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By lara_cy ·
Hey all,
I've got a strange problem going on my with my notebook - all of a sudden when i restart it not only takes forever to load, but when my desktop is fully loaded if i attempted to run anything (be it Winamp, Ad-aware etc) my laptop *really* lags, for instance typing slows down, when i move my mouse across it's really rigid and compltely lagging behind. I've checked Task Manager and in Processes everything seems to be ok... however when i go to Performance my CPU usage is completely full 98%, 99%. for instance when i ran ad-aware my cpu level was 97% of which ad-aware was taking 90% when i looked at the processes.

I have no idea what's going on, i ran Norton, Ad-ware, Spybot, tried removing network cable and external HHD, and it's still happening. Also, i can't go back to any restore points because my last one was a long long time ago... ( my bad i know)

Any insight would be great..

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to

The good old Award BIOS.

The problem here is that the Temp Alarms are deeply buried in the setup options so you'll need to go digging.

There should be a heading called something like PC Health and in there there will be a subheading of CPU which you have to press Enter to get at. Then you should be able to set the Duty Cycle of the CPU which generally the default value is Off when it reaches a certain Temp. In here you can adjust that Temp and what the CPU will actually do. You can change it from Off to throttle back to 75% or less as you want but with NB the CPU's tend to run hotter as there isn't as much airflow available so up the temp to the Max setting and it should be fairly safe to Throttle back to 75% when the temp reaches the Max Value, which should be somewhere around 80 C + it really depends here on the M'Board and the BIOS version some have an upper limit of 75C and others will go up to 90C.

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by lara_cy In reply to

Thanks for that info. I reinstalled windows XP, and norton finally decided it find a virus/trojan. told me i had to get Fxgaobot removal tool to get rid of it. used it, said it didn't find any trace of the worn. then Norton picked up a download.trojan in my system32 file, called .pff i've tried deleting it, but it keeps reappearing, and Norton can't delete it. Any ideas what i can do?

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by lara_cy In reply to Windows lagging..

how do i check the BIOS maker?

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by lara_cy In reply to Windows lagging..

PhoenixBIOS is what it says when i enter setup..

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Windows lagging..

Run the Scans in Safe Mode and that should pick up any infections. As for the reappearing pff file there are other files entrenched in your system so they are just recreating this file whenever you remove it.

As you are using Semantic Products the best idea would be to do a search of their Web Site for this file and see what it is connected with. That will tell you what you are facing and how to remove the problem.

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by lara_cy In reply to

I managed to remove the .pff file it seems in Safe mood, along with another virus norton picked up. my system seems to be back to normal, well almost i'd say 80-90%, but definitely no more big time lagging. Thanks for all your help and patience :)

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