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PC slow after msconfig tweak

Discussion in 'Windows - General discussion' started by Wyattspop, Oct 5, 2018.

  1. Wyattspop

    Wyattspop Regular member

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    I have a Win7 Gateway desktop, it was very sluggish so I shut off some startups to begin troubleshooting, now its barely responding to usb keyboard or wireless mouse taps. Under utilities the pc usage % is from 0-4%! Any suggestions? Please tell me what startups are essential. Thank you PS The mouse pointer moves fine but wont open anythinv
     
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    i only have my antivirus and my logitech mouse software at startup.can you post a screenshot of your startups in task manager?
     
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    You have helped me before, so thank you. I disconnected everything, powered down and opened the case. I then pulled the CMOS battery, put it back, pulled the memory card and returned it, then noticed the internal fan was 90% blocked by dust bunnies (I mean impacted!), cleaned it out, restarted and it's running much better. One concern is my PC is whisper-quiet, I don't hear anything running, is that normal or am I just used to my older Windows PC's where you hear the fans, the drive spinning up? It's dead quiet (this is a Gateway Win 7 desktop). I noticed my new gaming laptop makes no sound so are newer PC's supposed to be silent?
     
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    I must also confess I use nefarious P2P sites to watch movies etc and I doubt my AV is up to date either. Ever notice your PC help folks are like Catholic Priests? You have to confess your sins or they can't help you LOL
     
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    Update, now I'm not able to click inside my search bar to go to websites
     
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    run a couple of malware scans to be sure.run malwarebytes and let it delete what it finds.have you tried a system restore to before all this happened?another thing to try is to enable all the startup programs you disabled and then disable them one at a time until you find the problem program.also post that screenshot of startup programs just in case.
     
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    You were dead on, I ran about 6 AV, MBAM and spyware proggies and found I was riddled with them. Once cleaned up, I'm back up and running again, thank you
     
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    good you got it sorted out.
     
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    I do have another issue if you would, when I open a browser, my search box is greyed out, and when I use the back-browser tab, a new tab opens up? Any help would be much appreciated
     
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    what browser is it?you could try to reset your browser.
     
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    Yep, that did it. Aldan, can you tell me how to work on a PC when you can't get into Windows to even begin addressing issues (I'm guessing it was virus-riddled). It's a Gateway Win 7, my boy would surf his Youtube vids and click on any link that popped up. Thank you
     

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