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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by bl0ndiegrl, Mar 28, 2012.

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  1. bl0ndiegrl

    bl0ndiegrl Thread Starter

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    My computer is very old and I realize that may be part of my problem. However, my computer is always grinding away (even when I am not using it). I have seen in a lot of different posts where people have been advised to run that Hijack log, and then copy and paste it here and someone will take a look at it. I am not familiar with the Hijack program and have never used it but was wondering if someone could advise me how to do this and take a look at the file. I probably have a ton of stuff that could be removed, but I am too paranoid to do it without advice. I have previously disabled a bunch of my Startup programs and have also not allowed Automatic Updates on some programs, they must notify me that a download is ready first.

    If someone could help me with my old dinosaur of a computer I would really appreciate it!

    Thanks!
     
  2. TheShooter93

    TheShooter93 Cody Malware Specialist

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    What do you mean by "grinding away?" Is your computer acting slow?

    Click Start, then right-click My Computer.

    Click Properties.

    Enter that information in your next post.

    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Also, let's see this:

    Go here and click the green "Download latest version" link to download and save HiJackThis 2.0.4.

    After it's been downloaded and saved, close all open windows first, then double-click the saved file to install it.

    Allow it to install in its default location - C:\Program Files.

    Start HiJackThis.

    Click on the "Open The Misc Tools Section" button.

    Click on the "Open Uninstall Manager" button.

    Click on the "Save List" button.

    Save the "uninstall_list.txt" file somewhere.

    It'll then open in Notepad.

    Return here to your thread, then copy-and-paste the entire file here.
     
  3. bl0ndiegrl

    bl0ndiegrl Thread Starter

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    By grinding I mean the hard drive is acting as if I am working on it, even if I am not.

    Here is the info you requested:

    Microsoft Windows XP
    Home Edition
    Version 2002
    Service Pack 3
    Hewelett Packard Pavillion
    Pentium (R) 4 CPU 2.60 GHz
    2.59 GHz, 504 MB of RAM

    Here is the HiJackThis:


    7-Zip 9.04
    Acrobat.com
    Acrobat.com
    Adobe Acrobat 5.0
    Adobe AIR
    Adobe AIR
    Adobe Flash Player 10 ActiveX
    Adobe Flash Player 10 Plugin
    Adobe Photoshop 5.5
    Adobe Reader 9.3
    Adobe Shockwave Player 11.5
    Apple Application Support
    Apple Mobile Device Support
    Apple Software Update
    ArcSoft ShowBiz 2
    AT&T Yahoo! Applications
    Bonjour
    CA Yahoo! Anti-Spy (remove only)
    Carbonite Online Backup Setup
    Cosmic Stacker
    Coupon Printer for Windows
    Coupon Printer for Windows
    Enhanced Multimedia Keyboard Solution
    HiJackThis
    Hotfix for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (KB953595)
    Hotfix for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (KB958484)
    Hotfix for Windows Internet Explorer 7 (KB947864)
    Hotfix for Windows Media Format SDK (KB902344)
    Hotfix for Windows Media Format SDK (KB910998)
    Hotfix for Windows XP (KB2158563)
    Hotfix for Windows XP (KB2443685)
    Hotfix for Windows XP (KB2570791)
    Hotfix for Windows XP (KB2633952)
    Hotfix for Windows XP (KB952287)
    Hotfix for Windows XP (KB961118)
    Hotfix for Windows XP (KB970653-v3)
    Hotfix for Windows XP (KB976098-v2)
    Hotfix for Windows XP (KB979306)
    Hotfix for Windows XP (KB981793)
    HP Deskjet Preloaded Printer Drivers
    HP Image Zone 4.2
    HP Instant Support
    HP Organize
    HP Photo and Imaging 2.0 - Photosmart Cameras
    HP Product Detection
    HP PSC & OfficeJet 4.2
    HP Update
    HPImageZone
    Intel(R) Extreme Graphics Driver
    iTunes
    Jacquie Lawson Village Advent Calendar
    Jacquie Lawson Village Advent Calendar
    Java 2 Runtime Environment, SE v1.4.1_02
    Java Web Start
    Java(TM) 6 Update 23
    Java(TM) 6 Update 31
    Java(TM) 6 Update 7
    king.com (remove only)
    McAfee SecurityCenter
    McAfee Virtual Technician
    MediaFACE II
    Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1
    Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1
    Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Security Update (KB2656353)
    Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Security Update (KB979906)
    Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2
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    Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
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    Microsoft Internationalized Domain Names Mitigation APIs
    Microsoft National Language Support Downlevel APIs
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    Microsoft Office 2000 SR-1 Professional
    Microsoft Plus! Digital Media Edition
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    Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable
    Microsoft Visual J# .NET Redistributable Package 1.1
    Microsoft Works 7.0
    Mozilla Firefox 9.0.1 (x86 en-US)
    MSN Music Assistant
    MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB927978)
    MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB936181)
    MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB954430)
    MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB973688)
    Multimedia Card Reader
    MUSICMATCH® Jukebox
    Nero Suite
    NVIDIA Gart Driver
    NVIDIA Windows 2000/XP Display Drivers
    OmniPass
    Orbital from Hewlett-Packard Desktops (remove only)
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    overland
    PC-Doctor for Windows
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    Poppit To Go
    PS2
    Python 2.2 combined Win32 extensions
    Python 2.2.1
    QuickTime
    RealOne Player
    RecordNow!
    S3Display
    S3Gamma2
    S3Info2
    S3Overlay
    Seagate Manager Installer
    Seagate Manager Installer
    Security Update for CAPICOM (KB931906)
    Security Update for CAPICOM (KB931906)
    Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (KB2657424)
    Security Update for Microsoft Windows (KB2564958)
    Security Update for Step By Step Interactive Training (KB898458)
    Security Update for Step By Step Interactive Training (KB923723)
    Security Update for Windows Internet Explorer 7 (KB2183461)
    Security Update for Windows Internet Explorer 7 (KB2360131)
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    Security Update for Windows XP (KB982665)
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    Slyder from Hewlett-Packard Desktops (remove only)
    STX from Hewlett-Packard Desktops (remove only)
    Super Pop & Drop
    toolkit
    Uniblue RegistryBooster2
    Uniblue SpeedUpMyPC 2009
    Uniblue SpeedUpMyPC 2009
    Uniblue System Tweaker
    Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (KB963707)
    Update for Windows Internet Explorer 7 (KB976749)
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    Update for Windows XP (KB2141007)
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    Virtual Warfare from Hewlett-Packard Desktops (remove only)
    WebIQ Client Software
    Weblink
    WildTangent Web Driver
    Windows Genuine Advantage v1.3.0254.0
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    Windows Media Format SDK Hotfix - KB891122
    Windows Media Player 10
    Windows Media Player 9 Hotfix [See KB885492 for more information]
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  4. TheShooter93

