My PC randomly lags/slows down

May 22, 2011 at 12:44:20
Specs: Windows 7, AMD Athlon II X4 630 processor 4GB Ram
Computer randomly lags/slows down. A couple of days ago I turned my computer on(it was in sleep mode) and I had gotten a message that said I need to restart so McAfee could update. This is normal since it updates every now and then. Then during the restart windows had updates and it was applying them. I didn't know windows had to update as well because I didn't see any message for it but I thought nothing of it and let it continue. I'm running Windows 7 home premium. when I got back into my computer skpye started to do an update because I have it set to auto start on login. After that I began talking to my friend and we started up a League of Legends game. I noticed during the game just for a few seconds at random times, the game would get choppy. almost like it got super slow and laggy. his voice on skype started to lag and my computer wasn't registering my mouse clicks. This only lasted for about 2-3 seconds. I thought it might be the game but I was wrong. This now happens during any game and outside of the games, even when watching youtube videos or just sitting idle. I wanted to see what happens during it so I had my CPU usage on task manager open and when it happened during a youtube video it spiked up really high then just dropped back down. I didn't know what to do. I wen't to the windows update and thought maybe there was another update I missed. So I saw 4 important updates and went ahead and installed them, one was windows 7 service pack one. There were some issues during the install and some things couldn't be installed. But nevertheless it finished and I restarted my PC. The problem still happens. Those updates neither fixed nor made my problem worse. I just can't really explain why my PC just randomly lags/slows down for a few seconds. Everything was fine until McAfee and windows and skype updated Can anyone help me?

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#1
May 22, 2011 at 14:10:40
I would install spybot and run it. See if there is something in the system. It's free.
http://www.safer-networking.org/en/...

Might have Skype not load when you boot, and close when not in use.

Might try a different antivirus. There are free ones.
http://www.tomsguide.com/us/downloa...

Not sure about SP1 yet...


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#2
May 22, 2011 at 14:16:37
Okay, I'm going to give spybot a try thanks. I will also look at some of those antivirus. I have a feeling its McAfee causing this issue so I'm going to remove and see if it stops.

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#3
May 22, 2011 at 14:57:22
McAfee often causes issues, it is a system hog (Norton too). Get Avast (free and stays free if you just register it), or MS Security Essentials. Both are better and respect your system.

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


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#4
May 22, 2011 at 14:59:38
I figuredI just removed McAfee, my friend uses Avast so I will give it a try. What do you think about ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4? I was checking this one out as well.

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#5
May 22, 2011 at 20:18:08
To each his / her own. I prefer Comodo Internet security. If you like sandboxes, it has one, and a trainable firewall. Kind of nice to lock an application in the sandbox if needed.
Can't argue with Avast or NOD. Good choices.


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#6
May 22, 2011 at 20:33:04
Ok ty for your input. So I'm going to update you guys. Since I have removed McAfee I haven't noticed the glitchy lag/slow down on my PC So I'm guessing it was that McAfee update. I'm quite happy that I removed it. I loving Avast right now.

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