Computer running slow

  wpaulvandyk 02:29 19 Apr 2008

Hi, could anyone tell me why my computer may be running slow and what programmes is best to use. It seems to go slower while i am on the net like i can sign on aol broadband and after an hour or so it seems to act slow like waiting 5 mins or more for websits to load and when i speak to people taking ages to respond etc. I use nod32 and mcafee virus checkers and it detects nothing

i also use ad-adware i downloaded and aol spyware to detect stuff and it does and deletes but seems to come back. I used speed my pc programme i got free and it took like 12 hours or so to scan and still wasn't finished. I have and use windows firewall. start up seems slow too.

when i see process runing it seems as the ones i know and trust ie word and AOL etc.

My computer is IQon intel ceteron CPU 2.80ghz, 192mb ram. I also often get messages saying virtual windows memory is low do you think that is a cause for computer running slow

If anyone can help please do so.

  pac73 02:52 19 Apr 2008

Try Cleaner here click here

  brundle 03:06 19 Apr 2008

You won't get it working much quicker with only 192mb of memory, get more - 512mb+; click here

  brundle 03:08 19 Apr 2008

"I use nod32 and mcafee virus checkers" - not installed at the same time I hope, only one AV program installed at once.

  Acx 03:23 19 Apr 2008

I agree with brundle

Its more your computer than the software

Celeron CPU 2.80ghz,
192mb ram
virtual memory is low (small GB hard drive)

Time to upgrade I'm afraid.

  rossol 08:21 19 Apr 2008

Have U defrag your comp ,,This will help

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 10:27 19 Apr 2008

Here are a few more things to try:-

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).

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/\ 10:27 19 Apr 2008

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives / IDE Channels:

i) 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, 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) Divers
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.

  Les28 10:49 19 Apr 2008

Don't know how much free space you have on your hard drive ? or what operating system ? low free space could cause some of these problems and may prevent you doing a defrag even.

RAM memory wise, you could do a Crucial scan and see how much RAM your pc can take and consider whether it's worth buying it or upgrading to a new pc. Could be a bit of a vicious circle installing more RAM if you don't have much free space as more RAM depending on your settings could mean more free hard drive space being allocated for a larger virtual memory in proportion to the increased RAM.

Your mention about doing AdAware scans but things have come back when you do your next scan, it's not just cookies is it from browsing sessions between scans? I always delete temporary internet files and cookies before an AdAware scan otherwise the results list is huge, full of cookies.

Only one Anti-Virus program installed at any one time as mentioned, have you tried running Anti-Spyware or AV in safe mode? Probably just as mentioned though, running out of free hard drive space and too little RAM.

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