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Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by lemonfan, Nov 6, 2011.

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  1. lemonfan

    lemonfan Thread Starter

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    my pc been acting pretty slow lately and freezing quite a bit for 10+ seconds at a time sometimes


    opened my task manager and i have 64 processes running and im at 50% physical memory

    only program im USING besides having Norton open, GPU drivers, is firefox,


    i think im using too much... but really i only know about hardware, software im oblivious :<
     

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  2. JackoI999

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    I have the same problem 1.33 gb available memory 62-64 processes. I would get rid of some processes but i dont know what they mean.
     
  3. Cheeseball81

    Cheeseball81 Retired Moderator

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    Hi lemonfan, please do this...

    Click here to download HijackThis.exe
    • Save it to your desktop.
    • Doubleclick on the HijackThis.exe icon on your desktop.
    • Click on Install.
    • Once installed, it will launch Hijackthis.
    • Click on the Do a system scan and save a logfile button. It will scan and the log should open in notepad.
    • Click on "Edit > Select All" then click on "Edit > Copy" to copy the entire contents of the log.
    • Come back here to this thread and Paste the log in your next reply.
    • DO NOT have Hijackthis fix anything yet. Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required.


    JackoI999, Hi and welcome to TSG! Since you are having similar problems...follow the same directions but please start a New Thread for yourself so we don't mix you guys up. :)
     
  4. lemonfan

    lemonfan Thread Starter

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    ok here is the log


    i use firefox, not chrome, why so many google updaters

    Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
    Scan saved at 4:42:53 PM, on 11/6/2011
    Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)
    MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6002.18005)
    Boot mode: Normal

    Running processes:
    C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Engine\19.1.1.3\ccSvcHst.exe
    C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe
    C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exe
    C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE
    C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\IAAnotif.exe
    C:\Program Files\Razer\razerhid.exe
    C:\Program Files\Sigmatel\C-Major Audio\WDM\sttray.exe
    C:\Windows\ehome\ehtray.exe
    C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exe
    C:\Windows\ehome\ehmsas.exe
    C:\Program Files\Razer\razertra.exe
    C:\Program Files\Razer\razerofa.exe
    C:\Windows\system32\Taskmgr.exe
    C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe
    C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe
    C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
    C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\plugin-container.exe
    C:\Windows\explorer.exe
    C:\Users\Warcraftpwnage\Downloads\HijackThis.exe

