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Slow XP Boot





Dennise
I can't figure out why my XP PC usually take so long to boot and is so sluggish for a while after boot. I use a shareware program called "What's Running" but when my PC gets far enough to run it, I see nothing unusual running that would cause my PC to be so sluggish ............... even for a few minutes after boot. About ten minutes after power on (usually returning from hibernate) the performance returns to acceptable.

I have tried defrag and the XP's clean-up process, with little improvement.

My system:

CPU Type AMD Athlon XP, 1300 MHz (13 x 100)
Motherboard Name Asus A7V8X (6 PCI, 1 AGP, 3 DDR DIMM)
System Memory 512 MB (DDR SDRAM)
Video Adapter RADEON 7000 / RADEON VE Family (Microsoft Corporation) (64 MB)
Disk Drive Maxtor 6Y160P0 (160 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/133) (90% unused)

I use AVG Free Version 8.0.237

I have removed most 'start-up' programs and suspect some 'hidden' program is running undetected during and for a while after boot but I can't find it.

Any ideas??
Rolling Eyes
KHO
First, post a log of "Hijack-this" (use google to get the program).

Secondly. how long have you had this install of windows XP running? In my professional experience, I have noticed a substantial decrease in performance, exponentially leading to nearly halt status as time progresses after only 3-6 months! As such, I recommend that all my clients have their machines reinstalled with windows at least once a year for optimal performance, though there is certainly no dire consequence for failing to do so (short of poor performance of course).
AftershockVibe
Clearing out your "Windows/Prefetch" directory might help. If you've have windows installed for a long while this gets cluttered up because windows XP doesn't manage it very well.

You can safely delete everything in here - it will automatically rebuild itself. Exactly what it's for can be read here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prefetcher
Diablosblizz
Try removing AVG. I had a client that needed a laptop fixing. He didn't have any antivirus installed so I installed AVG. It was always slow, so I didn't say anything. I bought a new RAM card and upgraded it. I gave it back to him. The next day he finds me at school (he was a teacher) and asks what's going on. It was slower than before. So I go in, and I look for ever! I had no idea what to do. So, I tried uninstalling AVG. Worked like a charm. It was back to being a good average working laptop. Threw on Avast and it's been working, from my knowledge, since then.

Try that, see if that fixes anything. I find AVG to be the free version of Norton.
Dennise
Here's my HijackThis log:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 9:05:42 AM, on 5/14/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP3 (6.00.2900.5512)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgwdsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\fxssvc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgtray.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SOUNDMAN.EXE
C:\Program Files\Winamp\Winampa.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\spool\drivers\w32x86\3\hpztsb04.exe
C:\Program Files\HDD Health\HDDHealth.exe
C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AWS\WEATHE~1\Weather.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgemc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgrsx.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgcsrvx.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgnsx.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Thunderbird\thunderbird.exe
C:\Utilities\Security\HiJackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = *.local
N3 - Netscape 7: user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "file:///C:/DWeaverSites/DE%20Netscape%20Home%20Page/DEWWWPortalDW.htm"); (C:\Documents and Settings\Dennis\Application Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\0d3iakhl.slt\prefs.js)
N3 - Netscape 7: user_pref("browser.search.defaultengine", "engine://C%3A%5CProgram%20Files%5CNetscape%5CNetscape%5Csearchplugins%5CSBWeb_01.src"); (C:\Documents and Settings\Dennis\Application Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\0d3iakhl.slt\prefs.js)
O2 - BHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: WormRadar.com IESiteBlocker.NavFilter - {3CA2F312-6F6E-4B53-A66E-4E65E497C8C0} - C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgssie.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: SSVHelper Class - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\ssv.dll
O2 - BHO: AVG Security Toolbar - {A057A204-BACC-4D26-9990-79A187E2698E} - C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\AVGTOO~1.DLL
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {CF021F40-3E14-23A5-CBA2-717765728274} - (no file)
O3 - Toolbar: AVG Security Toolbar - {A057A204-BACC-4D26-9990-79A187E2698E} - C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\AVGTOO~1.DLL
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG8_TRAY] C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgtray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG7_CC] C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe /STARTUP
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SoundMan] SOUNDMAN.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [WinampAgent] "C:\Program Files\Winamp\Winampa.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HPDJ Taskbar Utility] C:\WINDOWS\System32\spool\drivers\w32x86\3\hpztsb04.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Adobe Reader Speed Launcher] "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\Reader_sl.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [HDDHealth] C:\Program Files\HDD Health\HDDHealth.exe -wl
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [SpybotSD TeaTimer] C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Weather] C:\PROGRA~1\AWS\WEATHE~1\Weather.exe 1
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Mozilla Quick Launch] "C:\PROGRA~1\NETSCAPE\NETSCAPE\NETSCP.EXE" -aim
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\ssv.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\ssv.dll
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - %windir%\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe (file missing)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @xpsp3res.dll,-20001 - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - %windir%\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe (file missing)
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O10 - Unknown file in Winsock LSP: c:\program files\bonjour\mdnsnsp.dll
O16 - DPF: {0EB0E74A-2A76-4AB3-A7FB-9BD8C29F7F75} (CKAVWebScan Object) - http://www.kaspersky.com/kos/english/kavwebscan_unicode.cab
O16 - DPF: {6414512B-B978-451D-A0D8-FCFDF33E833C} (WUWebControl Class) - http://update.microsoft.com/windowsupdate/v6/V5Controls/en/x86/client/wuweb_site.cab?1162854852734
O16 - DPF: {9A9307A0-7DA4-4DAF-B042-5009F29E09E1} (ActiveScan Installer Class) - http://acs.pandasoftware.com/activescan/as5free/asinst.cab
O18 - Protocol: linkscanner - {F274614C-63F8-47D5-A4D1-FBDDE494F8D1} - C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgpp.dll
O20 - Winlogon Notify: avgrsstarter - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\avgrsstx.dll
O20 - Winlogon Notify: dimsntfy - %SystemRoot%\System32\dimsntfy.dll (file missing)
O21 - SSODL: WPDShServiceObj - {AAA288BA-9A4C-45B0-95D7-94D524869DB5} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\WPDShServiceObj.dll
O23 - Service: AVG Free8 E-mail Scanner (avg8emc) - AVG Technologies CZ, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgemc.exe
O23 - Service: AVG Free8 WatchDog (avg8wd) - AVG Technologies CZ, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgwdsvc.exe
O23 - Service: ##Id_String1.6844F930_1628_4223_B5CC_5BB94B879762## (Bonjour Service) - Apple Computer, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
O23 - Service: FLEXnet Licensing Service - Macrovision Europe Ltd. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Macrovision Shared\FLEXnet Publisher\FNPLicensingService.exe
O23 - Service: Remote Packet Capture Protocol v.0 (experimental) (rpcapd) - Unknown owner - %ProgramFiles%\WinPcap\rpcapd.exe" -d -f "%ProgramFiles%\WinPcap\rpcapd.ini (file missing)
O23 - Service: wampapache - Unknown owner - c:\wamp\bin\apache\apache2.2.8\bin\httpd.exe" -k runservice (file missing)
O23 - Service: wampmysqld - Unknown owner - c:\wamp\bin\mysql\mysql5.0.51b\bin\mysqld-nt.exe

