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My PC has slowed down to a snail's pace Help please

JBAUERBEATSJBOND Avatar
6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
I have a 2 year old dell Vostro 200 and its slowly dying on ma and taking ages to go on a page, what can i do to sort this i Have AVG 7.5 and sptbot on there at the mo, how can i improve the speed as wiping it/formatting seems too complicated to a technophobe like me
rep given for advice please
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1 Like #2
download ccleaner, get rid of avg (imo) and get an alternative lighter prog (have a google search), uninstall anything you havent used for over a month or two (again my opinion), disc scan, defragmentation, delete temp files (using original os not ccleaner, sometimes ccleaner misses things).

hth
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1 Like #5
Some things to try:
- Stop some unnecessary programs from starting up when you turn the computer on. To do this go to the Start Menu, then Run (if on XP), type "msconfig" into the box, hit Enter. Now go to the Startup tab and uncheck any programs which you don't need to start when you turn on the computer. If you don't know which entries in the list are which programs, do a Google search for the .EXE file specified in the "Command" column. E.g. Reader_sl.exe -- search that on Google and you'll find that it's a file associated with Adobe Reader. Probably not essential so disable it.

- Free up some hard disk space. Delete any programs you don't need anymore by going to the Control Panel and then "Add/Remove Programs". Also delete any large files you no longer need (don't worry about clearing out documents and pictures, they don't take up that much room). You only really need to do this step if you are very low on disk space (check by going to My Computer and right clicking your "Local Disk" drive (your hard drive) and selecting Properties - that'll show you how much space you have left. Make sure you have a few gigabytes (GB) left.

- Increase the virtual memory. First, find out how much memory (RAM) your computer has. Right click My Computer and select Properties. It should tell you on the System Properties window which comes up under the General tab. Now follow this guide to change your virtual memory: http://www.delete-computer-history.com/increase-virtual-memory.html -- the amount you want to change it to is your amount of RAM x 1.5... so if you have 1GB of RAM, change your virtual memory to 1.5GB...

hope that helps! With Windows, all these tweaks are no substitute for a full reformat and reinstall of Windows, but that's not always convenient. You may also want to consider buying some more memory. It's easy to fit (just slots in) and isn't too expensive either. Go to [url]www.crucial.com[/url] - they have a tool which automatically detects which kind of RAM (memory) you need and gives you a list of different amounts.
1 Like #6
What browser are you using? How much space is left on the C: drive? in Task manager how much free physical memory is there once everything has started up?
banned#7
My PC has slowed down to a snale's pace Help please


help? ok, its spelt SNAIL ;)
banned#8
and get rid of AVG. A PC killer if ever there was one!
#9
csiman
and get rid of AVG. A PC killer if ever there was one!


Is it ?

7.5 was ok some say later versions are not so good

I'm using 9.0.791 cannot notice any slow down on my systems that are using that version
#10
Yeah malwarebytes as someone said.
Not noticed mine being any slower since I started using AVG
#11
aardvarking
What browser are you using? How much space is left on the C: drive? in Task manager how much free physical memory is there once everything has started up?


c drive has 133 gig left out of 250 :thumbsup:
#12


spot on.

could be the hard disk dying (hopefully not)
make sure you backup first.
#13
oldmanhouse
Some things to try:
- Stop some unnecessary programs from starting up when you turn the computer on. To do this go to the Start Menu, then Run (if on XP), type "msconfig" into the box, hit Enter. Now go to the Startup tab and uncheck any programs which you don't need to start when you turn on the computer. If you don't know which entries in the list are which programs, do a Google search for the .EXE file specified in the "Command" column. E.g. Reader_sl.exe -- search that on Google and you'll find that it's a file associated with Adobe Reader. Probably not essential so disable it.

- Free up some hard disk space. Delete any programs you don't need anymore by going to the Control Panel and then "Add/Remove Programs". Also delete any large files you no longer need (don't worry about clearing out documents and pictures, they don't take up that much room). You only really need to do this step if you are very low on disk space (check by going to My Computer and right clicking your "Local Disk" drive (your hard drive) and selecting Properties - that'll show you how much space you have left. Make sure you have a few gigabytes (GB) left.

- Increase the virtual memory. First, find out how much memory (RAM) your computer has. Right click My Computer and select Properties. It should tell you on the System Properties window which comes up under the General tab. Now follow this guide to change your virtual memory: http://www.delete-computer-history.com/increase-virtual-memory.html -- the amount you want to change it to is your amount of RAM x 1.5... so if you have 1GB of RAM, change your virtual memory to 1.5GB...

hope that helps! With Windows, all these tweaks are no substitute for a full reformat and reinstall of Windows, but that's not always convenient. You may also want to consider buying some more memory. It's easy to fit (just slots in) and isn't too expensive either. Go to [url]www.crucial.com[/url] - they have a tool which automatically detects which kind of RAM (memory) you need and gives you a list of different amounts.


wow thanks for all this help i have tried all the above
#14
forgot too add i am running vista home basic
banned#15
dontasciime;8221249
Is it ?

