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done all the fixes - still slow


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#1 mamanim

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 07:16 PM

Sony Vaio laptop, XP, Intel Centrino Duo

I could use some advice regarding my laptop. It is running VERY slowly. I've done all the fixes (keep the registry clean with RegCure), managed the automatic start up programs, run a complete virus and malware scan (Malwarebytes and Comodo), run the systems tools disk cleanup, uninstalled unused programs.

The HD (226GB, 70.7 free)is approx 1.5 years old.

By slow, I mean that it is taking a very long time to open folder windows, longer to open programs, choking if I try to run more than one program, gagging on simple commands - i.e. open a new tab in browser, etc.

Any suggestions?

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 09:07 PM

keep the registry clean with RegCure

Could be a part of your problem....
Registry cleaners/optimizers are not recommended for several reasons:

  • Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

    The Windows registry is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component because it is where Windows "remembers" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system inoperable. For a more detailed explanation, read Understanding The Registry.
  • Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all work entirely the same way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad entry". One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.
  • Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes. If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.
  • Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfection and make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.
  • The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in "unpredictable results".
Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.


How much RAM do you have?

Did Malwarebytes/Comodo find any issues?

Edited by Broni, 27 May 2011 - 09:08 PM.

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 10:16 PM

I've done all the fixes (keep the registry clean with RegCure)

>>>>FACEPALM<<<< The info provided by Broni already covers that part of your "fixes". What else have you tried other than the AV scans. HOW have you managed your startups?

...run the systems tools disk cleanup

What system tools? Is this another automated program or are you referring to Disk Cleanup? Other?

Sony Vaio laptop, XP, Intel Centrino Duo...

Model? XP what? Home, Pro, Service Pack? Intel Centrino is a technology, what processor? How much RAM installed as Broni asked?




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