IE 7.0 runs very slow. Log file attached

By mtboulder ยท 32 replies
May 1, 2008
  1. I have a HP desktop running Windows XP. Internet Explorer loads and runs very slow. The system also has MSN internet service (the butterfly thing) that at times runs slow. Firefox runs fine and all other applications seem to run fine. I use Adaware and Spybot along with Norton Internet security and scans are done at least weekly. I've also cleaned out the cache.

    I'd appreciate it if you guys could look at the attached file and let me know if you seeing anything that could be causing the problem. Any other advice would also be appreciated. Thanks in advance for your help.
  2. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

    There is no attached file. But you should also run a temp file cleaner and at least an additional anti-spyware program, I will list a few below with instructions how to use. You can also attach a log when you get this.

    Make your Internet Explorer more secure - This can be done by following these simple instructions:
    1. From within Internet Explorer click on the Tools menu and then click on Options.
    2. Click once on the Security tab
    3. Click once on the Internet icon so it becomes highlighted.
    4. Click once on the Custom Level button.
      • Change the Download signed ActiveX controls to Prompt
      • Change the Download unsigned ActiveX controls to Disable
      • Change the Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe to Disable
      • Change the Installation of desktop items to Prompt
      • Change the Launching programs and files in an IFRAME to Prompt
      • Change the Navigate sub-frames across different domains to Prompt
      • When all these settings have been made, click on the OK button.
      • If it prompts you as to whether or not you want to save the settings, press the Yes button.
    5. Next press the Apply button and then the OK to exit the Internet Properties page.

    Temp file cleaner
    Download and Run ATF Cleaner
    Download ATF Cleaner by Atribune to your desktop.

    Double-click ATF Cleaner.exe to open it.

    Under Main choose:
    Windows Temp
    Current User Temp
    All Users Temp
    Temporary Internet Files
    Java Cache

    *The other boxes are optional*
    Then click the Empty Selected button.

    Firefox or Opera:
    Click Firefox or Opera at the top and choose: Select All
    Click the Empty Selected button.
    NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click NO at the prompt.

    Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.

    Anti spyware programs

    Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

    • Please download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware to your desktop.
    • Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
    • At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to
      • Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
      • and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    • then click Finish.
    • If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
    • Once the program has loaded, select Perform full scan, then click Scan.
    • When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
    • Be sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
    • When completed, a log will open in Notepad. please copy and paste the log into your next reply
      • If you accidently close it, the log file is saved here and will be named like this:
      • C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Application Data\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\Logs\mbam-log-date (time).txt

    Download\install 'SuperAntiSpyware Home Edition Free Version' from HERE
    • Launch SuperAntiSpyware and click on 'Check for updates'.
    • Once the updates have been installed,exit SuperAntiSpyware.

    Scan with SuperAntiSpyware
    • Start SuperAntiSpyware.
    • On the main screen click on 'Scan your computer'.
    • Check: 'Perform Complete Scan then Click 'Next' to start the scan.
    • Superantispyware will now scan your computer,when it's finished it will list all/any infections found.
    • Make sure everything found has a checkmark next to it,then press 'Next'.
    • Click on 'Finish' when you've done.

      It's possible that the program will ask you to reboot in order to delete some files.

      Obtain the SuperAntiSpyware log as follows:
      Click on 'Preferences'.
      Click on the 'Statistics/Logs' tab.
      Under 'Scanner Logs' double click on 'SuperAntiSpyware Scan Log'.
      It will then open in your default text editor,such as Notepad.
      Attach the notepad file here on your next reply

    here are some additional utilities that will enhance your safety

    • IE/Spyad <= IE/Spyad places over 4000 websites and domains in the IE Restricted list which will severely impair attempts to infect your system. It basically prevents any downloads (Cookies etc) from the sites listed, although you will still be able to connect to the sites.
    • MVPS Hosts file <= The MVPS Hosts file replaces your current HOSTS file with one containing well know ad sites etc. Basically, this prevents your coputer from connecting to those sites by redirecting them to which is your local computer
    • Google Toolbar <= Get the free google toolbar to help stop pop up windows.
    • Winpatrol <= Download and install the free version of Winpatrol. a tutorial for this product is located here:
      Using Winpatrol to protect your computer from malicious software
  3. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

  4. mtboulder

    mtboulder TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Here is the SuperAnti Sypware log

    Thanks for all the help. My IE settings were already set up as you suggested. I have run Superanitspyware which found 143 things. Log file attached. I also ran Malwarebytes yesterday which came up clean.

