Win7 getting slower each day....why?

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October 4, 2011 at 08:37:15
Specs: Windows 7, Pent4 dual quad 4 gigs
Until yesterday I only had Microsoft Security Essentials and Registry Mechanic installed on my computer for virus and spyware protection. My computer has been running slower each day for about a week. It is unbareable now. I installed AVG thinking it might pick up what ever is causing this. I run PC Tools Registry Mechanic occasionaly, but it does not speed up my system. I went to Black Viper and adjusted some of the Services thinking I could speed up...but to no avail. What do you guys recommend? I run scan disc weekly, and defrag regularly, about once a week. Please give me a hand with this. Thanks much

srloren


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#1
October 4, 2011 at 10:25:28
I suggest you perform a system restore back to a time before the start of the slow down. Then lose Registry Mechanic.

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#2
October 4, 2011 at 11:25:27
you can start by cleaning out lots of OLD obsolete files and registry items. As refered above, trash registry mechanic and black viper.
You can use Ccleaner slim:
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/cclean...
run the cleaner and remove all it finds, then click on the registry icon and clean out the obsolete and unused registry items it finds.
Have you checked your startup programs yet?
The only ones you need running should be your AV and the schedule for services.

It would also be good for you to do a full scan with malwarebytes and fix all it finds...see if the above help you with your PC speed.

You CANNOT run 2 anti-viruses at the same time....unfortunately you started with MSE which is almost impossible to remove from your system.

I would suggest you TOTALLY remove AVG and probably stick with MSE, although my choice would be Avast Free.

If Norton was bundled with your PC, be sure to run the norton removal tool from their website, as just removing it in 'programs & Features' will not remove the registry entries.

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#3
October 4, 2011 at 12:22:47
In addition to the above suggestions, check your CPU temp, if it's overheating, it may be throttling back to protect itself from frying.

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#4
October 4, 2011 at 15:14:13
Dumped Registry Mechanic but will restore later after trying a couple of other suggestions. Thanks Overthehill

srloren


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#5
October 4, 2011 at 15:16:51
Thanks XPUser, I scanned with CCCleaner and also ran Malwarebytes. Will get rid of AVG next. It seems to be running much better since my last boot up. Thanks again. You guys are really helpful.

srloren


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#6
October 4, 2011 at 15:18:34
I checked my bios and the CPU is running 115 F, 37 C the board is showing 90 F, 32 C. I think these are well within specs. Thanks for the suggestion.

srloren


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#7
October 4, 2011 at 16:41:13
Just wanted to thank you guys for the thoughtful help. She is running much much better...day and night. You guys are the best...

srloren


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#8
October 4, 2011 at 16:48:44
I wanted to mention that about every 3 months, I vacume out my computer with a hose reduced down to about1/2" and before I do that I blow it out with canned air. I also installed 2 additional fans, one pointing towards the processor and the other pointing toward the motherboard to exhaust out the rear. There are also front and rear Separate fans. These extra fans are approximately 5 " and two are slowed down with their 3 speed switch. It seems to d a great job and they are not too loud because they are the larger fans.

srloren


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#9
October 4, 2011 at 16:53:08
DO NOT continue to use a vacuum unless it is a special anti-static unit. It is proven that even if you think no damage to components is apparent there is a very real risk.

Just use the canned air or a compressor.


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#10
October 4, 2011 at 19:13:39
OvertheHill, thanks for that info. It is not a special vacume, it is the old ElectaLux tank that has 4 wheels. I don't know if it matters but I reduce it with different sizes of Tygon tubing down to 1/2" so it has tremendous suction. I never considered static electricity but can certainly see how it could harm the electronics. Thanks for your help.

srloren


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#11
October 5, 2011 at 06:22:52
I suggest you turn off indexing on all the hard disk drives and partitions. Open Computer. Right-click on the system drive, usually C:, and uncheck the item related to indexing the drive for faster searches. Do the same for other partitions if you have them.

By the way, 115 F is equal to 46 C, not 37.

I use vacuum cleaner all the time. As far as I know, the danger involved is that the vacuum cleaner may suck up a component if it is brought close to/ in contact with a component.

Using compressor may be also risky if the compressor does not have effective oil traps. The compresed air may also fill in lots of dust and such into far-to-reach areas, which may be very difficult to clean later.

CoolGuy


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#12
October 5, 2011 at 20:44:52
Thanks for the tip regarding disableing indexing....I will try the partitions and drives being disabled to see if it boosts performance. You are right about the F and C numbers I posted. I need to slow down....

srloren


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