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« on: January 07, 2011, 04:27:11 PM »

I'm working on my granddaughter's computer to try to speed it up.  It is very slow in booting up and opening folders, etc.  Checked for viruses, malware, spyware, etc. and thought I had helped it, but now it is pretty well back to the way it was.  Also did some registry cleaning (which maybe I shouldn't have done).  This laptop has 512 MB of RAM so that doesn't help things.  Can anyone give me some help?  Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2011, 04:54:21 PM »

ok, you did a defrag?
and how many auto start programs are running? ( look at the taskbar by the clock)
current on all windows patches?
what anti-malware did you use?

note: if you have a lot of auto run programs they are using memory and at 512 that is not good !
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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2011, 06:06:37 PM »

1. Computer analyzed need to defragment and it said there was no need. Should I do it anyway?
2. Not sure about auto start programs. These are the icons in the taskbar by the clock:  Pando is online; Wireless connection; SSID (dlink); Spiral Frog download manager but it has not been started; Dell critical alerts; Dell Printer Solutions Ctr. (has "x" thru it); AIM (signed off); Spybot SD resident; New updates notice; Dell Quikset.
3. Did Windows XP update and all it installed was a Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool.
4. Used Malwarebytes.
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« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2011, 06:37:39 PM »

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1. Computer analyzed need to defragment and it said there was no need. Should I do it anyway?
2. Not sure about auto start programs. These are the icons in the taskbar by the clock:  Pando is online; Wireless connection; SSID (dlink); Spiral Frog download manager but it has not been started; Dell critical alerts; Dell Printer Solutions Ctr. (has "x" thru it); AIM (signed off); Spybot SD resident; New updates notice; Dell Quikset.
3. Did Windows XP update and all it installed was a Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool.
4. Used Malwarebytes.



first of all
do you use "ccleaner"
you can d/l it here
http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/builds
select the "slim version"
in the "windows" part
you can clean about all, but would stay out of "advanced" area
on applications  clean the ones it has
( you should not get in trouble with that program, worse case is you will loose cookies and have to re-log on to sites)
and if never used you can pull 80+ meg of junk off the system
then do the error check and defrag


1. yep i would defrag, windows won't say it needs it till really needs it bad !
i would also run a "error check first ( full and will require a re-boot after selecting it and take about 1/2 hour or more)

2.check and see what "pando is (google) or look in the program and see if you can turn off auto start !
same thing for spiral frog
NOTE:
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On March 19, 2009, SpiralFrog terminated operations due to loan recalls
so so9unds like not needed
don't know the age of the computer but  dell updates might not be needed anymore?

3. +++ good !

4. good

now do you have a A/v running and should show in taskbar? (if not there are several free good ones)

the free malwarebytes that is "run on demand?

do you use I.E. or firefox/chrome as the browser?
i am not a big fan of I.E. and think firefox is a bit safer ( especially with the addon's of adblock plus and noscripts)


the sweet spot for xp is about 1+ gig of memory and could be aa cheap upgrade

not a expert on windows anymore, went to ubuntu for speed of boot and all free ;-D (and legal)

ok bittorrents can download a lot of junk (virus/worms and such)
and you have two in the taskbar
so if you do the above and still troubles
go here
http://maddoktor2.com/forums/index.php/topic,9590.0.html

do that then post in the HJT section of the forum and have them check it out
good luck
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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2011, 01:07:29 PM »

I ran CC Cleaner again and noticed that there are a lot of things that start when the computer starts.  I have saved the list to a text file and am attaching it.  Can you please take a look at it and see if some of these things can be disabled?  Thanks.  I am getting ready to do a defragment now.
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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2011, 03:18:19 PM »

bit of a problem

where did you go to create that list?
could not open it in linux  just garbage and could not view
went to a windows system and since it is a ".txt" opened with notepad, and not readable with several bad characters and could not decipher

tried word and got one line

need the program name like "runmcafee.exe" to figure what they are

you never answered, but you do have a anti virus on that box?
and if so is it mcafee? ( the one thing i could read)

now
going along the "teach how to fish" philosophy

you can google them and several sites say what the name is, if used and for what, and can it be removed.
for each program try one or two sites

and have you looked in add/remove and seen what programs arn't needed or ever used?
 
