Soooooooooooooo Slowwwwwwwwwwww

  zeppman 12:21 01 Jan 2008

My pc seems to have gone into slow mode .I am running XP pro.I have 2gb of ram.I've defraged and scanned for viruses and spyware.I'm not sure If this is a hardware problem or other ? I only had spysweeper running and IE took at least a minute to open when I clicked on It.I'm not sure but I fear It could be my processor or the mobo.Is there an easy way to eliminate things so I can find the problem.Sometimes when I reboot I get a black screen then If I use reset button I get the options for normal ,Last good config etc.I had to do that twice to get it to reboot.I have noticed the graphics for my comodo firewall freezing at one point.Some times the icons will not respond or are very slow.sorry to drag on just want to give all the info I can any help will be appreciated.I have opened task manager which is 100% CPU usage 0nly IE running bouncing between 20% and 100% all system,system idle,dthml.exe,cpf.exe,Is it time to get a new pc?

  PC guy 12:31 01 Jan 2008

Well, you try using a registry cleaner like CCleaner. Or you might want to consider re installing XP. I had to do 3 times on mine but now it is working fine.

  sunny staines 12:37 01 Jan 2008

memory error download mem86 copy to a floppy and re boot with the floppy in the drive to test the memory.

another option faulty psu on the way out. try and borrow on to eliminate this error

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:39 01 Jan 2008


1. Software

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/\ 12:39 01 Jan 2008

2. Hardware

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.

  zeppman 13:20 01 Jan 2008

ran regscrub 25 probs last run mainly major keys no value or subkeys for this key.I have adjusted pagefile settings to approx 3gb I have 2gb of ram .I'm not sure If this is relevent but I have an external HD that has been playing up.I turned |It on yesterday and when I rebooted the PC would not boot up normally until I switched off the external. have swept with Spysweeper and Drivers are up to date.Sometime IE will open fast then If other things are running It will take a long time.I ran a MEM test from disk a few weeks ago from boot up and it was ok.tranfer is DMA.Drives are NTFS.

  zeppman 13:29 01 Jan 2008

This is a PC that was built up around 4 years ago as I mentioned I have 2 gb of ram.I will scan with Adaware .

  zeppman 15:33 01 Jan 2008

Adaware has found Backdok or Backdoor Trojan have removed and will rescan.

  skidzy 15:51 01 Jan 2008

Also try turning off MS auto update briefly,then check task manager again to see if the cpu load has reduced.

  zeppman 20:24 01 Jan 2008

I have scanned with Spybot as well as Adaware.seems to be clear.I was told by someone that you need to switch off system restore and boot up in safe mode and scan and remove trojan so It cant stay in system restore Is this correct?

  Joe R 20:26 01 Jan 2008


what size of hard drive are you using, and how full is it.?

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