S-l-o-w seven-year old desktop computer

April 8, 2011 at 08:43:56
Specs: Windows XP
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.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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#1
April 8, 2011 at 08:48:05
Post your system specs.

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#2
April 8, 2011 at 09:38:18
I'm sorry, I'm not a techie and don't know what that means. Could you be more specific?

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#3
April 8, 2011 at 09:45:40
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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#4
April 8, 2011 at 09:55:48
Thanks for being so specific! Here's exactly what it says:

Celeron (R) CPU 40GHz
239GHz, 448MB of RAM

Windows XP 2002 (although I got it around 2004)
Service Pack 3

By the way, it used to be alot faster; definitely slowed down lately.


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#5
April 8, 2011 at 09:55:53
If you have a brand name system (Acer, Dell, HP/Compaq, etc), please post the make/model number & one of us will dig up the specs.

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#6
April 8, 2011 at 10:15:42
dude u need some serious upgrades

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#7
April 8, 2011 at 10:58:06
Try CCleaner to clean up your system.

What anti virus & anti spyware software do you run?

Does your hard drive need defragging?

A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.


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#8
April 8, 2011 at 11:39:19
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!

PS: Also do Disk Cleanup.


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#9
April 8, 2011 at 11:47:12
Do you use ALL the features of CCleaner? When's the last time you cleaned the registry or checked the startup list?

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#10
April 8, 2011 at 12:20:10
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.


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#11
April 8, 2011 at 13:32:40
Malwarebytes and Spybot are not anti virus.

You could try one like Avira, AVG

Look at this http://www.techsupportalert.com/bes...

I find that after checking with windows tab, there isn't much left for Applications to do, but try it yourself.

Seems like you are doing a lot anyway, perhaps you could try a fresh reinstall.

A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.


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#12
April 8, 2011 at 14:02:10
You guys are all so helpful; I'm so glad I stumbled upon this site!

Totally overlooked the fact that I do run AVG. It automatically scans every night (I think) so I tend to forget about it.

Should I also run the Avira? Are two better than one?

Thanks!


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#13
April 8, 2011 at 14:19:28
No, only have one anti virus program.

ICheck your running programs,

Start run msconfig, untick some of the startup programs.

A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.


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#14
April 8, 2011 at 17:42:44
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.

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#15
April 8, 2011 at 18:42:56
Dear Clive_Pearce:

HUH? Don't know what any of that means. Talk to me as if you're talking to a child. That's about my level of understanding when it comes to stuff like this!


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#16
April 8, 2011 at 18:46:37
Task Manager is open. It says:

Processes: 40
CPU Usage: The number keeps jumping all over the place. From 10 to 13 to 7 to 96 to 68 to 0. Is this normal?

How do I add more RAM and the other stuff you mentioned?


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#17
April 8, 2011 at 22:39:51
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

Obama's a 2012'er. That explains EVERYTHING..


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#18
April 8, 2011 at 23:32:38
Do this to start with

Start: run: (type "msconfig" in the box) , return, a box will open, on the startup tab, untick some of the processes.

Ie MSN, Google updater, Adobe, updater, these are just examples

A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.


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#19
April 9, 2011 at 07:21:05
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 guys are great! Are you near Connecticut?


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#20
April 9, 2011 at 07:24:53
Dave,

There are five icons in lower right: Avira, AVG (that means two antivirus programs; should I remove one?), Volume (which I assume can remain?), Windows Messenger, and Smart Defrag2.


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#21
April 9, 2011 at 07:39:47
You need Rundll 32: ctfmon (I think): Avgtray avgnt at start up.

Untick google tool notifier, adobe arm reader, msg

You only need one anti virus s/w.

Using Ccleaner, tools, uninstall any programs you don't use, decide which anti virus you want to keep & uninstall the other.

A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.


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#22
April 9, 2011 at 20:35:50
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.

Obama's a 2012'er. That explains EVERYTHING..


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#23
April 10, 2011 at 02:16:35
Also try Auslogics Boostspeed. This helped to speed up and fix my old Dell to become like a brand-new one. Let me know your results.

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#24
April 10, 2011 at 08:13:10
Thanks, Alex!

Installed the Auslogics. It repaired 31 problems and says there are 26 remaining which they will fix when I purchase my license. Should I do this? This isn't a free program, right?


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#25
April 10, 2011 at 08:20:57
Thanks, Dave!

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?


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#26
April 10, 2011 at 21:02:57
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?

Obama's a 2012'er. That explains EVERYTHING..


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#27
April 11, 2011 at 01:46:15
Well, I do not regret having bought Auslogics BootSpeed, it is for me the best! Auslogics is one of my favorite software providers. They seem to know what they are doing, and it is about time there was a company who understands the pc user and their needs.

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