    IE is still loading and running slow after Super Antispyware cleaned up the 143 infections. View attachment 32343
  5. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

    can you run a fresh Hijackthis log and attach here

    Those 143 infections were only cookies
  6. mtboulder

    mtboulder TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Fresh Hijack This log

    Here is a new hijackthis log file. I forgot to mention that I also ran ATF cleaner as suggested. View attachment 32344
  7. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

    I'm not seeing much in your logs that would cause these issues other than Norton interfering. It installed toolbars and browser helper objects.

    Launch Hijackthis -> scan only -> check the following entries -> close all browser windows -> click fix checked

    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL =
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL =
    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar =
    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant =
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Connection Wizard,ShellNext =

    Kaspersky online scan
    Go to Kaspersky and click the Accept button at the end of the page.

    Note for Internet Explorer 7 users: If at any time you have trouble with the accept button of the licence, click on the Zoom tool located at the right bottom of the IE window and set the zoom to 75 %. Once the license accepted, reset to 100%.

    * Read the Requirements and limitations before you click Accept.
    * Allow the ActiveX download if necessary.
    * Once the database has downloaded, click Next.
    * Click Scan Settings and change the "Scan using the following antivirus database" from standard to extended and then click OK.
    * Click on "My Computer"
    * When the scan has completed, click Save Report As...
    * Enter a name for the file in the Filename: text box and then click the down arrow to the right of Save as type: and select text file (*.txt)
    * Click Save - by default the file will be saved to your Desktop, but you can change this if you wish.

    Attach the report into your next reply
  8. mtboulder

    mtboulder TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    View attachment Kaspersky report.txt Here is the Kaspersky report. Took over 3 hours to scan. I also checked the 5 boxes on hijackthis but no improvement to IE performance. I really appreciate your quick responses on this BD.
  9. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    You might also want to consider the add-ons you have for IE7. Some or the total may be part of the slowdown problem.

    All those entries for '04' in the hijack log are for auto-loading programs from the Registry or Startup group. Everything that starts at boot runs in the background.

    O3 - Toolbar: Show Norton Toolbar> do you NEED a Norton Toolbar?
    The '09' entries are for Extra buttons on the main IE Toolbar>> do you need all of those?
    The '016' are Active X Objects from Downloaded program files. Do you need all these running?

    The point I want to make is that even though you have legitimate processes and files, you can limit those that startup and run in the background. The more that run, the more of your resources they take. Consider running only what is necessary and calling up all others as needed.

    Edit to add: Have a look at this. You will pick up some good pointers:
    Guide to making your PC run faster:
  10. mtboulder

    mtboulder TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Thanks for the suggestions Bobbye. I did remove the Spybot buttons and the Norton Toolbar (I hated that thing anyway). I honestly don't know what th other toolbar buttons are (probably something to do with MSN premium). I also have no idea what the 016 active X things are. Not sure if I need them or not. The computer runs fine for everything except IE and MSN Premium (which must use IE somehow). All other programs and firefox work fine. If it wasn't for the fact that my wife uses MSN premium for all her email stuff, I'd just use firefox and be done with it. Again, thanks for taking the time to reply.
  11. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

    Did you knowingly install peoplepc?