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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2011, 03:32:37 PM »

Let me see if I can just insert the list -

Yes   HKCU:Run   ModemOnHold   C:\Program Files\NetWaiting\netWaiting.exe
Yes   HKCU:Run   Aim6   "C:\Program Files\AIM6\aim6.exe" /d locale=en-US ee://aol/imApp
Yes   HKCU:Run   DellSupport   "C:\Program Files\DellSupport\DSAgnt.exe" /startup
Yes   HKCU:Run   swg   "C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe"
Yes   HKCU:Run   DellSupportCenter   "C:\Program Files\Dell Support Center\bin\sprtcmd.exe" /P DellSupportCenter
Yes   HKCU:Run   ctfmon.exe   C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
Yes   HKCU:Run   SmileboxTray   "C:\Documents and Settings\Heather\Application Data\Smilebox\SmileboxTray.exe"
Yes   HKCU:Run   SpybotSD TeaTimer   C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
Yes   HKLM:Run   igfxtray   C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxtray.exe
Yes   HKLM:Run   igfxhkcmd   C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe
Yes   HKLM:Run   igfxpers   C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxpers.exe
Yes   HKLM:Run   SunJavaUpdateSched   C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_03\bin\jusched.exe
Yes   HKLM:Run   SynTPEnh   C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
Yes   HKLM:Run   Broadcom Wireless Manager UI   C:\WINDOWS\system32\WLTRAY.exe
Yes   HKLM:Run   SigmatelSysTrayApp   stsystra.exe
Yes   HKLM:Run   Dell QuickSet   C:\Program Files\Dell\QuickSet\quickset.exe
Yes   HKLM:Run   DVDLauncher   "C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDVD\DVDLauncher.exe"
Yes   HKLM:Run   RealTray   C:\Program Files\Real\RealPlayer\RealPlay.exe SYSTEMBOOTHIDEPLAYER
Yes   HKLM:Run   dla   C:\WINDOWS\system32\dla\tfswctrl.exe
Yes   HKLM:Run   ISUSPM Startup   "C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\isuspm.exe" -startup
Yes   HKLM:Run   ISUSScheduler   "C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\issch.exe" -start
Yes   HKLM:Run   MimBoot   C:\PROGRA~1\MUSICM~1\MUSICM~3\mimboot.exe
Yes   HKLM:Run   MMTray   "C:\Program Files\Musicmatch\Musicmatch Jukebox\mm_tray.exe"
Yes   HKLM:Run   VSOCheckTask   "C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\VSO\mcmnhdlr.exe" /checktask
Yes   HKLM:Run   OASClnt   C:\Program Files\McAfee.com\VSO\oasclnt.exe
Yes   HKLM:Run   MCAgentExe   c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\mcagent.exe
Yes   HKLM:Run   MCUpdateExe   c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\McUpdate.exe
Yes   HKLM:Run   MSKDetectorExe   C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee\SPAMKI~1\MSKDetct.exe /startup
Yes   HKLM:Run   MSKAGENTEXE   C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee\SPAMKI~1\MskAgent.exe
Yes   HKLM:Run   VirusScan Online   C:\Program Files\McAfee.com\VSO\mcvsshld.exe
Yes   HKLM:Run   MPFExe   C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\PERSON~1\MpfTray.exe
Yes   HKLM:Run   Dell Photo AIO Printer 922   "C:\Program Files\Dell Photo AIO Printer 922\dlbtbmgr.exe"
Yes   HKLM:Run   DLBTCATS   rundll32 C:\WINDOWS\System32\spool\DRIVERS\W32X86\3\DLBTtime.dll,_RunDLLEntry@16
Yes   HKLM:Run   SpiralFrog   C:\Program Files\SpiralFrog\Spiralfrog.exe
Yes   HKLM:Run   dscactivate   "C:\Program Files\Dell Support Center\gs_agent\custom\dsca.exe"
Yes   HKLM:Run   DellSupportCenter   "C:\Program Files\Dell Support Center\bin\sprtcmd.exe" /P DellSupportCenter
Yes   HKLM:Run   AVG8_TRAY   C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgtray.exe
Yes   HKLM:Run   QuickTime Task   "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\QTTask.exe" -atboottime
Yes   HKLM:Run   iTunesHelper   "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe"
Yes   Startup Common   Adobe Reader Speed Launch.lnk   C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\reader_sl.exe
Yes   Startup Common   Digital Line Detect.lnk   C:\Program Files\Digital Line Detect\DLG.exe
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« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2011, 05:00:29 PM »

sorry, not going to go through all the grunt work on your list
as i said google is your friend

example

smilebox=crap and is probably part of adobe air

all i did was go to pc pitstop

http://www.pcpitstop.com/libraries/process/i/SmileboxTray.exe.html

and you can enter in the names

and did you go through the  "add remove" in control panel and look at what was installed?and when, and when last used?

things like quicktime have a way to not start at power up and take resources
unless they changed things if you right click quicktime you will see the options

if you are going to play with the registry, make a back up first, or be prepared for a disaster
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