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Post by dararebreed on 30th December 2009, 1:40 am

First, real simple one: during windows start up, I have 30 seconds to choose between windows & window professional. I use windows professional. How can I get it to just skip that step & start normally with Windows professional?

Besides that, I just want to know if you notice anything that I can do to get better performance from my pc.

Here's my hijackthis log

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 8:15:58 PM, on 12/29/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
E:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
E:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
E:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
E:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
E:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
E:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
E:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
E:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
E:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\PIF\{B8E1DD85-8582-4c61-B58F-2F227FCA9A08}\PIFSvc.exe
E:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
E:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
E:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
E:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
E:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe
E:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
E:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
E:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
E:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
E:\Program Files\Canon\IJPLM\IJPLMSVC.EXE
E:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
E:\Program Files\Common Files\Nero\Nero BackItUp 4\NBService.exe
E:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\IWP\NPFMntor.exe
E:\Program Files\Sunbelt Software\Personal Firewall\SbPFLnch.exe
E:\Program Files\Sunbelt Software\Personal Firewall\SbPFSvc.exe
E:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
E:\Program Files\Sunbelt Software\Personal Firewall\SbPFCl.exe
E:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Security Console\NSCSRVCE.EXE
E:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
E:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
E:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = More: http://infoworld.com/
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = *.local
F2 - REG:system.ini: UserInit=e:\windows\system32\userinit.exe
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHelperStub - {18DF081C-E8AD-4283-A596-FA578C2EBDC3} - E:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelperShim.dll
O2 - BHO: NAV Helper - {A8F38D8D-E480-4D52-B7A2-731BB6995FDD} - E:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Norton AntiVirus - {C4069E3A-68F1-403E-B40E-20066696354B} - E:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [IgfxTray] E:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxtray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HotKeysCmds] E:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [RTHDCPL] RTHDCPL.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SkyTel] SkyTel.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Alcmtr] ALCMTR.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "E:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [dvd43] E:\Program Files\dvd43\dvd43_tray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PAC207_Monitor] E:\WINDOWS\PixArt\PAC207\Monitor.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Monitor] E:\WINDOWS\PixArt\PAC207\Monitor.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] E:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-18\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "E:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background (User 'SYSTEM')
O4 - HKUS\.DEFAULT\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "E:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background (User 'Default user')
O8 - Extra context menu item: &Search - ?p=GRfox000
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://E:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\OFFICE11\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - E:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\OFFICE11\REFIEBAR.DLL
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - E:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @xpsp3res.dll,-20001 - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - E:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - E:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - E:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O16 - DPF: {02BF25D5-8C17-4B23-BC80-D3488ABDDC6B} - http://appldnld.apple.com.edgesuite.net/content.info.apple.com/QuickTime/qtactivex/qtplugin.cab
O23 - Service: Automatic LiveUpdate Scheduler - Symantec Corporation - E:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
O23 - Service: Bonjour Service - Apple Inc. - E:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Event Manager (ccEvtMgr) - Symantec Corporation - E:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Settings Manager (ccSetMgr) - Symantec Corporation - E:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
O23 - Service: InstallDriver Table Manager (IDriverT) - Macrovision Corporation - E:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\1150\Intel 32\IDriverT.exe
O23 - Service: Inkjet Printer/Scanner Extended Survey Program (IJPLMSVC) - Unknown owner - E:\Program Files\Canon\IJPLM\IJPLMSVC.EXE
O23 - Service: LiveUpdate - Symantec Corporation - E:\PROGRA~1\Symantec\LIVEUP~1\LUCOMS~1.EXE
O23 - Service: LiveUpdate Notice Service - Symantec Corporation - E:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\PIF\{B8E1DD85-8582-4c61-B58F-2F227FCA9A08}\PIFSvc.exe
O23 - Service: Norton AntiVirus Auto-Protect Service (navapsvc) - Symantec Corporation - E:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
O23 - Service: Nero BackItUp Scheduler 4.0 - Nero AG - E:\Program Files\Common Files\Nero\Nero BackItUp 4\NBService.exe
O23 - Service: Norton AntiVirus Firewall Monitor Service (NPFMntor) - Symantec Corporation - E:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\IWP\NPFMntor.exe
O23 - Service: nProtect GameGuard Service (npggsvc) - Unknown owner - E:\WINDOWS\system32\GameMon.des.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: Norton Protection Center Service (NSCService) - Symantec Corporation - E:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Security Console\NSCSRVCE.EXE
O23 - Service: Symantec AVScan (SAVScan) - Symantec Corporation - E:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\SAVScan.exe
O23 - Service: SbPF.Launcher - Sunbelt Software, Inc. - E:\Program Files\Sunbelt Software\Personal Firewall\SbPFLnch.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Network Drivers Service (SNDSrvc) - Symantec Corporation - E:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
O23 - Service: SPBBCSvc - Symantec Corporation - E:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
O23 - Service: Sunbelt Personal Firewall 4 (SPF4) - Sunbelt Software, Inc. - E:\Program Files\Sunbelt Software\Personal Firewall\SbPFSvc.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Core LC - Symantec Corporation - E:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe

