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This CPU lockup and freezing is killing me!

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by cuttlefish, Feb 16, 2007.

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  1. cuttlefish

    cuttlefish Thread Starter

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    OK, first up I have read all the posts in the forums and really tried hard to solve it myself without just slamming up a help post (y) , but alas all to no avail. (n)
    So here is the PC as I see it:

    Asus P4S533 Motherboard (BIOS updated)
    1 Gig RAM (Think it is DRAM)
    Intel 2.6 CPU (yeh but it was the cat's mieow once!)
    New Panasonic DVD burner
    One old as all hell Quantam Fireball HDD containing all the OS and program files - seems to be running fine but is "almost full" (Compressed)
    A new Seagate 60 Gig HDD for My Docs, pics etc.
    Full Version Windows XP Pro
    AdAware SE Spyware
    Panda Anti Virus
    All drivers up to date

    Prior to installing XP Pro, I was using XP Home and had the following identical problem so even after the formatting of both drives and reinstallation of XP Pro, the problem reoccurred so does that point to hardware maybe? The OS has been on both the young and the old HDD's but still the same problem :eek:

    Basically, even the smallest of applications instantly shoots my CPU to around the 99% mark i.e. total lockup! I have a small stocks and shares application that in itself is 250 Kb and yet it immediately grabs all the CPU..................... as does the lowly MSCONFIG ............. :confused:

    I dare not try to run more than one software application at a time as that guarantees a freeze! I know that printing, scanning, searches are all very resource-demanding but if any of them is in progress, then I can forget about using the PC - nothing works or if I try to open up another program, I get lockups that even the Task Manager "end now" cannot fix. It is invariably reboot time!

    When I try to open up very common applications, they take forever and I get the little old "busy" hourglass whirling about for yonks!

    I have fanatically checked for spyware, run RegCleaner regularly, check for disk errors, defrag all the time, do regular virus scans (daily), keep Adaware Monitoring active all the time and cannot find anything that could be causing this problem.

    I have also downloaded and run the various hardware/benchmark diagnostic tools and all say the system is fine - fan and temp all about 52C .......................... sigh! :confused:

    I have cleaned out MSCONFIG Startup to almost nothing ...................!

    My Hijack file is hereunder and interesting enuf it still show "Windows Defender" (which I loathe) and a Spyware Doctor entry long since uninstalled yet I cannot locate these files at any of the sources. When I ask Hijack to "fix selected", it can't! They just reappear again! Not the problem anyway as didn't have these two allpications under old XP Home anyway.

    Maybe a red herring but quite often when I close an application - say MS Outlook - and look in Task manager it is still there even though it has definitely gone!

    So, I give up guys and gals! I think it maybe chainsaw time!

    Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
    Scan saved at 8:40:08 AM, on 17/02/2007
    Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
    MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16414)

    Running processes:
    D:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
    D:\WINDOWS\system32\csrss.exe
    D:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
    D:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
    D:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
    D:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
    D:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
    D:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum 2006 Internet Security\TPSrv.exe
    D:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
    D:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum 2006 Internet Security\pavsrv51.exe
    D:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
    D:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
    D:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
    D:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum 2006 Internet Security\Firewall\PNMSRV.EXE
    D:\WINDOWS\system32\brsvc01a.exe
    D:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
    D:\WINDOWS\system32\brss01a.exe
    D:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
    D:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
    D:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum 2006 Internet Security\PavFnSvr.exe
    D:\Program Files\Common Files\Panda Software\PavShld\pavprsrv.exe
    D:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum 2006 Internet Security\AntiSpam\pskmssvc.exe
    D:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum 2006 Internet Security\PsImSvc.exe
    D:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMAgent.exe
    D:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
    D:\WINDOWS\System32\alg.exe
    D:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum 2006 Internet Security\apvxdwin.exe
    D:\Program Files\Telstra\Cable Login\bpcable.exe
    D:\WINDOWS\Logi_MwX.Exe
    D:\Program Files\Microsoft ActiveSync\WCESCOMM.EXE
    D:\Program Files\RALINK\Common\RaUI.exe
    D:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~3\rapimgr.exe
    D:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum 2006 Internet Security\SRVLOAD.EXE
    D:\Program Files\Microsoft ActiveSync\WCESMgr.exe
    D:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
    D:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum 2006 Internet Security\WebProxy.exe
    D:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum 2006 Internet Security\AVENGINE.EXE
    D:\PROGRA~1\Lavasoft\AD-AWA~1\Ad-Watch.exe
    D:\Program Files\Advanced System Optimizer\memtuneup.exe
    D:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\OUTLOOK.EXE
    D:\Program Files\ScanSoft\NaturallySpeaking8\Program\natspeak.exe
    D:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\WINWORD.EXE
    D:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
    D:\Documents and Settings\Ianny\Desktop\HijackThis.exe

