INCREDIBLY slow application start times

leedogg

Gojyone kawaiiiiiiii!
#1
I have an Athlon XP 3000+ with an asus nforce2 mobo and 1gig of ram.

For some reason, my applications are taking an incredibly long time to startup, I've run all the antispyware apps, etc and I cant seem to figure out what is up with my system. I've included a log of all my startup apps...any help would be appreciated.



StartupList report, 3/22/2005, 7:24:21 PM
StartupList version: 1.51
Detected: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
Detected: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
* Using default options
==================================================
Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Sygate\SPF\smc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Executive Software\Diskeeper\DkService.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~1\NORTON~2\GHOSTS~2.EXE
C:\Program Files\Shavlik Technologies\HFNetChkPro4\4.1.0.0\HFNetChkProService.exe
C:\Program FIles\TraySaver\TraySaver.exe
C:\Program Files\Eset\nod32krn.exe
C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~1\SPEEDD~1\nopdb.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\uphclean\uphclean.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\ups.exe
C:\Program Files\Raxco\PerfectDisk\PDSched.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\devldr32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\taskswitch.exe
C:\WINDOWS\StartupMonitor.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\BILLPS~1\WINPAT~1\WinPatrol.exe
C:\Program Files\Eset\nod32kui.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger Plus! 3\MsgPlus.exe
C:\Program Files\NetRun\NetRun.exe
C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
C:\Program Files\BHODemon 2\BHODemon.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft AntiSpyware\gcasDtServ.exe
C:\Program Files\DialogMate\dlgmate.exe
C:\Program Files\SpywareGuard\sgmain.exe
C:\Program Files\Ad Muncher\AdMunch.exe
C:\Program Files\Dirkey2\dirkey.exe
C:\Program Files\YZ Toolbar\YzToolBar.exe
C:\Program Files\WinKey\WinKey.exe
C:\Program Files\ArsClip\ArsClip.exe
C:\Program Files\Rainlendar\Rainlendar.exe
C:\WINDOWS\FreeShade.exe
C:\Program Files\SpywareGuard\sgbhp.exe
C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboTaskBarIcon.exe
C:\Program Files\Rainmeter\Rainmeter.exe
C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\MouseWare\system\em_exec.exe
C:\Program Files\Maxthon\Maxthon.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Lee Rider\Favorites\Links\PC Maintenance\startuplist\StartupList.exe
--------------------------------------------------
Listing of startup folders:
Shell folders Startup:
[C:\Documents and Settings\Lee Rider\Start Menu\Programs\Startup]
BHODemon 2.0.lnk = C:\Program Files\BHODemon 2\BHODemon.exe
--------------------------------------------------
Checking Windows NT UserInit:
[HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
UserInit = C:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe,
--------------------------------------------------
Autorun entries from Registry:
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
CoolSwitch = C:\WINDOWS\System32\taskswitch.exe
Run StartupMonitor = StartupMonitor.exe
SmcService = C:\PROGRA~1\Sygate\SPF\smc.exe -startgui
SBAutoUpdate = "C:\Program Files\SpywareBlaster\sbautoupdate.exe"
Logitech Utility = Logi_MwX.Exe
Resume copy = copyfstq.exe /startup
WinPatrol = "C:\PROGRA~1\BILLPS~1\WINPAT~1\WinPatrol.exe"
PTBSync = C:\Program Files\PTBSync\PTBSync.exe /Start
gcasServ = "C:\Program Files\Microsoft AntiSpyware\gcasServ.exe"
NVIDIA nTune = "C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\nTune\\nTune.exe" clear
(Default) =
nod32kui = "C:\Program Files\Eset\nod32kui.exe" /WAITSERVICE
MessengerPlus3 = "C:\Program Files\Messenger Plus! 3\MsgPlus.exe"
--------------------------------------------------
Autorun entries from Registry:
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
NetRun (CzarSoft) = C:\Program Files\NetRun\NetRun.exe
MessengerPlus3 = "C:\Program Files\Messenger Plus! 3\MsgPlus.exe" /WinStart
SpybotSD TeaTimer = C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
--------------------------------------------------

