Computer lagging for no reason

November 10, 2005 at 11:00:12
Specs: Microsoft Windows 98, Intel Pentium 133 MHz, 32

I think the subject title says it well, does it not? My computer was functioning well for quite a while, but only a few days ago did it begin to lag very badly. Not only do websites load morbidly slow, but so do most other applications on my computer. With the exception of things like Media Player and some games, other programs will freeze up when I try to open them, and they stop responding and it messes up my computer further.

I've run numerous system scans for adware, spyware, and viruses, and my system is totally clean. I'm not running low on disk space - I have I think 77 GB of free space remaining. I never usually have more than 4 applications running, and by applications I mean like Internet Explorer, AIM, and Media Player.

Any thoughts on this matter? I'm really stumped.

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#1
November 10, 2005 at 11:05:23

Run scanreg /restore.

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#2
November 10, 2005 at 11:35:31

You should be in the Windows 95/98 forum.

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#3
November 10, 2005 at 11:56:55

Oh sorry...I forgot to change my operating system description. I had gotten a new computer and the one described is from my old one. My current OS is a Windows XP.

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#4
November 10, 2005 at 12:23:00

Similar thing applies, run system restore.

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#5
November 10, 2005 at 13:32:02

"Computer lagging for no reason"

Sorry but computers just do not do that. there is always a reason. Sometimes it is hardware related. sometimes it is due to adware/spyware/virus. Sometimes it is due to driver corruption or conflict. Sometimes it is due to poorly written software.

Please tell us the full system specification of this unit. Obviously since you are now running XP you are not using a P133 with 32mb ram. Also do you have SP1/2 installed?

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#6
November 10, 2005 at 13:49:06

Have installed any new software lately?
Have you installed any hardware?
Have you checked you hardware in the Hardware manage to see if everything is ok there?
Think about what you have done lately.

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#7
November 10, 2005 at 14:21:52

OS: Microsoft Windows 98
CPU/Ram: Intel Pentium 133 MHz, 32 MB RAM

You still are not suppling us with the new information ??


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#8
November 11, 2005 at 14:42:04

Bah, I had changed my computer information right after making my reply, but I guess it didn't want to update. Sorry about that, guys...here's my computer's new information:

Microsoft Windows XP
Dell Inspiron 9300
Intel Pentium M Processor 1.73 GHz
1024 MB RAM

As far as new software, the only thing new I have installed was a couple of programs about 2 weeks ago that were digital video conversion programs (which I uninstalled because they did not work). I have not installed any hardware lately either, and no I have not checked my current hardware (mostly because I don't quite know how).
As said, I've run a few system scans of my entire system for adware, spyware, and viruses, but the few adware files uncovered were readily deleted. There were no viruses.

I will try restoring a previous registry. hank you guys for your help - I appreciate it very much.

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#9
November 12, 2005 at 00:26:08

Bah, stupid internet. I had downloaded a program called WinFixer 2005 and I scanned my system - it found almost 5000 weird things on my computer that had to be deleted in order for the computer to function properly again...but, as with most "free" programs like this, I needed to pay to register it and also to get rid of the corrupted files.

I find it odd that this program I've never previously heard of had picked up on all these things that my normal scanner did not see. If these files were not adware, spuware, or viruses, what in the world are they? Could it be that they are such new problems that my scanner did not recognize them, even though my scanner is automatically updated from time to time?

Also, if anyone's wondering, I use Norton Internet Security.

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