Sluggish XP

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Thread Starter
Nov 26, 2004
Thank you for this wonderful forum...The safest and best of holidays to all.

Transfering this computer from 1 child to another...was running painfully slow, deleted several programs, ran avg, ad-aware and spybot, still sluggish although not as bad.

Thank you...log as follows

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 10:49:14 AM, on 12/29/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Viewpoint\Viewpoint Manager\ViewMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_05\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe
C:\Program Files\Hijackthis\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page =
F2 - REG:system.ini: UserInit=C:\WINDOWS\System32\Userinit.exe
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SDHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar2.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar2.dll
O3 - Toolbar: AIM Search - {40D41A8B-D79B-43d7-99A7-9EE0F344C385} - C:\Program Files\AIM Toolbar\AIMBar.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Zone Labs Client] C:\PROGRA~1\ZONELA~1\ZONEAL~1\zlclient.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ViewMgr] C:\Program Files\Viewpoint\Viewpoint Manager\ViewMgr.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG7_CC] C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe /STARTUP
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG7_EMC] C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_05\bin\jusched.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [AIM] C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe -cnetwait.odl
O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Reader Speed Launch.lnk = C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\reader_sl.exe
O8 - Extra context menu item: &Google Search - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar2.dll/cmsearch.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Backward Links - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar2.dll/cmbacklinks.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Cached Snapshot of Page - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar2.dll/cmcache.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Send Image to Photo Library - file://C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Application Data\ROXIO\PhotoSuite4\Temp\ROXIO00000.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Similar Pages - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar2.dll/cmsimilar.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Translate into English - res://C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbar2.dll/cmtrans.html
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_05\bin\npjpi150_05.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_05\bin\npjpi150_05.dll
O9 - Extra button: AIM - {AC9E2541-2814-11d5-BC6D-00B0D0A1DE45} - C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O20 - Winlogon Notify: igfxcui - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\igfxsrvc.dll
O23 - Service: AVG7 Alert Manager Server (Avg7Alrt) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
O23 - Service: AVG7 Update Service (Avg7UpdSvc) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
O23 - Service: TrueVector Internet Monitor (vsmon) - Zone Labs Inc. - C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exe
Dec 9, 2000
There are no problems in the Scanlog to account for it.

To narrow things down ...

It might be helpful to give specific answers to these questions:

1 > is it very slow to boot up?
2 > do programs open slowly?
3 > does the same behavior occur both offline and on?
4 > does it matter how long the system has been on, and does a restart improve things?

Slow performance issues can often be due to overheating, so if the system is faster after it has been shutdown for a while and then restarted -- that would be especially suspect. To check for possible problems here, shutdown, open the case and blow out any accumulated dust. Then turn it on and check to see that the fan is working. Sometimes it helps to physically clean the fan. Programs are available that can help monitor temperatures as well.

5 > if you do a ctrl-alt-del, do any processes show excess cpu usage, other than System Idle Process?

6 > if you open the Device Manager (windows+pause/break > Hardware > Device Manager) and select the entry for IDE ATA/Atapi and select the Primary IDE, does it say the "current transfer mode" is DMA or PIO?
Jul 1, 1999
"Slow performance issues can often be due to overheating."

Can you explain this further?


Jul 24, 2005
drseed said:
Transfering this computer from 1 child to another...was running painfully slow, deleted several programs, ran avg, ad-aware and spybot, still sluggish although not as bad.
you might want to do some cleaning up as well, have you run a disk cleanup and taken out the temp files, emptied ur recycle bin etc, this will help a lot if ur running low on HD space. Has it been defragged lately? If not chkdsk and then defrag after the cleanup. Will make things faster and smooth. Gud Luck n happy New year!


Thread Starter
Nov 26, 2004
thank you Rollin for your reply...

1 boot-up is quite slow

2 programs open w/ serious lag...multi-tasking is rediculous

3 yes, both on or off-line

4 not @ all...all puters in house are openened and cleaned bi-monthly

Task manager is not showing anything out of the ordinary in cpu

Device manager shows...device 0, current transfer mode: ultra DMA Mode 5
device1, current transfer mode: N/A

Thank You


Thread Starter
Nov 26, 2004
did not see other posts...sry

e-z cleaner is used to clean temp, ect.
this running windows version is perhaps 2 years old now
lotta hard drive space avail., never to much stored on it
defrag prob over due...

Thank you
Dec 9, 2000
Try shutting down and letting the computer cool for at least a half hour. Does it boot up faster after that?

Hot CPUs will ramp down in speed as they reach critical temps.

Just how long, approximately in minutes, does it take to reach the Windows desktop?

Do you remember what was deleted or cleaned off the system?

If you open the Device Manager in normal mode, is it populated?

How much memory is installed, by the way? And when was the last time it worked normally?
Dec 29, 2005
some quick tips on speeding up ypur pc are:

start->run-> %temp%

then you delete all the content in the folder (dont worry these files are no longer required)


you could do a spyware scan using a program such as spybot search and destroy which is free
Jul 8, 2005
jusched.exe is not needed in your startup

the zone alarm firewall is a resource hog and doesnt do much more than the windows xp firewall.

or if your on a router, the hardware nat/firewall will also protect you.

(PS if a hacker was really after you, a firewall wouldnt even help you because before they have, they already know exactly what to do to get around your security)


Thread Starter
Nov 26, 2004

defragged...took a bit...speed picked up some

deleted only saved files...nothing but jpg and audio files

memory is 126...thought it was higher, have another 126 stick that I am going to install

this being my daughters puter, I am not to sure last time it was running properly (a couple months or so)...mostly a "aim" machine

cooling down seems to make no difference

being a die hard 98se user, did not realize zone alarm was not necessary

the responces were helpful and appreciated, I going to do some reading on these links and upgrade memory

please if possible support any foundations aimed at finding a cure for ALS and stem cell research if you consider it morrally correct

safe new year, thank you
Dec 9, 2000
You need more ram for sure.

If you can get it up to 512 you will see a BIG improvement. But 256 is adequate. Anything less is not.

You may see 126, but the module is 128, by the way. Sometimes video chips take a bit of this.
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