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October 28, 2004 10:40:02 PM

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Hi, recently, my computer has been very slow. It may take 15 seconds just to
load internet explorer or microsoft word. I did not install any mailicious
software (or any that I know of), and have scanned my computer for viruses,
adware and spyware. When I checked the processes that were running, I
noticed some that took up a lot of memory usage. For example, tehre was
mp3pc.exe which took up over 100 mB of memory usage (when I end process, it
just pops up again).. There were also other programs that also took up a lot
of memory usage (ones that I do not know about). I looked up these files but
the only files associated with the process name was in my prefect file. Can
someone help me? Should I get rid of these processes, and if so, how do I?
Thank you,

Chris

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October 29, 2004 11:51:05 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

The only thing I could find on internet search is :

"MP3PC plays MP3 files through your PC speaker! For some reason I like to
make programs work through the PC speaker. Some people still don't know that
it's possible to play real sounds through it. Unfortunately, you must run
this in pure DOS mode for it to work"

Use windows explorer search companion and search for MP3PC and delete
directory or mp3pc.exe even if it's in a windows directory.

I noticed you didn't include virus and spyware\maleware scans for those free
downloads to help with everything they promise but don't tell you about
startup programs and registry items that fool with your pc.

1) If you don't have reliable spyware/maleware removal, you can get it
with spybot free at :
http://www.net-integration.net/index.php?page=spybotsd#...

I suggest you run the spybot scan. It will run awhile. WHen finished ,clean
recommended. Some entries will be in memory. The program ask if you would
like to fix at next boot up. Reply yes

It has an automatic backup so you can restore fixes.

2) You'll also need to remove startup registry items after running
spybot. Highjackthis is available free at:

http://www.net-integration.net/index.php?

They can help you with interpreting logs. Just follow their instructions.
You can wait for their interpretation or you can look for 04 startup entries.
I suggest you delete any software startup thats not store bought software.

If you don't have virus protection, Symantec test your computer's exposer to
online threats.
http://security.symantec.com/sscv6/default.asp?langid=i...

I suggest you get virus protection, or your asking for trouble.



"Chris" wrote:

> Hi, recently, my computer has been very slow. It may take 15 seconds just to
> load internet explorer or microsoft word. I did not install any mailicious
> software (or any that I know of), and have scanned my computer for viruses,
> adware and spyware. When I checked the processes that were running, I
> noticed some that took up a lot of memory usage. For example, tehre was
> mp3pc.exe which took up over 100 mB of memory usage (when I end process, it
> just pops up again).. There were also other programs that also took up a lot
> of memory usage (ones that I do not know about). I looked up these files but
> the only files associated with the process name was in my prefect file. Can
> someone help me? Should I get rid of these processes, and if so, how do I?
> Thank you,
>
> Chris
Anonymous
October 29, 2004 12:37:20 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

Poor system performance can be the result of a single problem or a
combination of factors. Listed
below are issues, which you may wish to examine if you are experiencing
poor performance after
the boot process has completed. Some items may help with slow starting
of Windows XP but the
list has not been prepared for tackling that problem. Work through the
list until you achieve an
acceptable result.
Regular and effective housekeeping is essential. What you do and how
often you do it will depend
on how you use your computer. A suggested routine may include:
1. In Outlook Express empty your Deleted Items folder.
2. In Outlook Express run File, Folder, Compact All whilst OFFLINE.
3. Run Disk Cleanup. Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disk
Cleanup with
Temporary Internet Files, Offline Web Pages (optional), System Restore
( more Options tab )
and Recycle Bin selected for deletion. If you have more than one drive /
partition you may
need to do this operation for each drive / partition.
4. Remove Cookies. Start, Control Panel, Internet Options, General,
Delete Cookies.
5. Run Disk Defragmenter.

Check whether you could reduce the number of days the History of sites
visited is retained. Start,
Control Panel, Internet Options, General, History.
Spyware causes many problems. If not installed download Adaware and / or
update Reference file
from http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download/ and use it to remove
parasites. If Spyware
persists as a problem try a Hosts file.
http://www.accs-net.com/hosts/what_is_hosts.html
Slow performance resulting from insufficient memory, causing over
reliance on virtual memory,
may be especially noticed by those upgrading to Windows XP from an
earlier version of Windows.
Windows XP will run with 64 MB of RAM memory. However, a minimum of 256
MB is
recommended and many users will recommend 512 MB. You may check on
pagefile (virtual
memory) usage with Page File Monitor for XP:
http://www.dougknox.com/

Check how much free space you have on the hard drive / partition where
your pagefile is located.
You need a minimum of 15% but 20% or more is better.

Check your setting for the Indexing Service. Start, Administrative
Tools, Services, Indexing
Service. The default setting is Manual. Check that it is not running.
More information here:
http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/service411.htm#Indexing...
You can have too many programmes running in the background. Close
programmes/windows after
use. Check whether all the programmes loading when Windows is started
are really necessary.
http://aumha.org/a/loads.htm
Check whether you can identify slow performance with a particular
programme. Look in Google to
see whether others have encountered the same problem and found a
solution.
http://groups.google.com/
Are there any error messages in Event Viewer? You can access Event
Viewer by selecting Start,
Administrative Tools, and Event Viewer. When researching the meaning of
the error, information
regarding Event ID: and Source Description is important.
HOW TO: View and Manage Event Logs in Event Viewer in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;308427&Product=winxp

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Hope this helps.

Gerry
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FCA

Stourport, Worcs, England
Enquire, plan and execute.
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"Chris" <Chris@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:89A2BA23-E90D-4650-9473-7E8147CCD68A@microsoft.com...
> Hi, recently, my computer has been very slow. It may take 15 seconds
> just to
> load internet explorer or microsoft word. I did not install any
> mailicious
> software (or any that I know of), and have scanned my computer for
> viruses,
> adware and spyware. When I checked the processes that were running, I
> noticed some that took up a lot of memory usage. For example, tehre
> was
> mp3pc.exe which took up over 100 mB of memory usage (when I end
> process, it
> just pops up again).. There were also other programs that also took
> up a lot
> of memory usage (ones that I do not know about). I looked up these
> files but
> the only files associated with the process name was in my prefect
> file. Can
> someone help me? Should I get rid of these processes, and if so, how
> do I?
> Thank you,
>
> Chris
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