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  posted on 5/6/2008 at 01:43 PM


What can you do when your PC moves like a snail, without having to spend money.

I appreciate any help.

 

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  posted on 5/6/2008 at 01:49 PM
1st thing I would do is a "defrag"
2nd thing I would do is a full system scan of your anti-virus program
3rd thing I would do is delete all cookies and "temporary internet files"
4th thing I would do is run every spyware program you have
5th thing I would do is take a look at your "system tray" to see what programs are running that you don't actually need, and turn them off and adjust the settings so that they don't automatically launch on start-up.

But, I'm no computer guy.

 

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  posted on 5/6/2008 at 01:55 PM
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But, I'm no computer guy.


The defrag advice is the best starting point. Okay Mr not a computer guy , how do I stop (or turn off) my Picture Perfect and Groove from launching when I start up? I can't figure that out.

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  posted on 5/6/2008 at 01:58 PM


the tone of your headline reflects a hostile attitude towards your computer.

be positive, don't put him down just because he can't keep up with the other computers.

 

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  posted on 5/6/2008 at 02:03 PM
There are some free downloads available like Adaware, and Spybot that may help when you've tried all of the above. They do help! Go to Download.com to find them.

 

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  posted on 5/6/2008 at 02:10 PM
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the tone of your headline reflects a hostile attitude towards your computer.

be positive, don't put him down just because he can't keep up with the other computers.




He was quick, then he got slow...sort of like I did over the years. It's an old PC also.

 

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  posted on 5/6/2008 at 02:14 PM
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1st thing I would do is a "defrag"
2nd thing I would do is a full system scan of your anti-virus program
3rd thing I would do is delete all cookies and "temporary internet files"
4th thing I would do is run every spyware program you have
5th thing I would do is take a look at your "system tray" to see what programs are running that you don't actually need, and turn them off and adjust the settings so that they don't automatically launch on start-up.

But, I'm no computer guy.

This is good advice, although I'd insert a new #1 and that would be to check available disk space on the disk/partition that Windows is installed on (usually C. If you run below 10% or even 20% available disk space, performance starts to degrade. Besides, I don't believe you can perform a defrag with less than 10% of your disk available anyhow.


I have 76.3 GB total size and I have 27.3 GB space available. Like I said it's old, it does not have the space the newer ones have. Thanks !!!

 

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  posted on 5/6/2008 at 02:16 PM
A baseball bat usually works for me

 

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  posted on 5/6/2008 at 02:29 PM
Before I do a defrag, I would go thru my program list and remove any programs I am not using.
Then do a scan check to clean up other files that are duplicated.
clean out your temporary folders
delete all cookies
clean your recycle bin

then do the defrag.

Not a guru either, but this helps me.....all else fails refer to Wharfys post and head out to your nearest computer store.

 

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A baseball bat usually works for me


This is no lie, my Boss actually threw a Laptop PC out of the window(2nd story)of his office one day. Then he went and bought a new one. He kept telling me he was going to do it.

 

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  posted on 5/6/2008 at 02:36 PM
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To disable startup programs or utilities that run in the system tray (and therefore take up system resources):

1) Go to the Start menu, choose Run
2) Type "msconfig" and press enter (no quotes, just msconfig).
3) You'll see this screen, click the Startup tab



4) Go thru the items in that list one by one and make a judgement call on whether you need it running or not. If you don't recognize anything about it by looking in the Command column, you should probably leave it alone. Checked means it will run at startup, unchecked means it will not.


I just did this and it has already gotten a little bit faster.

 

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  posted on 5/6/2008 at 02:37 PM
I cannot give you the details on how to do it, but if the speed change has occurred recently, you can do a system restore, to take the computer back to an earlier state of being- sort of like making you 23 again. the good part is if that causes other problems, you can "un-do" it, and make yourself old again.

This would be helpful if you unwittingly made changes or installed programs that are slowing the computer down.

 

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Then do a scan check to clean up other files that are duplicated.
clean out your temporary folders
delete all cookies



Could someone tell an idiot(me) how to do these three ?

 

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  posted on 5/6/2008 at 02:40 PM
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I cannot give you the details on how to do it, but if the speed change has occurred recently, you can do a system restore, to take the computer back to an earlier state of being- sort of like making you 23 again. the good part is if that causes other problems, you can "un-do" it, and make yourself old again.

This would be helpful if you unwittingly made changes or installed programs that are slowing the computer down.


to hell with the PC, I want to be 23 again. Can you tell me where the "System Restore" in my body is ?

 

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  posted on 5/6/2008 at 02:44 PM
I was told by my ISP to clear Temporary Files, Temporary Internet Files and Cookies every 15 days.

I use Ad-Aware 2007 too.

 

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  posted on 5/6/2008 at 02:57 PM
buy a Mac

 

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  posted on 5/6/2008 at 03:03 PM
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I was told by my ISP to clear Temporary Files, Temporary Internet Files and Cookies every 15 days.

