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XP is delaying any new activity

By Klykyl · 16 replies
Mar 13, 2009
  1. My computer is roughly 3 1/2 years old now but this past week it has slowed down tremendously. It recently got new memory and it was speedy after that plus I recently had a virus so it has been completely cleaned out pretty much.

    But in the last week I have downloaded:
    Windows live 8

    and some photoshop actions, and music files.

    I mean i just waited 7 seconds to get my bar thing up that has all my window open.(i forget what its called)
    And there is a de.ay on what I type. I have restarted many times with no success. It's gotten to the point where I can't talk to people on my messenger or go to certain websites but I am pretty sure it's not a virus.

    I'm not getting any messages saying anything is malfunctioning and my virus scans are coming up clean.

    So.. help please? :(
  2. filimarcus

    filimarcus TS Rookie Posts: 29

    on google...download - tune up 2007..after you have downloaded file, install it and run

    or else....goto my Computer-ON local drive right click c - goto properties and on TOols tab click CHeck NOw
  3. Klykyl

    Klykyl TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 61

    It's moving to slow to do anything its been searching for "my computer" for two minutes.
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Download Startup Control Panel and remove all known startups (other than Antivirus)

    If you cannot even run Startup Control Panel, then go to Safe Mode (by repeatedly pressing F8 key before Windows startup)
    Then run MSconfig, turn off all startups, and then restart

    I suspect one of the shortcut startups are slowing your computer down

    By the way, what the hell (sorry) is this :confused:
    Even if you could download this (of which you cannot, as it is now 2009) I still wouldn't say download it !

    filimarcus, best for you to read some more of the posts here before supporting others I feel :rolleyes:
  5. Klykyl

    Klykyl TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 61

    I was a little wary about filimarcus post so I didn't attempt it.

    Anyways. I will try what you said when i get home from school in 14 hours from now. :) Thanks
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  7. Klykyl

    Klykyl TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 61

    I went through all 8 steps around a month ago..
    I will do it again but I wanna see if what you suggested works first because this computer is painful to have programs getting open. So painful I'm actually writing a paper instead of typing it..
  8. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    A comment: Tune Up Utilities is a program that has to be purchased. Whether it's 2007 or 2009 it's not free. I wouldn't recommend that to troubleshoot a slow computer- other options are available and free- including educating the user on what to look for- such as unnecessary processes on Startup..
  9. Klykyl

    Klykyl TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 61

    Well while I was trying to access my control panel I accidentally disabled explorer.exe but that made my computer go a hell of alot faster it actually brough up my files and the control panel.. downside everything disaperd till i got the control panel up.
    It's now moving at it's almost normal speed.
    But I've decided I will do the 8-steps just incase because my external hard drive was plugged into my downstairs computer and that one now has a virus so it makes me a little wary.
    Also, I have a question. I found something strange while I was in that program "MSKDetectorExe" what is that? It says its McAfee but I do not have that or have ever had it.
  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  11. Klykyl

    Klykyl TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 61

    Mmmk. I've done pretty much everything you've said and my computer is back to it's speed from before. So i'm pretty confident my computer is fine now :). I did the 8 steps and didn't find much at all.
    My malwarebytes scan was clean but when I was scanning Avira found

    And here is my log for hijackthis and superantispyware
  12. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Yes I suspected that Avira would find something causing the issue
    I note SuperAntispyware also removed 2 entries
    I hope you quarantined everything that Avira found

    You could run this to be a bit more assured of no more malware involved
    Also I have moved this thread to Virus & Malware removal forum, as seems to be the specific issue here. ;)

    Download Combofix
    Lots of info on its use h e r e
    Direct download h e r e

    Locate the downloaded Combofix. Double click on it to run, answering any prompts along the way
    Note: during Combofix scan (lasting up to 10mins) your Desktop and clock may reset (all normal)
    ComboFix will also restart your computer (eventually) and then (eventually) create a log

    Save this log file to be attached to a new reply


    Then do another scan with HJT (scan and log file) and attach this to a new reply as well

    Whilst waiting for my reply, you may want to re-open Malwarebytes; update it again; and then run another full scan (I'm thinking there may still be more uncovered malwares to remove) I would do this ;)

    3 logs required
  13. Klykyl

    Klykyl TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 61

    Okie Dokie here are all 3 logs.

    Edit: This is probably totally unrelated but I was just about to google something and my computer completely froze up and wouldn't unfreeze. The cursor wouldn't move my music stopped. and nothing would finish loading like the drop down menu that was loading..
  14. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Please startup HijackThis scan only and check the following entry boxes:
    Close all Internet browsers and then select fix
    Close the HijackThis window

    Then click on Start->Run-> Combofix /u
    (Uninstalling Combofix)

    Then uninstall SperAntiSpyware from Add\Remove Programs

    Then run the Norton Removal tool

    Then restart

    How does it seem now?
  15. Klykyl

    Klykyl TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 61

    Well when i first tried to restart I basically got a black screen with a gray _ blinking. I bet there is a specifc name for that but I don't know it :) but yeah it wasn't loading anything

    So I hit the power button on the tower and tried again and it worked.

    But that seems to be my only problem but I haven't been on the computer enough to see anymore.
  16. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Please do this:

    Manual steps to run Chkdsk from My Computer or Windows Explorer
    • Open My Computer, and then right-click the hard disk that you want to check.
    • Click Properties, and then click Tools.
    • Under Error-checking, click Check Now. A dialog box that shows the Check disk options is displayed
    Use one of the following procedures:
    • • To run Chkdsk in read-only mode, click Start.
    • • (tick) To repair errors without scanning the volume for bad sectors, select the Automatically fix file system errors check box.
    • • To repair errors, locate bad sectors, and recover readable information, select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box.

    Note If one or more of the files on the hard disk are open, you will receive the following message:
    Click Yes to schedule the disk check, and then restart your computer to start the disk check.

    Wait until Chkdsk finishes Checking / Repairing any faults
    Windows will then either restart your computer or continue loading Normally.

  17. Klykyl

    Klykyl TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 61

    My computer seems to be working just fine now I haven't noticed anything wrong with it. It moves at a normal speed for a 3 year old computer :p
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