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Hi guys, recently my pc has been experiencing occasional slowups that last about 5 minutes and the computer becomes very unresponsive. I have noticed that in taskmanger, these programs seem to take up significant resources for no reason. For example, the program explorer.exe seems to take triple the resources than it usually does.

I have tried defrag, anti-virus, backdate, anti-spyware, and nothing seems to work. Is there a way to stop these occurances of slowup?

Rig (old oh well)
Windows xp
Radeon 9600 256 Pro
1.7 GHZ
Amptron Motherboard
639 Ram
 

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Malware can be very tricky these days. It has moved into the criminal sector. I suggest you visit the security section and use one or more of the online scanners referenced there just to be sure. As a quick check for a specific baddie, please open msconfig (type those letters just like that into "Run" and click OK) and see if explorer.exe is listed under the startup tab. It should not be there. If it is, it's likely not the native Windows process. Do not pass "Go".....
That being said, if it's not malware, something else is running in the background and hogging the CPU. To aid in its discovery, a configuration of Taskmanager is helpful. At the top of Taskmanager select "View," and from the drop-down menu choose "Select Columns." Mark the box for "CPU Time." (and any others you want- I use only 3: CPU/CPU Time/Peak Memory) Column headers can be dragged and dropped laterally to change placement, and the "Tweezer" cursor will let you size the columns. When you open Taskmanager click the column header for CPU Time three times. This will sort the displayed processes according to the amount of time that they have used the CPU. Most time used at the top-least at the bottom. New processes will start at the bottom of the list and work their way up. Taskmanager's big brother is available free from Sysinternals, and is also a great tool:http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/ProcessesAndThreads/ProcessExplorer.mspx (download link at bottom of page) Process Explorer does not require installation. Just run from the saved location. As an aid to process identification, you may find Process Library helpful: http://www.processlibrary.com/ Just type or paste in the name. But before you start in on "Services," read the Elder Geek first: http://www.theeldergeek.com/services_guide.htm Autostarting programs/processes I think best controlled by WinPatrol :http://www.winpatrol.com/ which offer other system protective features as well. (also free)
By identifying and controlling the processes running in the background you can get Windows as responsive as it was before. (absent malware) Good luck and post back with your progress.
 

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Thanks for the useful links. I ran all my unsure entries in the process library and came up with nothing unusual. It seems that my pc only lags when I'm playing a game, but I recently updated the drivers (for Radeon) and it seems to not lag, however ill run further defrags and other things.

thanks for your help
 
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