except:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect

For one why is it partition 2? Is that normal? I have reinstalled windows before but I always ask for a clean install.

Also my pc is loading really slow onto the logon screen although that is back to default. When loaded it works perfect but it stays on windows loading for ages and ages...

Another point I might add is that I get two error messages on loading showing something like [][][][] couldn't load. I checked in MSCONFIG and these symbols are also next to HCKU/Software/windows NT/currentversion/Windows:Load and Software/microsoft/windows NT/currentversion/windows.

One final point I will add is that when I run spybot every single time I get a DSO exploit in:
DSO Exploit: Data source object exploit (Registry change, nothing done)... Read more

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HI, my computer was working fine a few days ago. I had some viruses so I downloaded Spydoctor, I
had already tried Malwarebytes etc. The viruses are gone as far as any visible ones, however, now my
computer is so slow, it feels there is still something in the background dragging. I've disabled
spydoctor for a while to see if this was the issue--but it is still VERY slow. I have to email you from safe mode
I've included a hijack this log
Thanks for the help in advance.
I have Windows XP. version 2002 THis is a Dell Dimension 2350 Pentium 4 220 GGH, 512 MB RAM
I have a newer computer and this one is normally fine for just surfing the internet; thats basically all
we expect it to do --I have a wireless setup and my wireless is fine and my laptop is as fast as ever etc.
so it's within this computer itself. I've tried REgistry mechanic also and it didn't return it anywhere near
to how it worked a few days ago.
 

A:Viruses removed/still slow as mud

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I had windows 7 running on my computer. When windows 8 came out I used a second harddrive as the windows 8 installation drive. Windows 8 automatically setup a dual boot system where every time I started the computer it took me a windows screen where I could select either windows 7 or windows 8. This has been going on since Windows 8 was released.

I decided it was getting old so I decided it was time to remove the old windows 7 harddrive. I tried doing it inside the windows 8 dual boot screen but could not find an option. So I decided to reformat the windows 7 harddrive. I did this in command prompt mode. After doing so when my computer restarted it said it could not find any harddrive to boot. Windows 8 is installed on the other harddrive, the one that was not reformatted. So how do I get it to start using that harddrive as the boot drive? I checked my bios and even physically disconnected the old HD that had windows 7 on it, but none of that seemed to help even though the Windows 8 HD is definitely in the boot order in the bios.

I don't even know how to begin googling this problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Dual Boot, then removed old HD now no boot at all

You apparently overlooked a little detail. The bootmgr of Windows 8 was sitting on the Windows 7 disk. That was because you did not disconnect the Windows 7 disk when you installed Windows 8.

Until we know what's left on your disk, it's hard to tell how to fix it. Use the bootable CD of Partition Wizard and take a picture of what it shows.

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directed to open advanced help request - Original thread here:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic437833.html

- Ran Defogger & selected disable.

- <<< DDS txt log: >>>

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DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSx86
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_24
Run by faceman2000 at 18:17:37 on 2012-01-15
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.511.312 [GMT -6:00]
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AV: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012 *Enabled/Updated* {17DDD097-36FF-435F-9E1B-52D74245D6BF}
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============== Running Processes ===============
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C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
svchost.exe
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\mdm.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k imgsvc
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\CTHELPER.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\NOTEPAD.EXE
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============== Pseudo HJT Report ===============
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uStart Page = hxxp://127.0.0.1/
mURLSearchHooks: H - No File
BHO: Adobe PDF Link Helper: {18df081c-e8ad-4283-a596-fa578c2ebdc3} - c:\program files\common files\adobe\acrobat\activex\AcroIEHelperShim.dll
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A:virus removed, but computer still very slow

