Solved Computer very slow now

April 26, 2013 at 12:26:46
Specs: Windows 7
A month ago, my laptop was working perfectly fine. Now, everything is very slow. When I open Chrome, I have to wait way longer than usual. When I type to search in Google, it sometimes freezes for a few seconds or the words come up a few seconds later. I ran Avast and MBam and both were clear. I have also tried defragging my disk and Registry. I also scanned for Registry errors. Help?

I am using Windows 7, a Intel Core 2 Duo 2.5 Ghz Processor, and have 2 GB of RAM.


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#1
April 26, 2013 at 13:37:22
2GB is minimum for Windows 7 32bit (not really enough for 64bit), you should add more memory.
In the mean time, Scan with Malwarebytes in Safe Mode to be sure.
Run msconfig, go to the Start tab and uncheck all except your antivirus program and Microsoft programs, Apply and Restart the machine. This will prevent most programs from autostarting with Windows and unload your CPU and keep some of your minimal memory clear for what you want it for (but really, adding more memory will help a lot).

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


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#2
April 26, 2013 at 16:02:30
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Also try adwcleaner:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/dow...
Run it and let it remove all your toolbars, they are what really slows things down at the best of times.
Another thing to use would be Ccleaner Slim:
http://majorgeeks.com/CCleaner_Slim...
Use it to clean out all the uneeded files on your PC.

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#3
April 27, 2013 at 07:45:30
I've done what both of you have suggested. Malwarebytes still came up clean. Adwcleaner found a few files so I deleted those and restarted again. Should I always have a program installed for anti-adware and anti-spyware?

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#4
April 27, 2013 at 11:45:13
"Should I always have a program installed for anti-adware and anti-spyware"

Not a bad idea, in particular MWB and ADWCleaner - keep them updated. Note that when ADW requires to update it removes the ADWCleaner.exe file itself. You then download a new one.

Whenever you install a freebie program it is well to run ADW. Even though you opt out of the goodies they push, some can still be added without you realising.

I assume you have a good AntiVirus on board too.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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