Dear Bleeping Computer technician,
My computer is perpetually slow on almost everything. It takes forever to reboot (8.5 min plus the time to turn of, another 5), slowly loads its programs, sucking the life out of everyone who uses it.
My system is as follows:
Microsoft Windows XP
Service Pack 3
Manufactured and Supported by:
Has a Intel®
Celeron® CPU 2.70GHz
2.69 GHz, 0.99GB of Ram
A couple of things to note before you Read further.
1.) All the programs I downloaded were FREEWARE, and so those steps I took may not have been very affective.
2.) Before this, we had various interesting things happen to the computer which were worked out:
Had several power outages (write caching is on) and had a minute camera stuck in backwards, crashing the computer.
Had an extra hard drive die, which cause several crashes. After this, the computer got really slow half a year later as it is now (Last crash occurred almost three years ago).
3.) The computer has a hard drive with 120 GB and has, to the present 33.5 GB left, with 14.5 GB from my sister's picture work (Since she draws a lot. Right now she's in college, and has a laptop, though won't put it on hers, for various reasons and was encouraged after her laptop was stolen)
In trying to diagnose the problem from the top of the page, I first looked up all the well-known free computer error fixers, but this didn't cure the problem. I went on a updating frenzy during this and updated almost everything on this computer, from ALL the hardware (includes the stuff in Device Manager) to the software (Including updating to Service Pack 3) on the computer. I could see no real improvement there.
I then ran most of the freeware virus scanners which found little to nothing except some spyware (which AVG would have found anyway) programs and then, after I uninstalled them, I had useless files on my system which they left. This still didn't change anything noticeable as to the performance of the computer.
I then looked up all the online scanners from the site Castlecops.com, which all took forever and found nothing new. From there I got multifarious programs that were to check on the registry files and the prefetch. All this proved was just one worm of which I'll post in another blog.
Nothing seems to work. In fact, the computer even ran a little slower (though temporarily as that was to my being deceived about the prefetch dumping.). I also installed the program CCleaner to rid of empty and useless stuff, but I;m still left with a slow computer.
I then looked up sites, including this one, on how to improve the computer and did just the safe ones (Since I didn't want to touch the registry apart from a program, being that I know that I'm not very knowlegeble about that part of the machine).
These things still haven't done anything noticeable in the least and so I decided I would use this program HijackThis which I heard about (also from Bleeping Computer as well) which I have run, though done nothing as of yet, and so now here we are.
Any help would be MUCH appreciated.
Edited by Orange Blossom, 20 May 2008 - 11:40 PM.
Merged topics and added in original topic title to merged topic. ~ OB