[Solved] XP Tweaks please?

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Mr. Peabody

Thread Starter
Apr 13, 2003
Yes, I am finally tweaking my 12 yr. old child's computer. :D It is an emachine 1.8 giga, 40 gig, 128 mg (ddr I think).

I usually run in win 98, so the whole XP environment is new to me.

This computer runs slow as Christmas. :confused: If you close a window, you can sit and watch each digital line disappear from the top of the screen down. If you open the START menu, it takes several seconds for each step to complete. My 466 runs faster than this thing.

What are the basic tweaks for this box? Let's speed this thing up, okay? :)

Spybot is clean now. Hijack This report follows. All the messenger stuff; aol; msn; yahoo, has to stay.

You guys should have field day with this report: Look at all the programs that are running!!! :eek:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 3:04:52 PM, on 4/19/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton Personal Firewall\NISUM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Norton Personal Firewall\ccPxySvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\AdvTools\NPROTECT.EXE
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\Interactive Agents\ActivePlus.exe
C:\Program Files\Common files\updater\wupdater.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\BigFix\BigFix.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\rnathchk.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = http://contexualsearch.com/searchbar.html
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://red.clientapps.yahoo.com/customize/ie/defaults/stp/ymsgr*http://my.yahoo.com
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://red.clientapps.yahoo.com/cus.../*http://www.yahoo.com/ext/search/search.html
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://red.clientapps.yahoo.com/customize/ie/defaults/sp/ymsgr/*http://www.yahoo.com
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://red.clientapps.yahoo.com/customize/ie/defaults/stp/ymsgr*http://my.yahoo.com
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://red.clientapps.yahoo.com/customize/ie/defaults/su/ymsgr/*http://www.yahoo.com
R3 - URLSearchHook: (no name) - _{CFBFAE00-17A6-11D0-99CB-00C04FD64497} - (no file)
R3 - URLSearchHook: (no name) - {5D60FF48-95BE-4956-B4C6-6BB168A70310} - (no file)
O1 - Hosts: search.netscape.com12.129.205.209 sitefinder.verisign.com
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {000006B1-19B5-414A-849F-2A3C64AE6939} - C:\WINDOWS\bi.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {00000EF1-0786-4633-87C6-1AA7A44296DA} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\IAicm.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {000E7270-CC7A-0786-8E7A-DA09B51938A6} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\n3tpa1.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.ocx
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {30427CB1-0495-594F-6CD1-36F9CC2EE6D4} - (no file)
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {63B78BC1-A711-4D46-AD2F-C581AC420D41} - C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\WinTools\btiein.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {8F4E5661-F99E-4B3E-8D85-0EA71C0748E4} - C:\WINDOWS\wsem216.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {947E6D5A-4B9F-4CF4-91B3-562CA8D03313} - C:\Program Files\ClearSearch\IE_ClrSch.DLL
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar2.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {BDF3E430-B101-42AD-A544-FADC6B084872} - C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {CE31A1F7-3D90-4874-8FBE-A5D97F8BC8F1} - C:\PROGRA~1\BARGAI~1\bin2\apuc.dll (file missing)
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {F7F808F0-6F7D-442C-93E3-4A4827C2E4C8} - C:\WINDOWS\nem214.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\msdxm.ocx
O3 - Toolbar: (no name) - {FE6BC4EF-5676-484B-88AE-883323913256} - (no file)
O3 - Toolbar: Norton AntiVirus - {42CDD1BF-3FFB-4238-8AD1-7859DF00B1D6} - C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar2.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccRegVfy] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccRegVfy.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe -osboot
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SoundMan] SOUNDMAN.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Advanced Tools Check] C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~2\AdvTools\ADVCHK.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ActivePlus] "C:\Program Files\Interactive Agents\ActivePlus.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [updater] C:\Program Files\Common files\updater\wupdater.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [XTNDConnect PC - ErPhn2] C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\XCPCSync\TRANSL~1\ErPhn2\ErTray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SAHAgent] C:\WINDOWS\System32\SahAgent.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [iTunesHelper] C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [AIM] C:\Program Files\AIM95\aim.exe -cnetwait.odl
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Yahoo! Pager] C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Messenger\ypager.exe -quiet
O4 - Global Startup: BigFix.lnk = C:\Program Files\BigFix\BigFix.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Office.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office10\OSA.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: Cac&hed Snapshot of Page - res://c:\program files\google\GoogleToolbar2.dll/cmcache.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office10\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O8 - Extra context menu item: Si&milar 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: AIM (HKLM)
O9 - Extra button: Related (HKLM)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Show &Related Links (HKLM)
O9 - Extra button: Messenger (HKLM)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Messenger (HKLM)
O12 - Plugin for .m14: C:\Program Files\Modern Age Books\Vbook\NPVbok32.dll
O12 - Plugin for .spop: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Plugins\NPDocBox.dll
O14 - IERESET.INF: START_PAGE_URL=http://www.emachines.com
O16 - DPF: {00000EF1-0786-4633-87C6-1AA7A44296DA} (F1 Organizer Class) - http://www.netpaloffers.net/NetpalOffers/DMO1/IAicm.cab
O16 - DPF: {018B7EC3-EECA-11D3-8E71-0000E82C6C0D} - http://www.negativebeats.com/mp3.plugin.exe
O16 - DPF: {02BCC737-B171-4746-94C9-0D8A0B2C0089} (Microsoft Office Template and Media Control) - http://office.microsoft.com/templates/ieawsdc.cab
O16 - DPF: {02BF25D5-8C17-4B23-BC80-D3488ABDDC6B} (QuickTime Object) - http://www.apple.com/qtactivex/qtplugin.cab
O16 - DPF: {30528230-99F7-4BB4-88D8-FA1D4F56A2AB} (YInstStarter Class) - http://us.dl1.yimg.com/download.yahoo.com/dl/installs/yinst0401.cab
O16 - DPF: {41F17733-B041-4099-A042-B518BB6A408C} - http://a1540.g.akamai.net/7/1540/52...pple.com/bonnie/us/win/QuickTimeInstaller.exe
O16 - DPF: {8EDAD21C-3584-4E66-A8AB-EB0E5584767D} - http://toolbar.google.com/data/GoogleActivate.cab
O16 - DPF: {9F1C11AA-197B-4942-BA54-47A8489BB47F} (Update Class) - http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/CAB/x86/unicode/iuctl.CAB?37557.8834027778
O16 - DPF: {A17E30C4-A9BA-11D4-8673-60DB54C10000} (YahooYMailTo Class) - http://us.dl1.yimg.com/download.yahoo.com/dl/installs/yse/ymmapi_416.dll
O16 - DPF: {BF4FC0C7-4387-4D18-AD86-DF33DDDE33C7} - http://hot.activebuddy.com/catalog/dnlflipit/websetup.cab
O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) - http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab
O16 - DPF: {EF99BD32-C1FB-11D2-892F-0090271D4F88} - http://us.dl1.yimg.com/download.yahoo.com/dl/toolbar/yiebio5_1_2_0.cab