Hello and welcome to the forums!My secret agent name on the forums is SweetTech (you can call me Agent ST for short), it's a pleasure to meet you. I would be glad to take a look at your log and help you with solving any malware problems.If you have since resolved the issues you were originally experiencing, or have received help elsewhere, please inform me so that this topic can be closed. If you have not, please adhere to the guidelines below and then follow instructions as outlined further below:Logs from malware removal programs (OTL is one of them) can take some time to analyze. I need you to be patient while I analyze any logs you post. Please remember, I am a volunteer, and I do have a life outside of these forums.
Please make sure to carefully read any instruction that I give you. Attention to detail is important! Since I cannot see or directly interact with your computer I am dependent on you to "be my eyes" and provide as much information as you can regarding the current state of your computer.
If you're not sure, or if something unexpected happens, do NOT continue! Stop and ask!
If I instruct you to download a specific tool in which you already have, please delete the copy that you have and re-download the tool. The reason I ask you to do this is because these tools are updated fairly regularly.
Do not do things I do not ask for, such as running a spyware scan on your computer. The one thing... Read more

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Hi everyoneI am new to this forum and I really need some help. I posted about this problem a few days back but sadly nobody replied http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...;hl=blue+screenOriginally I was helping a friend by working on her laptop which would not even finish starting up in safe mode most of the time. When windows would start up fully, there would be a blue screen error shortly after indicating a "physical memory dump" because some hardware or software had been improperly installed. Needless to say the system ran unimaginably slow (took 20 minutes to open IE).The laptop specs are as follows:Toshiba Satellite p25-s5263XP Home SP3Pentium 4 3GHz512 RAMPC-cillin Antivirus80 Gb HD with 53 Gb free spaceIE 7I have made some progress since then. It seems I have removed all the viruses and malware since malwarebytes and AVG scans find nothing. I ran hijack this and nothing looks suspicious. I even ran a registry cleaner. The performance has since improved. I no longer get a BLUE SCREEN error message but it is still running very slow. The hard disk does not need defraging. I ran debugging mode once prior to resuming windows so I believe that includes a run with scandisk. Cleared internet cashe as well.I'm running out of things I can think to do. My friend indicated that she hasn't installed any new software or hardware or completed any updates in the last three months other than an installation of MS Word and Publisher.What could be ca... Read more

A:Removed Viruses but still painfully slow

I posted about this problem a few days back but sadly nobody replied http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...;hl=blue+screenYou did get a reply, and a question was asked that you didn't answer.

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Hi, I have recently removed Cool www variants, My Search Assistant and a couple of others.I removed all in safe mode and used the following programmesSpybot Search and DestrotXoftspyAd Aware SEAlso installed sypware blasterAll XP updates and security patches.Running XP Home on Toshiba laptop. Not the most powerful machine in the world but still too slow.HJT log attachedLogfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 21:29:02, on 26/06/2006Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5346.0005)Running 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:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\System32\00THotkey.exeC:\Program Files\Apoint2K\Apoint.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\TPWRTRAY.EXEC:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TOSHIBA Controls\TFncKy.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\scchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Works Shared\wkcalrem.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\scchosts.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\scchostc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\wscntfy.exeC:\Program Files\Apoint2K\Apntex.exeC:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exeC:\Program Files\WinRAR&#... Read more

A:Slow Performance - Spyware Removed - I Think?!

Hello there obtc101, It is a good idea to print off these instructions - they will be needed later when internet access is not available. You may also like to save these instructions in word/notepad to the desktop where they can be easily found for the same reasons as above. It is important that you complete the following instructions in the correct order, and also that you don't miss anything out!I think that you have left the coolwebsearch infection active, which is causing the slow down. You are missing one important program on that computer: An antivirus. This is somewhat suicidal in today's digital world.You need to install an antivirus program as soon as you can and run a complete scan of the computer. AVG, Avira OR Avast are good FREE antivirus.Never install more than one antivirusscanner or firewall on your system! Several together can give problems and decrease the reliability of it seriously!Zonealarm, Agnitum Outpost Free OR Kerio are FREE firewalls. Understanding and using firewallsPlease move HijackThis to another location, preferably c:\Program Files\HijackThis. Anywhere is fine, other than your Desktop or a Temp folder. If HijackThis is in a temporary folder you run the risk of accidentally deleting the backups or it clutters your desktop with all the backups.If you use Windows XP it might be that you just double clicked on the file HijackThis.exe, but that only extracts the file to a temporary folder. Please select the file and Extract it... Read more

