Solved How do you fix a very slow running computer?

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August 21, 2017 at 13:59:14
Specs: Windows 10, AMD A8/4 Gb
My computer has started to run very slow. I click a desktop icon and it takes minutes for the application to open. I have used Malwarebyte AntiMalware, Avast Free Antivirus and System Mechanic. I have also used scan disk and defrag program. All said "ok" but computer still runs very slowly.

Someone suggested using Tweaking.com but I don't know anything about that program so I am reluctant to use it.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thank you.
Brian W


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#1
August 21, 2017 at 14:22:32
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Tweaking.com programme is safe to use; does what it says it does. Frequently recommended here.

When you go to the site - do NOT click on the very obvious big green download button at the top; that's for something else you don't need it. Scroll down just a little to a text list of download sources and use on those those.

Ideally run it safe-mode if possible; although it will work just as well in normal mode. Let it do all it offers. It will backup the registry first.

You might also run ccleaner as that does a few things which the utilities you have listed may not; all of those are regularly advised here to clear out malware/pestware.

http://filehippo.com/download_cclea... - get the free version.

Also Avast is a resource hog; can make systems run slowly; sadly it and one or two others have gone that way after being very good utilities. Bitdefender free version is fine; and M$ Windows Defender has its fans too. Remember that no anti-virus utility will catch all pests every time; but they all catch up as time passes.

Whenever you download and install anything off the web... do NOT use the default/proffered automatic installation mode; use the manual/custom option. Watch for and uncheck all pre-checked boxes - other than the one for the item you have downloaded. That way you avoid installing all manner of junk and changes to the system - none of which need nor want; and much of it a true PIA to eradicate.

Avoid fixers such as system mechanic; that one and a few others have a less than ideal reputation...

If you wish to know which such utilities are what they say.. check on decent forum first, such as this one (one of the top forums...).

It may be that you need a little deeper cleaning if the above itms don't resolve it for you... So post back with how things progress, for more help if needs-be.


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August 21, 2017 at 14:40:46
trvir,

Thank you for your suggestions. I will delete Avast and download Bitdefender and ccleaner. I will let you know of my progress or lack of in the next few days.

Thanks again,
Brian W


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August 21, 2017 at 17:00:11
trvir,

I removed Avast and installed Bitdefender. It has been running for about two hours showing the files that are being scanned but has remained at 9%. Is this "normal?" If not, how can I fix it?

Thank you.
Brian W


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#4
August 21, 2017 at 17:16:13
do you have MS windows defender installed too, and running as well? If so then that may well be causing a few problems if you have another anti-virus utility installed and/or running...

I would reboot the system and then see how bitdefender performs, ideally disabling windows defender first if it's present.

It's rather late here (in the UK) and past my bedtime, and I'm off to bed.

It's possible the day shift from the Antipodes may drop across here shortly, one being JohnW, and a couple of chaps in the Canada/USA who may have some thoughts/ideas to consider too.


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#5
August 21, 2017 at 21:13:25
Are you sure you completely uninstalled Avast?

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


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August 22, 2017 at 06:06:56
trvlr,

After about three hours, Bidefender finished and showed no problems. I also installed ccleaner and removed "junk."

It will take a few days for me to determine if the computer is running any faster. In either case, I will let you know.

Thank you for your assistance.
Brian W


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August 22, 2017 at 06:09:56
Fingers,

I checked to see if Avast was completely uninstalled by going to "Programs and Features." It was not there so I assume it was completely uninstalled. Is there another way to check?

Thank you for your assistance.
Brian W


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#8
August 22, 2017 at 06:51:37
I use Revo Uninstaller Free as well.
You can use that and remove and unwanted programs you know you do not need anymore. Or, just use the built in ADD/REMOVE in Windows.

I reply as fast as I can, but it could be hours or months.


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August 22, 2017 at 09:07:42
CPU13,

Thank you for your suggestion.

Brian W


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#10
August 22, 2017 at 09:12:30
You can use Ccleaner to check the registry for unconnected entries. This might find pieces left behind by the uninstall. In general registry cleaners are to be avoided and most do more harm than good but many here speak highly of it and generally consider it safe.

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


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#11
August 23, 2017 at 05:44:12
Fingers is right. Cleaning registries can be more harmful than good. I been doing so since the 90s but i also know how to restore it and go in and tinker it if needed.
These days I use a lot of freebie cleaners (it is what I can afford) and they are Revo Uninstaller, and I will use those tools as well. Then hit Ccleaner and Glary. I also have utilities for cleaning old Java and such as well.
If cleaning the registry, always let the cleaner backup first. If you need to do a manual backup/restore: Look online based on your version of Windows, and System Restore as well.
Always... always have backups of personal data backed up. And backup your backups, if possible.

I reply as fast as I can, but it could be hours or months.


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#12
August 23, 2017 at 20:14:29
Fingers and CPU13,

Thank you for your suggestions. I will back up my the registry before I use ccleaner for registry cleaning.

Thanks again,
Brian W


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#13
August 23, 2017 at 20:16:15
trvlr,

Thank you your suggestions. I used tweaking.com, replaced Avast with Bitdefender, and installed ccleaner.
My computer seems to be running much faster now.

Thanks again,
Brian W


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