I'm using windows xp pro, when I shut down the pc it takes about 10 minutes to finally power off from the 'Saving your settings' display. I've ran check disk and it said it repaired something (too fast to see what it repaired) but it hasn't changed anything anyway. I'm using spybot, spyblaster,microsoft anti-spy, adaware,A squared, BHO demon, norton anti-virus and norton firewall, I update these regularly so I don't think it's a virus or spyware. Any ideas would be appreciated,
Remember It's ok having all these utilities running at start-up, but they need to shut down! If any have been set to or by default check your system on close down, thats a lot of programs lining up to close. Type MSCONFIG at the RUN command and look a your STARUP tag. There may be many programs you have running that you don't need. Getting rid of these will speed up your starup and shut down and in many cases your tasks.
If in doubt post a list of what you have running and forum users may be able to tell you whether you need these running or not. Things such as printer monitors do not really need to be ruuning.
Thank you septic, I already cut the start-up list to a minimum, spybot gives excellent advice on what is and isn't needed at start-up.
The spyware programs set to run at start up are spybot and the microsoft beta spyware, Norton anti-virus and firewall. The others I run occasionally - once a week or so. There are a total of 11 programs set to start at system start-up, the only one I'm really unsure about is called "dumprep 0-u %sytemroot%\system32\dumprep0-u" without the quotes. Any idea what that is?