    TheShooter93 Cody Malware Specialist

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    I have to go to sleep, as it is almost 2am where I live and I have class in 7 hours.

    If you can post again saying "bump", I will receive a notification saying to check out your thread.

    Disregard the normal 48 hour message you find in my signature for this case.

    Assuming you will have done this, I will post in the morning.
     
  5. bl0ndiegrl

    bl0ndiegrl Thread Starter

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  6. TheShooter93

    TheShooter93 Cody Malware Specialist

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    You currently have 512MB of RAM installed. To get a significant performance boost, I suggest you upgrade to 2GB of RAM. No matter what software changes we make, the lack in hardware performance is still going to be the main issue here.

    Download Crucial's System Scanner and run it. Enter the results in your next post by either taking a screenshot of the window, or writing a detailed account of the results. If you don't know how to take a post a screenshot, instructions on how to do so can be found below.

    To take a screenshot,

    1- Hit the Printscreen key on your keyboard. This will copy your entire screen to the clipboard. Hitting ALT + Printscreen will only copy the active window.

    2- Open Paint (click Start > Run > type mspaint and click OK)

    3- Select Edit.

    4- Click on Paste.

    5- Select File.

    6- Click on Save As...

    7- Save your screenshot as a JPEG file.

    8- Attach the screenshot to your next post.

    How to Attach a File on TSG

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    You can also uninstall the following from your computer (programs I have marked in red should be immediately removed):

    Yahoo! Anti-Spy

    Virtual Warfare from Hewlett-Packard Desktops (remove only)

    WebIQ Client Software

    Weblink

    WildTangent Web Driver

    Slyder from Hewlett-Packard Desktops (remove only)

    STX from Hewlett-Packard Desktops (remove only)

    Super Pop & Drop

    Uniblue RegistryBooster2

    Uniblue SpeedUpMyPC 2009

    Uniblue SpeedUpMyPC 2009

    Uniblue System Tweaker

    PC-Doctor for Windows


    HP Instant Support

    HP Organize


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    Also, McAfee is quite the resource hog. As it is a paid service and I don't know how much time you have left for your subscription, I did not advise you uninstall it.

    But I do advise that you cancel your subscription to it and instead download and install Microsoft Security Essentials once the subscription runs out.

    Microsoft Security Essentials is the best free, light-weight antivirus (in terms of resource usage) out there.
     
  7. bl0ndiegrl

    bl0ndiegrl Thread Starter

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    Okay, here is my screenshot as per your request. I know McAfee is a resource hog and I do not actually pay for it. The entire McAfee suite is included in my AT&T DSL package. I do have concerns about removing it as it has been blocking Risky Connections from several countries over the past few weeks. I have had about 5 times the box has popped up from McAfee and told me that it blocked a Risky Connection and they have been from places like Seychelles and the Russian Federation. Would Microsoft Security Essentials provide me with the same kind of service?
     

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  8. flavallee

    flavallee Frank Trusted Advisor

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    Here is the support site for the HP Pavilion a342n desktop.

    You should add and save this site in your browser favorites/bookmarks list so you can readily refer to it when needed.

    That desktop came with a 512 MB DDR PC2700(DDR333) module of RAM in one slot and has the other slot empty.

    That desktop supports a maximum of 1024 MB of RAM, so you need to add another 512 MB module to the empty slot.

    -----------------------------------------------------------

    Download and save the free version of

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

    SUPERAntiSpyware

    Just download and save them and DON'T install them yet.

    -----------------------------------------------------------

    Click Start - Run, then type in

    %temp%

    and then click OK.

    Click Start - Run, then type in

    c:\windows\temp

    and then click OK.

    Once those 2 temp folders appear and you can view their contents, select and delete EVERYTHING that's inside them.

    If a few files resist being deleted, that's normal behavior. Leave them alone and delete EVERYTHING else.

    If a massive number of files are being deleted, the computer may appear to "hang". Be patient and wait for the deletion process to finish.

    After it's done, restart the computer.

    -----------------------------------------------------------

    You need to uninstall

    Acrobat.com

    Adobe AIR

    Apple Software Update

    HP Update

    Java 2 Runtime Environment, SE v1.4.1_02

    Java(TM) 6 Update 7

    Java(TM) 6 Update 23

    Java Web Start


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  9. bl0ndiegrl

    bl0ndiegrl Thread Starter

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    Thanks for all of your time and help! I will go ahead and purchase another 512 of RAM.
     
  10. flavallee

    flavallee Frank Trusted Advisor

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    :) (y)

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    Re-read post #8 because I've been adding to it.

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