Computer too slow!! Extra slow

Gategay / M325
May 1, 2010 at 19:46:11
Specs: Windows XP, 2.13GHz/504MBof RAM
Good Evening,
I was wondering if you can help me again?? For some reason my notebook is so slow. My applications are taking forever to open. I believe in general everything is acting and working very slow. I don't remember computer being so slow ever.
I cleaned and defragmenter the drive but still slow.
Thank you

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May 1, 2010 at 23:03:56
It's a laptop with only 512mb ram of which 8mb is shared for graphics. It isn't going to be a speed demon in any event but things that might be slowing it further include:
A cluttered startup list. What progs do you have installed that automatically run at startup? What kind of antivirus/security suite do you run?

Overheating CPU. If the cooling fan/vents become clogged up with dust etc and the CPU overheats it will throttle back or shut down if too severe.

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May 2, 2010 at 00:24:02
aaround, speed depends on memory and a lot of machines are right on the borderline when it comes to meeting required minimums so any added 'memory hog' has an adverse effect. Add memory?
Sorta along those same lines is your startup menu. Lots of software writers think there's no possible way we could exist without their masterpiece so they put it in the startup menu. That usually only causes slow booting, but ... Take a look at what you have running in the background and be sure there aren't extras. See what's running in the background @:
An overzealous firewall reading each item over and over can significantly slow things. Kinda along those same lines are temporary files. Search for *.tmp,*.chk,~*.*, .chk (c/p so there’re no errors) You should only have 1 file containing your currently active files. Delete any others found (tip: select all and delete. It’ll tell you which is active and can’t be deleted.).
A common ailment is a file called 'index.dat'. It gets read every time and can take quite a while if it’s too bloated. It's like a log file and keeps a record of every site you visit on the web. Empty, it's 32K, but it can grow HUGE. It's a protected file and can't be deleted by normal methods. CCleaner (free @: can get rid of it when it’s ticked (not to worry, it gets rebuilt EMPTY on the next boot.). May not be your deal at all, but won’t cause any harm to try. I run it often (daily).
There're others, but those are some of the more common. Suggested further reading: http://speedupslowcomputer-shelly.b...
Ed in Texas.

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May 2, 2010 at 05:12:30
Some advices:

- Uninstall those unused programs, keep only the programs you need.
- Check startup program list, remove or uninstall those you don't need.
- Scan your computers with antivirus/anti-malware programs with latest signature, afraid it's due to worm/malware infection.

Hope this helps.

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May 2, 2010 at 06:12:29
There is a freeware application called CCleaner ,its a great piece of freeware that safley cleans out all of your temp files ,index.dat folder etc . Go to their home page and read up on it ! Here is a link for you ,I've been using it for a long time and have had no problems with it ! Link > " CCleaner is the number-one tool for cleaning your Windows PC. It protects your privacy online and makes your computer faster and more secure. Easy to use and a small, fast download". CCleaner will do everything the previous reply to your post recomended !
It also has a registry scan that finds obsolete registry entries it offers you the option to back up the registry keys it list for removal , I always back up just incase its a registry key that should not ave been removed ,however I have yet to have to use even one of the backups after removal. CCleaner also has tools for uninstalling applications ,listings of app's that load in the startup in MSCONFIG ,you can disable them from this app ! I consider this app high on the safe scale !
Good Luck Nick

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May 2, 2010 at 19:23:19
Standard CCleaner will load Yahoo Spybar. Make sure to get CCleaner Slim from the "other builds" page.

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May 4, 2010 at 05:46:22
Cut down on the startup programs:
1. Open your Start menu.
2. Click Run
3. In the command screen type "msconfig.exe"
4. In the "system configuration utility",
click either "service" or "startup" tab
5. Uncheck all programs that your are no longer using.
6. Click "OK"

Hope this helps!


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