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My computer has been very slow with frequent not responding


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#1 Avalee

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 01:34 AM

My problem:
My computer has been freezing, hanging, really slow, and frequent not responding recently. It started this about 2 to 3 months ago. Pretty much anything I do it becomes slow; it's slower when I'm on the Internet. I could just turn on my computer on and within the first 10 minutes, it starts to become slow and lag. Also, the last two times when I turned on my computer it took 20 minutes or so to turn on; on average it only takes 5 minutes. Also why does the screen turn white and/or transparent when not responding/hanging/freezing? (I am not sure if this breaks the "one problem one post rule" because they go with each other). My computer goes so slow that sometimes my music skips.

Computer specs:
OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic 32-bit SP2
CPU: Intel Pentium T2390 @ 1.86GHz
RAM: 2.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 266MHz
Hard Drive: 117GB SAMSUNG SAMSUNG HM121HI (SATA)
Optical Drive: HL-DT-ST CDRW/DVD GCCT10N ATA Device
BIOS: Dell Inc. Version A13
OS (C:) NTFS file system, 2.85 GB free, 99.4 GB total (on average, I have about 1.7 GB free)
RECOVERY (D:) 6.06 GB free, 9.76 GB total
Installation Date: 29 July 2008, 19:38

Main security programs:
Malwarebytes 1.51.2.1300
CCleaner 3.14.1616
Auslogics Disk Defrag 3.3.0.2
Auslogics BoostSpeed 4.1.1.105
Spybot S&D 1.6.2
HiJack This 2.0.4
Windows Defender
I use to have Avira AntiVir, now I have AVG Anti Virus free.

What I have done already/steps I have taken:
I have scanned for viruses and malware using Malwarebytes, Spybot, Avira, AVG, Windows Defender.
Defragged drives using Defraggler and Auslogics Defrag.
Cleaned up computer using CCleaner and Auslogics Boostpeed.
Did the Vista Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool.
Updated Windows Vista

All of these were done within the 2-3 months and some done more than once. I no longer use Avira or Defraggler. I have also cleared cookies, cache and browsing history, even though I have the problem when not on the Internet. I also booted in safe mode (both browser and computer) and still slow. My computer does not seem to be overheating and if it does, I use a cooling fan. I have not heard any strange noises coming from my computer.

Other main programs I use:
Adobe Flash Player Plugin
foobar2000
Last.fm
Mozilla Firefox 8.0.1
Mozilla Thunderbird
Opera
SeaMonkey
Speccy Piriform 1.13
TreeSize Free V2.6
Java™ 6 Update 29

Startups:
SpybotSD TeaTimer
Apoint
AVG_TRAY
Broadcom Wireless Manager UI
DellSupportCenter
HotKeysCmds
IAAnotif
IgfxTray
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
PCMService
Persistence
SigmatelSysTrayApp
UnlockerAssistant
Digital Line Detect
QuickSet

What I do/games I play:
Listen to most music with foobar2000
Use Firefox mostly to surf web (I have used Internet Explorer, Avant, Maxathon, SeaMonkey, and Opera)
Play Sims Social, CityVille, CastleVille on Facebook
Play on Pogo.com and Yahoo.com
Read and send mail using Gmail
Mostly surf Google, Pogo, Facebook, Yahoo, YouTube, Twitter, IMDb, Pornhub, RedTube, Wikipedia, Playfish, store websites, band/musician websites, vegan sites and blogs, lyric sites, other social websites, recipe sites (mostly Food and Allrecipes and VegWeb), survey sites, other miscellaneous sites.

Internet info:
Provider: ATT DSL
Connected through: Dell Wireless 1395 WLAN Mini-Card

I really hope I was clear, provided enough detailed information and followed the forum's rules. I also really hope that someone can help as soon as possible, I know it is a very busy time of the year with all the Holidays. Thanks in advance and hope every had/is having/or about to have a great Holiday!

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 04:05 PM

Hi Avalee and Welcome - :)
Remove from Startups - SpybotSD TeaTimer, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware(Also needs updating). There will be more but I am not sure.
Java™ 6 Update 29, current version (early Dec) is 7 Update1 -
I now prefer Microsoft Security Essentials over AVG for constant scanning.

Install Speedfan to monitor your Temps fully http://www.almico.com/speedfan445.exe
Auslogics BoostSpeed 4.1.1.105 is not worth it (if you paid) or delete it - Make sure Avira AntiVir is now fully removed -

Just a few basic tune up items

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 08:02 AM

Hello noknojon, thank you for responding and for the welcome! I hope you had a good holiday and New Years!

I removed SpybotSD TeaTimer, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from the start ups and updated them. When I updated Java, they said it was Java 6 Update 30. I will check out Microsoft Security Essentials. I uninstalled AVG and Google Chrome because they seemed to have made my computer slower.

