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Posted on 2006-07-07
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I am currently having problems with my page file.  When my computer starts and I look at task manager PF Usage is around 200-300MB when my programs finish starting its over 2GB!  I have found that if I exit 2 of the running programs the page file will go back down to 300+MB.  The two programs I have been troubleshooting with are Google's Desktop Sidebar and Feedreader 3.05.  Not Huge programs.  Googles sidebar will eat about 1.5GB of page file when started.  I do not have this problem with the same apps on other computers.  Also if I look at the running processes in task manager it does not display these programs using any more than 60MB of memory.

Troubleshooting steps I have taken:  Attempted to clear the page file by setting the system to no pagefile and rebooting.  Supposed to delete pagefile.sys at this point but could not find it.  I did have explorer set to show hidden files and protected OS files.  Set the page file back up again for 1.5 times the amount or RAM.  
Ran spyware checks
Re-installed XP SP2
Deleted loads of data off the HD, Defraged
Re-installed chipset drivers
Removed and re-installed IDE Drivers

System Info:
Dell Latitude D810  1GB Memory
Pagefile set on C: Drive       Custom Size:  1536-3000MB
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System Info:
Dell Latitude D810  1GB Memory
Pagefile set on C: Drive       Custom Size:  1536-3000MB seems good.

In the data exception Turn on DEP for essential windows programs and services only.

Run a disc cleanup at start all programs accessories system tools.
Delete the contents of the temp folder and prefetch folder.
Tool for flushing the Prefetch log and controlling the Prefetch Parameters.
http://www.majorgeeks.com/download2495.html
Windows Installer Clean Up Utility
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/MSICLEAN.htm

Check for spyware a big must
download HijackThis 1.99.1,
Just choose your country
http://www.majorgeeks.com/download3155.html

Open Hijackthis, click scan and save a logfile" donot fix" to the desktop or
browse to the hijackthis folder where it installed to and copy out the log file
onto the desktop.
Now open a web page copy this URL http://www.hijackthis.de/ and paste it into the browser  
and go there.
Open the hijackthis logfile on your desktop.
usually quite big, go to edit and copy contents and paste here into the small windows or panel
look directly below the panel or window see the small analyze
once you hit analyze it will analyse it immediately
you will know by the fact the panel is now empty
just scroll down below this now empty panel and you can see your analysed log,
Have a look at your analysed file and see if there is any Nasties.
Right at the bottom of your analysedlog is the option to save it.
Please click on Save and save it.
Copy this address/url and paste it here.

Install adaware update it and run it.
http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_description/0,fid,7423,00.asp
 

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Missed one
delete the index.dat file
Index.dat are files hidden on your computer that contain all of the Web sites that you have ever visited. Every URL, and every Web page is listed there. Not only that but all of the email that has been sent or received through Outlook or Outlook Express is also being logged. The file names and locations depend on what version of Internet Explorer you have.
http://www.acesoft.net/delete_index.dat_files.htm

Use ccleaner to delete the index.dat
Note: CCleaner includes an optional Yahoo toolbar, just dont tick to use it
http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_description/0,fid,24149,RSS,RSS,00.asp
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Thanks for your help Merete.  Here is the results from Hijackthis:  http://www.hijackthis.de/logfiles/85cb21b5b3796948f8e02067000ffc8f.html
Everything looks good, the possible nasty stuff is my Corporate network stuff.



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Hi KsE33,
what ever loads at start can hog a lot of system resources especially if they attempt to connect to the internet.

disable google sidebar from loading with windows.
Feedreader 3.05. disable from running at start
Your version of msn is out of date too lol  it is now version 7.1

NICCONFIGSVC.exe
nicconfigsvc.exe is a process associated with the power management settings for network adapters on Dell systems.

This is the only one I am concerned about:The fact it has a .exe makes it sus.

O16 - DPF: {26700CD9-6157-4B72-B46F-EC93C952F19C} (SWToolSet.Engine) - http://monitor:8888/SWToolset.exe   
Possibly nasty   Unknown ActiveX-Objects, or ActiveX-Objects from unknown sites should always be fixed. If the name of the ActiveX-Object or the URL contains the words 'dialer', 'casino', 'free plugin' etc, it should be fixed!
   Check if you know this site and fix it if you do not.

FYI
This page attempts to be a stand-alone description for general users of the way Virtual Memory operates in Windows XP
Virtual Memory in Windows XP
What are Page Faults?
http://www.aumha.org/win5/a/xpvm.php
http://mywebpages.comcast.net/SupportCD/XPMyths.html
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Well believe it or not, I just thought about restore points today and restored back to a date before I remember having problems and now everything is good.  Thanks for all your help but I am affraid I dont know what caused the problem.
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After restoring to old restore points and Uninstalling IE Beta 7, I found out that for some reason after I uninstall IE7 Beta that was when I would start to have page file problems.  What I get for playing with beta's.
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Hi yes beta is excatly that anyone using them is really testing a product for MS and they want your feedback :)
As far as I know after helping soo many folks using this beta versions, you must uninstall all previous versions of IE.
You are not alone that is for sure, it seems there is lots of issues with these now they have an IE7 beta3
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinXP/Q_21907079.html

FYI
Internet Explorer 7 support
https://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/support/default.mspx
http://www.emailbattles.com/archive/battles/browsers_aaddgijjba_de/

Thank you and best wishes
Merete
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