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Too much of a good thing ? 70+ running processes ......

by emailbob58 / August 31, 2008 1:58 AM PDT

70+ running processes, slow internet and processing.

Despite an addition of two 512 memory chips and regular Microsoft updates, I seem to be running slower than before. I have recently started using Firfox instead of IE through a Verizon broadband connection and I am also using the XP, AVG and Desktop Maestro security software (AdAware and Spybot as well).

I am trusting CNet as an objective-informed source for most downloads

? What should I change to maximize my system performance ?

Thanks in advance for the help. Bob

Here is the Belarc report:

Operating System System Model
Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 (build 2600) Dell Computer Corporation Dimension 4600
System Service Tag: GQXR431 (support for this PC)
Chassis Serial Number: GQXR431
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
2.40 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
8 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: Dell Computer Corp. 02Y832
Serial Number: ..CN4811135M00IA.
Bus Clock: 800 megahertz
BIOS: Dell Computer Corporation A06 10/08/2003
Drives Memory Modules c,d
59.95 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
36.01 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

_NEC DVD+RW ND-1100A [CD-ROM drive]

IC35L060AVV207-0 [Hard drive] (60.00 GB) -- drive 0, s/n VNVB02G2CMP55V, rev V22OA66A, SMART Status: Healthy
USB Flash Memory USB Device [Hard drive] (1.00 GB) -- drive 1 1280 Megabytes Installed Memory

Slot 'CHANNEL A DIMM 0' has 512 MB
Slot 'CHANNEL B DIMM 0' has 512 MB
Slot 'CHANNEL A DIMM 1' has 128 MB
Slot 'CHANNEL B DIMM 1' has 128 MB
Local Drive Volumes

c: (on drive 0) 59.95 GB 36.01 GB free

Logins Network Drives

Installed Microsoft Hotfixes Printers
M928366 (details...) on 07/11/07
S867460 (details...) on 11/06/04
KB870669 (details...)
Q823718 (details...) on 12/20/03
Q832483 (details...) on 02/10/04
DX819696 (details...)
KB839643-DIRECTX9 (details...) on 06/11/04
Internet Explorer 6
KB834707-IE6SP1-20040929.091901 (details...) on 10/15/04
Q936181 (details...) on 05/27/08
Step By Step Interactive Training
KB898458 (details...) on 06/16/05
KB923723 (details...) on 02/16/07
Windows Media Format 11 SDK
KB929399 (details...)
Windows Media Player 11
KB936782_WMP11 (details...)
KB939683 (details...)
Windows Media Player 6.4
KB925398_WMP64 (details...)
Windows Media Player 9
KB917734_WMP9 (details...)
Windows Media Player
WM817787 (details...)
WM828026 (details...)
Q828026 (details...) on 12/20/03
Windows XP
KB923689 (details...)
KB941569 (details...)
KB928090-IE7 (details...) on 03/16/07
KB929969 (details...) on 03/16/07
KB931768-IE7 (details...) on 05/08/07
KB933566-IE7 (details...) on 06/14/07
KB937143-IE7 (details...) on 08/15/07
KB938127-IE7 (details...) on 08/15/07
KB939653-IE7 (details...) on 10/10/07
KB942615-IE7 (details...) on 12/12/07
KB944533-IE7 (details...) on 02/14/08
KB947864-IE7 (details...) on 04/09/08
KB950759-IE7 (details...) on 06/16/08
KB953838-IE7 (details...) on 08/13/08
MSCOMPPACKV1 (Microsoft Compression Client Pack 1.0 for Windows XP) on 03/03/07
KB811113[SP] (details...) on 11/06/04
KB929969 (details...) on 01/13/07
KB936929[SP] (details...) on 08/24/08
KB946648 (details...) on 08/24/08
KB950760 (details...) on 06/16/08
KB950762 (details...) on 08/24/08
KB950974 (details...) on 08/24/08
KB951066 (details...) on 08/24/08
KB951072-V2 (details...) on 08/13/08
KB951376 (details...) on 08/24/08
KB951376-V2 (details...) on 08/24/08
KB951698 (details...) on 08/24/08
KB951748 (details...) on 08/24/08
KB951978 (details...) on 08/25/08
KB952287 (details...) on 08/24/08
KB952954 (details...) on 08/24/08
KB953839 (details...) on 08/13/08
IDNMITIGATIONAPIS (Microsoft Internationalized Domain Names Mitigation APIs) on 03/12/07
NLSDOWNLEVELMAPPING (Microsoft National Language Support Downlevel APIs) on 03/12/07

