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Alright. I have posted a similar thread before when I still had an 500W Ultra PSU, Neo4-f mobo, and an small ultra case.

So I have upgraded to (see my specs below) because I thought that my motherboard has gone bad and my PSU just couldn't handle my stuff at load. So I upgraded and thought that it would fix my slowdowns. Now let me explain slowdowns. I do not get any slowdowns in any games what so ever. It will take my 5 minutes to navigate in the menus to start the game but as soon as the game starts everything is as smooth as it can be. But what could be causing this. Whenever I minimize my Windows it takes my computer about 3 seconds to get to the desktop. Everything will be fixed when I reboot until I finish playing a game. And then it will start to bother me again. I don't know how to explain this any better but navigating and doing anything but playing the actual game is a pain in the butt, unless I reboot. Right now I reboot about 5 times daily because I can't stand waiting for 5 minutes to get my game started. I don't know how to fix this (I reinstalled windows about a month ago, ran fine for about 2 weeks and then it started again). Which component could cause this kind of lag? What could I do to fix this? I scanned for virus's several times and never had anything showing up positive. My next step is going to reformat again but it shouldn't happen monthly you know. If anyone has any suggestions or fixes I would greatly appreciate it.
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This is a new one to me. Have you tried removing RAID and testing?
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Have you checked the Running Processes?
Did you try disabling Restore, reboot in Safe Mode without net support then scan.
I had one PC that a friend never touched since new, eventhough no one worked on it the BIOD write was Enabled and he actuall ended up haveing a BIOS resident virus and over 18,000 files in "hidden folders."
How did I figure it out.
1. Reformat did nothing
2. Removing power, toggle PS, reomove RAM, reformat HDD in a different PC durring the process and clearing the BIOS did nothing.
3. The HDD turned up far under it's defult size (no it's wasent the where did my xG of space go, were talking 12G from an 80G HDD.
4.A full power down after competing the #3 attemps and compleatly restarting the process in #3 with an overnight CMOS clearing finally did it because a 10 second and then an 1 hour clearing attempt also didn't cure it.
    
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I cleared my BIOS yesterday and also flashed back to my old bios. Could that fix a virus like you described above? I ended reformatting last night. Everything is running as smooth as ever. It's just a question for how long.
post #5 of 12
BIOS residnet virus are very rare, but leaving the BIOS as "writeable" offers the vunerability.
BTW, "HiJackthis" will expose any any hidden files, but it only works in Windows
Another menas to try is a Knoppix Live BOOT disk to investigate the HDD.
If the system boots and runs good with Knoppix, you should suspect a windows related issue being the virus/trojans/worms, etc... are hungry for windows, generally there not written for the Penguine
Knoppis should load in a few minutes and allow for checking the HDDs volume and even get your NIC and all periphials working with instant access to the NET via a NIC.
    
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Alright I ran HiJackThis and this is what I got. Everything looks fine as far as I am concerned.

EDIT: How can I lock the BIOS or w.e so it is not "writeable"
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Wow, why so many nvappfilter.dll ...what is an nVidia app filter? I know you must have it but why so many?
    
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Wow, why so many nvappfilter.dll what is an nVidia app filter?
I honestly don't know. maybe cuz I am running nVidia firewall?
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YUCK, I was warned to not use the Nv firewall and never loaded it.
BAD, bad, bad!
BTW, word is the only way to cure it a full OS reload and don't reload the NVidia firewall.
    
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YUCK, I was warned to not use the Nv firewall and never loaded it.
BAD, bad, bad!
BTW, word is the only way to cure it a full OS reload and don't reload the NVidia firewall.
I kinda figured that, it's my first time installing it and yeah its not good. Anyways, I have a router but i wanna be secure. So what Firewall is the best to use if you are a heavy online gamer

I also need a nice Virus Protection program.
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