Slow PC and short on virtual memory?

  Ex plorer 17:39 29 Jul 2007

Hi I picked up a Trojan a few nights back and as far as I am concerned I got rid of it.
When I switched on the following day I pressed my user Identity icon the screen went blank and then came back with all user identity Icons.
It would not start in safe mode.

I ran XP repair I then ran 2A Squared, AVG, and SE Add Aware and since then over the past two days its been very slow and now says its short on virtual memory?.

I have only got eBay running and of course Tiscali home page to start IE so how can I be short on memory.


  Ex plorer 17:42 29 Jul 2007

I forgot to mention I am continuously getting Page not responding in IE.

  Ex plorer 18:19 29 Jul 2007

I cant start from Run, scandisk or defrag?

  wee eddie 18:30 29 Jul 2007

It may have been lurking in there

  woodchip 18:32 29 Jul 2007

Looks like a Acronis Image that needs loading or A complete reinstall of XP

  woodchip 18:41 29 Jul 2007

You Could try this click here

  Ex plorer 19:01 29 Jul 2007

Hi thanks you both for the info, I have just run a repair with XP on the hard disk, I will keep the thread open for a day or two and see how it goes.


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:56 29 Jul 2007

a) Clear out all temporay files and folders -- use Crap Cleaner click here

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :-
Adaware click here
Spybot S&D click here
Spywareblaster click here
a2 click here
Windows Defender click here

Free Antivirus software
Avast4 click here
AVG antivirus click here

c) Clean the registry -- Free Registry cleaners :-
RegscrubXP click here
Regseeker click here
TweakNow RegCleaner 1.3.2 click here
Easycleaner click here ( Use with care, It advises you to back up the registry first, this is a good idea as it cleans rather aggressively. )

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Rght click MY Computer - select propeties - Advanced tab - Performance - advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a differnt drive (if you have one), click custom size and set Initial size to one and a half times the amount of memory you have fitted i.e. 512MB memory = set to 768MB, set maximum to double your memory amount i.e. 512MB memory = 1024MB click ok.
If your hard drive is full and there is not enough room for the pagefile this can slow down, freeze or even cause the PC to crash (restart).

e) Cut down on the programs that load at startup -- Start - Run type msconfig - startup tab- untick everything except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background. click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:57 29 Jul 2007


a) Hard drives / IDE Channels:

i) Check the transfer rate, you need to have the transfer mode set to DMA not PIO.
Right click My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager - Expand (click the + ) IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers right click Primary Channel - Advanced Settings Tab -
If transfer Mode is PIO then follow the instructions at click here to change.

ii) Check for errors and defrag your hard drives -- My Computer - select drive - properties - tool tab - Error checking / Defragmentation.

ii) If you are using Windows XP, it's a good idea to convert your system drive to the NTFS file system if you have not already. In addition to providing numerous security and data recovery improvements over FAT32 (the file system of choice for Windows 9x/ME and XP Home) it can also speed up your system slightly.

In fact, the only real reason for sticking with the FAT32 file system for any of your data is if you have more than one operating system on your PC and the other OS's can only see FAT32 partitions (as would be the case with Windows 98, for example, which is incapable of reading NTFS data).

To convert your drives to NTFS:
Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage'
From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.'
Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information.
Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd'
To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs'
So for example, if you were going to convert your C: drive, you would type 'Convert c: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

b) Divers
Obtain the newest drivers for your hardware
This may seem a bit obvious, but keeping your system's drivers up to date can give both your performance and stability a boost. Video card manufacturers release updates especially often, and these can often give "significant boosts" to gaming performance as video card in question is "optimized."

Don't neglect the other components of your system either. Your motherboard manufacturer may have released newer versions of its Input/output drivers for your board, and sound cards and other peripherals can also benefit from newer software.

c) Memory
Add more physical memory, this of course means opening the "box" and fitting a memory module, make sure you buy one that is suitable for your PC. Crucial .com click here will guide you through the process of slecting the correct memory. click here for a guide to fitting memory.

  Ex plorer 09:17 30 Jul 2007

Hi all I have now run scan disk and defraged and sorted out Registry with a cleaner.
I also ran stren2 and set it to DMA2. The HD is 120 Gig and I am only using 30 of it.
I have run all my AV and got rid of a down loaded Google tool bar which seemed to improove matters.
I wanted this for its spell checker which was handy for here and other forums.
IE is worse than fire fox IE hangs in this forum when I click on click here links but not in fire fox.

  Ex plorer 17:43 30 Jul 2007

I have now down loaded IE7 and thats sorted things out?
Thanks for all help


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