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I got some spyware on my computer, used Malwarebytes and Spybot to get rid of it. But my computer's performance hasnt returned to 100% of what i was before the infection.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 11:08:12 PM, on 9/15/2011
Platform: Windows 7 SP1 (WinNT 6.00.3505)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v9.00 (9.00.8112.16421)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\AppleMobileDeviceHelper.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Apple\Apple Application Support\distnoted.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWTray.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Yahoo!\Messenger\YahooMessenger.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Yahoo!\Messenger\YahooMessenger.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Plugin Manager\skypePM.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Trend Micro\HiJackThis\HiJackThis.exe
C:\Users\Zero Knight\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Users\Zero Knight\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Users\Zero Knight\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Appl... Read more

A:Malware Removed (I think) Computer still slow

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The PC I've been using, and that I'm getting ready to give to my mom, I've had it for a little over a year now.

Granted its running XP SP2 with just 256MB RAM, it still never used to be SO SLOW. I had programs such as Photoshop (which I know will slow the computer), a few instant messaging devices, Kazaa Peer Network Sharing, etc. But I have removed all of these programs through the control panel.

I've used my computer mostly for surfing, playing around on photoshop, storing digital images, typing up essays, etc.

When I hover my mouse over C:\ it says 37GB size, with 23GB free space.

I'm running an AMD Athlon 64 Processor
3200+, 2.01GHz, 240MB RAM

I'm trying to clean up this computer for my mom..so really the only programs I have left on here are iTunes, Quicktime, Microsoft Office, Mozilla Firefox 5.0, etc. Really basic programs such as that, along with personal files such as mp3's, digital photos, etc.

Also, I just did disk clean up and used CA Security Center to check for viruses (which it said it didn't find any..odd?). I plan on doing a defrag tonight as well.

Any help?

A:Removed programs..PC still SLOW and bogged down..1 yr old

There's always the possibility that you could have introduced malware with Kazaa. One virus checking program won't find everything. To do a full check, follow the steps in this thread, but DON'T post a HJT log until we are sure nothing else is causing the problem. Also try running CleanUp. It does a more thorough job than Disc Clean. If you do use CleanUp, before you run it, click on Options and make sure that the only boxes checked are "Empty Recycle Bin", "Delete Prefetch files" and "CleanUp! All Users". Click the Temporary Files tab at the top and make sure "Scan drives for file matching" is unchecked. If, after doing all that and defragging, you don't see an improvement then you can consider posting a HJT log. Good luck.

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I recently had a nasty series of viruses, malwares, etc. attack my computer. I loaded Kaspersky and Malwarebytes and have found and cleaned all that they saw. I've run Trend Micro's housecall antivirus and it finds nothing either. The way the computer freezes and takes forever to load makes me think that there is something that I have missed. I went through all the tutorials on this site and ran the cleaners, error checkers, defrags, etc and it is still quite slow. Please help me out if you can and take a look at the log to see if there is something I have missed. It's almost as if a program is trying to load and is tying up my system resources, but the task manager indicates nothing out of the ordinary. Thank you in advance.DDS (Ver_10-10-10.02) - NTFSx86 Run by Owner at 15:27:22.89 on Sat 10/09/2010Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.382.35 [GMT -4:00]AV: Kaspersky Internet Security *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {2C4D4BC6-0793-4956-A9F9-E252435469C0}FW: Kaspersky Internet Security *enabled* {2C4D4BC6-0793-4956-A9F9-E252435469C0}============== Running Processes ===============C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunchsvchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcsC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k WudfServiceGroupsvchost.exesvchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\W... Read more

