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winlogon.exe high CPU Utilization

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I have a computer running win 2k sp4 with 256 RAM 700 MHZ PIII. Everytime you start the machine runs fine ofr a few minute and then slows down, winlogon.exe uses 99% of the CPU. I had CA Anti-virus software which was uninstalled and did not solve the issue also read about 3dmax maybe an issue - not installed on this sytem - ran Symantecs removel for the netsky and the also look at the Kb article about the klez virus - also not change.

Any one have any Ideas?

Thanks

Josh
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by:JamesDS
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JoshEhrenreich
go to \%systemroot%\security\logs\winlogon.log and look at the entries since the last reboot. post anything that looks nasty here

Cheers

JamesDS
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by:JConchie
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Is the machine loading a really big user profile.......several hundred megs in "My Documents"?
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by:JoshEhrenreich
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Nothing nasty in the log everytuing looks ok. - no big user profile either. But here are weird one -I was trieng to get the logs out of the machine and windows said that it was going to change the virtual memory setting OK - I let it and it cut the page files from about 3 GIG to 192 -384 meg. I have a 1024- 1048 file on drive c, a 500 meg file on drive e and a 2 GIG file on drive f. I there such a thing as too much virtual memory?
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by:JConchie
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Strange that it would go back to the defaults (usually 1.5 x pyhsical ram) on it's own...never seen that before....Usually having a large paging file is a good thing.............it shouldn't affect startup though.......nothing there bigger than your ram that would need to be paged.........

But this does give me a clue.....many things with no obvious cause often turn out to be bad RAM.  Try replacing yours with known good......or, if you have more than one stick, take all but one out and restart......if that one is good, replace it with one of the others and try again........I am beginning to suspect that you will find a bad stick.......the virtual memory thing may have some other cause, but this is a good thing to check.
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by:wtrmk74
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Install
HijackThis
http://www.spychecker.com/program/hijackthis.html
and post the log for review

thanks
wtrmk74
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by:wtrmk74
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Hows it going
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by:wtrmk74
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josh

you have not responded since 4/15/04 ?
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by:JoshEhrenreich
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Sorry. . .Other Project become priority. I wqas reading something about CA e trtust antivirus causing winlongin to bug out. Anyone out there have any experience with this? Need to research that futher. Thanks again for all your help.

Josh
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by:JConchie
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Josh,
Please post the resolution you found for this question and award points and close it.
........Or, if you found your own solution unrelated to the advice here, you can go to community support and request a refund of your points.  But in either case, let us know what the solution was
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After installing the CA patch the problem seems to have gone away. I don't know.
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