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Old 02-10-04, 01:58 AM
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Ack! Virus?

Yeah, I know, anyone who isn't an idiot should have an anti-virus program....well, call me an idiot. I've always gotten by by being careful where I DL stuff from and not running lots of extra junk on my computer...

I'm thinking I might have one now though.... Machine seems to be slowing down (visual lag when switching windows, etc) and I just got a pop up saying there wasn't enough virtual memory and Windows (XP-Home) was increasing virtual memory allocation. I have 512 MB of RAM.

This was with only Outlook Express, 11 IE windows (nothing elaborate in any of them, and I'm often up to over 20 with no problem) running, plus a few (very few) TSRs - The stupid MS Messenger icon, my dial-up icon, volume control, and Open Office control center.

So, with only that small bit running and the sudden video lag when switching windows + virtual memory allocation change.... sound like a possible virus?

<sigh> Guess one of the anti-virus companies will be getting some money out of me soon.... anyone have a particular favorite?
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Try AVG first. Free, downloadable, and it might just do the trick.
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Or you can try Trend Micro's Housecall. It's an ActiveX control so you can download it and run it from your browser. It's been effective for me in the past.
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1st of all, set your virtual memory to 512MB Max/512MB Min. 2nd, Run > msconfig and look at how many items are checked under the Startup tab. 3rd, R-click taskbar, bring up Task Manager, and see how many processes are running.

From the sound of it, you must be running some program in the background that's draining all the memory resources, so there must be some program you installed recently that's causing this.

Also try scanning your system w/ Ad-Aware and Spybot.

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