    Upload a File to Virustotal
    Please visit Virustotal found HERE
    • Click the Browse... button
    • Navigate to the file G:\hp\bin\wbug\CompaqPresario_Spring06.exe
    • Click the Open button
    • Click the Send button
    • Copy and paste the results back here please.
  12. mtboulder

    mtboulder TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Here are the results from Virustotal for the file you inquired about:

    File CompaqPresario_Spring06.exe received on 01.01.2007 09:02:46 (CET)
    Current status: finished
    Result: 2/28 (7.14%)
    Compact Compact
    Print results Print results
    Antivirus Version Last Update Result
    AntiVir - - -
    Authentium - - -
    Avast - - -
    AVG - - -
    BitDefender - - Adware.MyWebSearch.J
    CAT-QuickHeal - - -
    ClamAV - - -
    DrWeb - - -
    eSafe - - -
    eTrust-InoculateIT - - -
    eTrust-Vet - - -
    Ewido - - -
    F-Prot - - -
    F-Prot4 - - -
    Fortinet - - -
    Ikarus - - -
    Kaspersky - - -
    McAfee - - -
    Microsoft - - -
    NOD32v2 - - a variant of Win32/AdInstaller
    Norman - - -
    Panda - - -
    Prevx1 - - -
    Sophos - - -
    Sunbelt - - -
    TheHacker - - -
    VBA32 - - -
    VirusBuster - - -
    Additional information
    MD5: 9a5e835cdff8935e260a90d3122d9e90
    SHA1: df6ca5a78f2a55ac562c3d6b614ad96f5e2db9b6
    SHA256: 6a9a2138307a3ccfcc298977e485781d313867b5dce9e093176015ea2ffe7f67
    SHA512: dc4c1a852c2d8c00c80a09ab1ee7e8f405bb3880221616a394d5254202ee0c1aa488911d7cf2b874d7a32003c351e7834bf7591170c26283f2fbde5af197d12c
  13. mtboulder

    mtboulder TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Also, I did not knowingly install peoplePC. I have no idea what it is.
  14. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

    Disable Teatimer
    • Right click the Spybot -SD Resident Icon located in your system tray, Select Exit Spybot - S&D Resident
    • Open Spybot S&D
    • Click on Mode at the top and make sure that Advanced is checked
    • Expand the Tools tab in the left pane
    • Single click on the Resident Icon also in the left pane
    • Uncheck Resident "TeaTimer" (Protection of over-all system settings) Active
    • Close spybot


    • Download Combofix to your desktop.
    • Double click combofix.exe & follow the prompts.
    • A window will open with a warning.
    • When the scan completes it will open a text window. Please attach that log back here together with a fresh HJT log.
    Caution - do not touch your mouse/keyboard until the scan has completed. The scan will temporarily disable your desktop, and if interrupted may leave your desktop disabled. If this occurs, please reboot to restore the desktop. Combofix is a very powerful tool so please do NOT do anything without instruction

    Combofix will automatically save the log file to C:\combofix.txt
  15. mtboulder

    mtboulder TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

  16. mtboulder

    mtboulder TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

  17. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

    Ok, just a couple of minor things.

    Here are 2 more secure browsers to choose from:
    1)Firefox ->
    2)Opera ->


    Go to Start -> control panel -> add/remove programs and uninstall:




    Open notepad and copy/paste the text in the code box below into it:
    NOTE* make sure to only highlight and copy what is inside the quote box nothing out side of it.
    Also ..

    Pay particular attention to this :-

    Make sure the word File:: is on the first line of the text file you save (no blank line above it, & no space in front of it)
    Save this as CFScript.txt

    Then drag the CFScript.txt into ComboFix.exe as you see in the screenshot below.


    This will start ComboFix again. After reboot, (in case it asks to reboot), post the contents of Combofix.txt in your next reply
  18. mtboulder

    mtboulder TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Hi BD,

    I've been using Firefox for the last month since IE was so slow and it has been working fine. If my wife didn't use MSN premium (butterfly) with Quest DSL for all her (this also runs slow) email stuff I'd ignore the problem and just use Firefox.

