Help - my PC is on a go slow

  TonyGTI 20:52 23 Jun 06

my Medion PC although about 4 years old has been running OK if a little slow. However over the past couple of days it has ground to a virtual halt. It starts up taking several mintures and on invoking the start function it take 5 minutes to bring up a menu. Virtually every program ends up with a 'not responding' and it takes 10 minutes to shut down with the message HOOAVN07.exe appearing during this process.

It has all the usual Norton software and was clear of virus a week or so ago.

P.s. this was posted from another PC!!!

Any ideas/thoughts would be appreciates

  Jackcoms 20:56 23 Jun 06

Clean the crap out with click here


Disable System Restore and run full AV and anti-malware scans

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:58 23 Jun 06

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporay files and folders -- use Crap Cleaner click here

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :-
Adaware click here
Spybot S&D click here
Spywareblaster click here
a2 click here
MSoftAntispy Beta click here
Ewido click here

Free Antivirus software
Avast4 click here
AVG antivirus click here

c) Clean the registry -- Free Registry cleaners :-
RegscrubXP click here
Regseeker click here
TweakNow RegCleaner 1.3.2 click here
Easycleaner click here ( Use with care, It advises you to back up the registry first, this is a good idea as it cleans rather aggressively. )

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Rght click MY Computer - select propeties - Advanced tab - Performance - advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a differnt drive (if you have one), click custom size and set Initial size to one and a half times the amount of memory you have fitted i.e. 512MB memory = set to 768MB, set maximum to double your memory amount i.e. 512MB memory = 1024MB click ok.
If your hard drive is full and there is not enough room for the pagefile this can slow down, freeze or even cause the PC to crash (restart).

e) Cut down on the programs that load at startup -- Start - Run type msconfig - startup tab- untick everything except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background. click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:58 23 Jun 06

2. Hardware

a) Check for errors and defrag your hard drives -- My Computer - select drive - properties - tool tab - Error checking / Defragmentation.

b) Obtain the newest drivers for your hardware
This may seem a bit obvious, but keeping your system's drivers up to date can give both your performance and stability a boost. Video card manufacturers release updates especially often, and these can often give "significant boosts" to gaming performance as video card in question is "optimized."

Don't neglect the other components of your system either. Your motherboard manufacturer may have released newer versions of its Input/output drivers for your board, and sound cards and other peripherals can also benefit from newer software.

c) If you are using Windows XP, it's a good idea to convert your system drive to the NTFS file system if you have not already. In addition to providing numerous security and data recovery improvements over FAT32 (the file system of choice for Windows 9x/ME and XP Home) it can also speed up your system slightly.

In fact, the only real reason for sticking with the FAT32 file system for any of your data is if you have more than one operating system on your PC and the other OS's can only see FAT32 partitions (as would be the case with Windows 98, for example, which is incapable of reading NTFS data).

To convert your drives to NTFS:
Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage'
From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.'
Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information.
Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd'
To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs'
So for example, if you were going to convert your C: drive, you would type 'Convert c: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

d) Add more physical memory, this of course means opening the "box" and fitting a memory module, make sure you buy one that is suitable for your PC. Crucial .com click here will guide you through the process of slecting the correct memory. click here for a guide to fitting memory.

  aca 20:59 23 Jun 06

Have you got anti-spyware try the following, highly recommended on this forum. Personally use them.
Also CCleaner which will get rid of lots of rubbish.

(all free)

click here

click here

click here

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Download, install update and scan.

Then install and update to help prevent future problems

click here

  aca 21:00 23 Jun 06

go for Fruitbats most excellent and quick advice!

  TonyGTI 19:22 25 Jun 06


Really appreciated all the advice so far what a fantastic forum.

Well it has taken some time but I have downloaded and run CCleaner,RegscrubXP and Norton Antivirus ( all clear) but still running very slow.

On accessing Task Manager with No applications running the sytem CPU usage is 98-100% with mem usage only 40k

What could be causing this?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:19 25 Jun 06

On accessing Task Manager with No applications running the sytem CPU usage is 98-100% with mem usage only 40k. What could be causing this?

from my earlier post e) programs running at start up or b) Spyware

  TonyGTI 13:17 19 Aug 06

The problem was the HP officejet software load for my G85 printer. As soon as I deleted the software the system cpu usage dropped to normal levels.

Re-installed the software accessed the printer problem returned, deleted software again problem solved.

Have now bought a Epson printer for this PC which my wife uses and I use the HP printer with my Laptop with no problem, despite both of us running Windows XP ....hmm

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