Solved Laptop VERY slow and sluggish. help needed?

December 12, 2010 at 19:54:09
Specs: Windows Vista, Pentium (R) Dual-Core CPU T4300 @ 2.10GHz / 2GB

Hi, my laptop is as stated, very sluggish and running very slowly.
My laptop is a Dell Inspiron 1545, Pentium (R) Dual-Core CPU T4300 @ 2.10GHz / 2GB,
It is running Vista Home Premium. It takes ages to load, takes forever to shutdown. Internet Explorer takes at least 5 minutes to load completely, even the simplest things as google. Through out the whole time while trying to use the Interent it freezes and says not responding on the top bar, then refreshs. it is a continuous cycle. I have tried nearly everything suggested from the others on here having the same problem, yet still nothing has worked. When I go into the windows task manager, under performance the CPU usage goes up and down as normal, I think. But my main concern is the physical memory usage, which is very high.

It states :-

Physical Memory (MB)
Total 2007
Cache 1264
Free 0

Kernel Memory (MB)
Total 183
Page 112
Nonpaged 70

Processes: 69 CPU Usage 22% (sometimes more)
Physical Memory 50% / 0.99GB (but also again sometimes alot higher)

All the the above information stays the same even when I have nothing running.
My laptop has effectively nothing on it. I've done virus checks, used Ccleaner the lot. Yet nothing works. Any help will be much appreciated, and if any more infromation/details are needed please do ask am I'll give all that is needed.
Thank you for all your time and help in advance.


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#1
December 13, 2010 at 06:46:35

Did your laptop come with Vista pre-installed or did you upgrade it to Vista ?

CoolGuy


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#2
December 13, 2010 at 08:07:10
✔ Best Answer

First of all, you have written up a great post!

What I would suggest is Winpatrol:
http://www.winpatrol.com/download.html
Install that and then open it and see what is running at startup.
There you can remove, disable or delete any start up items not needed. The only ones that have to run are your antivirus and your scheduled tasks. Then click on options and put a check mark in at lock file types.
Once that is done you can reboot, it will really speed up your bootup time.

For internet explorer, open it and click on tools/internet options/advanced and then click on reset internet explorer. That will clean that up and should help it load quicker.

Now try some scans with:
1- Malwarebytes
http://filehippo.com/download_malwa...
2- Trojan Remover
http://www.simplysup.com/tremover/d...
3- Hitman Pro
http://www.surfright.nl/en/hitmanpro
Run the above untill they are clean.

which anti-virus are you using right now?

Some HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions Cheers


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#3
December 13, 2010 at 09:37:44

suatcini:- my laptop came with vista pre-installed on it.

XpUser4Real :- I had anti-malwarebytes which did nothing even when doing scans in safe mode.
I have norton anti virus 2011 which works reasonably well, also mircosoft sercurity essentials which has found torjans and worms, and has removed them.

I shall try what you have suggested then get back to you.

Thank you both for your time and help with this matter.


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#4
December 13, 2010 at 10:57:56

XpUser4Real :- I have tried what you have suggested, the winpatrol sort of worked but not completely.
The malewarebytes ive had before and didn't work. With the trojan remover I had problems downloading and installing it. But eventually it did and found nothing. As for the hitman pro...It wouldnt download or install and crashed my laptop several times. Unfortuneately now everytime I'm even on my laptop its freezes more then it has been. Although your suggestion on resetting the interent explorer did work.
Thank you for you time and help.
Is there any other suggestions for my problem?

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#5
December 29, 2010 at 18:42:47

im having the same problem done everything used ccleaner tune up utilities and avg anti spyware and having really bad problems with it slow when you hit the start tab and more often than not it doesnt open for like 5mins same if i open my documents my computer ect. any help would be much appreciated im running a dell inspiron 1545 pentium(r) dual core t4200 2ghz 2g ram.
physical mem

total 2009

catch 1179

Kernel Memory (MB)

Total 124

Page 82

Nonpaged 41


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#6
December 30, 2010 at 08:40:15

I figured out that if you go into the start menu, then control panel,
system then advanced system settings, (if on vista asks you for permission)
System properties will open go to the advanced tab, then into performance settings.
Again into the advanced tab.
Then click on change for the virtual memory.
depended on your laptop change the initial size (MB) and maximum size (MB).

My recommended was 3010 MB, so i changed it to 10000 mb (initial size)
and 12000 mb (maximum size).

Put it at a reasonable size!!

Hope this helps. =D


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