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Computer Is Way Tooo Lagged.


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#1 jorywlu

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Posted 07 May 2006 - 11:09 PM

What the :thumbsup: is causing my computer to be soo lagged. I just bought a new computer about 5-6 months ago. and now is it is like the thing doesn't act on my commands. it takes forever on startup. and uninstalling and installing programs takes forever as well. it is like it is running at 10% and never more. I know what kind of speed it has. What do you think this sounds like.

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Posted 07 May 2006 - 11:48 PM

Wow
Sounds like the spyware, trojans, virus, and a whole lot of other malware are fighting over your
machine. Go to resources (above) and clean house. Also go to Internet Express>tools>internet
options>general tab> temporary internet files and delete cookies and delete files. Be sure to check
delete all offline content. Delete these every 2 days or so if you are active on the internet.

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Posted 08 May 2006 - 06:42 AM

Once you've detected/removed the spyware and viruses - then it's time to check your resources.

Resources are what's available for processing stuff on your computer. RAM is the most commonly known resource - but there are others (like your CPU, hard drive, video card, etc) that can also slow down your system.

Start with your hard drive. Use Disk Cleanup and then Disk Defrag to get it back in shape. Generally, it's a good idea for you to have at least 15% free space on your drive so that Windows can do it's "magic" with your files. You can also use this free utility to monitor the SMART status of your hard drive: http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php It also has a handy temperature monitoring tool also.

Next, if you're using XP the absolute minimum (IMO) amount of RAM is 512 mB - but you can even encounter problems if you have 2 gB (like I do) if your programs hog all of this.

Most commonly what happens is that programs that you install will make a portion of the program stay resident in memory (thus taking up memory resources). The cure here is 2 fold:
1) Use a program like StartupCPL (free here: http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml ) to trim the startup entries that are taking up your RAM. Here's a reference for the different entries that you'll find in the startup files: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/startups/
2) Modify your services using the services.msc applet to prevent unneeded services from running. Here's a link to a page that makes recommendations about services: http://www.theeldergeek.com/services_guide.htm

Edited by usasma, 08 May 2006 - 06:43 AM.

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