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A Very Slow Computer

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#1 mg49


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Posted 18 January 2006 - 06:35 PM

My computer has been incredibly slow lately. I've tried deleting programs (Right now it has 9.51 GB free out of 27.9GB on the C drive) and I've tried defragmenting but none of this really made a significant difference. Is there anything else I can be doing to make it faster?
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#2 franktiii


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Posted 18 January 2006 - 06:47 PM

Could be many things, hardware issues, viruses, etc....

Can you tell us more about computer, desktop, laptop, processor, ram, os, what sort of programs are you running? Do you have up to date anti-virus, anti-spyware programs running.

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Posted 18 January 2006 - 07:04 PM

Its a laptop that's 3.5 years old (Dell Inspiron 4150). Its only started being really slow in the past month or two. It has XP Home Edition, Intel Pentium 4, 384 RAM, 1.6 Ghz. I've run ad-aware and spy-bot on it. I recently uninstalled Limewire from it. I use the computer for school so I mostly use programs like word, powerpoint, outlook, excel and the internet.


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Posted 19 January 2006 - 12:51 AM

Check the applications launching on startup. There may be unneeded tasks running in the background taking resources. If you are in doubt about a program, check it against the BC startup program database (tap at the top of each page).
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Posted 19 January 2006 - 01:17 AM

A sudden slowdown on a computer that has operated satisfactorily before is usually the result of malware.

Did you update Adaware and Spybot before running them?

Have you run a virus scan (with an updated AV program)?

Try some of these online scans using Internet Explorer (These require Active X which mozilla based browsers do not have):

Microsoft Full Service Scan

Kaspersky Anti-Virus Web Scanner

Panda Activescan (IE only)

Trend Micro antivirus and malware scan:

Etrust Anti-virus web scanner

online trojan scans here –

Sygate Trojanscan

Windows Security Trojanscan

If the problem persists I suggest you take advantage of the Hijack This forum here.

Hijack This and a variety of other tools for malware and pestware or

Unless you are an expert in altering, editing or modifying the registry do not attempt to use “Hijack This” without expert assistance which you can get by following the instructions below:
How to submit a Hijack This log

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