Slow loading personal settings

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Posted on 3rd February 2009 by Mike in Atlanta Computer Repair

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If your computer hangs at loading personal settings check the following:

1. Shortcuts to network drives / mappings that are not available.
Some times windows will try to connect to the network drive when you start up, and/or when you are browsing to a file using an open/run dialog box. If the share / network path isn’t available windows may wait for it to time out before it allows you to browse the network or log on.

2. Old printers that are no longer connected or used.
This may be a hunch but I’ve seen computers slow down drastically while looking for 30 printers that were never un-installed or installed with errors.

3. Malware, Viruses, Etc.
The last computer I ran into that was “slow starting up” was a combo of things. It had all of the above, plus vongo a malware that disguises itself as smiley faces for your emails, etc… Removing the shortcuts to network drives made it load personal settings much faster, but then windows took a long time to load startup programs. I had to use ezpcfix to find the registry entries for shortcuts to vongo.lnk (links) and remove them. After that, loading personal settings and startup programs was as fast as expected to be.

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