Muchos Gracias,

Mr. Peabody
Aug 2, 2003
well, first off, you don't have enough ram for XP, XP needs at least 256 MB of ram, 512 is prefered..


Jul 1, 2002
Some of the things in the log should have been removed by the Spybot scan. Since they weren't, did you update Spybot before scanning with it? It needs to be updated at least weekly to keep pace with the ever-changing spyware.

Then download, install, open, immediately update and scan with Ad-Aware. It often finds things Spybot misses and vice versa.

You can also turn off a lot of unnecessary services. The settings in the "Safe" column in the chart on Black Viper's site is the one I use.

If all that doesn't yield the improvement you want, run Hijack This again and post the new log back here.
Mar 1, 2003
XP is a hog! you have to have a lot of Horse Power to make it as responsive as 98. I am running a Gig of 333 ddr 2700 and a 2.4 Gig P4 533 Bus and a 128 meg ddr video card and my PC is almost as responsive as 98 was it's really close now, but i can live with it now. Now i have 2000 Pro on another drive and it flys it's probably more responsive than 98 was.

Mr. Peabody

Thread Starter
Apr 13, 2003
tnik said:
well, first off, you don't have enough ram for XP, XP needs at least 256 MB of ram, 512 is prefered..

OK. Tks. That will keep me busy foir a while. I haven't purchased any RAM for a while -- any recommendations before I head to Fry's?

Black Viper is a good resource. i will spend some time catching up on the info there, and repost hijack this report as adviced, aftering running Adaware, with updates. (phew) :)


Mr. Peabody

Thread Starter
Apr 13, 2003
Install of RAM did not work.

Status: working ok in original state.

Well, I installed the RAM, repowered, but the monitor would not come on.

slot two was open. I used that one. Didn't work.
Took old RAM out and put new ram in slot 1. Didn't work.
Restored old ram to slot 1. Booted fine.
Tried new ram in slot 2 again. Didn't work.
Restored old ram to slot 1. Works fine.

With the new ram installed I get a series of beeps on power up.

