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Hi, This is Wayne. This is my site, my stuff, my blog, blahblahblah. The site itself is powered by WordPress and the Scary Little theme. I thought it was cool, and I still do.

I’ve been dealing with a slower-than-it-should-be laptop for a LONG time.  I’ve blogged about it before, a couple things that just annoy me about the performance of my system.  I thought it was related to Google Desktop Search and/or Windows Desktop Search, because when either (or both) of those are installed, the performance just goes way down the tubes.

Symptoms include: email being slow, web browsers being slow, resuming from standby is slow.  (insert any activity) is slow.  About the only thing that ISN’T slow is trillian (instant messaging and chat), and even it is interrupted sometimes because the mouse stops moving and everything halts for a few seconds, and then goes back to normal.

But even with the desktop tools NOT installed, the laptop just does not perform like a dual-core at 1.83Ghz.   It’s performing more like a dueling whore at one point, ate on a tree with Gilligan hurting. (ouch, that one hurt even me)

I’m beginning to think it’s possessed:

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So I was chatting about it with a co-worker, going through all the common things you should, and even after most of that, things were still slow.  Then he suggested to look at disk activity, and that’s when I finally noticed that the hard drive light was near constant, even though the CPU wasn’t bogged down.

I’ll list out all the steps we did, in approximate order, so if you’re looking for some tips, you might find some in this list.

The culprit in my case was a botched auto-upgrade of ISS RealSecure Desktop Sensor (aka BlackIce) and two programs, blackd.exe and vpatch.exe were hitting the disk hundreds of times per second.  Once I manually uninstalled that app (it didn’t show up in Add/Remove Programs any more) with agentremove.exe, everything was awesome.  I am so completely happy with the performance of my system now, and I even still have windows desktop search installed and everything’s indexed.

So look below at the extended entry for the details – the computer you save… might be your own!

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