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#1 jgeer

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 09:00 PM

I am very new to the forum thing and don't know a huge amount about computers but here goes. I have an older computer running 1.4 Ghz Athlon processor, 512 megs memory and a 100 gig hard drive which is only about half full.

A few weeks ago, the computer started slowing down after the kids had been surfing the internet. Since then I have run AVG, Sybot S&S, Malwarebytes scans, defraged the hard drive and run CCleaner. The only things I have found is some adware and a lot of cookies. I have run the MS Malicious Software Removal Tool and found nothing. The computer is getting slower and slower. The last time I ran AVG it took over 2 days and the last defrag took over 3.

I think I may have a software or hardware problem because the computer seems to run faster in safe mode but I cannot pinpoint it. The only thing I see on the task manager is Internet Explorer and Explorer take up a lot of CPU (sometimes over 50%) and the CPU is always maxed out unless in safe mode.

Any help would be appreciated.

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#2 sidorak95

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 09:06 PM

Have you seen this?
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/44694/slow-computer/

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 09:10 PM

Yes. I have gone through most of the checklist and have not found anything. If I turn off everything in the start menu, the computer speeds up a little bit but is still extremely slow

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 09:35 PM

Try booting it into this mode, and see if it helps:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307852

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Posted 13 June 2009 - 09:37 AM

A 1.4Ghz Athlon processor with 512MB of RAM...should not be expected to set any speed records, especially if you have lots of items running at startup.

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