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#1 ktwsolo

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Posted 09 August 2006 - 02:04 PM

Hi,

So most of the time my computer is fine. However, maybe twice a day, things slow down to a crawl, similar to if the CPU is at 100%. However, the task manager shows nothing but normal memory and CPU usages for programs, I can't hear the hard drive going crazy, and the hard disk indicator light is off. This will last for around fifteen minutes and then, just as randomly, will go back to normal. I haven't noticed any correlation with certain open programs, whether I'm online or not, or anything like that.

So, basically, the appearance of CPU being at 100% but without the task manager showing anything unusual. I ran checkdisk and it came up clean. I'm decently defragmented, clean of spyware (Spybot, Adaware, Ewido), and Sophos hasn't picked anything up. Any suggestions?

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Posted 09 August 2006 - 06:30 PM

Hello ktwsolo

If your computer seems to be slow, read Slow Computer Checklist. There are reasons for slowness besides malware - i.e. too many startup programs, to many programs open at one time, unnecessary services running, not enough RAM etc. Further, as your system gets older it becomes filled with more files/programs and has a natural tendency to slow down.
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Posted 10 August 2006 - 09:10 AM

Yeah I read through that. I have very few startup programs, 1.5ghz processor, 1gig of RAM, the problem occurs and disappears regardless of how many programs I have open, again my task manager doesn't show anything unusual.

If it were just running slower I wouldn't bring it up here, but it's periods of incredible slowness without the task manager reporting high CPU or memory usage and without it sounding like the computer is working hard that makes me suspicious.

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Posted 10 August 2006 - 10:12 AM

Here are a few more suggestions.

Increase performance by doing this:
1. Right click My Computer, choose > Properties > Advanced and click on "Settings" under performance. Then UNcheck all the visual effects, except for the last three. Click "Apply", then "OK", then "OK" again.

2. Right click your desktop and choose > Properties > Appearance > Effects...Uncheck the first two boxes and hit "Okay".

If your short on space, clean up your hard drive by removing unused programs and transfer old data, pictures, music files to a CD or an external hard drive.

Check for any unnecessary applications loading at startup when Windows boots. Many startup programs are not needed and disabling them can save resources and improve performance.

Go to Start > Run and type: msconfig
Click "OK" or press "Enter" and the [i]System Configuration Utility[i] will open.
Go to the Startup Tab, and see what programs are listed.

If you are unsure what any of the startup entries are or if they are safe to disable, then search the Startup Programs Database.

Check for any unnecessary running services. Use this guide to help fine tune this area: Black Viper's Services Configuration.
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Posted 10 August 2006 - 04:55 PM

Have you checked the networking tab in TaskManager when this happens? It could be data transfer slowing down the works by either legitimate programs - such as automatically updating - or bad ones.

I find that my system will slow down if there is quite a bit of data transfer going on at the time.

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