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Amazingly Slow Computer - No Virus/spyware Found


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#1 TheGrayNobleman

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Posted 13 August 2007 - 07:20 PM

Hello everyone,

I consider myself a person who is fairly good at operating a computer both software and hardware wise.
Heres my problem. When I got back from my 2 month stay in Japan I had a lot of windows and anti-virus updates I had to install. I spent about an hour or so updating and things were fine. My computer was running smoothly it could easily handle games like Counter Strike Source and World of Warcraft but then it began to slow down.

It is now at a point where it takes about 30 seconds to load up the task manager and it is not recognizing devices like my iPod (so I don't have any way to upload screen shots of the task manager and performance logs).

I tried reformatting my computer and it was running smoothly until I ran windows updates, updated my anti-virus (Zone Alarm Internet Security Suite), downloaded the drivers for my ATI video card, and reinstalled all the programs that were on it previously.

I'm not sure what information would help so please let me know and I will post it as soon as I can.

Computer Specs:
HP Pavilion DV8000
Windows XP Media Center Edition
AMD Turion 64 2.0 Ghz processors
512 RAM
2 80 GB hard drives
ATI 200M video card

Thanks for the help! :thumbsup:
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Posted 13 August 2007 - 08:38 PM

If your computer seems to be slow, read Slow Computer/Browser? Check here first; it may not be malware. There are reasons for slowness besides malware - i.e. disk fragmentation, disk errors, corrupt system files, too many startup programs, unnecessary services running, not enough RAM, dirty hardware components, etc. As your system gets older it becomes filled with more files/programs and has a natural tendency to slow down so cleaning and regular maintenance is essential.
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Posted 13 August 2007 - 10:26 PM

If your computer seems to be slow, read Slow Computer/Browser? Check here first; it may not be malware. There are reasons for slowness besides malware - i.e. disk fragmentation, disk errors, corrupt system files, too many startup programs, unnecessary services running, not enough RAM, dirty hardware components, etc. As your system gets older it becomes filled with more files/programs and has a natural tendency to slow down so cleaning and regular maintenance is essential.


I think I found the problem.

It was one of the addons I was using in Firefox. When I tried to download anything the addon would freeze, causing the browser to freeze and somehow would stick its self in the memory slowing the computer down.

I'll post again if this doesn't fix the problem.

I also have one quick question, is it ok to help people on the forums with the problems I know solutions to?




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