A:Removed multiple malwares, still slow

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. Please include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Please refrain from running tools or applying updates other than those we suggest while we are cleaning up your computer. The reason for this is so we know what is going on with the machine at any time. Some programs can interfere with others and hamper the recovery process.Even if you have already provided information about your PC, we need a new log to see what has changed since you originally posted your problem.We need to create an OTL ReportPlease download OTL from one of the following mirrors:This is THE MirrorSave it to your desktop.Double click on the icon on your desktop.Click the "Scan All Users" checkbox.In the custom scan box paste the following:CODEmsconfigsafebootminimalactivexdrivers32netsvcs%SYSTEMDRIVE%\*.exe/md5st... Read more

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Hi all and firstly great site and many thanks in advance for taking the time to read this and maybe help me. I came home yesterday to find my son at the pc almost crying, he had been on here looking for a keygen(kids dont learn) and had visited many warez sites, I had avira antivirus installed but through him downloading something a virus got through. avira wouldnt clean them and the pc was getting slower and slower so he installed bitdefender and spybot. He ran both of these and found a few viruses and some spyware which he thinks he has removed, he also tried registry cleaning software from coffee cup and deleted registry entries. Now the pc is even slower strugling to do even simple tasks. The viruses he listed are BDS/POISON.V.14, WORM/AUTORUN.OGA, TR/AGENT.27648.22, TR/DLDR.AGENT.AHCG, TR/VIRTL.PORTSCA.2, HEUR/HTML.MALWARE AND FRONTRA. I dont know what else to tell you other than when I close the pc it has a few error screens come up saying programs are trying to close etc, 1 being msnmessenger and another called secservice. Hope somebody out there can help. many regards Ray Smith
 

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Both of my teens have Windows XP and both computers are running extremely slow after virus/spyware removal. One gets a debugging pop up everytime you try to do anything. I've tried to run skndsk but can only run it in a read only mode. Can anyone advised what to do without having to run fdisk and reformat the hard drive?
 

A:computer too slow after virus removed

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I've gone through the instructions prior to running hijack this. Removed at least one hijacker and multiple trojans and spyware and my computer is still running VERY slowly. Any advice you can give would be most appreciated. Thanks in advance for your help! HLogfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 11:12:52 AM, on 10/15/2006Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5450.0004)Running 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:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXBCES.EXEC:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\SPOOLSV.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXPPS.EXEC:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\acs.exeC:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\AOL\ACS\acsd.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\cisvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXEC:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exeC:\PROGRA~1\TRENDM~1\INTERN~1\PCCTLCOM.EXEC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\PROGRA~1\TRENDM~1\INTERN~1\Tmntsrv.exeC:\PROGRA~1\TRENDM~1\INTERN~1\TMPROXY.EXEC:\PROGRA... Read more

A:Removed Malware But Running Very Slow

Hi and welcome to Bleeping Computer! My name is Sam and I will be helping you.

You should not run more than one antivirus program at a time. Uninstall all antivirus programs except for one and your computer should run much better.

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I usually run AVG 9.0 Free edition but discovered my computer was running slower after a visit to a Starbucks. I then ran:MalwarebytesSuperAntiSpyware (found trojan and a few other items)Malwarebytes again (found rootkit)I have been having trouble getting the GMER log.My computer is an HP Pavillion Turion64Running Windows XP Service Pack 2 Media Center EditionThanks in advance for any help!DDS (Ver_09-12-01.01) - NTFSx86 Run by Diana Guerrero at 9:18:33.15 on Fri 03/12/2010Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_13============== Running Processes ===============C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgchsvx.exeC:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgrsx.exeC:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgcsrvx.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgwdsvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehRecvr.exeC:\WINDOWS\ehome\ehtray.exeC:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exeC:\Program Files\HP\QuickPlay\QPService.exeC:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehSched.exeC:\Program Files\hpq\HP Wireless Assistant\HP Wireless Assistant.exeC:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exeC:\Program Files\Iomega\AutoDisk\ADUserMon.exeC:\Program Files\Iomega\DriveIcons\ImgIcon... Read more

