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By nightjs ·
OK after running my computer for about an hour with windows XP pro it slows down to a crawl..even rebooting does not fix it. the only way to fix it is to boot up in safe mode and then reboot regular but after about an hour or so it slows back down or freezes. I have disabled all start up programs. and gone into ms config and diabled everything in the services tab. Please help if you can....

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by nightjs In reply to XP VERY VERY SLOW

also running updated antivirus and spyware

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by Oz_Media In reply to XP VERY VERY SLOW

You say you have run updated Anti Virus and Spyware, just to be clear you should try Adaware as well as an online Trojan scan to see if anything is identifie frst.

I would then look for heat issues. I have seen several PC's that just crawl after a half hour because the fan was dirty, the case was tucked under a desk with no ventilation etc. Try running with the cover or side panel removed and see if it still starts to crawl in the same time frame.

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by TheChas In reply to XP VERY VERY SLOW

Sounds like a memory leak.

The next time it slows down, open performance monitor.

See if RAM, Virtual Memory, or CPU usage is high.
(With no other programs open, all should be under 10%)

So far, the only fix I have found for memory leaks is to wipe the hard drive and start over again.

If it is a memory leak, you may get some relief by installing a memory manager such as memturbo.


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by Jinn In reply to XP VERY VERY SLOW

I've seen a couple XP machines do this. It was caused by spy/adware which even after I removed it the machine still slowed down.

I solved the problem using Security Task Mananger which picked up some hidden tasks that I couldn't see in windows Task Manager. Otherwise the only way I was able to fix this was a reinstall.

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by Don77 In reply to XP VERY VERY SLOW

Sounds like the work of Spyware and or Adware virus and or trojan, You didn't state what programs you have or have run,
You could go here
Download, Adware, Spybot S&D, CWShredder, and Stinger as well as a free online virus scan,
Some of the newer pest hide themselves very well, Hidden files and or dll's just when you thing you have them beat, after a couple of restarts of IE they reappear maybe even on the first restart,
I would suggest running all the programs in Normal mode, Then reboot to safemode and run everything but Stinger and the online virus scan again,
Make a note from the online virus scan of anything it may not have been able to remove so that you could reboot to safe mode, search for and delete the files yourself.

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by wlbowers In reply to XP VERY VERY SLOW

Turn off system restore if it is used in your os.

Go into My computer and right click on each hard drive you have. If the bottom check box reguarding the indexing service is checked un check it.

Download, update, and run the following.

Your Antivirus Software



This item will not update through the program. You have to download the new version.

Look for the file in English CWShredder.exe


Hijack This:

Hijack This is useful in that it shows what is currently loading on startup. You must know what is good and what is bad. Once you check it and fix it is gone. So be sure.

Items you are not sure of do a Google search for them.

Run Your Antivirus again

I have had to boot into safe mode and run these.

Good Luck Lee

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