Beep. Beep. Beep.
Beep. Beep. Beep.

Then it runs, but the monitor does not turn on. Can't tell what is happening internally of course. It may be freezing up, or it may be running fine and have a video log jam.

I am guessing that I have to configure it somehow prior to installing the RAM. I don't know. What do you guys think?

Slot 1 has old RAM - 128 original issue.

New RAM is 256 MB DDR-266
PQI 48750
PQI Corporation
PLU #2922875

Nov 16, 2001
What's the make and model of your PC and most importantly the motherboard make and model?
Aug 2, 2003
yea, when working with ram, first you must make sure that your motherboard supports the ram that you buy, second, remember this golden rule, ram runs only as fast as its weakest link, so if you have a stick of PC133 and a stick of PC2100, the 2100 will run only as fast as the 133..
Sep 8, 2002
i'd take a guess and say he as pc2100 like my emachines does. and mine came with only 128 as well. (i swear, the only way 128 will work is if you turn off everything!!) i really hate how they say 128 is the minimum. such a big fat lie.

now when it comes to speeding up computers, i'll show you how i'd do it. its my fav way and works very well for me. you won't see amazing results, (especially with only 128) but at least you'll know nothing bad is holding you back.

click start>run>
type msconfig, click on the startup tab, and uncheck anything you know should not start on boot. if you don't have anything firewalls, or antivirus programs, you could probably uncheck EVERYTHING.

this should help a lot.

then i'd d/l spybot and update and scan. it will get rid of the rest of the junk that could be running.

after that i'd be done. not too much to do. you can do more complex things like tinger with services but i don't know enough of that to ask you to try it. i do it myself from what i remember from this site, turning off system restore, messenger, and a few others, but that's just me and i wouldn't recommend turning off system restore if i were you. i just do it because it doesn't work to restore hardrives that use software to work. (my drives are too big for my mobo lol)
Aug 2, 2003
OMG, I was about to post that MS says that 256 is min. requirment for RAM, but damn, look at this..

Here's What You Need to Use Windows XP Home Edition

PC with 300 megahertz (MHz) or higher processor clock speed recommended;

233-MHz minimum required;* Intel Pentium/Celeron family, AMD
K6/Athlon/Duron family, or compatible processor recommended

128 megabytes (MB) of RAM or higher recommended (64 MB minimum supported; may limit performance and some features)

1.5 gigabyte (GB) of available hard disk space.*

Super VGA (800 × 600) or higher resolution video adapter and monitor

CD-ROM or DVD drive

Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device
I couldn't imagine using XP on a system like that, I think I would end up going postal on M$...
Nov 16, 2001
XP is a hog! you have to have a lot of Horse Power to make it as responsive as 98. I am running a Gig of 333 ddr 2700 and a 2.4 Gig P4 533 Bus and a 128 meg ddr video card and my PC is almost as responsive as 98
Whoa folks. I have my secondary machine running a dual boot Win98SE and XP Pro. I have no problem with XP. In fact it loads faster than my 98SE and installs and apps run faster.

Both OS's are clean, with exactly half the disk space. The machine specs are below in my signature.

There's no reason you or anyone with your specs should not see great performance unless you have a problem.
Apr 21, 2004
Sounds like you bought the wrong memory Mr. Peabody.
You usualy dont need to setup your system for adding extra RAM.

Need to know the model/type of the system so we can look up what type of memory is needed :

If XP is still running , maybe you can see wich proces is slowing down your system :
On the task bar below klik on a not used part of it with your right mouse button ,
select task manager & tab Processes ,
if you klik on the table header called "CPU" you'll see wich processes take up the most CPU load.
(correct me if I'm wrong because I re-installed w2k after working with XP for a while)

Try & post here wich 5 processes are on top ?
Aug 2, 2003
griffinspc said:
Whoa folks. I have my secondary machine running a dual boot Win98SE and XP Pro. I have no problem with XP. In fact it loads faster than my 98SE and installs and apps run faster.
well yea, your running 512 MB of ram, this thread started with Mr. Peabody running XP on 128 MB of ram...

Mr. Peabody

Thread Starter
Apr 13, 2003
OK. Here we go....

EMachine T1840
I will get motherboard info in about :30 hour once the house clears out.

You guys asked me so many questions, i can't remember all of them. ;)

Dehakkelar -- I've a got a ton of processes running on the XP.

You guys hang on for a minute. I'll print your posts and make sure I get everything. I'll have to boot the other computer and find the motherboard number. (Not in that order or course). Be back soon...

Mr. P
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