Vista laptop slow, can't think of what else to do. Please help?

  buel 18:11 16 May 2012

Hi, My friend has a very slow vista laptop that im trying to help him with. It has 2gb of Ram, i have run SuperAntispyware and Malwayebytes scans that have found a few nasties but it is still verrrrry slow. I put Avast on there and updated it put when i run a scan it hangs on 1%.

I have the task manager up at the moment with nothing (seemingly) running and the CPU usage is 1% but the memory is permanently on around 770mb.

Please can someone help me out here?

  buel 21:33 16 May 2012

Hello, anyone?

  northumbria61 22:43 16 May 2012

Download and Run CCleaner (Free Version) from here enter link description here

  Forum Editor 22:50 16 May 2012

Have you run the disk defragmenter utility?

Have you looked at the startup list?

  lotvic 23:06 16 May 2012

"memory is permanently on around 770mb"

Can you explain what you mean by that? Where did it show that?

  buel 08:26 17 May 2012

Hi, i had used Ccleaner and Defraggler. As mentioned in my original post, the task manager gave me the info regarding the memory usage. Please can anyone else help?

  markd71 08:37 17 May 2012

Try sfc/scannow and remove Avast, Use Microsoft security essentials. Also a little history on the problem, like when it slowed down. Was it after installing an update or a program

  onthelimit1 09:09 17 May 2012

Make sure you only have ONE anti virus - if more, they'll conflict and slow everything down. More than one antimalware is OK.

  buel 20:05 18 May 2012

Hi, I now only have Microsoft Security Essentials, i have updated it and run a scan and it has not found anything. Below is the result of running sfc /scannow:

After about 30 minutes of restarting, the laptop runs seemingly fine, however during the original 30 minutes it was very unresponsive.

Please can anyone give me any further help?

Can i use a OEM Vista disc to repair the corrupt files?

  rdave13 20:17 18 May 2012

Some good tips here. Just make a note of any changes you make in case you need to restore some services.

  buel 21:54 18 May 2012

Thanks but i think it's more than just 'speeding up' Vista. There seems to be something causing this and id like any ideas what?

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