Computer runs slow after an hour or two of usage!


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bravofan71
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System:

Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Version 2002/Service Pack 3

 

Computer:

Intel (R)

Celeron (R) CPU 2.66 GHz

2.67 GHz

248 MB of RAM

Physical Address Extension

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I have uninstalled programs that I don't use or really need.

I changed the Primary IDE channel from PIO to (Ultra DMA 2) like I was referred to do.

http://forum.digital-digest.com/showthread.php?t=61905

(I didn't install the driver like it said at the bottom of the page. If I have to, please let me know.)

I typed (msconfig) and got rid of everything in my startup deal at the bottom-right of the screen. All I have is my anti-virus icon.

I turned off the updates for Java.

I use AVG antivirus. I don't have any other protection running.

I scanned with Malewarebytes several times, but nothing comes up.

I ran Ccleaner.

I don't have additional pics or videos on my computer.

I use Firefox.

Windows Task Manager:

Processes:36 Firefox runs around 126,244K

The computer runs fine for a while, then it takes a while load pages. Especially when I'm on You Tube, Facebook and Myspace.

I don't want to purchase more RAM for such an old computer. Is there anything else I could check for that could be slowing it down? Why would it work fine,but all of a sudden load pages slowly? Any help would be appreciated.

 

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Re: Computer runs slow after an hour or two of usage!
Open Task Manager (Ctrl-Alt-Delete), click the Processes tab. Click the heading that says "Mem Usage" until the larger measurements are at the top. Here are your culprits. If the biggie is one of the svhost.exe entries, it's probably related to automatic updates. If so, you might try disabling automatic updates (it's in Control Panel). To be sure, Google up and run a nice little application called Process Explorer (put out by SysInternals). Do the same thing you did with Task Manager by getting the resource hogs to the top. Hover your mouse over the suspect process and look at the services running. If auto-updates is in the list that appears in the balloon, bingo.
bravofan71
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Re: Computer runs slow after an hour or two of usage!

Anonymous Visitor wrote:

Open Task Manager (Ctrl-Alt-Delete), click the Processes tab. Click the heading that says "Mem Usage" until the larger measurements are at the top. Here are your culprits. If the biggie is one of the svhost.exe entries, it's probably related to automatic updates. If so, you might try disabling automatic updates (it's in Control Panel). To be sure, Google up and run a nice little application called Process Explorer (put out by SysInternals). Do the same thing you did with Task Manager by getting the resource hogs to the top. Hover your mouse over the suspect process and look at the services running. If auto-updates is in the list that appears in the balloon, bingo.

 

I installed Process Explorer. I hover the mouse on the svhost.exe one that says:

Automatic Updates

COM+ Event System

Computer Browser, e.t.c

It reads:

PID-1184

Private Bytes-15,75K

Working Set-6,312

 

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: Computer runs slow after an hour or two of usage!

I've seen this happen on some systems.  No one knows exactly, but to me it seems to be related to the Windows update process.

This is worth a try.

Try turning off automatic updates at Control Panel > Automatic Updates.  Reboot.  Then go to the Windows Update site and get fully updated "manually".  Choose the Custom option rather than Express so you can scroll down and do the optional XP updates as well - I advise against doing any hardware updates (I had a video card-update-gone-wrong once that cost me about an hour repairing).

If you've never been to Windows Update, it will want to install what I call the "update probe" which is necessary just as most probes are.  I my experience, this "update probe" sometimes "calms down" the svhost.exe entry that resides over the Automatic Updates service .  After the probe add-on is installed, try turning on Auto-updates again and see if it's any better.

Keep in mind that to do the online Windows Update site, your system must pass WGA Validation which tests if you are using a legit product key.  If your system isn't pure, you will be forced to look at permanent reminders from Microsoft that you "may be a victim of counterfeiting" in the form of balloons during boot-up and during computer usage coming from your Task Bar.  Not that I would know.

bravofan71
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Re: Computer runs slow after an hour or two of usage!

I ran Windows Update, and it said that no High Priority updates are needed.

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: Computer runs slow after an hour or two of usage!

Did the performance problem go away after you turned off the Automatic Update service and rebooted?

If so, with your Automatic Updates still turned off, go to the Windows Update website and see if there's an optional update (under Custom) that is generic to Windows XP but not hardware related.  I have found that sometimes this svhost memory/CPU usage thing is mysteriously fixed by downloading *any* update using IE.  After installing the random update from the web, reboot, turn back on Automatic Updates in Control Panel.

Worth a shot.
bravofan71
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Re: Computer runs slow after an hour or two of usage!

I updated 14 things under Custom/Optional. Hopefully it helps some. I'll know when I'm online for more than a couple of hours or so. That's usually when it starts taking forever to load pages. Thanks for your assistance.

