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Slow FF and IE, MSE icon not showing up on startup

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by syntaxerr, Mar 30, 2011.

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  1. syntaxerr

    syntaxerr Thread Starter

    Mar 21, 2002
    I have multiple issues here. First off, FF4 and IE8 take longer than normal to start up. Now, I have this problem on my desktop. I also have a laptop that is wireless and when I click to open FF on both of them at the same time, my laptop loads up like in 1-2 seconds. It takes my desktop about 10-15 seconds. Same exact add-ons on both computers.The program opens on my desktop but it just keeps saying Connecting and the busy icon keeps spinning. After they load up, I can browse and some pages will load fast and other times it will take a while to load. My second problem is that when I reboot my pc, Microsoft Security Essentials doesn't appear in my active icons. But when I open it from All Programs and then close it, the icon stays down there. Here are my computer specs:

    Windows 7 64-bit
    AMD Phenom II X4 820 processor (2.8gig)
    8 gig ram
    Nvidia GTX 460 1 gig ram

    EDIT: I just tried something out because I've been messing around with settings. I work from home and have a VPN that's disabled unless I'm working. So, I connected to my VPN and IE and FF both load up super fast. Any ideas on this and what I should do for when it's disabled?

    EDIT:Well I figured it out. After I figured out the VPN issue, I checked the network settings in IE and FF and I had the proxies set for my work VPN. I unchecked them and all is right again. It's weird that this problem just started happening today though.
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