A:Removed multiple infections still slow & need help

Hello , And to the Bleeping Computer Malware Removal Forum. My name is Elise and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems.I will be working on your malware issues, this may or may not solve other issues you may have with your machine.Please note that whatever repairs we make, are for fixing your computer problems only and by no means should be used on another computer.The cleaning process is not instant. Logs can take some time to research, so please be patient with me. I know that you need your computer working as quickly as possible, and I will work hard to help see that happen. Please reply using the Add/Reply button in the lower right hand corner of your screen. Do not start a new topic. The logs that you post should be pasted directly into the reply. Only attach them if requested or if they do not fit into the post.Unfortunately, if I do not hear back from you within 5 days, I will be forced to close your topic. If you still need help after I have closed your topic, send me or a moderator a personal message with the address of the thread or feel free to create a new one.You may want to keep the link to this topic in your favorites. Alternatively, you can click the button at the top bar of this topic and Track this Topic, where you can choose email notifications. The topics you are tracking are shown here.-----------------------------------------------------------If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you let... Read more

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Removed virus but computer still very slow.

Running Windows XP Pro.

I think this was while logged in to the site: grooveshark.com <edit: using Firefox browser at the time>

Computer started being extremely slow & making lots of noise like running a lot of programs.

Ran Spybot Search & Destroy, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, AVG free edition - removed any viruses found.

Had to start Windows in safe mode for Malware bytes to remove the last bits.

Computer still slow, so downloaded, updated & ran Super Anti-Spyware, and also PC tools free anti-virus.

SAS found a couple reg entries - removed.

Downloaded & ran CC Cleaner.

Uninstalled: Anti-Spyware, PC tools free anti-virus, and CC cleaner.

Computer is better, but still slower than normal, and network icon shows to be still trying to connect, even though I am back online now.

I am able to download or run any programs necessary, just hoping I don't need to re-install Windows. Unfortunately, I have not done a recent backup or restore point.

Thank you in advance for any help you may be able to give!

A:Removed virus but computer still very slow

Welcome aboard Download Security Check from HERE, and save it to your Desktop. * Double-click SecurityCheck.exe * Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box. * A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.=============================================================================Please download Farbar Service Scanner and run it on the computer with the issue.Make sure the following options are checked:
Internet ServicesWindows FirewallSystem RestoreSecurity CenterWindows UpdatePress "Scan".It will create a log (FSS.txt) in the same directory the tool is run.Please copy and paste the log to your reply.====================================================================================Please download MiniToolBox and run it.Checkmark following boxes:Report IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Users, Partitions and Memory sizeClick Go and post the result.=============================================================================Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (aka MBAM): http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free to your desktop. * Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program. * At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware,... Read more

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Hey all,
My PC's acting crazy, I'm sure there's tons of crap stuck in it. Will someone please help me sift through my log, and possibly explain to me how to get rid of the bad stuff for good... Thanks!!

Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 7:42:20 PM, on 10/6/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINNT\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\services.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\STOPzilla!\szntsvc.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\rundll32.exe
C:\WINNT\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINNT\System32\pctspk.exe
C:\docume~1\sterling\locals~1\temp\JShDS.exe
C:\WINNT\otdpkq.exe
C:\Program Files\MSN Apps\Updater\01.02.3000.1001\en-us\msnappau.exe
C:\documents and settings\sterling\local settings\temp\rnFyTBN.exe
C:\winnt\180ax.exe
C:\WINNT\updatetc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA.EXE
C:\WINNT\System32\CTsvcCDA.EXE
C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton Utilities\NPROTECT.EXE
C:\WINNT\System32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~1\SPEEDD~1\nopdb.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE
C:\Documents and Settings\sterling\Desktop\HijackThis.exe

O2 - BHO: (no name) - {E3215F20-3212-11D6-9F8B-00D0B743919D} - C:\WINNT\System32\SZIEBHO.dll
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A:HJT items removed/PC Extremly slow now

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