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Computer takes a long time to start up

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Help' started by dhwms, Nov 26, 2013.

  1. dhwms

    dhwms Established Techie7 Member

    I have a computer running Windows 7 Ultimate and just recently I started to have a problem with the computer. When the computer is shut down and you restart , it takes about five minutes before the start up procedures are complete. Once the computer is running there are no more problems.
    Any suggestions will be appreciated.
     
  2. Digerati

    Digerati Super Moderator Techie7 Moderator

    Sorry I have not responded earlier. I did not get notice of your new thread and just stumbled on it today.

    Still having problems? Note startup delays are typically the result of a bad driver, missing networked drive/connection, or missing but expected external drive or device. So you might check Device Manager for errors. If you have any "mapped drives" ensure they are still available. Same with any USB or other attached devices.

    Have you scanned for malware? Is W7 fully updated?
     
  3. dhwms

    dhwms Established Techie7 Member

    Digerati at one time I had both Norton Internet Security and Malwarebytes software installed. When I scanned with Malwarebytes software it would not find any malware. I read someplace that if Norton Internet Security was working properly you would not get infected with malware. Believing ever thing that I read on the internet, I removed the Malwarebytes.
    At your recommendation I scanned for malware using Malwarebytes software. The scan found seven malware on my computer, which I removed. My computer start ups are now back to normal.
    Thanks for the help.
     
  4. Digerati

    Digerati Super Moderator Techie7 Moderator

    Probably on symantec.com! ;) In all fairness NIS is a good anti-malware program but no program is perfect. Even the best security can easily be compromised if you open the door and let the badguy in. With computing, that typically means if you (or someone using your computer) participates in risky behavior like filesharing tunes or videos via torrents or P2P sites, or visit illegal gambling or porn sites, or failing to keep the operating system and other apps current.

    My biggest issues with NIS, McAfee and the other "paid" suites is (1) they tend to be bloated resource hogs that consume an unnecessary amount of disk space, RAM and CPU cycles, typically with features the vast majority of users don't need. And (2) they cost too much upfront, then continue to charge you every year or so to renew while not providing any tangible advantage over the totally free security programs like MSE (or the new Windows Defender in Windows 8), AVIRA or Avast.

    Regardless your primary antimalware program, it is a good idea to have a secondary scanner on hand just to periodically check to make sure nothing made it past your primary scanner. And MBAM is an excellent choice for that.

    BTW, it is generally recommended to NOT have two real-time scanners running at the same time. While conflicts (two dogs guarding the same bone) is not a common problem these days, it does tend to waste resources. However, I don't have a problem recommending MBAM Pro, which offers "real-time protection" - the main difference from the free version. It has a cheap initial cost of just $25 (though you often find discounts on Newegg and elsewhere for $15), but more importantly, that is a one-time "lifetime" fee. :) No renewal costs. But also, it plays very well with other real-time scanners - that is, no conflicts and a small resource footprint.

    Anyway, I am glad your problem is resolved and thanks for posting the followup.