That's pretty standard advice from Level 1 ISP tech support monkeys. From their perspective, it can only help. But from your perspective, it's like having pest control come spray house every 15 days -- overkill. Cookies, for example, are TINY TINY little files are responsible for helping website remember who you are, so if you delete those alot of times you'll lose customizations or login information. Like here for example -- if you delete your cookies, you'll have to retype your username and password. I can't think of a reason why cookies would ever affect your PC's performance expect for taking up disk space, and since they are so small they'd be last on the list of things to delete if you are running low.

Delete Temporary Internet Files if you notice slow browsing, no need to ever touch cookies or files in your temp directory unless you need disk space. Personally, I rarely delete any of those items as they are deleted as necessary by Windows and IE.


Thanks for your input--interesting.

 

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This is no lie, my Boss actually threw a Laptop PC out of the window(2nd story)of his office one day. Then he went and bought a new one. He kept telling me he was going to do it.

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  posted on 5/6/2008 at 03:45 PM
Make sure your Windows OS is up to date. Set Windows Update to automatically
check and update your machine. This will get security updates that can prevent virus
infections and close security holes.

 

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  posted on 5/6/2008 at 03:59 PM
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But, I'm no computer guy.


The defrag advice is the best starting point. Okay Mr not a computer guy , how do I stop (or turn off) my Picture Perfect and Groove from launching when I start up? I can't figure that out.


WannabeDerek's advice is excellent on killing automatic startup programs, but before dealing with MSCONFIG you can first try going into each program and going into the "options" or "advanced" or "preferences" or "settings" tab/section or whatever, and make sure to uncheck the boxes that say something like "launch at startup" or "systray icon" or something similar. You have to really dig to find them, but I've never found a program that doesn't have the option to uncheck those default settings somewhere. In any event, that will prevent it from automatically starting up without having to decipher (and make guesses) as to which file names go with which program in MSCONFIG.

SpyBot Seach & Destroy and AdAware 2007 are excellent free resources to remove adware and spyware. And as much as people like to hate Microsoft, I'd also add Windows Defender to the list (also free for d/l at Microsoft's site). To prevent adware/spyware from ever getting installed on your PC, I highly recommend SpywareBlaster v4.0, which is also free and available at download.com. With Spybot, make sure to also install the SD Resident to also block adware/spyware from ever installing on your PC. The SD Resident on my computer currently has almost 70,000 blacklisted processes. Since using both SD Resident and SpywareBlaster, most of my weekly scans with AdAware and Spybot Search & Destroy have come back with zero hits, if that's saying anything.

 

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  posted on 5/6/2008 at 04:01 PM
Oh, and what version of Windows are you using? You can often speed up your computer by going into the memory settings and changing the default from "personal computer" to "server" and that will speed up a computer with otherwise insufficient amount of RAM. This works particularly well with the pre-XP versions of Windows (e.g., Win98 and WinMe)

 

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I cannot give you the details on how to do it, but if the speed change has occurred recently, you can do a system restore, to take the computer back to an earlier state of being- sort of like making you 23 again. the good part is if that causes other problems, you can "un-do" it, and make yourself old again.

This would be helpful if you unwittingly made changes or installed programs that are slowing the computer down.


to hell with the PC, I want to be 23 again. Can you tell me where the "System Restore" in my body is ?


Sorry Kenny, you probably are still running the operating system you were born with, and it does not support this... that's what dreams are for LOL!! But I bet you can find a few Twilight Zones and Outler Limits that use this rpemise...

 

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1st thing I would do is a "defrag"
2nd thing I would do is a full system scan of your anti-virus program
3rd thing I would do is delete all cookies and "temporary internet files"
4th thing I would do is run every spyware program you have
5th thing I would do is take a look at your "system tray" to see what programs are running that you don't actually need, and turn them off and adjust the settings so that they don't automatically launch on start-up.

But, I'm no computer guy.


Before you defrag, back up your files. I also use a program called Registry Mechanic. It keeps all your files right and gets rid of bad files and unnecessary dll and other files like that. Best program I ever paid for.

 

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I cannot give you the details on how to do it, but if the speed change has occurred recently, you can do a system restore, to take the computer back to an earlier state of being- sort of like making you 23 again. the good part is if that causes other problems, you can "un-do" it, and make yourself old again.

This would be helpful if you unwittingly made changes or installed programs that are slowing the computer down.


to hell with the PC, I want to be 23 again. Can you tell me where the "System Restore" in my body is ?


Sometimes I wish I can just "reboot" myself

 

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  posted on 5/6/2008 at 07:37 PM
If all the excellent advise here fails, try posting at either one of these places.
Both are very good for tech help.


http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic44694.html


http://www.castlecops.com/t175258-Slow_Computer_Check_here_first_it_may_not _be_malware.html

Did you try Disc Cleanup?
Disk cleanup = Start > All programs > Accessories > System tools > disc cleanup > select the drive you want to clean,
(usually C: )

Good luck.

[Edited on 5/7/2008 by punknseed]

 
 


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