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Old 04-21-2009, 01:52 PM   #1
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I have Windows XP. 4-year-old computer. It's been great until recently. It has slowed down, "Virtual memory low" messages, slow to switch between programs, slow to boot up, and locking up for first time ever.

One suggestion I read about was to remove unnecessary processes. I have:
GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
TeaTimer.exe
alg.exe
ctfmon.exe
avgtray.exe
qttask.exe
MSASCui.exe
TimounterMonitor.exe
TrueImageMonitor.exe
schedhlp.exe
firefox.exe
exshow95.exe
taskmgr (I'll quit typing exe)
svchost
hkcmd
mdm
avgwdscv
schedul2
expere
svchost
spoosv
svchost
svchost
svchost
MsMpEng
svchost
svchost
CALMAIN
lsass
services
winlogon
csrss
smss
avgrsx
System
System Idle Process

Not sure what other info is needed (I'm a newbie). 256 MB RAM. No games. Usual Microsoft software. AVG virus. Just added Spybot again. Acronis True Image for backups. Canon software for digital camera. Tried to delete Norton a year ago, which speeded things up. Recently downloaded a free program to convert Word to PDF. Uninstalled it.

Thanks.

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Old 04-21-2009, 05:52 PM   #2
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You could try standard clean up tasks such defrag (start--all programs--accessories--system tools--defrag) and disk cleanup (also in system tools)

If your not confident your AV has protected you, then maybe try housecall, it takes a while, but you never know.

To check what exactly each process is go here

For proper uninstallation use this freeware program: REVO

hope some of this helps

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Old 04-21-2009, 06:19 PM   #3
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Adding more RAM would be a definite boost. XP likes about 512MB to operate.
Run a good cleaning utility (CCleaner is suggested on many forums but it's Registry cleaning is not great) Run a good Registry Cleaner (RegSeeker is safe and very effecient).
Malwarebytes is an excellent tool for finding undesirables.
Actually, after 4 yrs. I would consider a reformat and fresh install of XP.
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like oldjoe said 256MB RAM is a little low, if you've installed modern software this could be a part of the problem. If you can clean your pc with defrag, diskcleanup and all your AV and anti-spyware, and maybe try oldjoe's method and nothing happens, then maybe you need to upgrade your RAM. You can get a 1GB stick for about £40 (might be cheaper now) and that will boost your system instantly.
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:25 PM   #5
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Thanks! All your replies are clear, succinct, and helpful. I don't want to do a fresh install, if I can avoid it, because it takes so long to customize toolbars, settings, etc. So I'll try all the other steps first. Again, thanks so much.

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