Is there anything amiss here?

Thanks for taking a look.
Diablosblizz
I am no professional on HiJackThis but what seems suspicious to me:

C:\PROGRA~1\AWS\WEATHE~1\Weather.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\spool\drivers\w32x86\3\hpztsb04.exe
C:\Program Files\HDD Health\HDDHealth.exe -wl

Again, I am no professional, I just had a look over the executables and those seem to be the most suspicious. Try uploading them to virustotal.com and see what the results come back as. I would, still, try to remove AVG, I've never liked it. Avast / Comodo has done well for me for the past couple of years. It wouldn't necessarily hurt, as if it doesn't improve then you could switch back to it.
soljarag
if i were you, I would just backup all my files, format, then re install everything
soljarag
Diablosblizz wrote:
I am no professional on HiJackThis but what seems suspicious to me:

C:\PROGRA~1\AWS\WEATHE~1\Weather.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\spool\drivers\w32x86\3\hpztsb04.exe
C:\Program Files\HDD Health\HDDHealth.exe -wl

Again, I am no professional, I just had a look over the executables and those seem to be the most suspicious. Try uploading them to virustotal.com and see what the results come back as. I would, still, try to remove AVG, I've never liked it. Avast / Comodo has done well for me for the past couple of years. It wouldn't necessarily hurt, as if it doesn't improve then you could switch back to it.


the hpztsb04.exe is for your printer.... the other two are very sketchy
Jaan
try optimizing with gamexp:
http://www.theorica.net/gamexp.htm

it works wonders on all my systems, you can even choose which useless utilities/services to turn off Smile

good luck
weableandbob
Windows has an annoyingly bad case of bit rot, which means it slows down significantly after a few years of use, and the only real fix to bring it back to the way it was is to reinstall. We did that last summer and it cleared up all the problems and slowness.
Diablosblizz
weableandbob wrote:
Windows has an annoyingly bad case of bit rot, which means it slows down significantly after a few years of use, and the only real fix to bring it back to the way it was is to reinstall. We did that last summer and it cleared up all the problems and slowness.


Agreed, a fresh install would work perfectly. Although, if it's a hardware problem, which to me looks like you have enough for XP, then a re-install won't work.

I wonder what happened to the poster. . .
tamilparks
ya you can install the xp fresh and check it other wise its affected with virus
FrightKnight
It might be your startup programs, but since you checked it already, try to go to Windows Services. Try to see what services are running. There might be some services that are running that you really don't need. Try to stop them.

Hope this helps.
awazdohamko2004
read more at
http://techno-planet.net/tag/boot-faster/
it tells about delaying the start up files which make your boot slower
sanalskumar
Scan your HDD with any bootable antivirus (eg. Trinity rescue kit(free), symantec virus scanner, Hirens boot/McAfee AV etc.) and then goto Start>run>cmd> type "sfc /scannow" -it will ask for your windows cd. Wait till finishes. Clear all the junk data by running disk cleanup, run disk defragmentor. Restart the machine and then see what happens !!!!
Dennise
Thanks for all the great replies!

I looks like the problem is related to AVG's Free Anti-virus. I just wish there was a way to actually see when AVG is 'hogging' my PC and slowing my boot.
the zephyrus
Diablosblizz wrote:
I am no professional on HiJackThis but what seems suspicious to me:

C:\PROGRA~1\AWS\WEATHE~1\Weather.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\spool\drivers\w32x86\3\hpztsb04.exe
C:\Program Files\HDD Health\HDDHealth.exe -wl

Again, I am no professional, I just had a look over the executables and those seem to be the most suspicious. Try uploading them to virustotal.com and see what the results come back as. I would, still, try to remove AVG, I've never liked it. Avast / Comodo has done well for me for the past couple of years. It wouldn't necessarily hurt, as if it doesn't improve then you could switch back to it.


The first one is WeatherBug, if I remember correctly. I haven't used it in several years.
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