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#1 Pearlie

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 10:32 PM

:thumbsup: Hi everyone, I have a friend that asked me to look at her computer to see if I can determine why it is so slow lately. She has an HP 320C 2.8 pentium 4, 80g hd, 512 ram. Windows XP Home, Norton Internet Security. I deleted all her temp files and cookies, defragged the hd, ran virus scan, ran spybot search and destroy, adaware se. She has System Mechanic so I ran total care on it. She don't have any lare files of pictures or music. I just can't come up with another thing to try. Could it be the NIS making her pc sluggish?

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 10:47 PM

Norton itself slows down computers more than anything else. It would help to remove it and replace it with AVG, Avast or other programs.

http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/tsgen...005033108162039

Otherwise you can do these.

http://computercleanup.blogspot.com/

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 11:54 PM

Why does anyone spend their hard earned dollars on Norton and other programs like it when there are such good applications availabe for free, that dont hog resources?
I thought I was wrong once, but I was mistaken.

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Posted 03 January 2007 - 02:02 AM

Open up the Task Manager on your friend's computer by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Delete. In the bottom, left hand corner of the Task Manager it will say how many processes are running in the background. There should be no more than 30 or 40 processes running, but if there are more than 40 than you should download this tool so you can prevent some of them from starting when the computer starts.

http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml

Use this tool to disable a bunch of unnecessary startup programs, then restart the computer, and see if that helps. If you have more than 40 processes running in the background your machine can get kinda sluggish.

Edited by _Peter_, 03 January 2007 - 02:09 AM.


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Posted 03 January 2007 - 07:02 AM

Yeah, that does sound like there's probably too many programs running.
If you dont want to download anything just go to Start then Run and type in msconfig
Select the Startup tab and untick programs you dont need but just be careful what you remove!

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Posted 03 January 2007 - 07:12 AM

Why does anyone spend their hard earned dollars on Norton and other programs like it when there are such good applications availabe for free, that dont hog resources?


Norton 2007 does not slow computers down like it's predecessors. Not to mention the free programs don't have the same technical/customer support Symantec does....
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Posted 03 January 2007 - 08:30 AM

512 mB of RAM isn't much for a "mature" installation of XP (one that's been running for a while). So much "junk" gets loaded that it slows the system down.

Keeping it trim is a lot of work, and an additiona 512 mB of RAM will cut down on the housekeeping needed to keep it trim. It's worth the extra cost!
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Posted 03 January 2007 - 08:40 PM

:thumbsup: Thanks to all of you who sent me ideas. I will suggest mor memory and also I will download the Startup Manager. I have everything possible disabled with msconfig. Again thanks everyone! Pearliev




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