Enumerating Browser Helper Objects:
SpywareGuard Download Protection - C:\Program Files\SpywareGuard\dlprotect.dll - {4A368E80-174F-4872-96B5-0B27DDD11DB2}
(no name) - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F}
(no name) - C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboForm.dll - {724d43a9-0d85-11d4-9908-00400523e39a}
(no name) - C:\PROGRA~1\AdShield\AdShield\AdShield.dll - {7559B76E-0222-4d77-9499-CCE9EB4EDC2F}
--------------------------------------------------
Enumerating Task Scheduler jobs:
Symantec NetDetect.job
SyncBack backups.job
UPS System Shutdown Program.job
--------------------------------------------------
Enumerating Download Program Files:
[MalwareCleaner Class]
InProcServer32 = C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files\WebCleaner.dll
CODEBASE = http://www.microsoft.com/security/controls/WebCleaner.cab
[ActiveScan Installer Class]
InProcServer32 = C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files\asinst.dll
CODEBASE = http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/as5/asinst.cab
[{9F1C11AA-197B-4942-BA54-47A8489BB47F}]
CODEBASE = http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/CAB/x86/unicode/iuctl.CAB?38172.6508449074
[ZoneIntro Class]
InProcServer32 = C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files\ZIntro.ocx
CODEBASE = http://zone.msn.com/binFramework/v10/ZIntro.cab34246.cab
[Shockwave Flash Object]
InProcServer32 = C:\WINDOWS\system32\macromed\flash\Flash.ocx
CODEBASE = http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab
[HeartbeatCtl Class]
InProcServer32 = C:\WINDOWS\DOWNLO~1\CONFLICT.2\hrtbeat.ocx
CODEBASE = http://fdl.msn.com/zone/datafiles/heartbeat.cab
--------------------------------------------------
Enumerating Winsock LSP files:
Protocol #1: imon.dll (file MISSING)
Protocol #2: imon.dll (file MISSING)
Protocol #3: imon.dll (file MISSING)
Protocol #4: imon.dll (file MISSING)
Protocol #5: imon.dll (file MISSING)
Protocol #33: imon.dll (file MISSING)
--------------------------------------------------
End of report, 6,639 bytes
Report generated in 0.297 seconds
Command line options:
/verbose - to add additional info on each section
/complete - to include empty sections and unsuspicious data
/full - to include several rarely-important sections
/force9x - to include Win9x-only startups even if running on WinNT
/forcent - to include WinNT-only startups even if running on Win9x
/forceall - to include all Win9x and WinNT startups, regardless of platform
/history - to list version history only
 

Johnny

.. Commodore ..
Political User
#2
I would say disable sygate and see what it does then. I know sygate in the past gave me a lot of probs when starting up .. It would take about 2 minutes for it to start running ..

Here is my startup list
StartupList report, 3/23/2005, 12:47:28 AM
StartupList version: 1.52
Started from : C:\Documents and Settings\Frank\Local Settings\Temp\StartupList.EXE
Detected: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
Detected: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
* Using default options
==================================================
Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Acronis\Schedule2\schedul2.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Acronis\Schedule2\schedhlp.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\ALWILS~1\Avast4\ashDisp.exe
C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Acronis\ProcessActivityMonitor\paamsrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashMaiSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashWebSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Trillian\trillian.exe
C:\Program Files\Maxthon\maxthon.exe
C:\Program Files\FlashGet\flashget.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\WINZIP\winzip32.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Frank\Local Settings\Temp\StartupList.exe
--------------------------------------------------
Checking Windows NT UserInit:
[HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
UserInit = C:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe,
--------------------------------------------------
Autorun entries from Registry:
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
IgfxTray = C:\WINDOWS\System32\igfxtray.exe
Acronis Scheduler2 Service = "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Acronis\Schedule2\schedhlp.exe"
avast! = C:\PROGRA~1\ALWILS~1\Avast4\ashDisp.exe
--------------------------------------------------
Autorun entries from Registry:
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
STYLEXP = C:\Program Files\TGTSoft\StyleXP\StyleXP.exe -Hide
SpybotSD TeaTimer = C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
--------------------------------------------------
Shell & screensaver key from C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM.INI:
Shell=*INI section not found*
SCRNSAVE.EXE=*INI section not found*
drivers=*INI section not found*
Shell & screensaver key from Registry:
Shell=Explorer.exe
SCRNSAVE.EXE=*Registry value not found*
drivers=*Registry value not found*
Policies Shell key:
HKCU\..\Policies: Shell=*Registry key not found*
HKLM\..\Policies: Shell=*Registry value not found*
--------------------------------------------------

