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Standard User LucBorg
(experienced) Thu 11-Feb-10 20:58:46
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Hi all,

This is a problem that's been annoying me a lot recently.

I start my PC (Vista), and when I load up my browser (ie, firefox, chrome) the homepage will just not load. Sometimes it might, but often I have to press refresh to get it to appear.

The same thing happens with loading webpages. The progress bar will come to about 1/3 green and the little circle at the top of the tab will just keep spinning, but the page is just blank.

If I hit f5 or ctrl-f5 then it may appear but it will take a few tries before this happens.

I didn't notice it when I first got the PC (1 year old) but over the last few months it's become really really irritating.

I have tried disabling ipv6 (which really helped things, but everything went back to being slow after the next restart). I have also tried disabling the firewall, and have even tried changing my antivirus - which also seemed to help for a bit but its back to normal again. Turning off the antivirus also has no effect. I have also fiddled with MTU settings but all to no avail

I'm on a home network, and all the other PC's are with XP with no problem like this whatsoever! It's as if I've gone back to 56k or 33k - in fact I didn't have this problem even then with win95!!!

Gaming works fine, streaming video/music also fine, as well as downloads e.g. ubuntu - the ubuntu pc also works great.

What is going on here? It is really annoying!

Thanks in advance for any help, which would be very very much appreciated!

Sincerely,

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Standard User zhugeliang
(newbie) Fri 12-Feb-10 00:16:43
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do you still have the same issue by connecting this computer directly through your modem and bypassing your home network?
Standard User Deadbeat
(knowledge is power) Fri 12-Feb-10 01:58:35
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Pipex seem to be having a lot of problems lately and I wonder if this is related. Try a change of DNS maybe as a test?

Edited by Deadbeat (Fri 12-Feb-10 02:01:36)


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(Unregistered)Fri 12-Feb-10 03:08:23
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Does the problem affect both browsers equally? If not...

It *might* just be an issue with plugins - I know how to disable these in Internet Explorer but not in the browsers you mention. It might be worth disabling them all (things like the Skype plug in that underlines phone numbers, MS Money sidebar and so forth) and seeing if one of those is responsible.

Otherwise, echo the comments about DNS.
Standard User Deadbeat
(knowledge is power) Fri 12-Feb-10 10:33:39
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This is a problem that many Tiscali customers (Which you are) who have been transferred to the TalkTalk network (Which you may have been) are suffering. As far as I know, there is no widely available official resolution.
Standard User LucBorg
(experienced) Fri 12-Feb-10 10:43:04
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Hi all thanks for the ideas.

One thing I could try is updating the router firmware but I don't know if everything will get messed up if I do that.

I'm actually on O2 rather than piscalex, in any case it seems specific to this vista pc. I have tried other routers but the same thing happens.

Even my android phone connects to the network and browses without this issue!

I read somewhere once that the netgear firmware needs to be updated for connecting a vista pc, maybe I should do that?

Is there a way to backup the firmware of your router so that if something goes wrong I can reset it back to how it is?

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Standard User Spasch
(experienced) Fri 12-Feb-10 10:45:35
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In reply to a post by LucBorg:
I read somewhere once that the netgear firmware needs to be updated for connecting a vista pc, maybe I should do that?

Is there a way to backup the firmware of your router so that if something goes wrong I can reset it back to how it is?
There is an option on the Netgear to backup the current firmware.. IIRC, it's on the same page as the firmware update utility..
Standard User Deadbeat
(knowledge is power) Fri 12-Feb-10 13:11:02
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In reply to a post by LucBorg:
.... I'm actually on O2 rather than piscalex....


Sig update time perhaps? wink

Before flashing firmware etc, if you want to post an HJT logfile, I'll have a look at it for you. It may throw up some clues.
Standard User zhugeliang
(newbie) Fri 12-Feb-10 15:16:53
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Have you tried deleting your arp cache on this PC?

open up a command prompt with admin privileges and type the following

netsh interface ip delete arpcache
Standard User LucBorg
(experienced) Sat 13-Feb-10 01:08:44
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Errm what is arp cache?

Sounds a bit scary to delete it. crazy

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Standard User zhugeliang
(newbie) Sat 13-Feb-10 04:17:36
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The ARP cache is a table which stores mappings between Data Link Layer addresses and Network Layer addresses.

The Data Link Layer addresses are usually MAC addresses and the Network Layer addresses are most frequently IP addresses.




I assume you have already cleaned out your cookies and temp files?
Standard User LucBorg
(experienced) Sat 13-Feb-10 13:58:27
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Hi,

Yes I've cleared out all the cookies and stuff. No help.

I have done the arpcache clearing and restarted PC, but its still the same.

