how can I speed up my computer

September 9, 2015 at 01:30:51
Specs: Windows 8.1, 4 g
my computer is very slow. How can I speed it up?

I use google chrome and get a lot of "web page is not responding" and the spinning cursor


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#1
September 9, 2015 at 03:33:52
Run the disk clean utility (part of all current windows OS); and ensure you do not have too many items loaded onto the desktop.

Ensure your profile has no temp files (temp or temp internet) to load as your profile is loaded up..

http://tinyurl.com/ldfnb32

http://helpdeskgeek.com/windows-8/h...

Defragment the the drive.

Add more RAM - but make sure you do the above first; then see how things go?


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#2
September 9, 2015 at 04:45:51
You mean all apps on your PC are slow?
Or only browsing is slow?

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#3
September 9, 2015 at 04:57:39
no, just browsing is slow

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#4
September 9, 2015 at 05:00:38
only browsing is slow. I have moved all the files I had on my desktop to documents. I hope that is what was meant. I had assumed any files in this computer could be stashed any place. I also deleted temp files, but I don't think this has a defrag option. (windows 8.1)

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#5
September 9, 2015 at 05:44:00
Probably have accumulated a bunch of internet garbage. Download & install CCleaner-Slim. Run the cleaner & delete everything it finds.

https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/f...

https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/b...


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#6
September 9, 2015 at 20:07:08
Disk Clean Up will clean out internet junk build up though CCleaner-Slim has a good reputation. You should run either about weekly and/or set your browser to only save stuff (Cookies, History, etc) for say 3 or 4 days just in case you want to re-find something you were at recently.

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


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#7
September 9, 2015 at 21:30:12
Beside the junk clean-out:
Do you have the latest Windows Updates and Java update (8.x)?

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#8
September 10, 2015 at 15:05:36
A few things.

Disk space usage should not slow anything down unless you are very short of it. Unnecessary programs that are running in the background can cause issues.

You might not even use Java, it's not used for much any more and is a way in for viruses. Try running with it disabled in browsers (from Control Panel). Check Games and Internet Banking in particular. If those work you can probable leave it disabled in browsers.

An all too common reason for slow-downs is malware. As this is a browser issue run these two small freebies in the order given. They are particularly focussed on browser malware. If either find anything copy/paste the appropriate logs on here so that we can see if any further action is needed:

AdwCleaner:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/dow...
(blue Download button near top - not anything else on the page).
Download and "Save" the file somewhere. Go to the saved file then double click it to run the program. Use the "Scan" button, followed by the "Cleaning" button.

Junkware Removal Tool (JRT)
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/dow...
(blue Download button near top - not anything else on the page).
Download and "Save" the file somewhere. Go to the saved file then double click it to run JRT. It might appear to have stopped at times or flash the screen but sit tight until it has finished.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#9
September 11, 2015 at 05:16:02
I did all of these except the "driver update" which says "free scan"but turned out to be a $32. charge, which I didn't do. All the other suggestions I did and can't see that much of a chage in the speed. I have lots of roo, using up onlya small portion of my RAM and I don't see the "best answer" option for my follow up< but thank everyone for tryinng to help

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#10
September 11, 2015 at 05:27:00
That "driver update" was not part of my suggestion - it must have been an advert. Best not touch those. If a driver update is necessary you get them from your computer manufacturer. Give this a quick glance (DON'T DO ANYTHING) because it makes the point very well:
http://www.howtogeek.com/198758/nev...

"Best Answer" should be there somewhere but I'd give it a couple more days in case you get any more suggestions.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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