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    Vista problems, can anyone help?

    Hopefully someone can help me with this, it was driving me up the wall yesterday!!

    Basically, I found that my computer has been running really slowly for the past couple of days. I checked the task manager and there were 4 or 5 instances of iexpore.exe running at the same time, taking up most of the CPU. I tried deleting them but they just kept coming back. I kainda guessed that most of them were something running "in disguise" as it were, i.e. malware/spyware etc.

    I ran Ad-Aware and Spybot S&D, then did a virus scan with Avast, but they didn't find anything that was causing this problem. I then decided to do a system restore to a week ago, but it really hasn't worked. Now when I boot up my computer, it gets onto the desktop screen, but it's like there's something permanently trying to start in the background (cursor always has the little blue circle). I can open some folders/files but not all of them. If I try to connect to the internet the screen just goes black - I can see the cursor but that's it. Shutting it down does the same.

    Anybody experienced anything like this before? I'm reasonably computer literate, but this is doing my head in!!!

    Thanks for any help in advance...

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    I had a problem... my comp was running slow... and noisier... and it would freeze after about 2 hours. When I checked tasks I had 3/4 iexplore.exe running, did not know what to do... not comp literate. However, when I downloaded service pack 2 it all sorted out. Have you downloaded Service Pack 2? Might help?

    Try malwarebytes (downloadable for free). I've found it picks up stuff that others miss!

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    jonb2412;6702245

    I had a problem... my comp was running slow... and noisier... and it … I had a problem... my comp was running slow... and noisier... and it would freeze after about 2 hours. When I checked tasks I had 3/4 iexplore.exe running, did not know what to do... not comp literate. However, when I downloaded service pack 2 it all sorted out. Have you downloaded Service Pack 2? Might help?



    I'll give it a try if I can get on the internet at home (I'm on my work laptop just now), but if I can't, any other suggestions?

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    [FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="Navy"]Fix: Get Windows 7[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

    Original Poster

    vibeone;6702259

    [FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="Navy"]Fix: Get Windows … [FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="Navy"]Fix: Get Windows 7[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]



    Your input's about as useful as a roofrack on a helicopter vibey :whistling:

    civms47;6702277

    Your input's about as useful as a roofrack on a helicopter vibey … Your input's about as useful as a roofrack on a helicopter vibey :whistling:



    Not really Vista is spectacularly rubbish, I have it on one of my laptops and it's sluggish, interfering and really brings down the whole user experience, and it's incompatible with so many devices.
    What I did was to stop all the animations and fancy bits by going into control panel>system>then click on the advanced tab and adjust everything for best performance.

    You should also do a disk clean up regularly and defrag the system once a month or more frequent. Have you also deleted your browsing history, cookies, temp files from Internet Explorer, you should do this on a regular basis.

    Oh and like the other post make sure that you PC is upto date with all versions of Vista updates.

    I'd upgrade to Windows 7 but would rather buy a new laptop!!!

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    Bluerinse;6702464

    Not really Vista is spectacularly rubbish, I have it on one of my laptops … Not really Vista is spectacularly rubbish, I have it on one of my laptops and it's sluggish, interfering and really brings down the whole user experience, and it's incompatible with so many devices.What I did was to stop all the animations and fancy bits by going into control panel>system>then click on the advanced tab and adjust everything for best performance.You should also do a disk clean up regularly and defrag the system once a month or more frequent. Have you also deleted your browsing history, cookies, temp files from Internet Explorer, you should do this on a regular basis.I'd upgrade to Windows 7 but would rather buy a new laptop!!!



    Cheers, but I've already done all of the above, plus the defrag is set to run at regular intervals. It seems to me that there's something there that I can't get rid of.

    Out of interest, if I was to upgrade to Windows 7, would that fix any problems with viruses/malware etc? And would it not delete any programs or files that I've already got on the computer?

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    open task manager and look at processes and sort by CPU usage and post the name of what is consuming it

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    civms47;6702562

    Cheers, but I've already done all of the above, plus the defrag is set to … Cheers, but I've already done all of the above, plus the defrag is set to run at regular intervals. It seems to me that there's something there that I can't get rid of.Out of interest, if I was to upgrade to Windows 7, would that fix any problems with viruses/malware etc? And would it not delete any programs or files that I've already got on the computer?


    [FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="Navy"]you've only got viruses/malware because you, or someone using the computer have been silly.

    I'm a computer expert and I have never had a virus, unless I've deliberetly been using serial generations within a VM environment.

    Windows 7 gives you another go at trying not to be silly.
    [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

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    vibeone;6702633

    [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Navy]you've only got viruses/malware … [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=Navy]you've only got viruses/malware because you, or someone using the computer have been silly.I'm a computer expert and I have never had a virus, unless I've deliberetly been using serial generations within a VM environment.Windows 7 gives you another go at trying not to be silly.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]


    bit harsh! :w00t:

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    csiman;6702623

    open task manager and look at processes and sort by CPU usage and post … open task manager and look at processes and sort by CPU usage and post the name of what is consuming it



    When I did it yesterday it was iexplore.exe using about 120,000k of memory, followed by iexplore.exe this time using about 95,000k of memory.

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    vibeone;6702633

    [FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="Navy"]you've only got … [FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="Navy"]you've only got viruses/malware because you, or someone using the computer have been silly.I'm a computer expert and I have never had a virus, unless I've deliberetly been using serial generations within a VM environment.Windows 7 gives you another go at trying not to be silly.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]



    Again vibey, your comments are pretty useless and don't actually answer the question that I asked.

    Nice try tho... :whistling:

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    msconfig and see whats starting up

    maybe get someting like tune up utilities 2009 which will do a scan and helpclear some stuff up for you

    Original Poster

    casparwhite;6703126

    msconfig and see whats starting upmaybe get someting like tune up … msconfig and see whats starting upmaybe get someting like tune up utilities 2009 which will do a scan and helpclear some stuff up for you



    Cheers, I'll give it a go, if it lets me!!

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    civms47;6703185

    Cheers, I'll give it a go, if it lets me!!



    type msconfig into your run box and youll see whats running......have a play around but be careful:)

    get tune up from mininova or h33t and i think you can also do it thru there......very handy tool....shame it dont work properly for win 7yet, as i find it invaluable
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