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#1 a2rudeboy

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Posted 27 June 2010 - 12:43 AM

I'm using Windows 7, and the latest version of firefox.

Problem: Recently (in the past 2-3 days) I have noticed my computer running abnormally slow. Video sites such as youtube.com or megavideo are running choppy even when the video has been fully loaded. Sometimes, when i click to switch from one window to another the other window wont maximize for a minute or so, or it comes up on a blank screen until the page reloads. Similar things happen when i try and minimize or exit out of a window.

Solutions tried: Ran disk cleanup and got rid of everything, defrag hard drive, run spybot search and destroy (no results), restart computer, reset modem (i dont believe this is the issue, another computer in the house is running just fine)


ANy help would be greatly appreciated!

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#2 MrBruce1959

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Posted 27 June 2010 - 12:50 AM

Hello and welcome to Bleepingcomputer.

This sounds like a good time for summer cleaning....the inside of the computer that is.

A slow system can be contributed to things getting a tad too warm and the system will start to slow down a bit over time and eventually will cause crashes.

Disconnect the power supply and open the computer and clean out any dust you find inside that case, be safe, if you touch anything inside make sure your grounded to the computer case while your touching anything inside.

Purchasing a can of compressed air is great for blowing dust out of hard to reach places, just do not let the fans spin from the force of the air, use a pencil to stop from spinning and you might want to try putting a new bead of thermal paste/grease between the processor and heat sink while you're at it.

Once you do that, you might find things will have a tendency to speed back up again.

Kind regards.

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#3 a2rudeboy

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Posted 27 June 2010 - 01:07 AM

Sorry- I should have been more clear.

It's a laptop, and only about 6 months old.

It just seems a little random that it would decrease in speed this dramatically over the course of about 2 days

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Posted 27 June 2010 - 01:21 AM

I will repeat my self, its time for a summer cleaning.

Laptops are specially prone to dust problems, because they endure more enviromental dust than a desktop.
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Posted 13 August 2010 - 04:13 PM

rudeboy, did you find a solution to this problem, I'm having the exact same issue right now. :huh:

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 05:25 PM

ProdigalSin, what have you tried to 'fix' the situation?
Have you run CHKDSK ?

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Posted 14 August 2010 - 10:33 PM

As you posted Recently (in the past 2-3 days). The first thing that comes to mind is what have you done in the last 2-3 days. Have you change settings on your system? Have you down loaded things or have you updated things in these 2-3 days? Have you run any security scans? Yes a bad download, update or a virus,spyware,malware can cause this right now in a heart beat. Oh by the way over heating can cause this problem as MrBruce1959 has mentioned.

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Posted 16 August 2010 - 12:08 PM

I don't see where you scanned for malware.

Spybot S&D is fine for light spyware/adware...but it's not the sole tool that any system should rely on.

I think that merits consideration, since malware is known to possibly slow the system down.

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 02:23 AM

aha, seems my Chrome browser goes fast. why not trying?
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