There are a lot of other things beside malicious software that can cause your computer to run slowly...
1. You don't seem to have much free space left on your hard drive. Consider doing some house cleaning. Remove some
of the programs that you no longer use. After you have used your computer for a while you may be surprised as to the
amount of junk that you collect. If some of these files are invaluable burn them to a CD and keep them on hand for the
times that you need them.
2. Keep an eye on running processes...You may have a lot of things running that you don't need...Turning of some of these
will help performance.
3: How often do you De-fragment your hard drive. You need to do this from time to time to keep your hard drive in good
4. Do you have more than one of the same types of Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware running in the background at the same time?
5. You may consider doing a clean install of windows providing that you have a valid XP CD to boot from. Consider adding
a couple of more partitions and install windows on the first one. Use the other two for Data storage and Music, Video,
Pictures storage. Windows will run much quicker if it is installed in a smaller partition close to the end of the disk. There
are several tutorials on doing this here just click on the "Tutorials" tab at the top of the page. This process is really
pretty easy just remember that when you are prompted for the partition size it will be measured in MB rather GB.
For instance if you want a 4GB partition it will actually be 4000MB when inserted at the prompt. How big you make them
is pretty much up to you. Windows doesn't require that much space to run but keep in mind that you will want to have
your printer and other things installed on this partition too. You can always make it smaller using "Computer
Management Utility" later.
There also is a topic pinned to the top of this page titled "Slow Computer?"...Read thru there for more ideas...Good Luck
Edited by douglas martin, 30 April 2008 - 09:14 AM.