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End of file - 7032 bytes

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Re: Can my pc perform better?

Post by Doctor Inferno on 30th December 2009, 4:43 am


  • Open HijackThis
  • Choose "Do a system scan only"
  • Check the boxes in front of these lines:


    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [IgfxTray] E:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxtray.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HotKeysCmds] E:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [RTHDCPL] RTHDCPL.EXE
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SkyTel] SkyTel.EXE
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Alcmtr] ALCMTR.EXE
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "E:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [dvd43] E:\Program Files\dvd43\dvd43_tray.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PAC207_Monitor] E:\WINDOWS\PixArt\PAC207\Monitor.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Monitor] E:\WINDOWS\PixArt\PAC207\Monitor.exe
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] E:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
    O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-18\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "E:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background (User 'SYSTEM')
    O4 - HKUS\.DEFAULT\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "E:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background (User 'Default user')


  • Press "Fix Checked"
  • Close Hijack This.





During the normal operation of your computer, Windows and your other program create an awful lot of temporary files. Though it's called temporary, they don't usually get removed, so they build up.

CCleaner is a great and free utility I use to delete temporary files automatically. It's able to free up disk space and speed up your computer. Read this topic on how to install and run CCleaner.




Having a lot of programs installed on your computer can slow it down. Do you really use them all? If you don't, uninstall the ones which you do not need.

If you are using Windows XP:

  • Click Start >> Control Panel >> Add or Remove Programs
  • Select the program you want to remove to highlight it.
  • Click the Change/Remove button and follow the instructions given on screen.
  • Repeat these steps for all programmes you wish to remove.


If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7:

  • Click Start >> Type in uninstall a program
  • Select the program you want to remove to highlight it.
  • Click the Uninstall/Change button and follow the instructions given on screen.
  • Repeat these steps for all programmes you wish to remove.





Every time you write a file to your hard drive, the drive controller has to find space on it. During this process, it break the files into fragments so that it can use the available disk space efficiently. However over time files can become very fragmented because of this, and your drive controller has to work harder to find all the fragments and combine them so that a program can use it. This slows things down, depending on the amount of fragmentation of your files, it can slow things down a lot.

So it's a good idea to defragment your hard drive. This will rearrange the fragments on your drive so they form contiguous entities which are much easier for your drive controller to deal with. Note that this is a time consuming operation, usually taking several hours if you're doing it for the first time. You can stop defragmenting any time and start again. It will continue defragmenting from where it stopped.


If you are using Windows XP:

  • Click Start >> All Programs >> Accessories >> System Tools >> Disk Defragmenter >> click the Defragment button.

If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7:

  • Click Start >> Type in Disk Defragmenter >> click the Defragment Now button >> Select drives to defragment >> Click OK to start.



Let me know how it goes.


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Re: Can my pc perform better?

Post by Nazzgull on 30th December 2009, 10:39 am

First, real simple one: during windows start up, I have 30 seconds to
choose between windows & window professional. I use windows
professional. How can I get it to just skip that step & start
normally with Windows professional?

Do you have two Windows installed on your machine ?



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Re: Can my pc perform better?

Post by Doctor Inferno on 30th December 2009, 3:07 pm

If you have two Windows installed you can do this:

Start >> Run >> msconfig >> Boot tab >> Timeout >> 0.


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