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Computer's Getting Slower


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#1 limitbreaker

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Posted 04 December 2007 - 11:05 PM

Hi, my computer is about one year old and recently some problems began to surface. It is taking an increasingly longer time to startup and programs take a longer time to close. This is unlike the past where an instant click would close a MSN chat window. Sometimes my Internet Explorer keeps loading the page but could never display my home page. This problem is beginning to become more frequent. Also, I would encounter some error right at the startup of my computer. I would have to press F2 to continue to windows and the time/date settings would be changed to somewhere in 2006.
Is there anything wrong with my computer? Is it breaking down under some sort of malicious program or viruses etc.? Is there any preventive measures I can take?
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Posted 05 December 2007 - 03:07 AM

Have you done any antivirus or antispyware scans recently and did they show anything? The time/date problem can be caused by a flat motherboard battery.
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Posted 05 December 2007 - 11:46 AM

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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