Slowing PC

  Bowsa 07:15 25 Mar 2011

Hi all,

I have been noticing that my pc seems to slowly getting slower......everything from loading websites to individual programs.

My spec: -

Window 7 ultimate 32 bit SP1
4.00 Ram (2,75 useable)
195GB HD
37.5GB backup


all coming up clean, maybe the odd tracking cookie but no virus's spyware or malware.......but still it seems to be getting slower and slower.

any ideas / help would be greatly acheived

  birdface 07:49 25 Mar 2011

If using I/E change to Firefox 4 it is much quicker.
Download an Add-Blocker whichever one you use lets you browse that bit quicker.
Have you tried a Defrag.Chkdsk.sfc /scannow.

  northumbria61 07:58 25 Mar 2011

That's a small(ish) hard drive - It may be time to defrag.

  birdface 08:08 25 Mar 2011

Try my computer.
Right click C drive.Properties.Then run clean up.While on clean up it will tell you how much space you have left on hard drive let us know how much.
Also while in clean up you can remove all of your restore points except the last one that will save some space.
Check device manager to make sure there are no yellow exclamation marks beside any of the programs or drivers.
And when nothing running check Task manager and under CPU system idle process should be showing about 96% that is normal anything else using up a lot of the CPU let us know what.
If you have automatic updates turned on switch it off temporarily to see if it makes any difference if no difference switch it back on.
Make sure none of your Security programs are running scans on start up program them to run at a different time or switch them off and run your scans manually when you want them to run.
AVg has been known to conflict with other security programs but I find it ok on W/7 but check it out also in Taskmanager.
Last thing make sure you have compatibility view ticked under tools.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:20 25 Mar 2011

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporary files and folders -- use CCleaner click here

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :-
Malwarebytes click here
Superantispyware click here

Free Antivirus software
MicroSoft Security Essentials click here
Avast 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

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives /

i) IDE Channels: (Not required if you have SATA drives)
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, Vista or Windows 7 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 selecting the correct memory. click here for a guide to fitting memory.

  woodchip 17:01 25 Mar 2011

this laptop only as a 60 gig drive but it does not slow it up

  Bowsa 11:53 26 Mar 2011

Slow PC

1. Software

a) Done

b)Done all clear


d)System is already set at the right speed and controlling this (should I still change it)


and the services that run in the background. click here

Not quite sure what the black viper thing is above?

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives /

i) IDE Channels: (Not required if you have SATA drives)

ii) Done

ii) saying I dont have rights to do this although logged in as admin???

b) Drivers updating now

c) Memory currently not looking to buy more memory

  onthelimit 12:06 26 Mar 2011

Quite right - 4Gb is more than enough.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:54 26 Mar 2011

The post was a generic write up to cure / speed up slow PCs
It is the sort of thing that expensive programs, claiming to speed up machines, do for you.

If windows 7 then I suspect your drives will already be NTFS.

the Black Viper thing is to reduce the number of background windows services that are running in an effort to improve speed.

Are you seeing an improvement since applying the fixes

  Bowsa 14:23 26 Mar 2011

Maybe a slight improvement since doing the error check, I can't see anywhere to download black viper, is it automated when I do get it ??

Thanks for your help so far

@buteman there are no warning triangles

The auto updates are off as I like to keep an eye on them.

There are no scans running when it's slow although obviously gets worse when they are.

Nothing on start up that shouldn't be

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:45 26 Mar 2011

Black Viper not a download click here read for further speed ups for windows 7

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