Very slow boot win98se

Hi,
My Win98SE machine takes about 12mins to boot.  Here is exerpt from bootlog:
16:11:56  429.944 LoadSuccess = C:\WINDOWS\IFSHLP.SYS and
16:20:07 188.444 InitDone = TSRQuery (time estimated)


Why would these durations be so long?

Thanks,
Jeff
jptaschAsked:
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blue_zeeConnect With a Mentor Commented:

Download StartupMechanic from www.startupmechanic.com and clean your startup entries.

After that, download Ad-Aware from here:
http://lavasoft.element5.com/support/download/
Install, UPDATE and run.
You may need to reboot and run again to clean all the nasties that cannot be deleted at once (“in use”).

Also excellent is SpyBot Search & Destroy available here:
http://www.safer-networking.org/index.php?page=download
Install, UPDATE and run.
You may need to reboot and run again to clean all the nasties that cannot be deleted at once (“in use”).

Even if Ad-Aware and SpyBot S&D are similar, they do clean different things. You should have both of them and use REGULARLY.

You can also install “preventive” software that will help you control these nasties:

SpywareBlaster:
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
Avoids malicious Active X installs.
Advantage: no system resources used!!!
Just download, install and UPDATE.

SpywareGuard:
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareguard.html
Monitors for attempts to install malicious software.

All of them extremely useful but you must keep them UPDATED.

Zee


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blue_zeeCommented:

It may also be useful:

Get the free ScanDefrag. It is the most advanced disk maintenance program there is. It runs Disk Cleanup, ScanDisk, and Disk Defragmenter.

It's easy to setup and use, and it can deal with problems like "drive's contents have changed: restarting...".

Get it and read about all the options it has that you can use. It is a small download.

http://home.earthlink.net/~bblanton2/scandefrag/main.htm
http://www.blueorbsoft.com/scandefrag/index.html

First configure Disk Cleanup (tick all options), then ScanDisk (as suggested by ScanDefrag) and at last Disk Drefagmenter.

Click RUN and let the process finish. If the HDD is as messy as it sounds, it may take a while to finish the 3 processes, but be patient, it will pay back.

Zee
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jptaschAuthor Commented:
Thanks Zee,   Worked wonders.   Now about 2minutes to boot.

jpt
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blue_zeeCommented:

You're welcome..

Thanks.

Zee
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