Maybe I should get windows 7? Or will it be the same anyway?!

Thanks for the info.

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Standard User LucBorg
(experienced) Sat 13-Feb-10 13:59:06
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Hey thanks for the offer, I will do a HJT and post it up in a bit.

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(Unregistered)Sat 13-Feb-10 14:13:33
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I should get windows 7
Standard User LucBorg
(experienced) Sat 13-Feb-10 15:57:44
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Thanks Spasch.

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Standard User LucBorg
(experienced) Sun 14-Feb-10 12:35:49
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Just as some further information, website loading seems faster when I turn first turn the PC on and seems to be slower a few hours later.

A worse version of this happened when I installed HTC Sync software, where websites just would not load at all because the software was taking up resources or something. A lot of people had complained about it on the net and said it was soemthing to do with the HTC stuff. That was resolved when I uninstalled it.

Might there be some program running which is slowing things down?

Another point is that when I first noticed it on IE, I started to use Firefox and the problem wasnt there. Then, as I used firefox more, it started happening on it too. Same with Google Chrome.

This is very annoying!!

Any suggestions??

Thanks for all the help so far!


HJT log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 12:36:20, on 14/02/2010
Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18882)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe
C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exe
C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Windows\RtHDVCpl.exe
C:\Windows\System32\ico.exe
C:\Windows\System32\nvraidservice.exe
C:\Windows\System32\Pmxmiced.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell Support Center\bin\sprtcmd.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast5\AvastUI.exe
C:\Windows\system32\wbem\unsecapp.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
C:\Games\Steam\Steam.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
C:\Windows\ehome\ehtray.exe
C:\Windows\ehome\ehmsas.exe
C:\Internet\Sunbelt Software\Personal Firewall\SbPFCl.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exe
C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe
C:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\BTTray.exe
C:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\BtStackServer.exe
C:\Program Files\Skype\Plugin Manager\skypePM.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Virtualization Handler\CVH.EXE
Q:\140062.enu\OFFICE14\WINWORD.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\virtualization handler\OfficeVirt.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Windows\system32\SearchProtocolHost.exe
C:\Windows\system32\SearchFilterHost.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://www.google.co.uk/ig/dell?hl=en&client=dell-us...
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.asahi.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
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch =
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Window Title = Internet Explorer provided by Dell
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = *.local
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName =
R3 - URLSearchHook: (no name) - CFBFAE00-17A6-11D0-99CB-00C04FD64497} - (no file)
O1 - Hosts: ::1 localhost
O2 - BHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: Skype add-on (mastermind) - {22BF413B-C6D2-4d91-82A9-A0F997BA588C} - C:\Program Files\Skype\Toolbars\Internet Explorer\SkypeIEPlugin.dll
O2 - BHO: RealPlayer Download and Record Plugin for Internet Explorer - {3049C3E9-B461-4BC5-8870-4C09146192CA} - c:\music\realplayer\rpbrowserrecordplugin.dll
O2 - BHO: Windows Live Sign-in Helper - {9030D464-4C02-4ABF-8ECC-5164760863C6} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live\WindowsLiveLogin.dll
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - C:\Program Files\Google\Google Toolbar\GoogleToolbar_32.dll
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Notifier BHO - {AF69DE43-7D58-4638-B6FA-CE66B5AD205D} - C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\5.5.4723.1820\swg.dll
O2 - BHO: Browser Address Error Redirector - {CA6319C0-31B7-401E-A518-A07C3DB8F777} - C:\Program Files\Dell\BAE\BAE.dll
O2 - BHO: Java(tm) Plug-In 2 SSV Helper - {DBC80044-A445-435b-BC74-9C25C1C588A9} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jp2ssv.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Google Toolbar - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - C:\Program Files\Google\Google Toolbar\GoogleToolbar_32.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Windows Defender] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe -hide
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ECenter] C:\Dell\E-Center\EULALauncher.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [RtHDVCpl] RtHDVCpl.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Bluetooth HCI Monitor] RunDll32 HCIMNTR.DLL,RunCheckHCIMode
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PMX Daemon] ICO.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NVRaidService] C:\Windows\system32\nvraidservice.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Google Desktop Search] "C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exe" /startup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [dscactivate] "C:\Program Files\Dell Support Center\gs_agent\custom\dsca.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [DellSupportCenter] "C:\Program Files\Dell Support Center\bin\sprtcmd.exe" /P DellSupportCenter
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AppleSyncNotifier] C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleSyncNotifier.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\QTTask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Ad-Watch] C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWTray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] "C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [googletalk] C:\Program Files\Google\Google Talk\googletalk.exe /autostart
