My machine's slowed to a crawl, can anyone provide any tips for resuscitation? I've tried as much as my knowledge allows, defrag, disk cleanup, Ccleaner, SAS and MWB scans and a full workout with my Avast Free, all to know avail. I've seen a few free so-called clean up programmes online, but unsure if they're trustworthy. I'm always reluctant when it comes to removing things as my knowledge is limited. Any help would be tried and greatly appreciated.
Fruit Bat may be along soon, and he has a check list of stuff to try for this kind of situation - although I'm thinking you've done a lot of it already. Me? I can't be bothered with all that stuff, so I just reinstall the operating system and start again from fresh. I've got it down to a fine art...
Thanks bumpkin, but really reluctant to go down that road. With my limited expertise a catastrophe would almost certainly be on the proverbial cards (It's happened before!). That would involve an engineer and I'd prefer to explore any and all options before that.
In the mean time try downloading and running Process Explorer . Under the view tab just tick 'show column heatmaps' and 'show processes from all users'. You can see what's going on and what's eating the cpu usage. Whatever is running high you can right click and select search online. It will bring up IE with google suggestions.
As above, hopefully Fruit Bat /\0/\ will be along and post his excellent list.
"I've seen a few free so-called clean up programmes online, but unsure if they're trustworthy"
I wouldn't recommend any of those programs that claim to make your PC faster and better as they're little more than snake oil.
Most of the time poor performance is caused by a rogue process hammering the CPU and/or using all the physical memory. Lack of RAM is also another common cause. When the cause has been identified then it'll hopefully be easy to fix.
Would you be prepared to troubleshoot those possibilities?
Thanks rdave, got an errand to run for an hour, on my return I'll get on to that and anything else that's there. May I just repeat, I'm a tad worried I'll delete something important as it's not too obvious what's what so to speak.
Will do secret squirrel, as I stated I'm away for about an hour at least, then I'll have a go. One more thing, sometimes it speeds up and returns to normal...like at the present, however one false move (or press) and it's crawling again. Thanks pal.