Enumerating Browser Helper Objects:
(no name) - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3}
(no name) - C:\PROGRA~1\FlashGet\jccatch.dll - {A5366673-E8CA-11D3-9CD9-0090271D075B}
TGTSoft Explorer Toolbar Changer - C:\Program Files\TGTSoft\StyleXP\TGT_BHO.dll - {C333CF63-767F-4831-94AC-E683D962C63C}
Acronis Popup Blocker - (no file) - {E24AD748-155E-4254-B674-4EDF86E7E1DF}
--------------------------------------------------
Enumerating Download Program Files:
[SysProWmi Class]
InProcServer32 = C:\WINDOWS\system32\Dell\SystemProfiler\SysPro.ocx
CODEBASE = http://support.dell.com/systemprofiler/SysPro.CAB
[Office Update Installation Engine]
InProcServer32 = C:\WINDOWS\opuc.dll
CODEBASE = http://office.microsoft.com/officeupdate/content/opuc2.cab
[{4ED9DDF0-7479-4BBE-9335-5A1EDB1D8A21}]
[PictureItLauncher Class]
InProcServer32 = C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files\DigWebX2.dll
CODEBASE = http://photos.msn.com/resources/neutral/controls/DigWebX2.cab
[MsnMessengerSetupDownloadControl Class]
InProcServer32 = C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files\MsnMessengerSetupDownloader.ocx
CODEBASE = http://messenger.msn.com/download/MsnMessengerSetupDownloader.cab
[DwnldGroupMgr Class]
InProcServer32 = C:\WINDOWS\system32\mcgdmgr.dll
[CPostLaunch Object]
InProcServer32 = C:\Program Files\Common Files\Verizon Online\VOLMSN\PostLaunchTask.dll
CODEBASE = http://www2.verizon.net/update/msnwebinstall/includes/vzWebIns.CAB
[Shockwave Flash Object]
InProcServer32 = C:\WINDOWS\system32\Macromed\Flash\Flash.ocx
CODEBASE = http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab
--------------------------------------------------
Enumerating Windows NT logon/logoff scripts:
*No scripts set to run*
Windows NT checkdisk command:
BootExecute = autocheck autochk *
Windows NT 'Wininit.ini':
PendingFileRenameOperations: C:\DOCUME~1\Frank\LOCALS~1\TEMPOR~1\Content.IE5\index.dat||C:\DOCUME~1\Frank\Cookies\index.dat||C:\DOCUME~1\Frank\LOCALS~1\History\History.IE5\index.dat

--------------------------------------------------
Enumerating ShellServiceObjectDelayLoad items:
PostBootReminder: C:\WINDOWS\system32\SHELL32.dll
CDBurn: C:\WINDOWS\system32\SHELL32.dll
WebCheck: C:\WINDOWS\System32\webcheck.dll
SysTray: C:\WINDOWS\System32\stobject.dll
UPnPMonitor: C:\WINDOWS\system32\upnpui.dll
--------------------------------------------------
End of report, 5,866 bytes
Report generated in 0.141 seconds
Command line options:
/verbose - to add additional info on each section
/complete - to include empty sections and unsuspicious data
/full - to include several rarely-important sections
/force9x - to include Win9x-only startups even if running on WinNT
/forcent - to include WinNT-only startups even if running on Win9x
/forceall - to include all Win9x and WinNT startups, regardless of platform
/history - to list version history only
Not nearly as much as you :)
 
