alistair brown 16:02 02 Jul 2010

Dear All
A friend of mine has a PC Desktop HP Pavilion Computer running on XP,with a BT ISP.

He wants to speed it up as it takes 6 minutes to boot up.

He also would like to get antivirus software AVG or Norton.

I have heard that Norton on a disc can be expensive and needs paid updates.

Is AVG downloaded the cheapest(or free)and the best and how do you download it?

I hope to be speaking with you sortly again with you again.


Alistair Brown (alistair brown).

  Jameslayer 16:15 02 Jul 2010

AVG is avaible for free from their website. click here

If the computer is taki9ng 6 minutes to boot up it needs some serious cleaning done to it. Im sure someone will be along with a website link on how to do it.

  johndrew 16:18 02 Jul 2010

The more programs started at boot the longer the process will take click here.

These may well give some clues on speeding up the boot process click here
click here
click here

AVG (free) download click here. Yes, Norton does cost money and some people have problems with it.

It is also advisable to run anti-spyware products (see the second link) and a firewall.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:20 02 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/\ 16:20 02 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.

  alistair brown 13:43 08 Jul 2010

Dear All
I have been told to when I wanted to speed up a colleagues computer to do Defragmentation/scan for viruses and spy bot searched for and downloaded from Google.

How can you perform these tasks?

Is there anything else that needs doing?

I am going to remove his wallpaper screen as this uses up more memory everytime you boot up.

I am also going to upgrade to windows XP SP3 to free some space. Do you just download it?

One last thing are you allowed to thank the people that have helped you over this site, is it allowed as a reply?

I hope to be back to you soon.


Alistair Brown.

  onthelimit 14:00 08 Jul 2010

Did you read Fruit Bat's advice, 'cos he talks about defragmenting, spyware etc. If you follow his advice, you'll have done all you can.

  GregPlummer 15:34 08 Jul 2010

Slow boot and stucking is because of registry error no play of anti virus hear.

i have a real time review at my site click here

you can download the optimizer from the site

it,s not free but worth the money

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