Slow PC - need help please

  Fleetblue 19:08 04 Sep 2006

My PC has been going really slowly over the past couple of weeks, especially when trying to access the internet, games etc from desktop icons. The screen freezes and although the internet has speeded up somewhat it is still slower than it was. I probably have too many quick fixes on now. I have installed SpywareDoc, CCleaner, RegScrub, Broadbank Medic (NTL), Windows Defender and I also have the full McAfee range but nothing seems to help. Screen still freezes or moves painfully slowly. Any help would be appreciated.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:10 04 Sep 2006

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
MSoftAntispy Beta click here
Ewido 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/\ 19:10 04 Sep 2006

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.

  ACOLYTE 19:13 04 Sep 2006

Im not suprised its running slow with all that lot installed try thining it down and uninstall some stuff,McAfee is a know resource hog on it own,CCleaner, RegScrub should be ok to keep as they dont run untill you open them as for Broadbank Medic i never used that so i have no clue what it does or how it works.Windows Defender does run in the back ground but it shouldnt slow the pc down that much,SpywareDoc again never used it so not sure on its workings.
I would say McAfee,is the biggest resource hog you have loaded.

  Jackcoms 19:15 04 Sep 2006

Time to change the wording of this, your standard response!

MS AntiSpy Beta no longer exists (as your own link to the product shows). ;-))

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:52 04 Sep 2006

Noted and changed

have posted this response probably 10 times in the last few days.

Do a forum search for "slow" and see how many times this particular problem is posted.

these few simple tactics often cure the prolem.


  Fleetblue 16:00 05 Sep 2006

Thanks for all the help. Great forum. Everything working OK now.

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