#3
C:\Program Files\Sygate\SPF\smc.exe <--- kill
C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~1\NORTON~2\GHOSTS~2.EXE <-- kill
C:\Program Files\Shavlik Technologies\HFNetChkPro4\4.1.0.0\HFNetChkProService.exe <--- kill
C:\Program FIles\TraySaver\TraySaver.exe <--- kill
C:\Program Files\Eset\nod32krn.exe <-- kill
C:\Program Files\uphclean\uphclean.exe <-- kill
C:\WINDOWS\System32\taskswitch.exe <-- kill
C:\WINDOWS\StartupMonitor.exe <-- kill
C:\PROGRA~1\BILLPS~1\WINPAT~1\WinPatrol.exe <-- kill
C:\Program Files\Eset\nod32kui.exe <-- kill
C:\Program Files\Messenger Plus! 3\MsgPlus.exe <--- uninstall
C:\Program Files\NetRun\NetRun.exe <-- kill
C:\Program Files\DialogMate\dlgmate.exe <-- kill
C:\Program Files\Dirkey2\dirkey.exe <--- kill
C:\Program Files\WinKey\WinKey.exe <--- kill
C:\WINDOWS\FreeShade.exe <-- kill
C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboTaskBarIcon.exe <--- kill and remove
C:\Program Files\Logitech\MouseWare\system\em_exec.exe <--- kill causes issues with some apps and nto really usefull


You only need one disk defragementer - unintall diskeeper and speeddisk

C:\Program Files\Executive Software\Diskeeper\DkService.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~1\SPEEDD~1\nopdb.exe
C:\Program Files\Raxco\PerfectDisk\PDSched.exe


you only need one anti-spyware app stop the others from auto-starting up but keep microsoft. Keep the others around on your system for if you ever want to run them

C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
C:\Program Files\BHODemon 2\BHODemon.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft AntiSpyware\gcasDtServ.exe
C:\Program Files\SpywareGuard\sgmain.exe
C:\Program Files\SpywareGuard\sgbhp.exe

Great app :D
C:\Program Files\Ad Muncher\AdMunch.exe <-- WOOO! GO you!!

I mentiond to kill the nod32 antivirus service just so that you can check whether aplpications speed up. I recommend you kill this first and see if you notice a difference. If you do reconfigure it so it doesnt scan files in realtime in the background.


--------------------------------------------------
Autorun entries from Registry:
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
CoolSwitch = C:\WINDOWS\System32\taskswitch.exe <--- remove
Run StartupMonitor = StartupMonitor.exe <--- remove
SmcService = C:\PROGRA~1\Sygate\SPF\smc.exe -startgui
SBAutoUpdate = "C:\Program Files\SpywareBlaster\sbautoupdate.exe" <--- remove
Logitech Utility = Logi_MwX.Exe <--- remove
Resume copy = copyfstq.exe /startup <--- remove
WinPatrol = "C:\PROGRA~1\BILLPS~1\WINPAT~1\WinPatrol.exe" <-- remove
PTBSync = C:\Program Files\PTBSync\PTBSync.exe /Start
gcasServ = "C:\Program Files\Microsoft AntiSpyware\gcasServ.exe"
NVIDIA nTune = "C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\nTune\\nTune.exe" clear <--- remove
(Default) =
nod32kui = "C:\Program Files\Eset\nod32kui.exe" /WAITSERVICE
MessengerPlus3 = "C:\Program Files\Messenger Plus! 3\MsgPlus.exe" <-- remove
--------------------------------------------------
Autorun entries from Registry:
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
NetRun (CzarSoft) = C:\Program Files\NetRun\NetRun.exe <-- remove
MessengerPlus3 = "C:\Program Files\Messenger Plus! 3\MsgPlus.exe" /WinStart <--- remove
SpybotSD TeaTimer = C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe <--- remove (reason above)
--------------------------------------------------

