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Computer Slowing Down...

by whizkid454 / April 10, 2007 8:33 AM PDT

Recently, my computer has been slowing down quite a bit during startup. From the XP logon screen to when my computer is actually ready to go, it takes a good five minutes whereas a couple months ago it took about a minute. I have uninstalled any unecessary programs, ran Disk Cleanup, went through msconfig and stopped all unecessary startup programs, and used CCleaner to clean out all junk. What could be the problem(s)? Any solutions you could think of? Thanks.

PS: System specs are in profile.
PS2: If anymore info is needed please let me know.

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Forgot to add...
by whizkid454 / April 10, 2007 8:37 AM PDT

Ran Disk Defrag too.

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Not enough
by jackson dougless / April 10, 2007 10:15 AM PDT

CCleaner is going to miss a lot of things. If memory serves, there's a sticky message over on the virus and security forum that gives a list of free malware removal programs.

After you've run all of those, I'd strongly recommend an "anything but Internet Explorer or Internet Explorer based" browser policy. You have about three major choices on Windows... Doesn't really matter much which one you pick, just pick the one you like and use it instead of Internet Explorer. Your choices would be: Mozilla Firefox, Seamonkey, and Opera. Everything else is likely to be based on IE, thus subject to the same problems as IE. This should help keep the problem from coming back. It's not a guarantee, but it's the best you're going to get at the present time.

I also often recommend an "anything but Outlook or Outlook Express" email client policy as well. I'm not aware of any other email clients using any part of those two, so take your pick of the dozens of options out there. Just sort of an added bonus, unless you enjoy receiving large quantities of spam. In which case, carry on using Outlook or Outlook Express. May you be blessed with more ***** enlargement pill, prescription drug, and 419 scam solicitations than you could ever hope to read through in a lifetime.

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Actually...
by whizkid454 / April 10, 2007 11:00 AM PDT
In reply to: Not enough

I have run (almost) every anti-malware program available. I also have Norton IS 2007. I run it pretty often as well.

I do use IE7 and Outlook. I have not gotten anything suspicious by using IE7, but of course stuff goes on even though you don't know it. No alerts given by Norton through Auto-Protect. Surprisingly, I get very few junk email/spam. No viruses gotten to date either (knock on wood). I think I've only gotten about 20 spam emails in the whole 5 years I've been using Outlook. Guess I'm pretty lucky... Wink

I guess I could give Firefox a try. Any other suggestions about factors PC-oriented (hardware/software issues not virus/spyware threats) that could be causing this? Thanks.

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When you're asking for help.......
by caktus / April 10, 2007 10:31 AM PDT

[providing] spec's may entice more Forum Members to reply, or enable them to reply sooner. Some of the Forum Members stay pretty busy as it is. Happy

Do any applications start or run slowly as well?

Charlie

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Hmmm...
by whizkid454 / April 10, 2007 11:04 AM PDT

I thought I said as a PS that the system specs were in my profile. Simply click on my username to go there. If you want me to copy them here, I guess I will if it helps you.

Dell Dimension E510
Windows XP MCE 2005
Pentium D 820 (2.8Ghz)
1 GB DDR2-533 RAM
256MB ATI X600 graphics
80GB HDD (30GB free)
External 250GB HDD (160GB free)

About the apps. They do seem to take some extra time to load, but they seem to run normally once the program fully opens.

Thanks.

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