Do you have any wireless devices installed - mouse, keyboard...
There are some good ideas in the Bleeping Computer - Slow Computer? post at the top of this forum. Solutions you can use.
If you are running Spybot, ZoneAlarm and AVG with any kind of real time scanning enabled - these all have potential to consume many CPU and memory resource that you may rather make available to your games.
It depends on how they are configured.
For performance issues, you could do some simple analysis with Task Manager or Process Explorer to see if those are making some system/gaming resources unavailable and to what extent. It is fundamental analysis, but can be revealing without downloading any special tools.
Run Task Manager and in the Processes tab, click View, Select Columns, check Virtual Memory size (so that column will be included), then expand the TM window so you can see all the columns.
Individually click the column headings for CPU, Mem Usage and VM Size columns to sort from most to least.
What is consuming the most in each column and do you know what it is and why it is?
Are you running the Spybot TeaTimer? TeaTimer is a Virtual Memory hog. Do you know what the function of TeaTimer is and do you need it? Has Spybot ever found anything for you besides cookies?
If you are using a ZA firewall and the Windows firewall at the same time, you may want to rethink that strategy. They sometimes don't play well together. ZA installed "out of the box" without some configuration tuning may not be suitable for every environment.
AVG is also a high consumer of resources and I have not run any versions of that in a long time.
Just those 3 alone make me cringe. I have used them all at one time or another. It is possible to become too protective.
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Edited by joseibarra, 21 November 2009 - 10:07 AM.