slow pc

  fire 17:50 26 Mar 2007

hi i downloaded an update to zone alarm and pc is running really slow. i have run avast and found a few virus files but have deleted those. i have tried to roll back to a previous state but it comes up as no changes so it couldnt restore. everything is slow internet etc is there any thing else i can try before reformatting.....cheers

  bof:) 18:11 26 Mar 2007

try using ccleaner,
click here

to get rid of any rubbish on your pc.

Are you sure you have got rid of all effects of virus?

Try disconnecting from the net, deleting zone alarm to see if pc runs any quicker.


  Bogbrain 18:15 26 Mar 2007

Whatevers wrong a re-format is probably totally uneccessary and is always a knee jerk re-action as soon as something appears to be going wrong. People often lose loads of data too 'cos they forget to back up stuff they want to keep before a re-format. Praps you should have done a system restore BEFORE downloading any update to zone alrm or anything else for that matter. If there's no existing system restore point then there's no point in trying a system restore. It sounds as if you hadn't created one to restore back to.
Delete zone alarm and see if pc runs any faster without it - offline of course.Depending on the result it will at least indicate if zone alarm is slowing down your pc for some reason. Plus you said you'd already found viruses which ostensibly you've got rid of. Pc's can run slow for a multitude of reasons, I'd check lots of other basic things before re-formatting. Defrag - registry clean up - anti spyware clean up - anti trojan check - anti keylogger check - 'ram' check - Do a selective start up too from 'msconfig' and see if everything is in order there too. I'm sure someone will come up with a few more ideas too.

  bof:) 18:16 26 Mar 2007

remember to put a firewall back as soon as you reconnect to the net. (I usually download firewall to another pc and copy it across before conneting to the net)

See skidzys list here:

click here


  Bogbrain 18:17 26 Mar 2007

ooooops looks like someone's already come up with a similar suggestion as I was sending my other post.

  bof:) 18:41 26 Mar 2007

Bogbrain no worries yours is the more detailed one :-)

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:13 26 Mar 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).

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:13 26 Mar 2007

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

2. Hardware

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

b) 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) 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.

d) 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.

  wishtobwireless 09:48 13 May 2007

My daughters laptop Del Inspiron 2600 256mb is nearly at stop! She has downloaded all her photos to an external disk drive to try and help! She does have music loaded - would that slow it down? I says it has 42% Free space - Can we upgrade this laptop do you know? Or is it something she just has to put up with
Thanks again for your help in advance...

Oh the only thing above we haven't done is converted files to NTFS as this seems very complex!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:07 13 May 2007

HAve a look in device manager at your IDE controllers.

Start - settings - control panel - system - hardware - device manager.

right click on primary channel and select properties - advanced settings - current transfer mode.

This should be showing DMA not PIO.

  p;3 22:14 04 Jul 2007

if the pc IS slow, perhaps you could tell us exactly what IS on it protection and other wise?

I suppose you do not have more than one antivirus program installed or have been using P2P stuff?

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