Help! my computer is extremely slow, any ideas?

December 21, 2011 at 22:08:48
Specs: Windows xp
I asked the same question a while ago, and thinking it would work, I set the question as solved, but it is slow again. It gets very irritating, and I don't have any ideas why! I have done all that the people have said on my previous question, and it became a bit faster, and got slower again. Could it have been something I downloaded? If it filled up too much of my hard drive would it slow down? I have done everything I can think of, but the computer is still slow. It is an e-machines "d845gvsr" running XP, it's got 2 gb RAM, and a 75GB hard drive, in case you need to know that. I downloaded visual basic studio a while ago, and it took 3 gb out of my hard drive. Could that have slowed it down? I have tried to uninstall, but it freezes every time I try! Can someone please help!

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December 21, 2011 at 22:59:45
Very First Go for entire system Scane after that try to remove temp file in your system
.If Still Unable then enhence Ram of your PC/Delete Un-Usefull Software. (All The Best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Ritesh Gupta

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December 22, 2011 at 00:33:03
drex96, you say you posted this before? What have you tried? Slowness is one of the more common complaints heard and it can have a number of causes. I'll enumerate a few of the more common and we'll hope that hits you.

Cable access? The number of folks trying to access the net at once can slow things down. Get up in the middle of the night and see if it's faster. If so, learn to love it (the slowness), it's them not you.

Have a look at 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. Things you MUST have in order for Windows to be happy are listed @:

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.). I run it weekly FWIW.

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.). I run it daily. May not be your deal at all, but won’t cause any harm to try. I run it often.
There're others, but those are some of the more common. Suggested further reading: http://speedupslowcomputer-shelly.b...
Since you say it improved for a while, I'm speculating that either you downloaded the nasty causing it OR it was in restore all along and re-infected you (did you clean restore?).
Ed in Texas

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December 22, 2011 at 11:54:24
Defragment the hard disk drive. Over time your files get scattered all over the HDD so it takes a longer time to retrieve a file.

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