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Offline kevinf80

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Re: [Resolved K] Computer became slow all of the sudden
« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2012, 10:27:09 am »
re-open msconfig, have a look under the General Tab, you must have inadvertantly selected "diagnostic start up"

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Re: [Resolved K] Computer became slow all of the sudden
« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2012, 10:42:16 am »
It is in Selective Start-Up mode -- the box that came up says that the diagnostic tool will keep coming up until I switch to Normal mode (which of course would run all of the processes, including the ones I don't want) -- but I see now there is a box to check that will stop the tool and message from continuing to come up, so that should do it.

Thanks again for all.

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Re: [Resolved K] Computer became slow all of the sudden
« Reply #17 on: January 22, 2012, 10:50:26 am »
OK, let me know what happens with Spybot uninstalled, also you do have a few other start up programs that need checking:

Download this tool Startuplite to your desktop and run it. It will explain any optional auto-start programs on your system, and offer the option to stop these programs from running at startup.

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Re: [Resolved K] Computer became slow all of the sudden
« Reply #18 on: January 22, 2012, 01:17:33 pm »
The only items StartupLite is suggesting I disable are SunJavaUpdateSched, CTFMON.exe, and HP Software Update.  I do like HP to check for printer updates from time to time, and I imagine I need to have Java automatically update too?  I'm not 100% sure about CTFMON -- I occasionally use some diacritical marks when typing in Word and have a keyboard shortcut set up for that -- would disabling CTFMON crimp my ability to use diacritical marks in another language (a European language which uses the Latin alphabet, not an Asian language or one with a different alphabet) ?

Were there any other specific startup processes you saw that you think I should disable?

The computer seems to be running ok without Spybot, though it's hard to tell if it's really made any major difference yet.  But I think maybe.  I liked Spybot, though -- it sometimes catches things that Webroot doesn't.

Any further thoughts greatly appreciated, and my thanks once again.
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Re: [Resolved K] Computer became slow all of the sudden
« Reply #19 on: January 22, 2012, 02:46:07 pm »
If you want to keep the startup entries suggested by startuplite just keep them. Regarding CTFMON, have a read Here and make up your own mind. Regarding Spybot, if it is the culprit for causing the lag issue i`d ask the question on WebRoots support forum. I would think they will tell you to remove it...

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Re: [Resolved K] Computer became slow all of the sudden
« Reply #20 on: January 22, 2012, 02:52:11 pm »
I suspect your are right about Webroot/Spybot.  Thanks again.

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Re: [Resolved K] Computer became slow all of the sudden
« Reply #21 on: January 22, 2012, 03:04:06 pm »
OK, do the following:

Delete or drag to the recycle bin:

RogueKiller
RKQuarantine Folder
RKReport.txt
SecurityChecks


Next,

Run TFC, re-boot on completion, even if not prompted.

Other than that you should be good to go, here are some tips to reduce the potential for malware infection in the future:

Make proper use of your antivirus and firewall

Antivirus and Firewall programs are integral to your computer security. However, just having them installed isn't enough. The definitions of these programs are frequently updated to detect the latest malware, if you don't keep up with these updates then you'll be vulnerable to infection. Many antivirus and firewall programs have automatic update features, make use of those if you can. If your program doesn't, then get in the habit of routinely performing manual updates, because it's important.

You should keep your antivirus and firewall guard enabled at all times, NEVER turn them off unless there's a specific reason to do so. Also, regularly performing a full system scan with your antivirus program is a good idea to make sure you're system remains clean. Once a week should be adequate. You can set the scan to run during a time when you don't plan to use the computer and just leave it to complete on its own.

Install and use WinPatrol  This will inform you of any attempted unauthorized changes to your system.

WinPatrol features explained Here

You will have several programs installed, these maybe outdated and vulnerable to exploits also. To be certain, please run the free online scan by Secunia, available Here   Before clicking the Start scan  button, please check the box for the option Enable thorough system inspection. Just below the "Scan Options:" section, you'll see the status of what's currently processing....
...when the scan completes, the message "Detection completed successfully" will appear in the Programs/Result section. For each problem detected, Secunia will offer a "Solution" option. Please follow those instructions to download updated versions of the programs as recommended by Secunia.

Use a safer web browser

Internet Explorer is not the most secure tool for browsing the web. It has been known to be very susceptible to infection, and there are a few good free alternatives:
 
Firefox,

Opera, and

Chrome.
 
All of these are excellent faster, safer, more powerful and functional free alternatives to Internet Explorer. It's definitely worth the short period of adjustment to start using one of these. If you wish to continue using Internet Explorer, it would be a good idea to follow the tutorial HERE which will help you to make IE MUCH safer.

These browser add-ons will help to make your browser safer:

Web of Trust warns you about risky websites that try to scam visitors, deliver malware or send spam. WOT's color-coded icons show you ratings for 21 million websites, helping you avoid the dangerous ones:

Available for Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Green to go,
Yellow for caution, and
Red to stop.


Available for Firefox only. NoScript helps to block malicious scripts and in general gives you much better control over what types of things webpages can do to your computer while you're browsing.

These are just a couple of the most popular add-ons, if you're interested in more, take a look at THIS article.

Here a couple of links by two security experts that will give some excellent tips and advice.

So how did I get infected in the first place by Tony Klein

How to prevent Malware by Miekiemoes

Finally this link HERE will give a comprehensive upto date list of free Security programs. To include - Antivirus, Antispyware, Firewall, Antimalware, Online scanners and rescue CD`s.

Don`t forget, the best form of defense is common sense. If you don`t recognize it, don`t open it. If something looks to good to be true, then it aint.

If no remaining issues are you OK to close your thread,

Take care,

Kevin  :t

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Re: [Resolved K] Computer became slow all of the sudden
« Reply #22 on: January 24, 2012, 04:30:06 pm »
Since this issue appears to be resolved the topic has been closed. Glad we could help.  :t

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