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How Can I Speed Up My Computer?


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#1 joebeaven

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Posted 09 September 2007 - 12:26 PM

Hi,

I've done everything I can think of to try to speed up my computer, but it still just get slower and slower and right now it's incredibly sluggish. I'd greatly appreciate some advice as to how I can speed it up.

To try to speed it up, I reinstalled Windows XP Pro and reduced my primary hard drive disk space usage to just over 50%. I also do Checkdisk scans and defrag with O&O Defrag once a month (I did both this weekend) and I scan my computer with Ad-Aware, Spyware Doctor, PC-Cillin and TuneUp Utilities' TuneUp DiskCleaner, TuneUp RegistryCleaner and TuneUp Registry Defrag once a week. Windows patches install automatically.

The only thing I can think of is that I do have quite a large number of programs installed, but I do need them for my business. I'm careful to install anything I don't need.

Here's a list of the component parts of my computer:
Processor - Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz S478 533 FSB 1MB Cache
Motherboard - Asus P4P800S-E Deluxe
Graphics Card - ATI Radeon 9200 256 DDR 8X AGP VIVO All-in-Wonder AGP
Case - Jou Jye JJ-350D (Designed for Pentium 4)
Hard Drive - Hitachi 320GB
DVD Drive - Optiarc DVD+-R/RW/RAM 18x SATA BL OEM
RAM - 2GB DDR SDRAM PC3200 400 Mhz
Floppy Drive - Alps Electric

Here's a screen shot of Task Manager when my computer's struggling (a lot of the time):

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Thanks,
Joe

Edited by joebeaven, 09 September 2007 - 12:28 PM.


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#2 WinCrazy

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Posted 09 September 2007 - 02:22 PM

Hi joebeaven. Right idea, wrong tab. Take a screen shot of the Processes. Something is using up most of the processor. Have you read these ?

Slow Computer Checklist and Repair

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 04:16 AM

Hi WinCrazy,

I've seen both of those threads and I've tried everything on them.

Here's my list of processes:

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Thanks,
Joe

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 04:38 AM

PcScnSrv.exe seems to be the problem here. I believe it's part of TrendMicro's PC-Cillin. First thing I would try is to uninstall and then reinstall any TrendMicro products you have.
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Posted 10 September 2007 - 08:49 AM

Yes PcScnSrv.exe is definitely the problem, matter-of-fact many PC-cillin customers are going through the exact same thing. Heres an article, and the fix for it:

PcSnSrv.exe: Performance Problems

Hope this helps :thumbsup:
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256MB, Windows XP Media Center SP2, Mozilla Firefox, McAfee Security Center, AdAwareSE, F-Secure Blacklight, A-squared Free.

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 10:57 AM

Too many programs so I would replace all of these:

Ad-Aware, Spyware Doctor, PC-Cillin and TuneUp Utilities' TuneUp DiskCleaner, TuneUp RegistryCleaner and TuneUp Registry Defrag

with....

jkdefrag http://www.kessels.com/JkDefrag/
avg antispyware http://www.majorgeeks.com/AVG_Anti-Spyware_d5287.html
advanced windows care http://www.majorgeeks.com/Advanced_Windows...onal_d4991.html

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 11:42 AM

Only programs that are actually running can slow down your computer. AdAware, uneUp Utilities' TuneUp DiskCleaner, TuneUp RegistryCleaner and TuneUp Registry Defrag are apps that you must start manually. They can't be the cause of the slowdown.

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 11:54 AM

WMPlayer also seems to be using a lot of memory. Were you playing music when you took the second screen dump?
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Posted 10 September 2007 - 01:42 PM

Thanks for the advice. I haven't got Spybot S&D installed, but PC-Cillin still seems to be a problem. Can I ask what are some good anitvirus and firewall programs that don't use up too many system resources?

I was playing music at the time. I think there are too many MP3s in my library (my MP3s are on a secondary drive). I don't know how to clear the library quickly. It takes ages to highlight and delete them.

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 02:36 PM

Thanks for the advice. I haven't got Spybot S&D installed, but PC-Cillin still seems to be a problem. Can I ask what are some good anitvirus and firewall programs that don't use up too many system resources?

I was playing music at the time. I think there are too many MP3s in my library (my MP3s are on a secondary drive). I don't know how to clear the library quickly. It takes ages to highlight and delete them.

How to clear WMP library
Open media player
Tools:
Options
Privacy
Delete history & cache
Click on library
Put "check in box"...Delete files from pc when deleted from library
Back to main screen
View
Go to
Library

Mark

some nice tweaks for WMP
empty we hope!!!
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsme...spack/powertoys
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Posted 14 September 2007 - 10:40 AM

Hi,

I've replaced PC-Cillin with Kaspersky Internet Security 7. I also found that Spyware Doctor was heavy on the processor, so I replaced it with Sunbelt CounterSpy. I chose both these programs because they're supposed to run light (and because they're supposed to be good), but the difference has been minimal. My computer's slightly faster now I think, but it's still a lot slower than I would like.

It looks I need a new processor, but I don't want to be replacing the motherboard, graphics card and PSU, at least not yet.

Please could someone tell me what the best processor is that would work with my current eqipment?

Thanks,
Joe

P.S. Thanks for the WMP tips. I've cleared my library now.

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Posted 14 September 2007 - 03:35 PM

Hi joebeaven. Here are some excellent FREE AV and anti-malware apps.
Antivirus (Run only one.)
Avast Home Edition Antivirus Freeware PREFERRED No banner placed in outgoing email like AVG
AVG Free Edition Antivirus PREFERRED
AntiVir Personal Edition Classic Freeware No email scanner!!
BitDefender 8 Free Edition

Firewalls (Run only one.)
Zone Alarm Free for Personal Use Allows home networking using “Zones”
SyGate Personal Firewall 5.6
OutPost Firewall Free
Kerio Free Personal Firewall

Anti-Malware

Startup Monitor *** A Must-Have ***

Mike Lin's Startup Control Panel *** Very Useful ***

Anti-spyware
SpywareGuard Tutorial

SpywareGuard Tutorial
SpyBlaster Tutorial
Microsoft Defender (2000,and XP only)
Spybot Tutorial
AdAware SE Personal Edition Tutorial

Trojan Removal Tool
Ewido Anti-Malware After a 14 day trial it will not scan automatically (2000, and XP only)(Features)
A Squared Free

Online scans
Trendmicro's Housecall Internet Explorer Only
Trendmicro"s Housecall FoxFire Only
Panda's ActiveScan Internet Explorer Only
F-secure's Virus Scan Internet Explorer Only
SyGate's Trojan scan
eTrust Antivirus Web Scanner Internet Explorer Only

Removal Tools
Kaspersky Removal Tools
AVG Manual Virus Removal tool
MacAfee Stinger Virus Removal Tool
Symantec's Viurs Removal Tools
BitDefender Removal Tools Free

Utility
cCleaner
Everest Home 2.2 (hardware and software information)
Belarc Diagnostic Tool
Memtest86 "A Stand-alone Memory Diagnostic"
MicroSoft's Memory Test
Digtal Dolly (Hard drive utility)
Active@KillDisk-Drive Wipe Utility
BartPE Windows 2000 & XP Only.
Ultimate Boot Disk Utility
www.bootdisk.com
BIOS beep & POST codes
Firewall Security Test
Snap Backup (Backup Utility)
SpeeDefrag 2.1 (Restarts, runs, and shuts down Windows)




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