    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
    R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page =
    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page =
    R3 - URLSearchHook: Yahoo! Toolbar - {EF99BD32-C1FB-11D2-892F-0090271D4F88} - D:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Companion\Installs\cpn\yt.dll
    O2 - BHO: Yahoo! Toolbar Helper - {02478D38-C3F9-4EFB-9B51-7695ECA05670} - D:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Companion\Installs\cpn\yt.dll
    O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - D:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.ocx
    O2 - BHO: SSVHelper Class - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - D:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_10\bin\ssv.dll
    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {7E853D72-626A-48EC-A868-BA8D5E23E045} - (no file)
    O2 - BHO: IEPlugin Class - {CF7C3CF0-4B15-11D1-ABED-709549C10000} - D:\Program Files\Advanced System Optimizer\IEHelper.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: Yahoo! Toolbar - {EF99BD32-C1FB-11D2-892F-0090271D4F88} - D:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Companion\Installs\cpn\yt.dll
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [BigPondCable] "D:\Program Files\Telstra\Cable Login\bpcable.exe" /r
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [APVXDWIN] "D:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum 2006 Internet Security\APVXDWIN.EXE" /s
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SCANINICIO] "D:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum 2006 Internet Security\Inicio.exe"
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Logitech Utility] Logi_MwX.Exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [DNS7reminder] "D:\Program Files\ScanSoft\NaturallySpeaking8\Program\ereg.exe" -r "D:\Program Files\ScanSoft\NaturallySpeaking8\Program\ereg.ini"
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HTpatch] D:\WINDOWS\htpatch.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NeroFilterCheck] D:\Program Files\Common Files\Ahead\Lib\NeroCheck.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] "D:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_10\bin\jusched.exe"
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SSBkgdUpdate] D:\Program Files\Common Files\Scansoft Shared\SSBkgdUpdate\SSBkgdupdate.exe -Embedding -boot
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [DataLayer] D:\Program Files\Nokia\Nokia PC Suite 5\DataLayer.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Nokia Tray Application] D:\Program Files\Common Files\Nokia\NCLTools\NclTray.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Windows Defender] "D:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe" -hide
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [H/PC Connection Agent] "D:\Program Files\Microsoft ActiveSync\WCESCOMM.EXE"
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [swg] D:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\1.2.1128.5462\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] D:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Spyware Doctor] "D:\Program Files\Spyware Doctor\swdoctor.exe" /Q
    O4 - Global Startup: Ralink Wireless Utility.lnk = D:\Program Files\RALINK\Common\RaUI.exe
    O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://D:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\EXCEL.EXE/3000
    O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - D:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_10\bin\ssv.dll
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - D:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_10\bin\ssv.dll
    O9 - Extra button: Create Mobile Favorite - {2EAF5BB1-070F-11D3-9307-00C04FAE2D4F} - D:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~3\INetRepl.dll
    O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {2EAF5BB2-070F-11D3-9307-00C04FAE2D4F} - D:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~3\INetRepl.dll
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Create Mobile Favorite... - {2EAF5BB2-070F-11D3-9307-00C04FAE2D4F} - D:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~3\INetRepl.dll
    O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - D:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\REFIEBAR.DLL
    O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - %windir%\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe (file missing)
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @xpsp3res.dll,-20001 - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - %windir%\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe (file missing)
    O9 - Extra button: @D:\Program Files\Messenger\Msgslang.dll,-61144 - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - D:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @D:\Program Files\Messenger\Msgslang.dll,-61144 - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - D:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
    O11 - Options group: [INTERNATIONAL] International*
    O12 - Plugin for .spop: D:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Plugins\NPDocBox.dll
    O16 - DPF: {17492023-C23A-453E-A040-C7C580BBF700} (Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool) - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=39204
    O16 - DPF: {30528230-99f7-4bb4-88d8-fa1d4f56a2ab} (YInstStarter Class) - D:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Common\yinsthelper.dll
    O16 - DPF: {6414512B-B978-451D-A0D8-FCFDF33E833C} (WUWebControl Class) - http://update.microsoft.com/windowsupdate/v6/V5Controls/en/x86/client/wuweb_site.cab?1169015922281
    O16 - DPF: {E8F628B5-259A-4734-97EE-BA914D7BE941} (Driver Agent ActiveX Control) - http://driveragent.com/files/driveragent.cab
    O18 - Protocol: livecall - {828030A1-22C1-4009-854F-8E305202313F} - D:\PROGRA~1\MSNMES~1\MSGRAP~1.DLL
    O18 - Protocol: ms-help - {314111C7-A502-11D2-BBCA-00C04F8EC294} - D:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Help\hxds.dll
    O18 - Protocol: msnim - {828030A1-22C1-4009-854F-8E305202313F} - D:\PROGRA~1\MSNMES~1\MSGRAP~1.DLL
    O18 - Filter hijack: text/xml - {807563E5-5146-11D5-A672-00B0D022E945} - D:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\MICROS~1\OFFICE12\MSOXMLMF.DLL
    O20 - Winlogon Notify: avldr - D:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\avldr.dll
    O23 - Service: Ati HotKey Poller - ATI Technologies Inc. - D:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
    O23 - Service: ATI Smart - Unknown owner - D:\WINDOWS\system32\ati2sgag.exe
    O23 - Service: BigPond Broadband Cable Login (bpcService) - Unknown owner - D:\Program Files\Telstra\Cable Login\bpcService.exe
    O23 - Service: BrSplService (Brother XP spl Service) - brother Industries Ltd - D:\WINDOWS\system32\brsvc01a.exe
    O23 - Service: NBService - Nero AG - D:\Program Files\Nero\Nero 7\Nero BackItUp\NBService.exe
    O23 - Service: NMIndexingService - Nero AG - D:\Program Files\Common Files\Ahead\Lib\NMIndexingService.exe
    O23 - Service: Panda Function Service (PAVFNSVR) - Panda Software International - D:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum 2006 Internet Security\PavFnSvr.exe
    O23 - Service: Panda Process Protection Service (PavPrSrv) - Panda Software - D:\Program Files\Common Files\Panda Software\PavShld\pavprsrv.exe
    O23 - Service: Panda anti-virus service (PAVSRV) - Panda Software International - D:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum 2006 Internet Security\pavsrv51.exe
    O23 - Service: Panda Antispam Engine (pmshellsrv) - Panda Software International - D:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum 2006 Internet Security\AntiSpam\pskmssvc.exe
    O23 - Service: Panda Network Manager (PNMSRV) - Panda Software - D:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum 2006 Internet Security\Firewall\PNMSRV.EXE
    O23 - Service: Panda IManager Service (PSIMSVC) - Panda Software - D:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum 2006 Internet Security\PsImSvc.exe
    O23 - Service: SoundMAX Agent Service (SoundMAX Agent Service (default)) - Analog Devices, Inc. - D:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMAgent.exe
    O23 - Service: Panda TPSrv (TPSrv) - Panda Software - D:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Platinum 2006 Internet Security\TPSrv.exe
     
