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When I open up Windows Explorer it is very slow at showing all the drives and drive information. When it's slow, I mean the system cpu usage goes up quite a bit, and it is a blank screen, not the flashlight. This same problem also happens when I, for example, try to save a file and the mini-windows explorer window pops up, it takes a long time for that window to pop up. Another thing I noticed was that my mapped drives take a long time to connect, when I log on, it always tells me my mapped drives could not reconnect, but if I wait a minute, and access the drive letter of the map drive, it connects fine.

Note: it is ONLY slow for things on C drive in windows explorer, my network drives are fast as lightning, and running programs is just as fast as before, the only thing that takes a long time is to open up folders in the situations listed above.

It was working fine at one point but it isn't now. And Windows explorer runs at normal speeds when I'm in safe mode and when i'm logged in as other users.

System specs:
ASUS P4P800-E Deluxe motherboard
Corsair Value Select dual channel kit 1GB RAM
WD Raptor 36GB HD
Intel 3.2E processor.
Windows XP SP2

Things I've tried:
1) anti-spyware softare: spybot, adaware, cwshredder
2) anti-virus: Norton, Mcafee online scan, Trend Microsolutions Online Scan
3) reinstalling windows
4) disabling non-digitally signed drivers
5) scan disk, defrag
6) changed SATA cables
7) new RAM
8) disconnecting the mapped drives

The only thing I can think of now that I've tried all that is that maybe something's still running in the background, spyware or whatever. Or a device driver issue maybe, even though i've tried removing the non-digitally signed ones.

Anybody have any ideas on what else I could try? I've searched through many sites on similar problems, but haven't found anything useful that helped me. Here is my HJT log in case it helps:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.0
Scan saved at 11:48:58 PM, on 1/18/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Security Center\SymWSC.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\iTouch\iTouch.exe
C:\Program Files\ASUS\Probe\AsusProb.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\Sony Handheld\HOTSYNC.EXE
C:\Program Files\Logitech\MouseWare\system\em_exec.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Justin\Desktop\Security\HijackThis.exe

O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SDHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: AcroIEToolbarHelper Class - {AE7CD045-E861-484f-8273-0445EE161910} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Acrobat\AcroIEFavClient.dll
O2 - BHO: NAV Helper - {BDF3E430-B101-42AD-A544-FADC6B084872} - C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Ptipbmf] rundll32.exe ptipbmf.dll,SetWriteCacheMode
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SoundMan] SOUNDMAN.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ATIPTA] C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccRegVfy] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccRegVfy.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [zBrowser Launcher] C:\Program Files\Logitech\iTouch\iTouch.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Logitech Utility] Logi_MwX.Exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ASUS Probe] C:\Program Files\ASUS\Probe\AsusProb.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
O4 - Global Startup: HotSync Manager.lnk = C:\Program Files\Sony Handheld\HOTSYNC.EXE
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\OFFICE11\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O16 - DPF: {6414512B-B978-451D-A0D8-FCFDF33E833C} (WUWebControl Class) -
O16 - DPF: {74D05D43-3236-11D4-BDCD-00C04F9A3B61} (HouseCall Control) -
O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{08DC5EC5-0BE0-4ED8-AD1A-EB2784CC7802}: NameServer =
O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{58D71B1A-EAF0-4654-9E17-00E2FA923B9A}: NameServer =,
O17 - HKLM\System\CS1\Services\Tcpip\..\{08DC5EC5-0BE0-4ED8-AD1A-EB2784CC7802}: NameServer =
O23 - Service: Ati HotKey Poller - Unknown - C:\WINDOWS\System32\Ati2evxx.exe
O23 - Service: ATI Smart - Unknown - C:\WINDOWS\system32\ati2sgag.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Event Manager - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Password Validation Service - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccPwdSvc.exe
O23 - Service: Norton AntiVirus Auto Protect Service - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
O23 - Service: ScriptBlocking Service - Symantec Corporation - C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\SYMANT~1\SCRIPT~1\SBServ.exe
O23 - Service: SymWMI Service - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Security Center\SymWSC.exe

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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
well I got fed up with the slowness and just created a new user, and it seems to be working fine, but it's a such a ***** restoring all my settings....
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