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My laptop is very slow - smsls. exe is using most of the CPU - what's up?

Sounds like a variation of the Agobot worm. The Trend Micro site has a description and removal instructions.

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sary sharara
August 27, 2004 7:26 PM

well, it's hard to describe what my laptop is going thru, i mean, i was hacked once (actuallymany times) and am sure the hacker left some bugs on my pc, and am sure they are causing my laptop to perform slow..i mean even the start menu takes like 2 to 3 seconds to appear...i dont know how to technically descrive the performance but it's been months and am trying to sort it out...
please advise, with my best regards
sary

Leo
August 27, 2004 7:31 PM

I assume you've done all the appropriate anti-spyware and anti-virus things.

Given how long it's been, in your shoes I'd probably copy off the data I want to keep, wipe the machine and reinstall the OS & applications. Once you've been hacked you never know what's left even after you recover.

Matt
August 3, 2006 8:11 AM

Hi I got problem with my laptop. Evry single time I turn it on, the startup works perfect , but after 5 to 10 minutes my laptop is slowing down. Then Im not able to do anything. Its freezes and stops, evry application that I run is not responding. I reinstalled win xp and I have same problem. PLEASE HELP, because I will fall into a deep depresion with my laptop.

Leo A. Notenboom
August 3, 2006 8:49 AM

Sounds like a virus or spyware. Make sure to perform up to date scans for both.

Eddie
June 15, 2007 5:29 AM

my laptop is slow and i was playing a game and it just switahed off? batt fine did ctrl alt del and proccesses cpu usage is at 60-70% at start up!! maybe it over heated as i was on the couch wit it? but still slow is it from installing avg anti virus software or is there anything i can do, windows rinse?

Marion
August 20, 2007 11:35 AM

Hi! My laptop is very slow, but for example, only when im trying to download videos fron you tube it take more then 10 min when i can see the compleate video and also with photographs, my computer is protected and i got a good conexion i appreciate your help!, what can be due to?

JALDIP SHAH
November 28, 2007 11:13 AM

PLEASE GIVE ME INSTRUCTION ABOUT LAPTOP QUERY.
WHEN EVER I USE MY LAPTOP I FEEL THAT WHY I CAN NOT OPERATE MY LAPTOP THAN OTHER LAPTOP. HAVING TOSHIBA LAPTOP EARLIER EDITION. PLEASE GIVE ME A PROPER INFO.

NEED URGENTLY THIS. OR SHOULD I FORMAT IT OR WHAT EXACTLY?

OR ANY ELSE?

ihna marie
February 19, 2008 4:40 AM

my laptop is ver very slow....and always not responding...it' taking me at least 5 minutes to open the internet explorer...and it's always hanging,i'm closing and opening internet browsers many time and each window i open hangs, sometimes it does not, when i'm going to stay here for a long time to recover....
PLEASE HELP ME...i don't know what to do...., soooo PPLLLLEEEEAAAAAASSSSSSEEEEE.....^_^

Keron
January 26, 2010 6:25 PM

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my laptop is ver very slow....and always not responding...it' taking me at least 5 minutes to open the internet explorer...and it's always hanging,i'm closing and opening internet browsers many time and each window i open hangs, sometimes it does not, when i'm going to stay here for a long time to recover....
PLEASE HELP ME...i don't know what to do...., soooo PPLLLLEEEEAAAAAASSSSSSEEEEE.....^_^


Hello ihna marie:

Slow run and slow boot up are common problems for Windows user. The causes are often very complicated. It's not all related with hardware, registry, viruses or spyware!

"No matter how fast or shiny computers might be when they're new, they all seem to get slower over time." Microsoft claimed that on their technical forum(Windows 7 forum).

For example, Windows built-in a lot of services and startup item start with system. Think about that, how could your computer boot faster while more than 50 service start with system Windows. So if you want a faster computer, you need to disable some of them first.

I saw an article on google search engine before. It descriped how to make your windows faster easily. You can get some tips from it. Hope help you!
-------> How to Speed Up Computer

If you still don't know how to disable services safety, Click here to Fix Windows SLow by professional tools now.

Any problems? Welcome to discuss with me! Enjoy it !

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Keron Chew
------- A Computer Technication.


biresh
June 19, 2011 9:04 PM

hello sir...
i am using hp laptop.....my problem is that when i connect to internet my cpu usage becomes 52-55 and my lappy fully hangs...only thing i can do is irregular shutdown by holding the start button...sir plz tell me what to do about this type of unique problem..
thnxx....

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