Computer is getting sloooow.

July 31, 2011 at 09:19:29
Specs: Windows XP, pentium 4 3.60ghz/ 2.00gb ram
For the past few months our computer has been creeping. The internet is sluggish, it takes longer to start and sometimes it locks up while surfing the net with a (not responding) message requiring a restart. I have norton anti virus and spyware doctor. I dont believe I have a virus. Is there a way to see if its just an inexpensive part i need to replace or do i need to get a whole new computer. The computer is a pentium 4 CPU 3.60ghz with 2.00 gb of ram. We dont play games just surf the net and pay bills etc... We have windows XP home edition.
All aspects of the computer have just seemed to slow down.

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July 31, 2011 at 09:31:06
Your specs you listed are perfect for running XP, so you don't need to buy a new PC. What I'd do is download, install, and update Malawarebytes Anti-Malaware. Do a scan and remove anything it says to. Then update and scan with Norton as well. Report back if your PC speeds up after doing this.

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July 31, 2011 at 10:10:47
Reload the whole thing from OEM disks. Be careful with any data you have removed as it may be infected.

After you get it reloaded then apply service packs and a good protection suite. Learn and use as many best practices as you can.

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July 31, 2011 at 12:11:02
As my knowledge-----
hey dear i think u should change ur RAM to the other slot and change the sata cable to the other port. it may fast the book ur system. stop unwanted startup process, scan ur pc on booting time


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July 31, 2011 at 13:01:50
How is changing the RAM slot supposed to do ANYTHING? All that is changing is the location the data from the RAM is going to. Same with the SATA Cable, all it will change is where the data goes, and will NOT make anything go faster.

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August 1, 2011 at 18:07:54
After following jefro's suggestion of scanning with Malwarebytes Free, I'd install CCleaner to cleanup temporary Windows, web browser, and other application files. If your computer still isn't up to speed, I'd like to talk about your startup applications and services as Shiv mentioned.

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August 2, 2011 at 03:07:55
This issue can be caused by any of the below possibilities.
Not enough hard disk space.
Left over programs and bad files.
Data Corruption.
Missing Windows updates / Outdated drivers.
Computer is overheating.

Run your antivirus program. There may be something slowing your computer that you can remove. It is a good idea to run your antivirus program every week. Run the Disk Cleanup tool located in your Control Panel. (Windows only. For other operating systems, please check the Resources section below.) This will remove temporary files, cookies and unnecessary components to speed up your computer. Defragment your computer. Defragging takes some time, but will speed your computer significantly. You can find the tool in your Control Panel. Run it monthly.
Check for disk errors. Sometimes corrupted files slow down your computer. To find and fix these files, Go to My Computer and right-click on C drive. Choose Properties, then Tools.

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