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For the last week or so, I've been getting seemingly random moments of slow-down on my windows 2k running computer. Opening up task manager at this very moment, the CPU usage seems to spike to 100% every couple of seconds (from a baseline of 10-20%, with McAfee, Trillian and Bitcomet running). On the most basic level, this causes the mouse to stumble, rather than glide, across the screen, which is as hugely annoying as you might expect. Also, normal tasks can take forever...I have McAfee set to do a full scan when I'm at work, but lately it still isn't finished when I get home. Video playback stutters, etc.

I am running Windows 2k pro on a P4 1.6 with 896 of RAM. I've defragged both my master and slave drives. I've run Adaware and Spybot S&D. I'm fairly tempted to just reformat, and maybe get around to installing Win XP at last, but I'd rather avoid that if I can. Any ideas?
 

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Do you have a "million" processes running? Are you doing a lot of downloading? Did you check Start > Run > and type MSCONFIG to disable unnecessary startup items?
 

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I have 27 processes running at this moment, with everything in my system tray closed and two IE windows open. I am not downloading anything at this moment.

As for MSCONFIG, for some reason it never works when I type it into "run". "Cannot find the file". Beats me why. I do have Startup control panel 2.8 installed though. Looking at it now....any idea what rkwk.exe would be?
 

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I Googled and checked http://www.processlibrary.com/, but came up with nothing. Whatever rkwk.exe is, it's not suppose to be there. A missing MSCONFIG program should also be taken as a sign that you probably have a few malicious programs running on your system. I would run an updated virus and spyware scan.
 

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Took rkwk off the startup list, but no difference made so far. And I've run ad-aware and virus scan already.

I'm thinking I may have to reformat, maybe upgrade to win xp in the process, as it seems, if anything, to be getting worse.
 

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I would go to the HijackThis section of the forums and follow their instructions if you wish to save your Win2K.

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Ubik2000,

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Scan your pc with 2 of these free online scanners:
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RAV AntiVirus
Housecall. Be sure to put a check the box beside AutoClean.
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Download / Install / Update / and Run:
Adaware SE check for any updates before running it.
Get the plug-in for fixing VX2 variants. You can download it at this SITE
To run this tool, install to the hard drive, then open Ad-aware->Add-ons and select VX2 Cleaner. Then click Run Tool and OK to start it. If it's clean, it will say Status System Clean. Otherwise, you will have to click on the Clean button to remove the VX2 infection.
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Download and install Spybot S&D . Run Spybot and click on the 'Search for Updates' button. Install any updates that are available. Next click on the 'Check for Problems' button. Let it run the scan. If it finds something, check all those in RED and hit the Fix Selected Problems button. Exit Spybot. If you keep getting the DSO Exploit entries, even after you updated Windows and fixed them, then download the Spybot DSO Exploit Fix and install it over the current Spybot installation.
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Download and install: HiJackThis.

(Always create a Folder for HiJackThis anywhere but your Temp/Temporary Internet Folders or Desktop. A good place to make a folder would be in My Documents, as this is where it will save the backup files needed if there's a problem.)

Then doubleclick HijackThis.exe, and hit "Do A System Scan And Save Log". Make sure all Windows and Browsers are closed.
When the scan is finished, best to save your text file in the same folder as where you put HiJackthis.


Create a New Topic and include a fresh HJT log in HiJackThisLog Help Forum and Copy/Paste the info from your saved Hijackthis log file into your new topic.

A Moderator/ Security Team Analyst will give you instructions.


***DO NOT TRY TO FIX ANYTHING, MAJOR DAMAGE CAN BE DONE TO YOUR SYSTEM IF THIS TOOL IS USED INCORRECTLY, PLEASE WAIT FOR AN ANALYST/MODERATOR TO GIVE YOU INSTRUCTIONS***


Always describe your problem and any programs you have used to try to resolve your issue. Your description can go a long way to solving/repairing your particular issue.
 
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