How to speed up my computer?

July 7, 2009 at 03:18:10
Specs: Windows XP, 2GB
From last few days my desktop PC is working very slowly. What I have to do to speed up my PC? Basic configuration is as below.

Intel Pentium Dual Core 2.5 GHz Processor
Ram: 2GB
HD: 350 GB
Mother Board: Giga Byte
OS: windows XP


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#1
July 7, 2009 at 13:04:15
A few ideas.

One is malware of some kind.

Two might be driver issue or other application working in the background.

Three is normal windows sort of problems.

Could check for malware and spyware.

See perfmon for ideas as to what is running.

Might consider a clean install from OEM disks and then install av antimalware firewall and latest service pack.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10


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#2
July 8, 2009 at 06:28:15
Will you please let me know how to check malware and spyware in my PC? I am using Photo Shop, Page maker, Coral, Office2007, Adobe Dreamweaver CS4, Acrobat reader 8, Mozilla Firfox 3.0 and Internet Explorer 8 etc... in my PC. I am also using Notron360 Antivirus and Outlook Express for email received and sent.

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#3
July 8, 2009 at 06:35:16
Did the slowdown occur all at once? If so you probably have Malware/Spyware. There are a number of programs to find that stuff.

Malwarebytes, Spybot Search & Destroy come to mind.

If this just occurred in the last few days your easiest solution may be to perform a system restore to a time before the problem. If system restore does NOT fix the problem then UNDO the system restore.

Go Start> Help and Support> undo changes with System Restore. Choose a bold restore point that pre-dates the issue.


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#4
July 8, 2009 at 13:36:49
Ouch, the system restore is a good choice.

You also have a lot of programs running. Many of them use resources without you telling it. I doubt that would cause the last few days issue.

Try the restore point first.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10


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#5
July 8, 2009 at 16:14:04
-Cut out unnecessary background programs by going to run > msconfig > startup and unchecking programs you don't need to be running. If you're not sure of what some programs are, you can try googling the name, but Windows won't let you uncheck anything it needs anyway.

-Use a program like Spybot to remove any spyware that may be sucking up your system resources without your knowledge. I like to use a second program like Ad-aware to double-check. Both programs have free versions available, just google them.

-Run a virus scan to make sure no viruses have infected your system either. Avast offers a free version that does a nice job. AVG is another free program.

-Defragment your computer so it's not taking the long route to access your files. The defragmentation program is in your system tools folder under accessories.

-I personally would get rid of crap you don't need to clear up space on your hard drive. In your system tools folder, there's something called Disk Cleanup that will help you get rid of wasted storage space and compress your files. In your control panel under Add or Remove Programs you can uninstall stuff you don't use too.

I have had my computer bogged down and running slow, and after I did all the above steps, it began running the way it should again. If it's still running very slow, perhaps you need more RAM, which determines how much work your PC can do at one time. The more RAM, the more tasks it can handle. Computers these days should have 2 gigabytes of RAM, I think. I have 4 because I like to multitask. You can find out how much RAM you have my going Start > and then right-clicking My Computer > properties. Hope that helped.


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#6
July 8, 2009 at 16:29:10
As for a/v. I use malwarebytes,avast and superantispyware.

WinXp Amd 64 3000 Msi Neo2 Platinuim 1 gig ddr 400. When we cast a pebble into a pond we should look past the first ripple.


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#7
July 9, 2009 at 00:32:09
Thanks to everyone for your advice. I am go through it and try to fix my problem ASAP. If I have any other issues or problem regarding the same then I am back to you. I hope you people are don't mine and continue your great support.

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#8
July 9, 2009 at 23:25:28
As I go through your advice I found that disabling startup items in msconfig it’s not a recommended permanent fix as it can cause problems for the disabled software. It’s usually only done when testing (although some items are ok to disable this way).

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#9
July 12, 2009 at 22:54:44
Please give any more suggestions as I am really looking for it.

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#10
July 12, 2009 at 23:13:15
Run this app. http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.ph...

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#11
July 12, 2009 at 23:15:28
Norton is a resource hog.

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#12
July 12, 2009 at 23:34:13
D/l and run this (its the ONLY reg cleaner I recommend. DO NOT REMOVE ANYTHING BUT ThE GREEN ONES! Do not change any settings! http://download.cnet.com/TweakNow-R...

WinXp Amd 64 3000 Msi Neo2 Platinuim 1 gig ddr 400. When we cast a pebble into a pond we should look past the first ripple.


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#13
July 13, 2009 at 23:21:22
Thanks Supertrucker for your fabulous reply. I personally appreciate your help as you give the valuable information.

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#14
July 14, 2009 at 06:44:44
Did malwarebytes help?

WinXp Amd 64 3000 Msi Neo2 Platinuim 1 gig ddr 400. When we cast a pebble into a pond we should look past the first ripple.


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#15
July 22, 2009 at 05:52:06
I am buying the best registry software from online and I am using it to speed up my slow computer.

Thanks,
Thomas


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#16
July 22, 2009 at 06:31:47
You are wasting your money. No need to buy a registry cleaner. Besides, how do you know it is the best? The vendor states that?

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#17
July 22, 2009 at 08:08:16
Tweaknow is the only safe one

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