Ive recently removed quite a bit of stuff from the hard drive of my PC and was hope that this might speed things up all round. I also defragged the hard disk expecting this might also be beneficial. Ive been used to having 3 or 4 programmes open at a time including Photoshop and Dreamweaver and this never caused any great problems re speed in the past. Recently Ive found that my PC seems to be struggling operate 2 programmes simultaneously and programmes regularly crash. Ive also founf that Outlook Express is taking more than twice as long to open the inbox.
I have a 40 GB hard drive, which is only 50% full, and 256 MG memory. I have an 1800+ AMD processor and am running Windows XP Home edition.
Although you haven't mentioned being hijacked, it's worth trying this if you get nowhere with the above solutions.
Download HijackThis from here click here and the interpretation tutorial from here click here Double click HijackThis to unzip it then run it, click Scan, Save the results to a log file and check them against the tutorial.
Also download startups.exe from here click here to determine which programs are not needed at start up.
When you've decided what needs to be deleted, run HijackThis again, put a check mark against the items you don't want and click Fix Checked.
i think that part of the problem is due to an amazingly slow internet connection - having outlook express and internet explorer open along with other programmes is probably the cause of most of my problems.
I tried the test at Pitstop (thanks MichelleC!) and the report seems to suggest that other than the internet connection spedd everything is ok!
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