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Problems with Win98 SE shutdown and memory

by Stargun007 / May 1, 2004 12:39 PM PDT

I've had some problem with my PC lately and I can't seem to find a way to fix it. I was getting rid of some spyware (via Ad-Aware), and I guess I touched something sensitive, because afterwards my entire PC started screwing up on me. First of all, whenever I start Windows, my desktop keeps refreshing over and over again. My PC has also gotten even slower than it already was (seems like too much memory is being used). And on top of that, I can't do any normal shut down. As soon as Windows actually starts shutting down, it freezes (but the desktop is gone, so I'm assuming it just closes Explorer and gets stuck on something else). Anybody have any idea on how to fix it? I'd be much obliged.

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What happens if you undo the changes made by Adaware (restore the objects in quarantine)?
by Kees Bakker / May 1, 2004 7:32 PM PDT

And what more did you do than let adaware put some objects in quarantine?

Kees

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Part I.
by Cursorcowboy / May 1, 2004 10:40 PM PDT

1. First of all, whenever I start Windows, my desktop keeps refreshing over and over again.

a. Are you not describing the simple fact that Windows is flipping between the MS-DOS screen (black) and the startup screen (GUI) during the boot which may be caused when items are processed through the configuration files (TSRs) that is really unnecessary for Windows use?

b. Were the Autoexec.bat and Config.sys files not used previously?

c. Otherwise, explain thoroughly just what this "refreshing over and over again" does and for how long?

2. And on top of that, I can't do any normal shut down. As soon as Windows actually starts shutting down, it freezes (but the desktop is gone, so I'm assuming it just closes Explorer and gets stuck on something else).

a. "Problems Shutting Down Windows 98 Second Edition (Q238096)."

b. "Windows 98 Second Edition Shutdown Supplement (Q239887)."

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Re:Part II.
by Cursorcowboy / May 1, 2004 10:40 PM PDT
In reply to: Part I.

1. The article [Q192926] discusses the Clean-boot troubleshooting process and procedure to perform a Diagnostic Startup and refers to methods of reducing behaviors that may occur because of the system's environment.

2. Create a Bootlog.txt (hidden file in the root of C:\). When starting the computer, use the Startup Menu to create it.

Note: When examining this file in any text editor -- Notepad in Windows, or typing edit bootlog.txt at the MS-DOS prompt and then pressing Enter (clicking the icon in front of MS_DOS Prompt in the top colored bar provides MS-DOS commands), look for lines ending in LoadFailure which may indicate either a device or software problem.

a. The article [Q127970] discusses the hidden Bootlog.txt, describes content, and explains certain items that may be indicated as a Load Failed which does not necessarily indicate a problem.

b. The article [Q118579] explains the root folder text file Msdos.sys set with Read-Only, System, and Hidden attributes, that this file is set to be at least 1,024 bytes in length, and describes the [Options] section that contain the settings and their meaning. Instructions are contained which allows a user to set certain options which creates the Bootlog.txt file during boot.

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Three things I do.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 2, 2004 12:47 AM PDT

1. No parasites.

Clean pass from Adware, Spybot, Cwshredder and Housecall.

2. A little optimizing with the help of Optimizing Windows from http://www.aumha.org Shutdown problems? Same link.

3. Use a good but less impacting Antivirus. Like Free AVG from http://www.grisoft.com

Bob

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