    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant =
    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch =
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Window Title = Internet Explorer provided by Dell
    R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName =
    O1 - Hosts: ::1 localhost
    O2 - BHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
    O2 - BHO: Norton Identity Protection - {602ADB0E-4AFF-4217-8AA1-95DAC4DFA408} - C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Engine\19.1.1.3\coIEPlg.dll
    O2 - BHO: Norton Vulnerability Protection - {6D53EC84-6AAE-4787-AEEE-F4628F01010C} - C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Engine\19.1.1.3\IPS\IPSBHO.DLL
    O2 - BHO: Windows Live ID Sign-in Helper - {9030D464-4C02-4ABF-8ECC-5164760863C6} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live\WindowsLiveLogin.dll
    O2 - BHO: Browser Address Error Redirector - {CA6319C0-31B7-401E-A518-A07C3DB8F777} - C:\Program Files\Dell\BAE\BAE.dll
    O2 - BHO: Java(tm) Plug-In 2 SSV Helper - {DBC80044-A445-435b-BC74-9C25C1C588A9} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jp2ssv.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: Norton Toolbar - {7FEBEFE3-6B19-4349-98D2-FFB09D4B49CA} - C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Engine\19.1.1.3\coIEPlg.dll
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Windows Defender] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe -hide
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [IAAnotif] "C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\Iaanotif.exe"
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [razer] C:\Program Files\Razer\razerhid.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SigmatelSysTrayApp] C:\Program Files\SigmaTel\C-Major Audio\WDM\sttray.exe
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ehTray.exe] C:\Windows\ehome\ehTray.exe
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [WMPNSCFG] C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\WMPNSCFG.exe
    O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\Sidebar.exe /detectMem (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
    O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\Run: [WindowsWelcomeCenter] rundll32.exe oobefldr.dll,ShowWelcomeCenter (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
    O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-20\..\Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\Sidebar.exe /detectMem (User 'NETWORK SERVICE')
    O8 - Extra context menu item: Google Sidewiki... - res://C:\Program Files\Google\Google Toolbar\Component\GoogleToolbarDynamic_mui_en_7461B1589E8B4FB7.dll/cmsidewiki.html
    O20 - Winlogon Notify: GoToAssist - C:\Program Files\Citrix\GoToAssist\514\G2AWinLogon.dll
    O22 - SharedTaskScheduler: Component Categories cache daemon - {8C7461EF-2B13-11d2-BE35-3078302C2030} - C:\Windows\system32\browseui.dll
    O23 - Service: AMD External Events Utility - AMD - C:\Windows\system32\atiesrxx.exe
    O23 - Service: GoToAssist - Citrix Online, a division of Citrix Systems, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Citrix\GoToAssist\514\g2aservice.exe
    O23 - Service: Google Update Service (gupdate) (gupdate) - Google Inc. - C:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe
    O23 - Service: Google Update Service (gupdatem) (gupdatem) - Google Inc. - C:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe
    O23 - Service: Intel(R) Matrix Storage Event Monitor (IAANTMON) - Intel Corporation - C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\Iaantmon.exe
    O23 - Service: Norton Internet Security (NIS) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Engine\19.1.1.3\ccSvcHst.exe
    O23 - Service: PnkBstrA - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\PnkBstrA.exe
    O23 - Service: LiveShare P2P Server 10 (RoxLiveShare10) - Sonic Solutions - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Roxio Shared\10.0\SharedCOM\RoxLiveShare10.exe
    O23 - Service: RoxMediaDB10 - Sonic Solutions - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Roxio Shared\10.0\SharedCOM\RoxMediaDB10.exe
    O23 - Service: Roxio Hard Drive Watcher 10 (RoxWatch10) - Sonic Solutions - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Roxio Shared\10.0\SharedCOM\RoxWatch10.exe
    O23 - Service: SessionLauncher - Unknown owner - C:\Users\ADMINI~1\AppData\Local\Temp\DX9\SessionLauncher.exe (file missing)
    O23 - Service: SigmaTel Audio Service (STacSV) - SigmaTel, Inc. - C:\Windows\system32\STacSV.exe
    O23 - Service: Steam Client Service - Valve Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Steam\SteamService.exe
    O23 - Service: stllssvr - MicroVision Development, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\SureThing Shared\stllssvr.exe

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    End of file - 5851 bytes
     
  5. Elvandil

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    You can eliminate some of the unneeded ones, but services use no CPU and remain on "standby" until they are needed. So having services enabled is a good idea (though they do use RAM even when on standby, so if you are short on RAM, you may only then want to reduce them - if you use only 50%, you are fine).

    But I have 96 processes running right now and don't consider that excessive. It really depends what they are and Cheeseball81 will help you sort that out.

    But the point is that "too many" is not at all obvious until you take a look at what they are. The NT system is services-based and things are quite different from a resources-based OS like Windows 98.
     
  6. Cheeseball81

    Cheeseball81 Retired Moderator

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    The log doesn't look that bad, actually. Do you have other Google programs installed? An untold number of other Google applications may install an update mechanism named googleupdate.exe.

    We could definitely disable a few things and see if that helps.
     
  7. lemonfan

    lemonfan Thread Starter

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    only google program i have installed that i use very seldomly is chrome,


    im looking to free up ram anywhere possible what can i disable?
     
  8. Cheeseball81

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    We can start with disabling the unnecessary ones from Startup. (which are most listed in the log, actually)

    Have you used msconfig before?
     
  9. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

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    lemonfan:

    Is that a stand-alone computer or is it networked with other computers?

    Since you know how to provide screenshots, do the following:

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    Go to Start - Run - MSCONFIG - OK - "Startup" tab.

    Provide a screenshot, and make sure it includes all entries that are currently checked.

    If the "Startup Item" column isn't wide enough to see the entire name of any of the checked entries, widen it first.

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    Go to Start - Run - SERVICES.MSC - OK.

    Provide screenshots of the entire list.

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  10. lemonfan

    lemonfan Thread Starter

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    start up and services... and no this is a stand alone pc
     

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  11. lemonfan

    lemonfan Thread Starter

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    last of services
     

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  12. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

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    You didn't widen the "Name" column so the entire names can be seen, so I'm unable to confirm the names of several of them.

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    Uncheck Windows Defender in the startup list.

    Change the startup type of Windows Defender in the services list to "Disabled".

    Don't worry about restarting the computer for now.

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