Is a seven-year old desktop considered old? It is so S-L-O-W! I play Solitaire waiting for it to open new windows. And I often get a message saying "Internet Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close". I do twice a week maintenance: Malwarebytes, CC Cleaner; Advanced System Care, Eusing, Spybot and Smart Defrag.
it means ur cpu ur ram etc. im guessing its hardware is getting old maybe cpu is overheating, bad ram could be anything. to see ur system specs right click on my computer then properties and see wut processor u have and the ammount on ram u got.
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I do the following about twice a week: Malwarebytes, CC Cleaner; Advanced System Care, Eusing, Spybot and Smart Defrag. So am already using CC Cleaner. Aren't Malwarebytes and Spybot anti virus and anti spyware? And Smart Defrag defrags the hard drive, right?
Happy to download any other stuff you deem necessary. Thanks!
Actually, never click on the "Registry" icon to the left. But just did and it came back saying "No issues" (which surprised me; figured it would find lots of issues!). I'm looking at CC Cleaner as I write this. On the left side under the "Windows" tab just about everything is checked except for: Cookies, Autocomplete Form History, DNS Cache, FTP Accounts, Start Menu Shortcuts, Desktop Shortcuts and Wipe Free Space.
Am I supposed to click on the "Applications" tab and do something? I never do.
Try opening Task Manger (right-click on taskbar>Task Manager or press Ctrl+Alt+Delete simultaneously) to see what's hogging up most of the CPU. Also try adding more RAM to your computer. You'll notice a difference if you upgrade it to at least half of what you currently have more. Install it in pairs so it can run in dual-channel mode (assuming you have DIMM slots on your MoBo) to have the most out of your PC. Also check your computer's maximum memory and the supported amount for each slot and make sure you are using the right type of memory.
As already mentioned check the stuff that's running on startup--the stuff running in the background. I'll bet your taskbar in the lower right corner is filled up with icons.
Every now and then someone will bring over a computer just to get rid of it. Almost always it's running really slow. I uninstall all the junk I wouldn't have on my computer. I uninstall the AV, uninstall any MSN stuff they may be running and then run a malware scan. After that it's running like a new machine.
Or, if you want to run a lot of stuff in the background you need a lot of ram
Thanks! Did what you said. Clicked on startup and there are 18 items listed; 8 are checked. The checked ones are: Rundll32..., Reader_sl, Adobe ARM, avgtray, avgnt, ctfmon, Googletoolbarnotifier and msmgs. Don't know if you need to know all this. I have no idea what this stuff is. Do you want me to uncheck these 8 boxes? What exactly will this do? Will it speed up my computer?
Dave and Clive:
Dave mentioned uninstalling junk. Do you think I should bring my computer somewhere to have this done or do you think I can do it myself (with your help, of course)?
You could temporarily disable both AV in msconfig to see if it makes any difference. Not everything that loads shows up there and disabling those items doesn't necessarily keep related files from loading.
By 'uninstalling junk' I mostly meant go to add/remove programs in control panel and uninstall what you don't want. It's not always obvious if you really need something that's listed there so if you're not sure you can google it and check.
It's also possible your hard drive is slowing down or maybe it's getting full.
Other than that, find out how much ram your motherboard can handle and add as much as yoiu can.
Went to Add/Remove programs. I recognize most of them But there are four Adobe items: Adobe Air, Flash Player ActiveX, Reader 9.4.3, and Reader 9.4.3 CPSID_837i.. I rarely use Adobe; do I need all of these?
There's also Java 6 Update 14 and Update 7. What are these?
Then there's a super long of Windows security updates which I'm guessing should remain?
You'd expect adobe reader and flash player. The other adobe stuff is probalby OK and the java stuff too. The MS updates should be OK but may be a factor. If you keep everything up to date you could have a couiple dozen updates. That's gotta affect performance at least some.
But you haven't mentioned anything that stands out as really slowing things down. Do you have any Norton/symantec stuff installed?
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