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Start-up menu My PC takes three minutes to boot up. There is a large number of programmes ticked in msconfig>start-up. Which, in adition to Anti-virus and Firewall must I leave ticked?

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  • Frank Ashleigh Jul 17, 2008

    Very many thanks. I'll follow your advice. If it goes wrong, where do I send the writ? (Not really)

  • Frank Ashleigh Jul 20, 2008

    Thank you Hollyecho for your most helpful suggestion. I've applied it and boot-up is much quicker now. Mind you, I already have Zone Alarm, Ad Aware and AVG installed, so left l tose ticked.


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NO - absolutly not.

Untick all except your Anti-Virus and Firewall, if windows needs a program in start up it will "re-tick" it automaticly.

It would be a very good idea to run c-cleaner (free program) , adaware (free program by lavasoft) and spybot to make sure there are not any spyware programs on your computer slowing it down also.

Posted on Jul 17, 2008

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    Hollyecho Montgomery Jul 17, 2008

    Just give me a good rating -- good luck


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it may be the problem of software you need to remove some unwanted programs at do that,go to 'run' in the start menu and type 'msconfig' then hit enter.then you will see a dialogue 'startup' at the right corner and you will be able to see some ticks in boxes.remove the ticks from the programmes that you do not want to run at startup.then restart the computer.

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Quick Fix for most FAKE Anti-Virus infections.

Note: Get a pad of paper as you will need to write down a few file names.

1. Identify the fake Anti-Virus program.
This is simple just look at the name and icon of the program claiming to be an anti-virus. This should not be hard because they are constantly informing you of fake infections and automatically running scans. After you know which program is bothering you click the start menu or if you can access your desktop find the fake AV programs icon. Once you find the icon on your start menu or desktop right-click and go to properties. Now write down the name .exe file.

2. Deleting the virus
First of all restart your computer in safe-mode. You can do this by either restarting your computer and repeatedly pressing the F8 key until the safe mode screen appears. Or you can click start menu>run type msconfig and hit enter. Click the BOOT.INI tab then put a check next to /SAFEBOOT. Click Ok and then Restart. Once your computer is in safe-mode click START>RUN. Type regedit and hit enter. Press Ctrl+F so that we can search for the fake AV. Remember that file name you wrote down earlier type that into the find box and hit enter. Right click on and delete any registry entries associates with that file. This will prevent the fake AV from trying to run the next time you start your computer. After you have found every entry tied to that filename type in the actual name of the fake AV ex. Anti-Virus 2009. Do the same thing as you did with the filename delete any and all entries associated with the name of that AV.
After this is completed close the registry. Click START>RUN type msconfig. Go to both the Startup tab and the Services tab and look for any entries that have the name of the fake av program or the filename you wrote down. Un-check any you find. Now close the configuration panel. Click START>SEARCH>FOR FILES OR FOLDERS... type in the name of the file you wrote down and hit enter delete any of the files you find with that name. Also if any of the files are in a folder named what the AV is delete those entire folders. DONT delete your system32 folder or anyfolder found in your C:\Windows directory unless you know for 100% that its only contents are files associated with fake AntiVirus Program. If you are unable to delete the file ex. it gives you an error message saying its already running restart your computer again in safe mode and try deleting it again. After that is complete and you booted your computer in safe mode using the msconfig method click START>RUN type msconfig goto the BOOT.INI tab and un-check /SAFEBOOT if not just restart your computer.

After those steps are completed the fake Anti-Virus program should not be bothering you anymore. Remember this is only a quick fix so that you can at least use your computer to run an anti-spyware\malware\virus program and this is highly recommended as its likely you have more infections.

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Every time I start my computer windows installer tries to run a scan program. How do I stop this? I tried to X out of the program and it just keeps trying to re install ,with error messages.

Type this on RUN command at the strt menu
after that go to Startup tab then uncheck the program that automatically start when you boot your computer, or scan your computer with an updated anti-virus so that you can determined if your computer is infected with virus

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Slow to boot (10-15 minutes)

A couple of different fixes you can try.

Go into Control Panel | Add/Remove Programs. Remove/Uninstall any unused or unknown programs.
Start | Run | Msconfig - On General tab, select "Selective Startup" and uncheck "Load startup items". Reboot computer. If computer boots faster (and daughter's profile works), then go back into Msconfig, select "Normal Startup", go to Startup tab, and start unchecking programs to slim down what loads when computer starts. Note: NONE of the programs in Startup tab are NEEDED for windows to run, but some of your applications may need them.

I'd also recommend getting a good Anti-Virus/Anti-Spyware package to make sure no viruses or trojan horses are on it.

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You need to give more information, especially what operating system you are running. Lets presume its Windows XP...
Your PC is likely loading a lot of applications at startup that are taking so long to load and settle down. You can determine if this is the issue by doing the following:
  1. Click "Start" button and then "Run..."
  2. Type in "msconfig" and click "OK"
  3. Select the "Diagnostic startup" option and then "Apply"
  4. Follow reboot options and when rebooted see if this improves your startup/speed
  5. If it does (it should) then you can browse the list of applications you are loading (the "Startup" tab) and turn them on one by one until you find the offending application.
  6. Once found, either leave it off the startup list in msconfig, or uninstall it completely.
Another option that is less technical is to install an application like Norton Systemworks/360. It's speedstart utility is a more user-friendly version of msconfig and can automate the process of eliminating the startup and system hogs in your list of startup applications. Be warned that if your anti-virus software i not Norton you'll have to uninstall it as Norton's doesn't play well with others. However Norton's anti-virus does a superb job so you'll still be protected.
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