|Dell Dimension 4400's? ROOF roof...yea, they're dogs. Good points by ppl above, also note: |
- Speed of HDD (do you have a 7200 RPM drive?).
- Health of HDD: Run the Mfr HDD utility (like SeaTools for Seagate, DataLifeGuard for Western Digitial, DFT for Hitachi, Hutil for Samsung etc), to thoroughly test the drives surface and mechanics.
- I like Google Chrome Web browser for everday browsing. It occasionally hiccups with plug-ins though. Opera isn't too bad either. IE7 is an all around browser that works the best for me. FF 3.6x and IE8 are slow.
- Having stronger video (more VRAM) will help.
- 1 GB RAM will help somewhat.
- Check for excessive programs running in the background like background anti-malware or anti-spyware scanners - they can be a drag on performance for older PCs. If you have a 3rd party software firewall (McAfee, Kerio, ZoneAlarm, Comodo etc) running too, this will slow the system down a bit too.
- Make sure your sys is clean! AV alone is NEVER, ever enough! Scan with:
2. Anti-Malware like Emsisoft Anti-Malware (frmly A2, a.k.a. A-Squared Free], MalwareBytes, SpyBot S&D 1.6.2.
3. Anti-root kits: GMER, Radix, ComboFix. There is a lot of rootkit activity in malware these days.
- Run Defrag (I like free Auslogics Disk Defrag), run CHKDSK and Windows Disk Cleanup.
- Also note that if your HDD is full, it will run slower.
- Blow out PC case, fans and heat sinks of all dust.
Just another stupid saying...