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Computer is now as slow as leap year Christmas

by kemperhills / December 31, 2010 6:47 AM PST

I have a Dell Optiplex 170L with Windows XP, SP2, Home Edition. It has a Pentium 4 processor.

Here is the problem, it has become so slow that at times it locks up for 15 to 20 seconds to complete just opening a Microsoft Works file.

I have run Spybot S&D, CCCleaner and McAfee and found nothing.

Today a green square box showed up in the Task Bar. I showed the CPU running at 100%. I checked the computer over several hours and it continued to run 100%. The last time I checked the CPU was constantly varying from about 10% to 100%. I opened the Task Manager and found that as the CPU usage got higher iexplore would go up. I also noticed that I have two iexplore process running in Task Manager. One has a memory usage of 11,128k and the other 90,280k

Can anyone tell me why the CPU runs at 100% most of the time, when nothing is being done on the computer, why I have two iexplore exe's on the Task Manager, and how to fix this problem with this computer. Thanks

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 31, 2010 6:54 AM PST
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by kemperhills / December 31, 2010 7:09 AM PST
In reply to: Bingo.

Sorry, but both of the links you posted carried me to an Overclocking discussion.

As for unimstalling Spybot, why would that make any difference. I have two HP computers running both McAfee and Spybot and neither of them have slowed down. One of which I am now on and the CPU is running at 7 %.

I'm not trying to argue with you only confused as to the instructions you gave. Thanks

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Why yes it did!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 31, 2010 7:16 AM PST
In reply to: Confused

The member started off asking about over clocking and with a little redirect we dove in and found overlapping protection and that identity feature that is dogging some machines.

And you are right. Some machines don't slow down with that combination.

I don't want to argue either but offer what I'm finding along with discussions to speed up the process.

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by kemperhills / December 31, 2010 7:29 AM PST
In reply to: Why yes it did!

Ok, thanks for the help. I will try it.

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by bhringer / January 1, 2011 12:52 AM PST
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First thing I would do, after uninstalling Spybot, is Install SP3 and get all the updates. Since you really have any iexplore.exe without your browser being open,I would download and run MalwareBytes.

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by kemperhills / March 16, 2011 10:12 AM PDT
In reply to: XP SP2

Sorry guys forgot to let you know what happened. It was the HD going bad. Sort of fooled me as it worked perfectly was just slow as Christmas. Something happened and I simply told my wife that I was going to try another HD as that one was a few years old.

New HD, fast speed. Sorry again as you guys are always helpful. Just wanted you to know the outcome.

Thanks again.

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