VERY!! slow computer

By Hodsocks ยท 12 replies
Sep 10, 2006
  1. I am having problems with a VERY slow computer, in normal mode it takes forever to boot into windows, in safe mode it boots more or less as usual. Operating system is Windows XP.
    As its OK in safe mode I naturally assume its contamination from some software but so far I have run, in normal and in safe mode, Spybot, Ad-aware, Ewido, AVG, Norton antivirus and an online scan fron Panda software and have found a few items but less than a couple of dozen in total. I have ran Hijackthis and nothing stands out as being a problem so at the moment I am a little stumped. I have also tried system restore back to a couple of months ago.
    Any suggestions as to what to try next?
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Get rid of norton, it will probably speed up a fair bit by just doing that.
  3. GeekieNick101

    GeekieNick101 TS Rookie Posts: 373

    correct norton really slow systems down by a LOT
  4. Hodsocks

    Hodsocks TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 382

    I know Norton slows things down a bit but not as much as this, like 4.5 minutes from clicking on something to it opening, as I said in safe mode it runs fine.
    Since my last post I have ran another virus scan and also 2 more anti -spyware scans and still slow.
  5. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    turning off some of the things at startup would help, you might have 2 or more programs clashing and slowing your pc down and making your cpu usage 100% all the time. i had the same problem. if you check out each of your running services (ctrl alt del) and double check them on, try stopping a few and see if it helps, but only if processlibrary says that it's not an essensial process. we don't want to go breaking anything! it's the way i found out, one will close and cpu will drop to something like 10%. it's like being free again!

    just in case you have either of these: the programs that i had trouble with were CA ez antivirus and Trend micro anti spyware. if you have both of them then try stopping the "VetMsg.exe" process, that's what did it for me. that will close ez antivirus.
  6. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    I fixed a pc last week by removing norton first off, its boot time went from 25 minutes to 2 minutes just by removing that crap.
  7. taylub

    taylub TS Enthusiast Posts: 127

  8. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    25 minutes to boot? WOW :eek:
  9. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    download and run crap cleaner. FREE.
    also optimize your hard disk
    run your anti-trojan and anti-virus as well.
  10. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    I agree with Tedster. Defragment your hdd. It can really help :)
  11. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Posts: 716

    Post a Hijackthis log anyways just to be sure.


  12. KLopez316

    KLopez316 TS Rookie

    Try getting rid of any unnecessary software or changing your display settings. If nothing else works you can run msconfig and go to services to stop any that take up a lot of memory, like indexing.
  13. Hodsocks

    Hodsocks TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 382

    Ok I finally got to the bottom of the problem, norton wasn't working and throwing up error messages so I decided to delete it, it took 3 hours in all but when I rebooted the machine it was back up to speed. I installed AVG and all seems to be OK.
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