slow slow computer

May 27, 2011 at 17:37:13
Specs: Windows XP, 2.66 GHz / 509 MB
computer going so slow, i have norton but whatdo I do now? Is there a certain "speed up" software? I am just so tired of spending money on things that don't seem to work. Please help me. I know that Im also low on disk space or memory... I am lost. If someone could help, I would really appreciate it. thanks!!

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May 27, 2011 at 18:10:18
It would help to post your complete system specs. But based on the little info you provided, you need to clean house & run as lean as possible.

1. 509MB isn't very much RAM. You probably have 512MB with 4MB used by the onboard graphics, so not only do you have less RAM than is optimal, you have crappy/outdated graphics. Have you considered installing a real video card?

2. Norton is a resource hog. Dump it & replace it with something more lightweight. Microsoft Security Essentials or AVG Free Edition are a couple of possibilities, both are free.

3. You should have a cleaning program such as CCleaner & use it regularly. (do NOT allow Yahoo toolbar to install)

4. the less you have loading at startup, the better. I don't know what you have installed, but there's no reason for AIM, Yahoo, Google, Windows Live, Skype, iTunes, QuickTime, etc. to load & run in the background. Start them as you need them, close them when you're done with them. You can use MSCONFIG to prevent unneeded garbage from loading:

5. turn off search indexing:

6. use the minimum storage space allowable for System Restore (or disable it altogether).

7. uninstall old/unused programs.

8. empty the Recycle Bin regularly. Files in the bin still count as using drive space until the bin is emptied.

9. Defrag the hard drive regularly.

More performance tweaks can be found here:

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May 28, 2011 at 01:39:58
moniee15 , I agree. Sadly, there's no single thing can do. The fix is a combo of things.Your system was wonderful 10 YEARS AGO. Today, not so much. Modern systems seem to need at least a gig of memory to fly. Add some? Memory hogs, extras starting, etc. all contribute to the problem. Maybe you can trim yours down a bit? Find a list of what MUST start to keep Windows happy @:
In addition to what's already been recommend, find further reading @: http://speedupslowcomputer-shelly.b...
Ed in Texas

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May 28, 2011 at 09:30:23
Most magic fixes (for speed or issues) are a waste of time, and money if you buy them. At the best they do nothing, at the worst they mess things up. Generally avoid them unless they are suggested by a trusted source - not the supplier.

Please do not post then vanish - let us know the outcome

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May 31, 2011 at 19:58:30
Hello my kind computer friends. I have not been writing because I have messed up my computer! :( My fault, I think I erased something I should not have. I was warned. Now I have something called sonic update manager trying to install because my computer said to switch back to normal configuration, and when I did things went weird. When the sonic thing tries to install it says that it is on a disk that I am to insert, I try to exit out of it but it will not go away. I dont know what or where that disk is. I would love to post specs for you all but am not sure what you need. Let me know and I will do it. I am going to try and see if I can reconfigure again. Thanks guys

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May 31, 2011 at 23:23:34
moniee15, sounds to me like you've been infected with a nasty (virus, worm/trojan, etc.?). 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, Malware Bytes ( seems to be the preferred remover, but I've run into a few it couldn't handle. Superantispyware (seems able to handle all comers. Info only. I’m not paid for recommendation. WARNING! FYI, a full scan on mine takes over an hour.) 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 any cleaner prior to running.
Disable 'restore' after cleaning and run it again (to remove any nasties living there, restart after cleaning) so the nasty doesn't get put back should you later ‘restore’. 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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