7.5 was ok some say later versions are not so good

I'm using 9.0.791 cannot notice any slow down on my systems that are using that version

nothing to do with slowdown. Countless threads in misc with people moaning that they are infected and have been for months / years but AVG carried on regardless during all that time
#16
csiman
nothing to do with slowdown. Countless threads in misc with people moaning that they are infected and have been for months / years but AVG carried on regardless during all that time


ccleaner is better then?
#17
csiman
nothing to do with slowdown. Countless threads in misc with people moaning that they are infected and have been for months / years but AVG carried on regardless during all that time


Trouble is those people tend to not know what there on about. (lots of users disable stuff, they also make the mistake of thinking the more AV programs they install the better)

There is not 1 anti virus invented yet that will recognise the headers of every single virus. That incudes AVG
#18
JBAUERBEATSJBOND;8221473
c drive has 133 gig left out of 250 :thumbsup:


What about browser and memory?

You say it takes an age to open a page up? :thumbsup:
#19
JBAUERBEATSJBOND
ccleaner is better then?


Ccleaner is not an anti virus program. It is something that will clean out temp files. cache files etc which can grind a pc to a stand still
#20
dontasciime
Ccleaner is not an anti virus program. It is something that will clean out temp files. cache files etc which can grind a pc to a stand still


checks and cleans registry entries, can fix broken installed programs
#21
5nowman
checks and cleans registry entries, can fix broken installed programs


dontasciime
Ccleaner is not an anti virus program. It is something that will clean out temp files. cache files etc which can grind a pc to a stand still


yes that is the "Etc" well apart from fixing broken programs (I did not know it did that if it can) unless you are referring to system restore (but then I would never use that or recommend anyone else to as a first option) if even at all

http://docs.piriform.com/ccleaner/introducing-ccleaner

What is CCleaner?

CCleaner is a small, effective utility for computers running Microsoft Windows that cleans out the 'junk' that accumulates over time: temporary files, broken shortcuts, and other problems.

CCleaner protects your privacy. It cleans your browsing history and temporary internet files. Allowing you to be a more confident Internet user and less susceptible to identity theft.

CCleaner can clean unneeded files from various programs saving you hard disk space, remove unneeded entries in the Windows Registry, help you uninstall software and select which programs start with Windows.



What can you use it for?

From its name, you can guess that CCleaner is used to clean up your system. In fact, the first 'C' in CCleaner stands for the 'crap' that it can clean out. It has other uses too:

Privacy: Delete passwords, Internet files, configuration files, and remove System Restore points from a shared PC.
Security: Clean out files from a PC you're giving away or selling. You can also wipe free space so the remnants of any files you deleted previously will be erased forever.
Speed: Speed up your computer by removing unneeded files. Speed up boot times by reducing the number of programs that start with Windows.
Stability: Enable Windows to run more smoothly with a clean Registry.
Space: Free up hard drive space by deleting unnecessary files.



What it can and can't do

CCleaner has many abilities, but it can't do everything. Here's a list of what it can and can't do.

CCleaner can:

Protect your Web browsing privacy on a shared or public computer by deleting passwords and other temporary Internet files, so that nobody will be able to see where you've been.
Protect your privacy for many Windows applications by removing information about files and folders you've accessed using them.
Remove traces of documents you've already deleted by securely wiping free disk space.
Clean up the Windows Registry by removing information that's incorrect or no longer needed.
Reduce memory load and speed up boot times by letting you specify which programs automatically start with Windows.
Uninstall software easily - even when the Windows Control Panel Add/Remove Programs applet won't let you.
Manage your cookies - tiny files on your PC that Web sites use to track your visits.
What CCleaner can't do:

CCleaner can't detect or remove viruses, spyware, or malware. Check out http://www.filehippo.com/software/antivirus/ for antivirus software, and http://www.filehippo.com/software/antispyware/ for anti-spyware utilities.
CCleaner can't defragment your hard drive. We've written a free program called Defraggler that will do just that - check it out.
CCleaner can't recover deleted or corrupted files. Our other great free product, Recuva can!
banned#22
JBAUERBEATSJBOND;8221742
ccleaner is better then?

kaspersky > MS essentials > avast > avira > avg
#23


hmmm have to pay for ccleaner :oops:
banned#24
JBAUERBEATSJBOND;8228939
hmmm have to pay for ccleaner :oops:

:w00t:

CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool
#25
i had looked into this after reading thread and it wanted to charge me too £24.99
banned#26
alfie and harrys mum;8229245
i had looked into this after reading thread and it wanted to charge me too £24.99

defo free

http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner
#27
definately not anything but free

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download
Just don't be daft and click the paypal donate


unless you really like the program and wish to donate

Malware Bytes can be bought or downloaded and used for free also

http://img691.imageshack.us/img691/7871/mbm.png


http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download/standard
#28
did the file hippo one and it said i had loads of stuff needed doing but it could only do 25 files for free
#29
alfie and harrys mum
did the file hippo one and it said i had loads of stuff needed doing but it could only do 25 files for free


looks like you need malware bytes Anti Malware first
#30
did a full system scan with malware today after d/l cccleaner
#31
should i now go back and use ccleaner again?
1 Like #32
can you do a screen capture .. press prt/scrn key when you have the program running and telling you whatever it says then open paint /// press edit then paste / then saves as filename.png
#33
to show you what its saying?
#34
yup...........as it's running it
#35
will try thanks
#36
lost dont even see the keys your mentioning
#37
normally key after F12

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_d7i-hBOIrjo/SSIa1ekrtiI/AAAAAAAAAAw/Oc0WFxNu6xU/s320/printscreensmall0ea.jpg
#38
got that one
#39
prt/scrn is just one key
#40
got it, now the paint key?

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