Posted 05 November 2010 - 05:55 PM
I have a Dell desktop which I bought new about 6 years ago. I do moderate gaming, more if I had the time, and surf internet. It is a Pentium 4 3ghz. I dont remember the fsb speed but when I bought it, it was the fastest you could get from dell. It also has 1 gb ram and a ATI X600 512mb graphics card. 160bg HD SATA.
THe issue: I have noticed it getting progressively slower and slower. So in July I reformatted the hard drive and started over. It had been infected with a virtumonde worm back in April and it never worked right after fixing that. Since July I only put half my programs back on the computer and only have about 25% of the hard drive utilized. It ran pretty fast for about 2 or 3 weeks then it starting slowing way down again. One of the issues is I visit a web page and it takes forever to load, I am on 1.5mbps DSL. I checked my bandwidth and it is just over 1mb. When the pages are loading I can hear the hard drive grinding away like it is huge files trying to load. THe web sites are not that large. For example I visited Foxnews and it took a good 15 to 20 seconds to load the page. On my laptop it takes 3 to 5 seconds. That is a huge difference.
THis is what I have done and it has not helped, at least I have not noticed it. I diabled non essential files in msconfig. THe only thing on startup is AVAST, sound, and connection icon. I have run Malware Bytes twice (updated to current database) with no problems. Full AVAST scan, nothing. ATF cleaner run and then defragged. It did not need defragged by results on the analyze but I did it anyway. THe last thing I have done just now was a chkdsk /r and it found no problems.
I am just wondering if its old and wore out or if anyone has any other suggestions. I am not getting any errors but it just seems to be working alot harder than it use to load things.