Computer running very slowly-can anyone help

  Hendrikus 17:49 01 Jun 2007

I have got a laptop that is about 2 years old and I have done all the usual like virus scanning, deleting cookies and temp files but it's running very slowly. Starting up and opening progarmms takes ages.


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:07 01 Jun 2007

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporay files and folders -- use Crap Cleaner click here

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :-
Adaware click here
Spybot S&D click here
Spywareblaster click here
a2 click here
Windows Defender click here

Free Antivirus software
Avast4 click here
AVG antivirus click here

c) Clean the registry -- Free Registry cleaners :-
RegscrubXP click here
Regseeker click here
TweakNow RegCleaner 1.3.2 click here
Easycleaner click here ( Use with care, It advises you to back up the registry first, this is a good idea as it cleans rather aggressively. )

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Rght click MY Computer - select propeties - Advanced tab - Performance - advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a differnt drive (if you have one), click custom size and set Initial size to one and a half times the amount of memory you have fitted i.e. 512MB memory = set to 768MB, set maximum to double your memory amount i.e. 512MB memory = 1024MB click ok.
If your hard drive is full and there is not enough room for the pagefile this can slow down, freeze or even cause the PC to crash (restart).

e) Cut down on the programs that load at startup -- Start - Run type msconfig - startup tab- untick everything except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background. click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:07 01 Jun 2007

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives / IDE Channels:

i) Check the transfer rate, you need to have the transfer mode set to DMA not PIO.
Right click My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager - Expand (click the + ) IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers right click Primary Channel - Advanced Settings Tab -
If transfer Mode is PIO then follow the instructions at click here to change.

ii) Check for errors and defrag your hard drives -- My Computer - select drive - properties - tool tab - Error checking / Defragmentation.

ii) If you are using Windows XP, it's a good idea to convert your system drive to the NTFS file system if you have not already. In addition to providing numerous security and data recovery improvements over FAT32 (the file system of choice for Windows 9x/ME and XP Home) it can also speed up your system slightly.

In fact, the only real reason for sticking with the FAT32 file system for any of your data is if you have more than one operating system on your PC and the other OS's can only see FAT32 partitions (as would be the case with Windows 98, for example, which is incapable of reading NTFS data).

To convert your drives to NTFS:
Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage'
From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.'
Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information.
Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd'
To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs'
So for example, if you were going to convert your C: drive, you would type 'Convert c: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

b) Divers
Obtain the newest drivers for your hardware
This may seem a bit obvious, but keeping your system's drivers up to date can give both your performance and stability a boost. Video card manufacturers release updates especially often, and these can often give "significant boosts" to gaming performance as video card in question is "optimized."

Don't neglect the other components of your system either. Your motherboard manufacturer may have released newer versions of its Input/output drivers for your board, and sound cards and other peripherals can also benefit from newer software.

c) Memory
Add more physical memory, this of course means opening the "box" and fitting a memory module, make sure you buy one that is suitable for your PC. Crucial .com click here will guide you through the process of slecting the correct memory. click here for a guide to fitting memory.

  Forum Editor 18:08 01 Jun 2007

defragmented the hard drive?

Is the cooling fan running?

Have you checked that the cooling vents are free of dust and fluff?

Have you checked to see what's running in the background, and what loads at startup?

  Diemmess 18:16 01 Jun 2007

Two possible things come to mind.

1) Have you looked at the programs that run at startup?
"Run" msconfig and see if any of the major applications are set to run and remove their tick.

2) The AV software just might be configured to scan every time you start up and this will zap the speed dramatically and of course takes ages.
It is correct to have it active in the background, vetting incoming downloads as they appear, but scanning should not be necessary as an automatic feature and done only when you want reassurance that all is clean.

Finally if you havn't tried the freebie CCleaner, you should. It is a great way to bin all the unneccessary stuff that accumulates but I doubt if it can solve this problem on its own.

  Hendrikus 18:22 01 Jun 2007

I have just found some rather interesting info from the past on the forum. I have got Norton 2007 o my computer and gather that it's better to have AVG.

  Hendrikus 18:26 01 Jun 2007

I would like to download the free version of AVG but it's just an anti virus programm. Do I leave Norton on my cmputer and disable the virus bit or is there another solution?

  I am Spartacus 18:57 01 Jun 2007

Zone Alarm free firewall from click here

  VoG II 18:59 01 Jun 2007

Related thread click here

  p;3 19:04 01 Jun 2007

it is probably running slow due TO norton on it;your other thread

has a link for removing Norton and a suggestion for the avg
; have only ONE installed antivirus program else you WILL slow down and most probably get infected as the antivirus programs 'fight' for space on the pc and overlook their main function of getting the bugs::))

  sunny staines 19:17 01 Jun 2007

click here

another good utility.

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