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My Computer Is Running Really Slow!


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#1 mankato

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 05:35 PM

My computer is running really slow, I think that I might have a virus. Can you help me clean this virus out of my computer?

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 05:46 PM

Welcome to BC mankato.
There are sevceral things we can try first. First go to Start>Program Files>Accessiores>System Tools>Disk Cleanup Check everything.
Enter Safe Mode and run defrag

How much hard drive space do you have used/free?

What are the specs of your computer. CPU, RAM, Make, Model?
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Posted 10 January 2006 - 06:41 PM

my computer is a compaq presario. It has an AMD semprom processor, 1.81 GHz, 192 MB of ram. presario (c:) 69.2 total size and 61 GB free space. presario (D:) 5.24GB total size and 776 MB Free space.

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 06:51 PM

It's most likely your RAM that's a very small amount my dads Pentium III machine from a long time ago has 128mb of RAM. Though it could very well be a virus too. Do a complete scan for viruses and spyware before you run out and go buy some more RAM.
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Posted 10 January 2006 - 06:59 PM

what and how do i do a scan for a virus and spyware. what software do i need to download?

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 08:01 PM

Go out and buy Norton secuity 2006 it will clear everything and and protect your computer, you can run a free scan from free software on the internet also you have very little ram, the mimimum for windows XP is 128MB and you have very little disk space on your hard drive delete some crap you dont need or you need to go and buy another hard drive say 40GB then youd have 46GB and you could just transfer some software over, also try and get rid of some of the icons on your desktop you know the ones on the left hand side you really dont need some of them, Hope that helped

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 08:21 PM

Here is what, at the minumum, you need (all of these are downloadable and completely free, all are used by many members of BC):

1. AVGFree. A good AV application. Download, install it, and update the definitions.
2. Ad-Aware SE. Download, install it, and update the definitions.
3. Spybot Search and Destory. Same instructions as above.

Links to these (and a ton of others) can be found here:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html

Once you have installed and updated these three, then run each in the order above in SAFE MODE (tap the f8 key repeatedly whilst booting your computer, and chose "Safe Mode" from the abnormal screen that appears).
Let each application fully scan your hard drive and remove/quarantine whatever it finds.

Reply to this thread with any problems encountered.
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Posted 10 January 2006 - 08:22 PM

PS:
These are excellent programs to have on your computer. Your AV should be running constantly, and you should run the other two on a regular basis. Always remember to update these before running, since new malware is found almost daily.

In addition, you should have a firewall running anytime you are connected to the internet.

All of these topics are discussed further in the Tutorial section here at BC.
Regards,
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Edited by jgweed, 10 January 2006 - 08:25 PM.

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 11:55 PM

my computer is a compaq presario. It has an AMD semprom processor, 1.81 GHz, 192 MB of ram. presario (c:) 69.2 total size and 61 GB free space. presario (D:) 5.24GB total size and 776 MB Free space.



:thumbsup: 192mb RAM. You won't believe the preformance jump if you bump up to 512mb. RAM is cheap and the BEST way to increase youe preformance. What type of RAM does you computer have, DDR, SDram, RDRAM?

I have to respectfully disagree about installing Norton. It is a proven resouce hog and conflicts with many programs and services. Form a security stand point there are many free secruity programs that are equal to if not better. IMHO

Antivirus (Run only one.)
AVG Free Edition Antivirus (I personally use)
Avast Home Edition Antivirus Freeware
AntiVir Personal Edition Classic Freeware
BitDefender 8 Free Edition

Antispyware
Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta (2000,and XP only)
Spybot Tutorial
AdAware SE Personal Edition Tutorial
SpyBlaster Tutorial
SpywareGuard Tutorial

Trojan Removal Tool
Ewido Anti-Malware After a 14 day trial it will not scan automaticily(2000, and XP only)(Features)
A Squared Free

Online scans
Trendmicro's Housecall Internet Explorer Only
Trendmicro"s Housecall FoxFire Only
Panda's ActiveScan Internet Explorer Only
F-secure's Virus Scan Internet Explorer Only
SyGate's Trojan scan
eTrust Antivirus Web Scanner Internet Explorer Only

Removal Tools
Kaspersky Removal Tools
AVG Manual Virus Removal tool
MacAfee Stinger Virus Removal Tool
Symantec's Viurs Removal Tools
BitDefender Removal Tools Free

Firewalls (Run only one.)
Zone Alarm Free for Personal Use
SyGate Personal Free Edition (I personally use)
OutPost Firewall Free
Jetico Personal Free
Kerio Free Personal Firewall
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