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe" -osboot
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Adobe Reader Speed Launcher] "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\Reader_sl.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Adobe ARM] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\AdobeARM.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [avast5] C:\PROGRA~1\ALWILS~1\Avast5\avastUI.exe /nogui
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [NVIDIA nTune] "C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\nTune\nTuneCmd.exe" resetprofile
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [swg] "C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Steam] "c:\games\steam\steam.exe" -silent
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [DellSupportCenter] "C:\Program Files\Dell Support Center\bin\sprtcmd.exe" /P DellSupportCenter
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MsnMsgr] "C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ehTray.exe] C:\Windows\ehome\ehTray.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Skype] "C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe" /nosplash /minimized
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Google Update] "C:\Users\Vinod\AppData\Local\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe" /c
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [WMPNSCFG] C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\WMPNSCFG.exe
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\Sidebar.exe /detectMem (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\Run: [WindowsWelcomeCenter] rundll32.exe oobefldr.dll,ShowWelcomeCenter (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-20\..\Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\Sidebar.exe /detectMem (User 'NETWORK SERVICE')
O4 - Global Startup: Bluetooth.lnk = ?
O8 - Extra context menu item: Google Sidewiki... - res://C:\Program Files\Google\Google Toolbar\Component\GoogleToolbarDynamic_mui_en_60D6097707281E79.dll/cmsidewiki.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: Send image to &Bluetooth Device... - C:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\btsendto_ie_ctx.htm
O8 - Extra context menu item: Send page to &Bluetooth Device... - C:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\btsendto_ie.htm
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {5067A26B-1337-4436-8AFE-EE169C2DA79F} - C:\Program Files\Skype\Toolbars\Internet Explorer\SkypeIEPlugin.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Skype add-on for Internet Explorer - {5067A26B-1337-4436-8AFE-EE169C2DA79F} - C:\Program Files\Skype\Toolbars\Internet Explorer\SkypeIEPlugin.dll
O9 - Extra button: Skype - {77BF5300-1474-4EC7-9980-D32B190E9B07} - C:\Program Files\Skype\Toolbars\Internet Explorer\SkypeIEPlugin.dll
O9 - Extra button: @btrez.dll,-4015 - {CCA281CA-C863-46ef-9331-5C8D4460577F} - C:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\btsendto_ie.htm
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @btrez.dll,-12650 - {CCA281CA-C863-46ef-9331-5C8D4460577F} - C:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\btsendto_ie.htm
O13 - Gopher Prefix:
O16 - DPF: {0CCA191D-13A6-4E29-B746-314DEE697D83} (Facebook Photo Uploader 5 Control) - http://upload.facebook.com/controls/2008.10.10_v5.5....
O16 - DPF: {AC414988-E5BB-4C2C-873B-EA53D2F3D23A} (CCTVUpdateInstall) - http://t.live.cctv.com/ieocx/CCTVUpdateInstall.dll
O18 - Protocol: skype4com - {FFC8B962-9B40-4DFF-9458-1830C7DD7F5D} - C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\Skype\SKYPE4~1.DLL
O20 - AppInit_DLLs: AVGRSSTX.DLL C:\PROGRA~1\GOOGLE\GOOGLE~2\GOEC62~1.DLL
O23 - Service: avast! Antivirus - ALWIL Software - C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast5\AvastSvc.exe
O23 - Service: avast! Mail Scanner - ALWIL Software - C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast5\AvastSvc.exe
O23 - Service: avast! Web Scanner - ALWIL Software - C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast5\AvastSvc.exe
O23 - Service: Bluetooth Service (btwdins) - Broadcom Corporation. - C:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\bin\btwdins.exe
O23 - Service: Google Desktop Manager 5.9.911.3589 (GoogleDesktopManager-110309-193829) - Google - C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exe
O23 - Service: Google Software Updater (gusvc) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Google\Common\Google Updater\GoogleUpdaterService.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: Process Monitor (LVPrcSrv) - Logitech Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\LogiShrd\LVMVFM\LVPrcSrv.exe
O23 - Service: Performance Service (nTuneService) - NVIDIA - C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\nTune\nTuneService.exe
O23 - Service: NVIDIA Display Driver Service (nvsvc) - NVIDIA Corporation - C:\Windows\system32\nvvsvc.exe
O23 - Service: PnkBstrA - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\PnkBstrA.exe
O23 - Service: PnkBstrB - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\PnkBstrB.exe
O23 - Service: SbPF.Launcher - Sunbelt Software, Inc. - C:\Internet\Sunbelt Software\Personal Firewall\SbPFLnch.exe
O23 - Service: SBSD Security Center Service (SBSDWSCService) - Safer Networking Ltd. - C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SDWinSec.exe
O23 - Service: Sunbelt Personal Firewall 4 (SPF4) - Sunbelt Software, Inc. - C:\Internet\Sunbelt Software\Personal Firewall\SbPFSvc.exe
O23 - Service: SupportSoft Sprocket Service (dellsupportcenter) (sprtsvc_dellsupportcenter) - SupportSoft, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Dell Support Center\bin\sprtsvc.exe
O23 - Service: Steam Client Service - Valve Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Steam\SteamService.exe
O23 - Service: NVIDIA Stereoscopic 3D Driver Service (Stereo Service) - NVIDIA Corporation - C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\3D Vision\nvSCPAPISvr.exe
O23 - Service: stllssvr - MicroVision Development, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\SureThing Shared\stllssvr.exe
O23 - Service: VNC Server Version 4 (WinVNC4) - RealVNC Ltd. - C:\Program Files\RealVNC\VNC4\WinVNC4.exe

