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Dell Dell dimension c521 desktop compute...
August 4, 2010 at 11:46:37
Specs: Windows XP
I use my PC for my online biz, at home, and for the past several days, it's taking an extra amount of time to load. I've disk cleaned and defragged, along with running my Spyware program, but nothing has helped. Please help me.

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Mitzi Phillips

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August 4, 2010 at 14:24:23
When you say the computer is taking a long time to load, what do you mean by load...

Do you mean it takes a long time to run a certain program, in this case it would be worth checking the program and making sure it is up-to-date, and that it is configured correctly.

If you meant that the computer takes a long time to turn on, then you might want to try checking what programs are running on boot up (look in the bottom right-hand corner) and checking which one's you don't need

Failing that, go into ADD/REMOVE programs in control panel, and uninstall all programs you do not want/need, and then perform a disk defrag

Hope these instructions help :P

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August 4, 2010 at 22:24:26
It was taking a long time for me to get logged in. I did take off several items in the startup, which did help with this, but it is still taking a long time for me to get into the websites and my email. It took about five minutes for me to get this page to open with my reply. Where should I go from here? Should I defrag again? When I first tried to defrag, it wouldn't let me do it, I had to CHKDSK first. It actually did worse, after I did this. I think it cut off before it was done, so I had to do this again. I did get to defrag, once the CHKDSK was ran. I remember reading that you can have problems if the CHKDSK isn't run all the way through. Maybe that's one of my problems, however I did let it go all the way the second time. I don't know a lot about these things, only what I've read. I appreciate any help I can get here


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August 4, 2010 at 22:56:31
Mitzi, my 2¢ worth. Since removing a couple of items helped, can you do more of the same? Certain things MUST run at startup, but software writers tend to put a lot of unneeded stuff there. Find a list of 'musts' @:
Another thing you might consider is memory. There's no such thing as 'too much'. If you have less than 1K, you can benefit from more.
Another 'maybe' is a nasty (virus, worm/trojan, etc.). Know you've run an AV scan, but be aware that a virus and a Trojan are similar, but not the same. Many times, an AV detects one it can't clean, other times, it gets missed entirely.
If you need to clean one, Superantispyware (info only. I’m not paid for recommendation) can do the job and you can get it free @:
among other places. They have a Vista compatible version if needed. Dunno about Windows 7 or later.
If it turns out that you need to use it, be sure to update Superantispyware prior to running and disable 'restore' (restart after cleaning) so the nasty doesn't get put back. They just released a new update recently and it changes all the time. Things are in a constant state of flux.
The restore thing is critical. May not be your deal at all, but won't hurt anything to try.
Ed in Texas.

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August 5, 2010 at 01:50:08
Sorry, but all of these links have confused me. I don't know what else I should be deleting.

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August 6, 2010 at 01:13:57
Mitzi, the first 4 links are simply to lists of things you MUST be running in order for Windows to be happy (been a LONG time since I visited any so not sure which are current. They're duplicates just in case). Anything else is up to you. If it's something you want/need, keep it. Otherwise delete from startup. It's still available in your list of programs should you need it.
The link to Superantispyware is simply to an effective scanner which can handle a variety of nasties. Hope that clears things up.

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