why is my internet so slow

December 16, 2010 at 08:47:56
Specs: Windows 7
i have 3 computers, all got amazingly slow after i started using facebook, ive run norton, avg, and panda, and mcafee computer security software,, with no change. i have upgraded all 3 computers to windows 7 home premium, and no change. my shop computer has a dual core 3.2 intel processor, 1gh ram, has 250g hard drive internal, a Tb hard drive internal, and a 250g external hard drive. this computer will not stream pandora music. and takes forever to load a page (sometimes up to 3 minutes) ive reduced all my settings, and removed all the unneeded software, hoping that it was just an overload, no change. in winter last year this computer worked perfectly, but has gotten gradually slower during this year. please help.... any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated

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#1
December 16, 2010 at 10:30:53
"i have upgraded all 3 computers to windows 7 home premium"

Win7 is not going to run well with just 1GB RAM. If you check the requirements, 1GB is the minimum recommended for Win7 32-bit, 2GB is the minimum for Win7 64-bit. I believe you have the 64-bit version?

http://windows.microsoft.com/system...

If you're familiar with XP's requirements, 128MB was the recommended minimum, but it really doesn't run well until you install 512MB or more. So I would say that at least part of your problem is caused by insufficient RAM.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/...

Why are you running SO many security programs? Especially resource hogs like Norton & Mcafee? I suggest you uninstall ALL of the security software you have & replace it with Microsoft Security Essentials.

http://www.microsoft.com/security_e...

As for Facebook, it's web based. It shouldn't have effect on system performance unless you installed something.

You should also install CCleaner-Slim & use it regularly.

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/bu...


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#2
December 16, 2010 at 11:03:17
4 Internet security suites on 1GB of RAM? I'm surprised you haven't tossed the computer out the window yet. AVG itself slows 1GB systems down, and McAfee/Norton are probably worse!

As mickliq said, all you need is the excellent MSE.

I've seen Win7+MSE run reasonably well on 1GB of RAM, but an upgrade to 2GB would give you a nice performance boost.

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#3
December 16, 2010 at 14:07:36
thanks for the ideas, i probably will upgrade the ram, however, one of my laptops has a dual 4g processor, and 4g ram, and its also rediculously slow. any suggestions there, or try the mse first?

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#4
December 16, 2010 at 19:00:16
You may be having trouble with your internet router (if all systems are on the same network and the problem in mainly internet related) and/or your ethernet cable and/or your cable or DSL modem or connection to/from modem.

Definitely upgrade RAM. Cannot be: "...one of my laptops has a dual 4g processor..." I have not seen a laptop with a 4GB mobile Processor, unless I blinked and this is the end of 2011 instead of 2010.

I am not sure about McAfee but Norton requires their uninstaller to be downloaded from their website (at least for some of their versions) to completely remove it. When you get all of that junk off and scan with a decent antivirus program, you can also download, install and run Malwarebytes (free version) safely (not on automatic) without conflict to do spot checks for a variety of infections that may slip through otherwise.

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#5
January 5, 2011 at 10:43:58
so i upgraded my ram to 2g and this fn computer still runs sooooo slow. i cant get the internet do download s#@% and qwest says its just a 1.5m speed, thats working perfectly, so they say. now im a little upset cause i spent 240. to upgrade and it didnt resolve my problem. anyone got any dynamite?

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#6
January 5, 2011 at 18:07:27
Is it just the Internet that runs so slowly, or the computer overall. There is a McAfee removal tool. I don't have the link handy right now-do a search.

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#7
January 5, 2011 at 19:26:57
If internet related, Windows 7 has nothing to do with it. If it was slow in general, and was slow before the upgrade, your problem could be either hardware related or through the basic upgrade process you kept your problems and took them with you. I would recommend backing up your personal files, formatting the hard drive, and doing a completely clean install. Then install newly downloaded Windows 7 drivers for your hardware and just the programs you need. Put back your files and test it. If you problem is fixed, repeat for the other machines. If you are still not happy with the results, carefully post details on your machines and details of the exact problems. Certain problems may be related to inferior graphics and an upgrade can do wonders. Certain problems can be related to incorrect settings, incorrect drivers, program/utility conflicts or incompatible hardware to name just a few. Internet problems are typically related to ISP, cable or other wired connections, Cable/DSL Modem, wired or wireless router, Switch(es), and Ethernet cables.

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#8
January 6, 2011 at 08:01:31
if i relocate my 1tb drive to c cable plug, will the bios read that drive automatically, and will the cd drive work to install new win7?

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#9
January 6, 2011 at 19:12:36
You would not need to relocate the cable to read or install to the drive BUT if you want the 1TB drive to be the true new 'C' drive with your boot manager on it (rather than putting the boot manager on the original drive even though installing on the larger drive) you will need to UNPLUG ALL OTHER HARD DRIVES (internal and external) before you do the installation. If after everything is up and running and you want to recover the smaller hard drive for use as storage or back up, plug it in, start the system, transfer any files over you need, and format it using disk management tools (remember it will NO LONGER be referred to as 'C' drive, but will carry a different letter, look at capacity to verify).

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#10
January 17, 2011 at 14:03:25
so after i reinstalled windows 7, have 3.24GB of ram, the cpu gauge sometimes goes up to 80 or 90%, computer stops processing, and when i use firefox, the plugin container runs 60 and 70% cpu usage and 120k to 240k of memory, almost pegging the gauges again. is it in my best interest to take this in and have it repaired at this point?

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#11
January 17, 2011 at 14:05:14
oh yeah, i cant get the drives to swap, when i unplug them, for whatever reason i cant get bios to do #$%@!. i keeps trying to give me a boot menu, but never says anything about the bios stuff

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#12
January 17, 2011 at 20:53:47
Depending on your motherboard you need to repeatedly tap one key during the start up in order to access your BIOS set up. This key can be the delete button or one of the F buttons along the top. All you need to do is set the boot order so that the DVD drive boots first, put in the install disk and allow it to boot to the installation. If there is only one drive connected, then the install is simple, but I would personally choose 'Custom' anyway and 'Format' to do a quick format before you begin the actual install.

If you are running Windows 7 in the 32bit version, it will only formally recognize only a little over 3GB of memory (yours: "have 3.24GB of ram") but I understand that the RAM reserved for swap space and for any integrated graphics will come out of the total installed memory (4GB?) so you will not loose any more there.

If you are seeing CPU usage spike when opening a program like Firefox, that is normal. After it is fully opened and any page is loaded, that should go down. Also consider what else is running, your antivirus program is active and will also increase activity when loading a web page (even your home page) since every packet that is received needs to be scanned. And everything uses memory, the memory used you posted is not of any concern, it is not high.

Remember this, As soon as you finish loading windows you need to load windows 7 compatible drivers for your hardware (all of it) starting with the motherboard drivers, then video, optical drive, etc. for your system to operate properly and efficiently. Then you update windows, then you install your antivirus program (try Avast free). Once everything is running correctly, shut down and reconnect your other drive(s), format if needed and proceed to install your programs and move your files back (or shift your files before formatting if the files are on the added drive). I find that naming drives reduces confusion later.

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#13
January 18, 2011 at 08:17:49
thanks, ill work on this next....

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