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Systems slows down at 5 pm

I have a Windows XP professional edition, on a Dell 500m inspiron. For some reason at 5 pm every evening, the system slows down considerably. I havent scheduled anything to be running at that hour. Is there something in particular that I need to check to find out the why this could be happening?

Any help on this would be appreciated.

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Just To Be Clear...

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When you say that your system is slowing down, do you mean that open programs don't respond as quickly? Just want to be sure that you don't mean it's your internet access/web browsing.

What sort of antivirus/spyware programs are you running? Which other programs are you using at that time?

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I agree, and

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if you are not talking about your internet connection, then you could check the Task Manager to see if any Process is taking up CPU usage.

To use the Task Manager right click the Task Bar and select Task Manager. When the Task Manager window displays, click Processes tab to display a list of running Processes. Make sure you can see the column for CPU. If you cannot, goto View > Select Columns, and select CPU Usage. Then click the CPU column header twice to list CPU usage in descending order.

It's best to open the Task Manager a few minutes before 5:00 and then watch to see what, if any, process begins to monopolize the cpu.

Post back your results if you decide to do this.


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Systems going slow

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Thanks for your reply. No, its not the web browsing, but the programs that I have opened stops responding. Typically, I have Outlook, a couple of instances of IE opened.

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Let us know how those scans go,

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and what takes all the CPU usage in the Task Manager at these times.

What happens if, before 5:00, you close down Outlook, and IE? Is the computer performance still slow?


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CPU usage

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Hi Mark,
The CPU usage seems to be normal. There was an exe McSript_...exe that would run often at that point of time, which apparently is some McAfee stuff.

The system is goes slow even if I dont have the Outlook opened. I thought there may have been a SQL Job running, but nothing in the scheduler as well.

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This might help

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A similar question was raised recently in the McAfee forums here;

The expert there who gave advice is our fellow Moderator Grif Thomas, who moonshines in those forums as well, Happy

It's seems that the McScript.exe is the main suspect, and that might make sense in your own case.

I hope that helps.


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Hi Mark,
I noticed that at 5pm McUpdate.exe started, but I immediately stopped it. And then, I stopped Outlook, Skype, Google talk.exe, but yet the system is slowing down. I am analysing the Task Manager, but not sure yet.

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Could be that McAfee Updater

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Do you have McAfee Anti-Virus installed on this computer? If so, McUpdate.exe could refer to McAfee's update scheduler.

The way to check that is to change the time the McAfee scheduler checks for updates, then see if you still have a system slowdown at 5:00pm, or whether any slowdown happens at the new time.

I assume this is McAfee checking for anti-virus definition updates and installing them, but even so, I would not have expected any significant slowdown.


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