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Edited by LucBorg (Sun 14-Feb-10 12:40:07)

Standard User NPR
(experienced) Sun 14-Feb-10 16:56:43
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Is it a wireless connection to the router?
If so check you've got a good signal, try a wired connection.
Have you got sufficient ram, not sure what is sufficient for Vista. I've got 2GB in my vista machine with no speed problems.

Other thing's you may wish to check:-
Uninstall sunbelt firewall, disabling a software firewall some times just isn't enough to check it's no causing problems.
Uninstall spybots inoculation, also disable tea timer if enabled.
Google toolbar, I've often removed this from friends computers to help speed thing up. It always returns though smile

Nigel

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Standard User blfamily
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Sun 14-Feb-10 17:03:42
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I would run your hijack this log through Bleeping Computer and remove everything that is not required to start. http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial42... for the tutorial

Also look at your start-up files using CCleaner. I did that with my wife's laptop and now hers boots quicker than my XP machine, which is annoying!!!

Steve

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Peak download 15.24MiB/s
Peak upload 905 KiB/s

Edited by blfamily (Sun 14-Feb-10 17:19:38)

Standard User LucBorg
(experienced) Fri 19-Feb-10 20:14:27
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Hi all,

I have just got back from work and thought I would try one of the suggestions: uninstalling Kerio Firewall.

I started up windows in safe mode with networking, and websites were SUPER fast loading with none of the problems I described.

I then got rid of Kerio, and its working great now. Thanks a lot NPR!!!

I have had similar successes in the past on changing virus scanners, so I'm still a bit apprehensive, but it seems to be going well. I will update in a few days with the final verdict.

Now, I just need a new firewall. Any suggestions for a free one that wont block up my system? What's the peer opinion on windows firewall?

Thanks to everyone for all your suggestions, and for the time you took to help me.

Sincerely,

Luc

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Edited by LucBorg (Fri 19-Feb-10 20:15:23)

Standard User NPR
(experienced) Fri 19-Feb-10 20:48:05
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Now, I just need a new firewall. Any suggestions for a free one that wont block up my system? What's the peer opinion on windows firewall?


My vote is vista / windows 7 firewall or nothing if behind a router firewall. Remember the router firewall will protect against inbound threats, you only need to stop any acquired malware from making outbound connections and then only if the AV doesn't catch it.
Unfortunately vista's firewall needs a bit of effort to set up, the site in my sig may help a little with this.

Nigel

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Standard User Pipexer
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Tue 29-Nov-11 00:22:00
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I'm not sure how I missed this thread, even though it is over a year old I think it is worth a reply and especially seeing it is about one of my favourite windows programs smile

After Kerio Personal Firewall 4.1.3, starting 4.2.0, additional features were added, one of them the HIPS components, but others, to do with the web filtering components. Sometime around v.4.3.x, a particular component became unstable on certain machines causing webpages to hang and other fun stuff due to it altering HTTP packets.

I worked with Sunbelt support on this issue and we managed to trace the component down in the firewall that was causing the issue, luckily, while the component cannot be disabled through the GUI and is enabled by default (even if web filtering is totally disabled in the GUI), a registry option was there in the product to disable it. Change the value to 0 and the issues went away!

Overall I do think KPF is still the best firewall you can put on a Windows system, it's so lightweight and customizable smile

But this is also why I recommend 4.1.3, because the only real benefit of 4.2.0 was HIPS, and you had to pay for that, so by choosing 4.1.3 you remove the potential for problems.

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Edited by Pipexer (Tue 29-Nov-11 00:24:40)

Standard User Deadbeat
(knowledge is power) Tue 29-Nov-11 19:12:56
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,,,,,HJT log....

A little late perhaps wink but youir boot time and performance could be improved, perhaps greatly.
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