mickeddie

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My brand spanking new E6600 machine is as slow as a 3 toed sloth!!! I am running Windows XP Pro and the other day I downloaded something from a p2p network and think my system is infected with something. I ran my antivirus software and it got something and deleted it. I ran Ccleaner to clean up my registry and ran Giant Antispyware, Microsoft's Malware removal app, and Spybot. Spybot I ran first and it found several things. MS's tool found nothing and Giant is currently scanning and so far found nothing.

What else could be causing Windows XP to launch applications so slowly? Is there a flowchart of things to follow? Should I re-load XP? If so can I do a repair or do I have to do a full install? It'd be a real pain to back up all of my data again as I only have 1 HD on this machine. I can use this as a reason to buy a new one Wink

Thanks!!

Eddie
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g-paw

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Be sure to turn off system restore before running the antivirus and antispyware. I'd also run both in Safe Mode under Administrator. Also right down the name of anything found and Google to see what you have to do to get rid of it. Obviously, delete what ever you downloaded from the P2P.
 

fattony

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boot into safe mode (with no networking) and try to scan again with windows defender, spybot, or adaware to clean up any spyware and malware, then do a full system scan with your anti-virus to clean it all out

using msconfig.exe from start > run to find out any items on the services and startup tabs which may be harmful, just google each entry to see if it may be something faulty

use your task manager to also identify if something is consuming excessive cpu usage or eating up your memory...and no system idle process is not one of them
 

bacis

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hi.
sice all programs runs and return no spyware or virus,and your system
still runn slowly is a good idea to use defragment you hdd.