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Is this computer just too old?


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#1 HydePryde

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 06:16 PM

I bought my PC 2.5 years ago, and I'd love to get some more life out of it. However, I am having constant problems with it. As far as I can tell, I am virus free. I run Secunia PSI, and I just ran MalwareBytes, and I have no issues. However, my computer is very slow, and very buggy. I have issues with multiple applications freezing or crashing, it takes forever to start up, and my browsers are very slow to start. I currently have:


OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Version 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name CORINNE-PC
System Manufacturer Dell Inc.
System Model XPS M1330
System Type x64-based PC
Processor Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU T8100 @ 2.10GHz, 2101 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date Dell Inc. A12, 7/8/2008
SMBIOS Version 2.4
Windows Directory C:\Windows
System Directory C:\Windows\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume3
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.1.7601.17514"
User Name Corinne-PC\Corinne
Time Zone Central Daylight Time
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 4.00 GB
Available Physical Memory 1.79 GB
Total Virtual Memory 7.99 GB
Available Virtual Memory 5.92 GB
Page File Space 4.00 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys

Here are links to a couple of screenshots of my task manager when I had no applications running, if that helps:
http://screencast.com/t/kstMKitHy
http://screencast.com/t/lvHgJ7ebiNp

Thanks in advance for any advice!

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#2 cryptodan

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 06:17 PM

Please perform the following, so that we can get the exact specs of your computer. This will better assist us in helping you more.

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#3 HydePryde

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 06:24 PM

Here you go:
http://speccy.piriform.com/results/XiwehT20GZiNrRjEkJtqk2i

Thanks! :)

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 06:29 PM

Are you getting performance issues?

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 06:35 PM

Basically, these are the issues I have:
Programs (mostly I use browsers and Office programs) are frequently freezing or crashing (when I go to task manager to shut them down my CPU usage will be at or close to 100%)
Takes a LONG time to start up
Takes a LONG time to open Chrome or Firefox

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 06:38 PM

I would recommend getting rid of norton via The Norton Removal Tool and get something much much better like Avast or MSE. Norton is a system hog.

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 07:09 PM

Do you know anything about Sophos? My university is moving to that instead of Norton, so I was planning on installing it. Should I skip it and do Avast instead?

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 07:13 PM

I would do Avast it is much more light weight.

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 07:19 PM

Wait, I'm running Symantec, not Norton...
Does everything else look good? It doesn't seem like just switching to Avast wouldn't be enough to solve all these issues...

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 07:26 PM

What Cryptodan said :) Symantec is same as Norton. It consumes toomuch resources.

Also check if your hard disk is doing good. Use CrystalDiskInfo : http://crystalmark.info/?lang=en

Edited by Romeo29, 24 July 2011 - 07:27 PM.


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Posted 24 July 2011 - 07:55 PM

Ok, downloaded CrystalDiskInfo Disk Information Tool...now what do I do with it? When it comes to computers, I only know enough to be dangerous. ;)

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 07:58 PM

Have you removed Norton/Symantec?

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 07:59 PM

not yet...do that first?
should I put on Avast before I do it?

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 08:00 PM

Do that first then install Avast.

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 08:07 PM

Ok, uninstalling Norton right now...
Next I do CrystalDiskInfo? What to I do with that?




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