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XP Pro slow in processing

By oregonian.pjb ·
I'm running a box with XP Pro (2002), service pack 1, P4 (3.0 GHz), 1GB RAM on an Intel 82801EB motherboard. The computer has problems finding simple things it should normally not have an issue with. For example, if I click on "My Computer", I get the flashlight searching for files as it takes close to a minute to find. It doesn't have to search for "My Network Places". If I right-click on an icon, and then hover over "Send To", it takes a long time to generate my sned-to list. Also, in Internet Explorer, if I type in a "www.address.com", it takes a long time to process that address. However, if I type in "http://www.address.com", it'll connect right away. I don't know where to look for the problem and I haven't figured out how to phrase it for searches on the problem. Any suggestions?

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by willcomp In reply to XP Pro slow in processing

May not be the cause, but any time a computer slows down, first thing to do is ensure that it isn't malware.

Check for viruses, adware, and spyware.

If you do not already have anti-virus software, download and install AVG Free available at grisoft.com.

For adware/spyware removal, I recommend:

Ad-Aware SE - available at download.com
Spybot - also available at download.com
Microsoft anti-spyware beta at microsoft.com.

If these don't cure problem, post back and we'll take it from there.

Dalton

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by CG IT In reply to XP Pro slow in processing

personally, I don't think you have a problem. If you use the search function looking for files or folder, Windows will search the entire drive. Ifyou have a big drive, will take a while which would result in you seeing the flash light [searching].

As far as using www. vs http:// you've got to remember that the basic internet workings is IP address coupled with a port # and not names. Web pages on the World Wide Web use http:// to indicate that your looking for a web page. to leave the http:// out of the address tells DNS servers your looking for anything under www.[domain name>.com. Your ISP doesn't cache DNS records so when confronted with the www. in an address, it has to send out a query to other authoritative DNS servers to ask, " Hey, anyone know any www.<domain name>.com .which would include http. that takes a while.

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by Frostyone In reply to XP Pro slow in processing

I had the same problem on one of our machines. To find what is eating your system resources open task manager and click on the processes tab. This will show what process is consuming CPU time. Then find out if it is a service that can be stopped. The machine I had a problem with had a print spooler issue that took 98% of my resources. Good Luck.

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by oregonian.pjb In reply to XP Pro slow in processing

I think I misunderstood the rating process and accidentally closed this question out. I still need help on this!

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