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    extremely slow startup (XP Hime SP2)

    Yesterday, when I turned on my computer, it took ages for it to complete its startup.
    I run Norton AV with daily definiton updates and Sygate personal Firewall.
    So I ran a full system scan with no viruses found. Then I ran Spybot S&D which I do once aweek with no threats found.
    I ran disk cleanup next. After that I checked MSconfig and have few programs booting at startup - no more than previously. I checked my startup folder and only have 2 programs there. Even tried defragmenting my drives and after analysis was informed the drives didn't need to be defragged. I did a system restore to two weeks previous when things were fine. I removed my USB card reader also. No difference.
    So, what do I do next? The bootup is still very slow, at least like 5 minutes and the computer is running slower even after the bootup is complete.
    Thanks for any help you can provide. I'm running XP Home SP2 an AMD processor at 1250 MHZ.
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    Re: extremely slow startup (XP Hime SP2)

    Boy, if you did a system restore and all the other stuff you said, it kinda sounds like a piece of hardware is about to fail on you. If a virus, spyware or some new legit software product is not causing this, could it be that your hard drive or power supply is about to bomb out on you? I don't know what to suggest you do to check this theory out, but I would run a complete backup to another drive if that's possible, just in case. Let's see if another Lounger has an idea of further "medical" checkup strategy...

    Edited: I just thought of this - what if you boot to Safe Mode, does it also take a long time? Maybe a driver of some kind has gotten corrupted and is impeding the startup process.

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    Re: extremely slow startup (XP Hime SP2)

    The slow boot and slow running after it its up sounds alot like malware too. If all you run to protect yourself and detect and remove the nasties is you AV and Spybot, as good as they might be, they are not enough today. Take a look here for links to several important <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> programs and utilities andinstructionon how to use them effectively to protect yourself and remove them when they do get in. HTH. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: extremely slow startup (XP Hime SP2)

    I've tried all the things that were suggested and have found out that my computer has no trojans, viruses or adware. I even have some new programs which will come in handy.
    After some thought I checked my system properties and noticed that my RAM was only 90 MB. That was odd so I opened the case and removed then reinserted the ram as well as cleaned the area which was covered with dirt and dust and now my computer is back up and running the way it's supposed to to be.
    The problem appears to have been loose RAM.
    Thanks Al and Doc for your kind attention.
    Regards,
    Jack
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    Re: extremely slow startup (XP Hime SP2)

    Glad you got it sorted out. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> I suppose we are all so focused on the problems that malware and viruses cause today that we sometimes overlook the hardware aspect of system problems. <img src=/S/bingo.gif border=0 alt=bingo width=15 height=22>
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