Slow PC

  ponytail 09:14 24 Jul 2010

This is probably a common problem but my PC seems to have got much slower this past week and wondered if anyone had any ideas about what to do.All my anti virus is up to date and I do a scan every day.Tried rebooting it but still the same.Any advice appreciated.

  johndrew 09:29 24 Jul 2010

Have you cleared all the junk out?

Run Ccleaner click here and/or (if you are running XP) click here or Vista click here

Failing the above have a look at Task Manager and see what is hogging your CPU.

  birdface 09:29 24 Jul 2010

Your Anti-Virus is up to date have you any other programs like Malwarebytes free that you can try.
Or a defrag maybe.

  ponytail 10:47 24 Jul 2010

Hi buteman I have run Malwarebytes and am just going to defrag now

  birdface 11:08 24 Jul 2010

I am with Virginmedia and sometimes when things are a bit slow I switch of the modem for 10 seconds and then switch it back on and leave for 2 minutes before using again and that sometimes helps.
Did Malwarebytes find any problems.
Make sure you have compatibility view ticked under tools.
Also if using I/E maybe try this add-blocker if you do not already have one installed.

click here

That may help speed things up a bit.
It puts a little Icon on your status bar.

  woodchip 12:02 24 Jul 2010

Over time more and more Services are added to the Services List, It may a good Idea to see what you need can you disable or set to Manual some services?

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  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:07 24 Jul 2010

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporary 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
MicroSoft Security Essentials click here
Avast4 click here
AVG antivirus click here

c) Clean the registry -- Use the tool in Crap Cleaner its very safe and also allows you to back up the registry first.

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Right click MY Computer - select properties - Advanced tab - Performance -
advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a different 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 start up -- Start - Run type msconfig - start up tab- untick everything
except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background. click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:07 24 Jul 2010

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives /

i) IDE Channels:
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.

  ponytail 20:40 24 Jul 2010

Hi buteman malwarebytes foun nothing and noneof my drices needed to be defragged

  ponytail 21:29 24 Jul 2010

Hi fruitbat /\0/\
The transfer mode is set to DMA and the system drive is NTFS.I have just run malwarebytes and superantispyware and nothing found.Ref johndrews posting about cc cleaner I downloaded it but what I got was PC Tools Registry Mechanic which when ran showed over 600 problems but would not repair them untill I upgraded.I also installed the AD Blocker suggested by buteman.

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