Dr.Don (not verified)
Re: Computer runs slow after an hour or two of usage!
The problem is likely caused by the flash cookies being secretly installed on your system through the Adobe Flash Player. Flash cookies secretly install in several files at the same time, and are programmed to reinstall themselves even if you delete them using any of the programs you mentioned as well as many of the others available. Because all of the programs that are intended to remove flash cookies only remove them from a single file, the flash cookies just repopulate back into the file again from one of the other files they are also installed in immediately after the cleaning program is closed. It is very insidious, but that's how these advertisers/trackers ensure they can track your every move on the net. They get paid big bucks to make sure that no one can successfully remove flash cookies, unless you wipe out your entire system by reformatting your drives. But as soon as you use the Adobe Flash Player and visit any site the flash cookies will be installed again. There are some blockers that will prevent certain flash cookies from being installed, but that usually also makes the site you are visiting not work. It's a vicious cycle. Until a developer designs a program that will search all files and folders on your system at the same time and delete all of the flash cookies at the same time, the problem will continue The Adobe Flash Player is a security risk because it is actually designed for the service tool for web sites operators, not the users. The Flash Player is programmed by the site operators with all content controlled by them, including all the tracking programs. That’s how Adobe gets paid for the Flash Player. After all, the Flash Player is free to the users like all of us. Because the design of it is to be a tool for the site operators and advertisers, that also makes it an easy gateway for hackers to break into anyone’s system, including planting a trojan virus to capture much of what you do as well as controlling your cam and capturing the live stream, etc. without your knowledge. Adobe has had a lot of security problems and claims to have fixed many, but that is questionable by many in the industry. I would also suggest you look at COMODO for a very good internet security program. They offer a free version that works great and is rated among the best available. If you decide to use it, look at the traffic monitor to view the internet links running on your system and that will tell you a lot about your system running slow with all the trackers monitoring everything you do. You can also stop and block many of them with COMODO once you identify them. But again, blocking them may also cause some sites not to function properly. Hope that helps. Good luck.
bravofan71
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Re: Computer runs slow after an hour or two of usage!

I uninstalled AVG and downloaded Comodo Antivirus/Firewall. When I have time, I will give you the results. Thanks.

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Re: Computer runs slow after an hour or two of usage!

I had a simular problem awhile back and it turns out the cause was the fan cooling the CPU was going out. This caused the CPU to heat up over time until a built in safe gaurd cause it to slow down in an attempt to keep from overheating.

The obvious fix was to replace the fan, but a little less obvious was to open up the tower and blow out all the dust that was covering everything. That alone helped out some.

bravofan71
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Re: Computer runs slow after an hour or two of usage!

I cleaned inside the tower a couple months ago. Ireally need to get one of those can air dusters. I couldn't get a lot small parts cleaned. Thanks for your reply.

bravofan71
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Re: Computer runs slow after an hour or two of usage!

I have a print screen saved, but I can't figure out how to paste it to show you. I don't even see SP3! I see SP2 twice.

MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB954430)

MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB973688)

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Re: Computer runs slow after an hour or two of usage!

bravofan71 wrote:

System:

Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Version 2002/Service Pack 3

 

Computer:

Intel (R)

Celeron (R) CPU 2.66 GHz

2.67 GHz

248 MB of RAM

Physical Address Extension

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I have uninstalled programs that I don't use or really need.

I changed the Primary IDE channel from PIO to (Ultra DMA 2) like I was referred to do.

http://forum.digital-digest.com/showthread.php?t=61905

(I didn't install the driver like it said at the bottom of the page. If I have to, please let me know.)

I typed (msconfig) and got rid of everything in my startup deal at the bottom-right of the screen. All I have is my anti-virus icon.

I turned off the updates for Java.

I use AVG antivirus. I don't have any other protection running.

I scanned with Malewarebytes several times, but nothing comes up.

I ran Ccleaner.

I don't have additional pics or videos on my computer.

I use Firefox.

Windows Task Manager:

Processes:36 Firefox runs around 126,244K

The computer runs fine for a while, then it takes a while load pages. Especially when I'm on You Tube, Facebook and Myspace.

I don't want to purchase more RAM for such an old computer. Is there anything else I could check for that could be slowing it down? Why would it work fine,but all of a sudden load pages slowly? Any help would be appreciated.

 

1)  Make sure Windows Meesnger is disabled

2) Uninstal any add on tool bars such as BIng,Yahoo,Google as they leech bitstream and are just short of MAalware providers

3) Uninstal Service Pack 3,  it's a Memory hog..I'm actually suprised your computer actually works for a while at 248MB with Service pack 3, mines one wouldn't even start until I uninstalled it and turned off Windows Automatic UIpdates

4) Turn off Windows Automatic Updates after you uninstall Service Pack 3 and after double checking you got the last update for service pack 2

5) clean out you registry http://download.cnet.com/Wise-Registry-Cleaner/3000-2086_4-10605508.html?tag=mncol   as cleaning out old programs don't neccesarly remove the call for them in the resgistry

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