  2. Rich-M

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    Old an packed hard drive is probably the culprit, next would be power supply.
     
  3. cuttlefish

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    Thanks for the reply.
    I did have the OS originally on my "bigger" 60 gig HDD and still had the same problem so you may be on the right track it being hardware!
    I never knew that a power supply could cause that sort of a problem - duh!
    How does it do that - interested to know?
     
  4. happyrck

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    you need to install the OS to the new Seagate 60 Gig HDD ...your problem is that you have the OS installed on the LITTLE drive ...and compressed... a no no on so many levels...I won't list them all ...just reinstall to the big drive and with a Gig of ram and the 2.6 Ghz CPU and you should see a huge speed bump
    put your swap files on the little old drive
     
  5. Rich-M

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    Age of hard drive doesn't matter that just sounds like a bad drive with bad sectors. Weak power supply could easily freeze system as when multiple tasks are started, even the smallest request for more power could cause freezing.
     
  6. cuttlefish

    cuttlefish Thread Starter

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    Think I will do both.................... all good advice!
    Only catch is that I did have the OS on the newer and bigger HDD and still had the same problem that makes me think (hope) you are on the right track with the power supply!
    Will get a new one today!
    If I want to install XP Pro on the newer HDD (again), how do I get rid of it on the old HDD?
    My mind boggles at the thought of having two OS's running on two HDD's!
    I guess I can format the little one and start all over again but can I use the Windows File Transfer Wizard somehow to also move my other applications like MS Office etc.
    Sorry for getting "off topic" a little here.....................
     
  7. Rich-M

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    I use Acronis True Image to either migrate an OS or make an image file and restore it to a new drive. there usually are utilities that come with retail versions of hard drives that will migrate one to the other that are free as well.
     
  8. cuttlefish

    cuttlefish Thread Starter

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    Yer a legend!
    I'll get me there and give that a go!
    Ta!
     
  9. baltec

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    Couldn't resist posting a quick reply having spent hours trying to sort this freezing problem. If you have a directory windows/winexe with MY Pics.exe in it then rename/delelte it. It solved my problem. Good luck.
     
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