I will also check out Speedfan even though it seems like Speccy and ProcessExploer does the same thing (which I have). Yes I did pay for Auslogics BoostSpeed, I have been reluctant to upgrade due to the cost and not sure if it would be worth it. Is upgrading Auslogics to the version worth it?

What ways do I make sure Avira AntiVir is now fully removed?

My computer has gotten a lot in the recent days, and even slower when Vista automatically install updates (even though I don't have that setting) and Adobe Flash Plugin has been crashing quite frequently. I thought I was going to get some more responses. Thankfully after removing AVG and Chrome (which I had installed on December 25th, 2011) and removing Spybot and Malwarebytes from my start up, instead of 14-21 minutes my computer took to start, it now starts and shuts down in about 1-5 minutes. I hope someone can help, because my computer has gotten unusually slow!

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 09:41 AM

<<OS (C:) NTFS file system, 2.85 GB free, 99.4 GB total (on average, I have about 1.7 GB free)>>

Insufficient free space on Windows partition. Norm suggested is circa 15%, which would be about 15GB on that partition. You need to free up space...logical candidates are video, graphics, music files.

I would also uninstall Ccleaner, Spybot, and Windows Defender...replace with SUPERAntiSpyware or something more respected.

But the big problem is lack of free space.

I would also stop storing files on the Recovery partition...now.

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 03:39 PM

Hello Louis, thank you for responding. As I stated above that I have on average about 1.7 GB free, so that is definitely not the problem. Furthermore, I should have stated above in my reply that I currently have 15.6 GB free. I have used SUPERAntiSpyware and it has not found anything. I am not really sure if SUPERAntiSpyware is more respected than those you mentioned. I notice that CCleaner and Spybot have helped at least in some way. Windows Defender I have disabled the use of, may uninstall it. Since I have had my computer (2006), I have never stored any files on my Recovery disc...

Side note: I am currently scanning with Microsoft Security Essentials. Started scan at 11:33 AM CST, time elapsed has been 3:05. Even though it is still scanning it says at the top: Computer status - Protected.

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 09:35 PM

I just suggest...that doesn't mean that they are good suggestions or that you have to follow them :).

It's still your system :).

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 11:51 PM

Run disk cleanup and disk defrag.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Delete-files-using-Disk-Cleanup

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Improve-performance-by-defragmenting-your-hard-disk

use ccleaner to delete all startup programs except antivirus and firewall. Watch the video.

http://majorgeeks.com/CCleaner_Slim_d4191.html

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 07:10 AM

Hello zbd, thank you for responding. As I stated in my original posting:

What I have done already/steps I have taken:
I have scanned for viruses and malware using Malwarebytes, Spybot, Avira, AVG, Windows Defender.
Defragged drives using Defraggler and Auslogics Defrag.
Cleaned up computer using CCleaner and Auslogics Boostpeed.
Did the Vista Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool.
Updated Windows Vista


As well as the usual Windows Vista versions it from time to time. Wow, I have not used CCleaner or anything else to delete all start up programs except antivirus and firewall. Sounds risky, but I will watch the video.

And Louis, yes I know and thank you for the suggestions they were good :) I am just trying to be as clear and thorough about my computer problem as I can be, to get the best results.

Hope you all are having a great new year so far!

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 11:54 AM

I second what hamluis said. You have less then 3% free space on your hard drive; 3% free space = slow computer.

You either need to free up a lot more free space or invest in a larger drive.

Regards,
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 07:52 AM

Wow does anybody even read ANYTHING I post??

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 04:02 PM

Most of us...don't read every word in a lengthy topic...we tend to respond to what seems to merit a response...before reading all of the topic. I believe that's normal. When such happens...it doesn't merit offense taken by any poster, IMO.

For the benefit of all...

Hello Louis, thank you for responding. As I stated above that I have on average about 1.7 GB free, so that is definitely not the problem. Furthermore, I should have stated above in my reply that I currently have 15.6 GB free.


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Posted 20 January 2012 - 07:50 PM

It's just no one who posted a response originally is responding to my replies nor anyone else responding to my replies. Today my computer has had the blue screen of death three times within the last hour. The screen goes a way to fast to gather any information to know what is causing them. The last BSOD I have gotten besides toady was about a week ago. I normally get them at least once a month or every 2 months. I am currently on Safe Mode and going to run some scans.

Edited by Avalee, 20 January 2012 - 07:53 PM.


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Posted 20 January 2012 - 09:35 PM

FWIW: A BSOD on a computer system (which is a sophisticated tool)...is not analogous to a human having a headache.

A headache can be alleviated by merely taking the proper medication, among other things.

BSODs are varied in nature, varied in cause, varied in attempts to overcome.

A good source page for basic info concerning BSODs...you may want to look at this...exists at Aumha STOP Errors - http://www.aumha.org/a/stop.htm .

Another source of information regarding such that may be useful is the Google search engine.

Louis




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