I can't see anything wrong. ash... = Avast antivirus.
How about the CPU usage? System idle should be above 95% when you're doing nothing.
I run Windows XP Pro SP2, IE7.
My system Information are as follows:-
OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name HOME
System Manufacturer ECS
System Model M825VXX
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 6 Model 8 Stepping 1 AuthenticAMD ~1200 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. 07.00T, 4/2/2001
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)"
User Name HOME\Smarty
Time Zone SA Western Standard Time
Total Physical Memory 1,024.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 541.45 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 1.40 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys
I downloaded Firefox recently and had to uninstall same because the system began to run very slow. I ran virus and spyware scans that turned up nothing using AVG, Avast, Spybot S&D, and Xoftspy. I am now minded to use A Squared online scanner.
Several checks made via Task Manager has revealed figures that may or may not be alarming. I am acquainted with the fact that you can look and see whats running and the amount of CPU and Memory usage. I have noticed the following readings:-
iexplore.exe Smarty memory usage 58,348 k
ashWebsv.exe SYSTEM 38,104 K
explorer Smarty 41,088 k
ashserve.exe SYSTEM 19,628 k
svchost SYSTEM 40,432 k
The above use the most memory. Tea Timer was using about 40,348 k but I unticked it so it does not run. I do not know whether the items above should rerad that way. they give me cause for alarm. I forgot to say that there are 33 running processes.
Can you advise whether the above readings are normal or are leading to trouble. I find startup a bit sluggish and that internet pages including msn, microsoft, yahoo mail avast and even Cnet take more time to load.
One thing I do regularly is to clean out Temporary internet files, cookies, temp files and forms almost on a daily basis. I also do disk cleanup and run scans regularly as well as to defrag. I have also noticed that there are quite a lot of addins most from microsoft and Sun Java. Active x controls and browser helpers.
Thanking you in anticipation for your advice and/or suggestions.