    When I looked in control panels to add/remove software, PeoplePC was not listed and there was a Weatherbug install program listed only. I removed the later. I found PeoplePC and Weatherbug in the HP folder that came with the computer. It's on both the C: and G: drives because the G: drive used to be the main OS drive until a year ago when I had to reinstall the OS on a new drive which is now my C: drive. I copied all the old C: files onto the G: drive to save the data.

    I ran the CFSscript as you asked and it worked as indicated. New Log file attached. View attachment 32400
  19. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

    I suspect Norton may be having something to do with this and we can test that. But first lets clean up a bit and secure what we have done so far, and set a fresh restore point.

    Uninstall Combofix
    * Click START then RUN
    * Now type Combofix /u in the runbox
    * Make sure there's a space between Combofix and /u
    * Then hit Enter.

    * The above procedure will:
    * Delete the following:
    * ComboFix and its associated files and folders.
    * Reset the clock settings.
    * Hide file extensions, if required.
    * Hide System/Hidden files, if required.
    * Set a new, clean Restore Point.

    Cleanup using OTMoveit2 by OldTimer
    Now we can clear out the rest of the programs we've been using to clean up your computer, they are not suitable for general malware removal and could cause damage if launched accidentally.

    Download OTMoveIt2 by OldTimer OTMoveIt2.exe and place it on your desktop.

    1. Double click OTMoveIt2.exe to launch it.
    If using Vista Right-Click OTMoveIt and choose Run As Administrator
    2. Click on the CleanUp! button.
    3. OTMoveIt2 will download a list from the Internet, if your firewall or other defensive programs alerts you, allow it access.
    4. Click YES at the next prompt (list downloaded, Do you want to begin cleanup process?)

    * When finished exit out of OTMoveIt2
  20. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    That's alarming! You're saying HP bundled Weatherbug? It comes with spyware/adware. It use to be "Trickler" and a firewall should catch it. But if it's sent on the hard drive, that's scary!
  21. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

    unfortunately they do bundle Wild Tangent and Weatherbug on some machines
  22. mtboulder

    mtboulder TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Thanks BD,

    Combofix removed. I created a new restore point and ran OTMoveit exe.
  23. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

    I am thinking your problem could be one of two things.

    1) Corrupt cache or temp files ( We will clear all this either way)
    2) Possibly BHO or Toolbars slowing your access

    Lets fix #1 and see how it works.

    • Download from HERE
    • Close all browsers.
    • Run the programme and make sure all the boxes are ticked under the Windows and Applications tabs, Also check All Advanced tabs(except for the Old prefetch Data option, this should be unticked)
    • Click the run cleaner button. Do this several times

    Manually clear cache

    • Open an Explorer folder window (for example, double-click My Computer).
    • From the Explorer menu select Tools | Folder Options | View. Make sure that you have checked the box next to "Show hidden files and folders" and uncheck "Hide protected operating system files".
    • Start Internet Explorer and click Tools | Internet Options | General tab | Settings | View Files.
    • IE should have opened up a folder window, typically viewing a folder with the name of C:\Windows\Temporary Internet Files. Put your cursor in the Address area of the folder window and add the name \content.ie5 to the name, so in our example the Address bar would now read c:\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\content.ie5.
    • You should see a series of folders with random eight-character names like ADOZMZS1. Delete each of these randomly named folders. You may get an error that some files are in use, this is normal if you are currently at a web site since those files are in the cache. Hold down the Shift key when deleting the files so they do not go to the Recycle Bin.
  24. mtboulder

    mtboulder TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17


    I was able to download and run CCleaner just fine.

    I was able to change the check Show hidden files and folders as well as uncheck hide protected operating system files.

    I opened IE (still slow) and when to Tools, Internet Options, Genera and hit settings under Browser History and then view files. IE opened a folder named Temporary Internet Files.

    I was not able to change the name of this file. I backed out to the actual folder and tried to rename of Temporary Internet Files but Windows would not allow me to change the name. I suspect I am misunderstanding something in your instructions.

  25. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

    this is the folder you want to see

    c:\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\content.ie5.

    So while at Temporary Internet Files you need to type or copy and paste exactly


    after temporary internet files in the address bar
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