PC on 'go' slow

  Jlen 16:52 01 Nov 2009

In the last few days everything has slowed down, 30 secs to fire up web browser,'my computer' takes about 1 min to load up.
Example that could be taken for an overview ......... my Freecom ext hardrive takes about 1 min+ to start registering (autoplay etc)but does not open up autoplay dialog box.When I go in to the drive thru 'my computer' and click to open the drive (when the icon eventually appears!) 'sandglass' is doing its thing 2 min+ and does not open the drive.When I access Task Manager it shows as 'my computer not responding'this is an example of what is happening to any executable tasks and extends to slow/no downloads from the web...although this might not be related.
I have tried everything ....defrag,reg cleaner,malware etc etc no difference.
Appreciate any help as it is doing my head in

  woodchip 17:05 01 Nov 2009

how much free space on your hard drive???

  Jlen 18:05 01 Nov 2009

Hi woodchip got 88 gig free so no impact there,


  woodchip 18:41 01 Nov 2009

You may have a lot of background Programs loading at Boot Check MSCONFIG startup Tab from Run

  Les28 19:42 01 Nov 2009

Anything showing in Event Viewer? System Restore no help?

  Les28 21:03 01 Nov 2009

Meant to ask what anti-virus anti-malware programs you use and if you've opened any attachments received via email in the last few days?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:08 01 Nov 2009

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 :-
Superantispyware click here
Malware removal tool click here

Free Antivirus software
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) -- 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/\ 21:11 01 Nov 2009

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.

  birdface 21:23 01 Nov 2009

maybe try the speed test to make sure that you are getting the proper download speed.
click here

Or go to Command prompt and type in ipconfig /flushdns then press enter .it should tell you that the DNS cache has been flushed ,if so reboot and see if it makes any difference.
Have you checked to see if the air vents are clogged up with dust and fluff,if so inside will also need cleaning.
have you tried a system restore in safe mode to when it was running ok.

  Jlen 22:23 01 Nov 2009

Running Avast & Malwarebytes plus loads of error entries on Event viewer showing message below

'The device, \Device\Harddisk1\D, has a bad block.'

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 23:02 01 Nov 2009

So there is your answer

start - run -type chkdsk /f

a command prompt will open and tell you it cannot run but can schedule for next time you start up y/n type Y click ok

check disk will run on your next bootup and attempt to fix the bad block.

It may be wise to back up any data first if check disk cannot repair the drive then you will need to replace the drive before it fails completely and you lose everything.

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