Last week I started to experience lag spikes during games.

February 16, 2017 at 12:00:14
Specs: Windows 64
I've had no problems with my computer up until about a week ago, it starts to drag during games dramatically stuttering. Help!

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#1
February 16, 2017 at 13:11:48
There could be many reasons but perhaps best to do a quick malware check first. These three small freebies often find what anti-virus programs miss. Run them in the order given:

AdwCleaner:
https://toolslib.net/downloads/view...
(blue "Download Now" button on right).
Download and "Save" the file somewhere. Go to the saved file then double click it to run the program. Use the "Scan" button, followed by the "Clean" button.

Junkware Removal Tool (JRT)
https://www.malwarebytes.org/junkwa...
(blue Download button).
Download and "Save" the file somewhere. Go to the saved file then double click it to run JRT. It might appear to have stopped at times or flash the screen but sit tight until it has finished.

MalwareBytes:
https://www.malwarebytes.org/
(use the "Free Download" button rather than the "Buy Now" button).
After the install go to "Settings > Protection". Under Scan Options move the "Scan for rootkits" slider over to On and Run the Threat Scan. Quarantine anything it finds.

If anything is found please copy/paste the associated log(s) on here. The ADW log is a text file in the ADWCleaner folder directly off the system drive root (usually C).

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#2
February 16, 2017 at 15:09:05
All returned with 0 threats.

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#3
February 16, 2017 at 15:41:17
What operating system is it. Presumably the 64 bit version of something but is it Win 7, Win 10, or something else?

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#4
February 16, 2017 at 16:13:50
I'm using Windows 10 it is the 64bit version

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#5
February 16, 2017 at 17:04:34
OK. Have you added any programs recently that run in the background? Take a look in "Task Manager > Startup tab" and see if there is anything listed there which doesn't need to run all the time. If so Disable it. Sometimes a program can be unnecessary or perhaps started instead from a shortcut when required.

Also in Task Manager see if there is any specific item in Processes which is using a lot of CPU or Memory (RAM).

If this issue is with online games, are there any browser add-ons that you can disable?

If you should happen to have more than one virus checker running in real time uninstall one of them (they can fight and waste resources).

Go to "Device Manager > Display adapter" and expand it out to show the adapter that you are using. Right click it and select "Update Driver Software" - if it finds a later version install it.

In the meantime maybe someone else will come along with further ideas.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#6
February 16, 2017 at 17:47:21
Shut everything down, run the update, still having issues.

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#7
February 16, 2017 at 19:17:01
If anyone else has any ideas I would greatly appreciate it.

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#8
February 16, 2017 at 20:30:45
Go to your browser history and delete all history, cookies, off line content, etc.
Go to Computer (This PC or something) right click on your hard drive (C drive),select Properties, and Disk Clean Up. Select nearly all and OK it. It may take a few minutes first to offer options and then to complete.
Go to Programs and Features and look down the list. Uninstall things you definitely do not need or use. Google what you are not sure about or post here for opinions if something is necessary.
Restart computer and modem and router.
Run an internet speed test.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#9
February 25, 2017 at 06:56:22
Download & install CCleaner Slim: https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/b...

Run the Cleaner & the Registry scanner, delete everything they find. The initial run may take several minutes so be patient. You can also check (or uncheck) boxes in the left column. I usually uncheck Recycle Bin & empty that myself occasionally. I've added checks to Windows Error Reporting, DNS Cache, & Windows Event Logs. You can also use CCleaner to manage your Startup apps, Scheduled Tasks, & Browser Plug-ins, plus you can use it to uninstall programs.


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