Laptop Running MEGA Slow

  mark3986 17:45 21 Jun 2009

my laptops running really slow and i carnt understand why??ive got no anti virus on ive just got ccleaner

  Sea Urchin 17:49 21 Jun 2009

Maybe it's running slow because you picked up a virus

  chub_tor 18:07 21 Jun 2009

The first thing you must do is to download an antivurus package and check if you have a virus, they are major sources of slow down. I use Avast, which is free but you do need to register it. click here some others on this forum use AVG click here. You only need one Antivirus so pick one of these two, run it and see if you are suffering from a virus and then come back to the forum for further advice.

  mark3986 21:33 21 Jun 2009

hi ive downloaded and installed avast wot else shall i download mate

  Sea Urchin 21:39 21 Jun 2009

Run a scan to check for viruses

  mark3986 20:40 25 Jun 2009

ive got no virus so any other ideas

  Rahere 21:02 25 Jun 2009

How many icons do you have in the tray next to the clock? - adobe reader and other manufacturers seem to install plus printer utilities etc. Try shutting a few of these down right click exit/shutdown each of these - does this help a bit?

If it works you could try uninstalling a few or setting them not to start at boot - use ccleaner start up to turn these off before deleting the ones that have little of no use.

Another good if drastic cleaner is Comodo's system cleaner - run each section of the cleaner seperately you try the next don't run the full automated cleanup - I always run a backup of the registry using ccleaner ikn case of problems.

you should run a hard disk defrag either with the one supplied with windows or JKdefrag click here

Also try MS/Sysinternals PageDefrag to tidy up your page file too click here

these are standard tools every user should use from time to time.

You have antivirus now, hopefully a firewall is switched on and you have Malwarebytes' antimalware too

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:17 25 Jun 2009

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 :-
Superantispyware click here
Malware removal tool click here

Free Antivirus software
Avast4 click here
AVG antivirus click here

c) Clean the registry -- Free Registry cleaners :-
RegscrubVistaXp 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/\ 21:17 25 Jun 2009

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 or Vista, 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) Drivers
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.

  maghemite 15:06 26 Jun 2009

First ensure that your hardware is alright. If you pass that step, try software optimizations.

Backup all your data to an external medium.

(1) Run a FULL anti-virus scan with a good virus scanner. Get free editions of Avast or Antivir. Use the latest virus definitions file. But don't install or run more than one anti-virus at the same time.
click here
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(2) Run anti-spyware scans with Super Anti-spyware and malwarebytes free editions.
click here
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(3) Ensure all Microsoft security updates are applied.

(4) Run disk cleanup to delete old temp files and other junk

(5a) Run chkdsk once to scan for file system errors. click here

(5b) Run a thorough disk defrag. Use a good defragmenter for this, and also run a boot-time defrag to fix the MFT and page file if they are fragmented. Check out Diskeeper 2009, which is widely acknowledged to be the best defragger around. Their website has free 30-day trial versions. click here

(6) Disable unnecessary background processes and services that take up memory.

(7) Make sure all the hardware components have the latest and most stable drivers. Video card performance in particular is strongly dependent on drivers.

You do not need to clean out the registry or mess with the registry in ANY way whatsoever. Deleting a wrong key from the registry can damage your operating system.

Good Luck!

  Karo64 05:45 16 Jul 2009

I would do a thorough defrag with something like Diskeeper to clean up all your files and free space. They have a free trial for 30-day here: click here

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