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XP Home running very slow all of a sudden

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by dashey, Jul 20, 2006.

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  1. dashey

    dashey Thread Starter

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    I fear a virus since this conicided with opening an e-mail which i should not have opened...but...

    I ran my full updated Norton and TrendMicro spy program and found nothing. If I start up and run a msconfig and disable all of my startup items/processes and the system runs back at normal speed. prior to my big slowdown, the system ran normal and fast and then all of a sudden it was slow, not gradual over time.

    Even with 8 things running in the startup, it is slow. Should I run each one individually to try to determine which one is the culpruit?

    Is there another way to determine which process is sucking all the ram/performance?

    XP Home
    80GB
    3.4 mhz
    512 ram
    norton suite - fully updated and scanned
    TrendMicro anti-spyware - fully updated and scanned
    defragged
    fully cleaned up (temps, cookies etc...)

    The system is slow at startup with no other programs running,just whatever is initiated in the startup.

    If anyone suggests anymore info that may help, please request and i will post.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Tabvla

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    Have you tried to see which processes are running?

    Press <CTRL><ALT><DEL> to open Windows Task Manager. Click on the "Processes" Tab. Look for the column marked CPU and double-click on it so that the process that is taking most of the time appears at the top of the list.

    Under "resting" conditions the process that should be at the top of the list is System Idle Process at 99%, which means that nothing much is happening.

    When the system is running SLOW, make a note of the process or processes that appear at the top of the list and report them back to the Forum.
     
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  5. dashey

    dashey Thread Starter

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    Here is the list of my processes when nothing is opened except for those things that are in the StartUp. The items titles Retroexpress and retrospect are related to my maxtor external hard drive (back-up scheduler etc...) Can I not have this running in startup but still access it manually when i want to do a backup? I don't see why not.

    What are the other things on this list that are draining my resources?
    WINWORD.exe ...should this be in my startup?

    I will follow up with more analysis in a bit.

    See attachment for list...


    Thanks!
     

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