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Slow XP startup, now hanging

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by sakendrick, Mar 19, 2008.

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  1. sakendrick

    sakendrick Thread Starter

    Mar 19, 2008
    Long story but I've been having some serious issues with my dell desktop and XP... here's the story in chronilogical order.

    My system was running fine other than the fact that a friend noticed the hard drive was clicking frequently when the system was idle (about every 2 seconds) - he suggested I may have a virus. My own virus scan/shield (PC-cillin) never identified anything.

    I installed Avast and ran a boot scan - some form of Trojan was found and deleted. Some form of Adware was also found and deleted.

    Sometime either just before or immediately after the boot scan I started having problems. XP would startup quite quickly. I would log into one of the two user profiles (home edition of XP) but when I tried to launch IE it would sit for 10 minutes and not connect to anything. After about 10 minutes the page would finally load and everything would seemingly work fine. Note that during this time I could go to cmd and ping sites no problem.

    I started troubleshooting and realized that it was not just IE that would sit and hang - other system applications such as System Properties, Add Remove Programs, etc would take about 10 minutes immediately after startup before they would do anything. Once the system "woke up" it would seem like everything operated fine.

    To try to cure this I tried;
    - uninstalling several unnecessary applications
    - uninstalled Avast
    - installed AVG and scanned (everything clean)
    - removed all programs from Startup / Run
    - disconnected mapped drives, removed sharing from folders
    - resetting IE to defaults
    None of which solved the problem

    I tried booting into safemode and the system did seem to operate much better but of course I couldn't browse the web etc.

    I since reinstalled Avast and reran the bootscan - came up clean

    I have just recently tried System Restore to a date where everything was fine. Now XP won't start up. I get to the profile page, choose my profile and it just hangs on a blank desktop.

    - what I haven't tried yet is booting into safemode and running a virus scan. With the system restore causing me to hang I'm not 100% sure I can even boot into safe mode but will try when I'm back home tonight.

    If I'm successful I'll likely undo the system restore, turn off system restore, run virus scan in safemode.... then what?

    Any help, suggestions, or tools would be greatly appreciated!
  2. sakendrick

    sakendrick Thread Starter

    Mar 19, 2008
    additional info...
    - during that 10 minute hang period, system processes look fine. Nothing out of the ordinary, no major memory or CPU usage.
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