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windows xp running too slow

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by thedman, Dec 2, 2004.

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  1. thedman

    thedman Thread Starter

    Oct 14, 2004
    Can anyone help with this one.

    My laptop has slowed down over the last while, to the point of not even being able to watch a dvd, or run a program. Something seems to be eating up the cpu.

    I have run Ad-Aware, Spybot S&D, CWShredder and Norton Utilities and Norton AntiVirus.

    If I open task manager and monitor performance, 10% or so is in constant use, and when I move the mouse it jumps to 50% or so, and stays there until I stop moving it. I have an Alps Pointing Device icon in my tray, I don't really know what this program does.

    Can anybody please help - I miss watching movies...
  2. mobo


    Feb 23, 2003
    Download Adaware Se from http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download/
    In Ad-aware
    1) Run the WebUpdate feature.

    2) Set up the Configurations as follows:

    General Button
    Check (Green) all three.

    Advanced Button
    Logfile Detail Level:
    All options under this should be checked (Green).

    Tweak Button
    Check (Green) the following:
    Log Files
    Include basic Ad-Aware settings in logfile:
    Include additional Ad-Aware settings in logfile:
    Please do not check (Green): Include Module list in logfile:

    Click on "Proceed"

    3) Click on "Scan Now"

    4) Please deselect "Search for negligible risk entries", as negligible risk entries (MRU's) are not considered to be a threat.
    If these are included in your logfile it will be removed as it just takes up space and we will not give advice on them, they are users choice.

    5) Run the scanner using the Full Scan (Perform full system scan) mode.
    A full scan is the in-depth scan mode that scans your whole computer for Spyware infections. When performing a full scan the following scan settings are used:

    - Full Memory Scan is performed
    - Registry Scan is performed
    - Deep Registry scan is performed
    - Cookie-Scan is performed
    - Favorites are scanned
    - Hosts file is scanned
    - Conditional scans are performed
    - Archive files are scaned
    - All fixed drives are scanned
    Then go here http://www.spyware911.net/xcleaner.htm and run the online spyware scan, remove anything found and reboot if nessecary.
    Create a folder on your hard drive somewhere like in "My Documents" and name it Hijackthis
    Download 'Hijack This to its own folder http://www.spyware911.net/downloads/HijackThis.exe
    Doubleclick HijackThis.exe, and hit "Scan".

    When the scan is finished, the "Scan" button will change into a "Save Log" button.
    Press that, save the log, load it in Notepad, and copy its contents here.

    Most of what it lists
    will be harmless or even essential, don't fix anything yet.
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