Solved Slow computer on every level......????!!!!!!!

Toshiba / Satellite pro l300
March 31, 2013 at 07:25:51
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, 2.128 GHz / 1013 MB
Afternoon all,

Can anyone assist with speeding my laptop up, as mentioned my laptop takes an age to boot up from switching on...


It stalls/freezes for a long time every time i use the internet displaying a message in the top bar saying Firefox is not responding with the egg timer, on occasions the whole computer freezes and i cannot move the mouse or override using Ctl Alt & Del accessing the task manager until the computer sorts its self out.

Also when using the internet computer freezes displaying another message, messages states script stopped working/unresponsive script.

Any help in resolving these issues appreciated

Thanks in advance


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March 31, 2013 at 10:30:05
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You only have 1GB RAM, that's barely enough for Vista. Did your laptop originally come with XP? You should upgrade to 4GB.

If your laptop is overheating, it will slow to a crawl. When's the last time you cleaned out the cooling vents? Get some compressed air & give a good shot into all the vents.

Other than that, you probably have a bunch of crapware installed that loads at startup. Your system may also be infected with viruses, malware, and/or spyware. Do you regularly run a cleaner such as CCleaner? If you install it, make sure any bundled software such as Google Chrome does NOT get installed. Uncheck the boxes before clicking 'next':

You should also run MSCONFIG to disable unnecessary startup programs:

And you should be running a lightweight anti-virus program such as Microsoft Security Essentials, not McAfee or Norton.

That'll get you started down the right path.

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March 31, 2013 at 13:00:09
After you've done all that download, install and run MalwareBytes freebie from here:

If there is some "nasty" or other at work the above will often find it. If it finds and fixes anything of consequence your computer might need further attention.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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April 1, 2013 at 06:57:43
Thanks to you both for your replies and i have done exactly what you have suggested and the start up speed has dramatically improved (got rid of spotify, HTC, Kies Air etc) it now works a treat I have also run a malwarebytes which did not identified as issues from the log generated, Ccleaner check carried out........

I am yet to see any stalling while browsing the internet, but its early days, i will sure to let you know how its going...

Just to answer a few questions above, the laptop came with vista installed on it and not XP and ive never had any issues regarding overheating....!!!!

I am currently running Avasts free virus protection, i see from you post you recommend Microsoft security essentials.... What are the benefits to microsofts version rather than Avast...

Once again thanks to you both

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April 1, 2013 at 07:29:32
Good news that MalwareBytes found nothing - it means we can probably disregard a virus as being the cause. Worth keeping that program onboard though and update it every now and then. Run it if you are ever suspicious.

I'm curious - were there one or two thing in the given suggestions that you think had the most effect (useful for us to know).

As for AV's, opinions abound about which one is best. Both MSE and Avast are good, as is AVG. Downside of AVG IMO is it is a bit bulky - not so good on a low spec computer. According to one of our helpers MSE is not getting such good reviews these days but bear in mind that the pecking order is always changing. I'm possibly biased a tad towards Avast but that is just my opinion. MSE is very lightweight and generally does the job. Read the reviews on AV effectiveness (ensure they are recent) then use your decision coin LOL.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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April 4, 2013 at 12:06:23
What definitely helped was the deactivating the numerous programs when i switch my laptop on and the introduction to Malwarebytes and Ccleaner...

Thanks again

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April 4, 2013 at 12:13:50
Sounds as if MWB didn't do much for you but it's handy to have available, unless you are tight for space. Thanks for taking the trouble to provide feedback - useful and appreciated.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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