Click here to see all available security Hotfixes.

Marks a HotFix that verifies correctly
Marks a HotFix that fails verification
(Failing hotfixes need to be reinstalled)
An unmarked HotFix lacks the data to allow verification CAPTURE FAX BVRP on NUL:
Dell AIO Printer A940 on USB001
Microsoft Shared Fax Driver on SHRFAX:

Controllers Display
Standard floppy disk controller
Intel(R) 82801EB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers
Intel(R) 82801EB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers
Primary IDE Channel [Controller]
Secondary IDE Channel [Controller] Radeon X1650 Series [Display adapter]
Radeon X1650 Series Secondary [Display adapter]
DELL E172FP [Monitor] (17.1"vis, s/n J180639MGCX7, September 2003)
Bus Adapters Multimedia
Intel(R) 82801EB USB Universal Host Controller - 24D2
Intel(R) 82801EB USB Universal Host Controller - 24D4
Intel(R) 82801EB USB Universal Host Controller - 24D7
Intel(R) 82801EB USB Universal Host Controller - 24DE
Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller Creative SB Live! Series (WDM)
Game Port for SB Live! Series
Unimodem Half-Duplex Audio Device
Communications Other Devices
Conexant D850 56K V.9x DFVc Modem
Intel(R) PRO/100 VE Network Connection
Westell WireSpeed Dual Connect Modem
Network Card MAC Address: 00:0F:DB:80:8C:7E
Network IP Address: / 24 HID-compliant device
USB Human Interface Device
Dell AIO Printer A940
Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
Logitech USB WheelMouse
USB Composite Device
USB Mass Storage Device
USB Printing Support
USB Root Hub
USB Root Hub
USB Root Hub
USB Root Hub
USB Root Hub
Software Licenses

Microsoft - Interactive Training 22503-OEM-0000007-00000 (Key: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx)e
Microsoft - Internet Explorer 92318-600-0011903-00102
Microsoft - MediaPlayer 69808-276-7539632-04745
Microsoft - WebFldrs XP 12345-111-1111111-17407
Microsoft - Windows Defender 81664-837-6233383-04934 (Key: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx)
Microsoft - Windows XP Home Edition 55277-OEM-0011903-00102 (Key: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx)e

Software Versions
Sonic MyDVD Version 4.5 *
ABBYY (BIT Software) - FineReader Version (private) *
Adobe Acrobat Version *
Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition Version *
Adobe Reader Version *
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. - Catalyst Control Centre Version *
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. - Catalyst

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you should simplify
by ramarc / August 31, 2008 2:50 AM PDT

mutiple spyware products duplicate effort and slow down your system. stick to one (AVG).

most people keep adding stuff to their pc and the "slowdown" comes from too many apps of little value running. run "msconfig" and check out what apps run on startup... you'll probably find a bunch you don't need.

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by emailbob58 / August 31, 2008 5:41 AM PDT
In reply to: you should simplify

Thanks for the wisdom. I'll check the start ups too.

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Something To Start With......
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / August 31, 2008 4:48 AM PDT

Click on the link below and follow the steps to eliminate unnecessary startup programs and services. For Windows 2000/XP, ignore the first couple of sentences about checking "resources" and the "Performance tab in the link below (They're for an older version of Windows) but follow the rest of the procedures including the "Services" links at the bottom.

How To Shut Down Unnecessary Start Up Programs

Hope this helps.


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