--------------------------------------------------

Enumerating Browser Helper Objects:
SpywareGuard Download Protection - C:\Program Files\SpywareGuard\dlprotect.dll - {4A368E80-174F-4872-96B5-0B27DDD11DB2}
(no name) - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} <-- remove
(no name) - C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboForm.dll - {724d43a9-0d85-11d4-9908-00400523e39a} <-- remove
(no name) - C:\PROGRA~1\AdShield\AdShield\AdShield.dll - {7559B76E-0222-4d77-9499-CCE9EB4EDC2F} <-- remove you have admuncher
--------------------------------------------------


--------------------------------------------------
Enumerating Task Scheduler jobs:
Symantec NetDetect.job <--- remove
SyncBack backups.job <--- remove
UPS System Shutdown Program.job
--------------------------------------------------
 
#4
Okay if you kill and stop everytinth I' listed there you should have a nice, fast, responsive system without a ton of crap starting up ni the background; and you have a LOt of crap loading up in the background.

You have several applications duplicting the same task competing for resources and probably conflicting with each other. You have some of the norton utilities so I assume you have the rest, these are notoriously unstable and buggy and should be removed as soon as possible.

Multiple defragmentation services running may all be trying to defragment the disk at the same time which will serioulsy slow everything down.

In general your system is in great need of a thorough spring clean. No offence intended but it doesnt look very well maintained from that list. I would suggest that you would possibly do better to format, reinstall xp and ONLY install applications you NEED. Avoiding things like Norton utlities, messenger plus, logitech drivers, etc that are just frivilous fluff known to cause issues.

You may want to consider a different firewall/packet filter to symantec - I highly recoomand outpost pro from agnitium.

I'd also recommedn Kaspersky Anvitrus over nod32 as it is far more likleyto catch and clean more viruses than nod32 ever will while consuming less resources and performing its job much faster - still keep real-time scan disabled.

ALl in all these tips should give you back your screaming bullet of a PC :D
 

leedogg

Gojyone kawaiiiiiiii!
#6
LordOfLA said:
Okay if you kill and stop everytinth I' listed there you should have a nice, fast, responsive system without a ton of crap starting up ni the background; and you have a LOt of crap loading up in the background.

You have several applications duplicting the same task competing for resources and probably conflicting with each other. You have some of the norton utilities so I assume you have the rest, these are notoriously unstable and buggy and should be removed as soon as possible.

Multiple defragmentation services running may all be trying to defragment the disk at the same time which will serioulsy slow everything down.

In general your system is in great need of a thorough spring clean. No offence intended but it doesnt look very well maintained from that list. I would suggest that you would possibly do better to format, reinstall xp and ONLY install applications you NEED. Avoiding things like Norton utlities, messenger plus, logitech drivers, etc that are just frivilous fluff known to cause issues.

You may want to consider a different firewall/packet filter to symantec - I highly recoomand outpost pro from agnitium.

I'd also recommedn Kaspersky Anvitrus over nod32 as it is far more likleyto catch and clean more viruses than nod32 ever will while consuming less resources and performing its job much faster - still keep real-time scan disabled.

ALl in all these tips should give you back your screaming bullet of a PC :D
*gasp* you want me to kill *everything?* :eek: I will be nekid! teh spywares and virii will get me and make me incredibly slow...errr...hmm...ok on second thought maybe I'll kill a few things ;)

I havent reformated since service pack 1. In fact I upgraded mobos with a windows repair...and my above startup items arent that bad...I use netrun which loads up another ten or so things when online...maybe then its bad.. ;)

maybe its time...although I think I'll just buy another drive and start fresh on that...
 

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