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Hi, My Pc has being going slow for a while now and sometimes freezes for 5-10 minutes at a time then clears. I have found this site PcErrorCleaner.com that has free downloasd, has anyone every downlo… Read More
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8y, 1w agoPosted 8 years, 1 week ago
Hi, My Pc has being going slow for a while now and sometimes freezes for 5-10 minutes at a time then clears. I have found this site PcErrorCleaner.com that has free downloasd, has anyone every downloaded the programs and are they any good?

Any other help would be appreciated
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8y, 1w agoPosted 8 years, 1 week ago
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#1
Before you try that, have you run an anti-spyware check?
I assume you have an anti-virus?

Have you checked your task manager to see if there is any process using up a lot of CPU time?
#2
I think the only balanced and level headed conclusion is to buy a new one. Today.
1 Like #3
NO NO... dont download it

everytime you use your PC it will be cluttered by traces of your activities.
assuming youre on XP Do These:

1. START - COntrol PAnel - add remove programs --- REmove all unused programs
2. START - All program - Accessories - system tool - disk celan up
3. START - All program - Accessories - system tool - defragment
4. Go here: http://www.iobit.com/ Download and install Advance system care (FREE) . Click on the bigh "CARE" sign. When finish and problem found click "Repair"
[Moderator]#4
Check for Spyware and do a cleanup.
If that doesnt help, try running Registry Cleaner too.
If you dont have the software to do this, then some good free ones can be downloaded from the site below :thumbsup:
http://download.cnet.com/windows/
#5
Be VERY wary of downloading programs that say they will fix your computer or make it go faster.

Often they do a scan and say they have found 300 errors and say you should pay £30 to download their software to "fix" it.

These products are often scams and offer no benefit whatsover.

Download an anti spyware product like malwarebytes

http://malwarebytes.org/

Download it, install it, run update to get the latest code, then run a quick scan THEN a deep scan.

It may not solve your problem, but will at least let you know if you have any spyware on your PC.
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[Moderator]#6
nuabdi;5220823
NO NO... dont download it

everytime you use your PC it will be cluttered by traces of your activities.
assuming youre on XP Do These:

1. START - COntrol PAnel - add remove programs --- REmove all unused programs
2. START - All program - Accessories - system tool - disk celan up
3. START - All program - Accessories - system tool - defragment
4. Go here: http://www.iobit.com/ Download and install Advance system care (FREE) . Click on the bigh "CARE" sign. When finish and problem found click "Repair"

Good advice :thumbsup:
#7
Hi, yes I have the free AVG antivirus, which has anti spyware. Just checked task manager and nothing seems to be using a lot of CPU. Any other ideas?
#8
Thanks everyone, I won't download it and will follow some of the advise above. Cheers again, wish me luck as I don't really know what I'm doing - LOL
#9
mate just format it and start again...
#10
thomasc123
mate just format it and start again...


or kick it! :thumbsup:
[Moderator]#11
smithers;5220891
Thanks everyone, I won't download it and will follow some of the advise above. Cheers again, wish me luck as I don't really know what I'm doing - LOL

Good luck :thumbsup:
banned#12
nuabdi

4. Go here: http://www.iobit.com/ Download and install Advance system care (FREE) . Click on the bigh "CARE" sign. When finish and problem found click "Repair"


No thanks.

guilbert53


Download an anti spyware product like malwarebytes

http://malwarebytes.org/

Download it, install it, run update to get the latest code, then run a quick scan THEN a deep scan.

It may not solve your problem, but will at least let you know if you have any spyware on your PC.
.


yes thanks!
#13
Are you getting a lot of disk activity? If you have a lot of background programs running and not enough RAM you could just be paging to death. Things tend to get worse as you go because Windows and Anti-virus updates use more RAM over time. If your drive is fragmented that can meke matters even worse.
(By background programs I mean anti-virus plus all those nasty little utilities which get loaded up by your PC's manufacturer that you don't really need and end up with loads of little icons on the bottom right of the task bar!)

So - how much memory has your machine got and which operating system are you running?
#14
Hi Carley, My Daughters just bought an ipod so has itunes, that could be whats causing it..
#15
Hi, I'm running XP and there is 2.35 GB free space
#16
Oh itunes! Could just be that your anti-virus is conflicting.

Here's a page about itunes conflicting with Nod32:
http://www.wilderssecurity.com/archive/index.php/t-67257.html

I know you aren't running that particular anti-virus program, but you could try the same technique - add the itunes files listed in that link to the list of exclusions for your anti-virus program to see if the problem goes away.

For a quick check you could just exclude the whole "C:\Documents and Settings\XXXXX\My Documents\My Music\iTunes" folders from anti-virus scans to see if that is the problem. I wouldn't recommend keeping the whole folder excluded permanently though.
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smithers
Hi, I'm running XP and there is 2.35 GB free space


That sounds more like free disk space - and it doesn't sound like there is much left.
How big is the disk?
(To check disk size, go to Windows Explorer, right click on C: and select properties from popup menu. A popup window should tell you the capacity).

How much RAM have you got?
(To check RAM right click on "My Computer" and select "Properties".
CPU and RAM information should be displayed at the bottom right of the popup window).
#18
Hi, the disk size is 37.1, CPU 2.8 ghz and the RAM 248mb (I think)
#19
Oh Dear! Sounds like its too late & yr Registry has been hit by downloading this program.
These types of programs normally slow down yr computer on purpose so that u purchase something or another from them. I tried deleting files on my PC that looked suspicious but unfortunately the best way out (& to be sure that all is well again with yr PC) is to format the hard drive. I know this may not wot u want to do but its the only way to make sure that all 'bugs' hv been removed from the Registry. Also, always partition yr hard drive (C, D, E, etc.), so u keep all yr personal data in one place & all yr programs inc. Windows O/S is one place. Like that, if u do hv any problems or dodgy downloads in future then u only hv to format that section of the hard drive without losing the data on the other partitions.
#20
Thanks, I haven't downloaded anything.

I've had the PC for about 4-5 years so maybe it's time for an upgrade!

Cheers everyone for your help
#21
thomasc123
mate just format it and start again...


Can we make a big sticky at the top saying this :-D

Some good advice here, but with that Ram just throw it out, or upgrade i suppose
#22
Recheck the RAM - if that is 2048MB it is fine. 248MB is minimum spec (probably with some stolen for graphics) and would explain why everything is so slow. If it really is reporting 248MB a simple RAM upgrade would make a LOT of difference.

Also, only 2.3GB disk free isn't much and it will become fragmented. Unfortunately you need at least 5.6GB free on a 37GB disk to be able to defragment it!

Do you have an external USB backup disk?
#23
thomasc123;5220899
mate just format it and start again...


If you're using Windows and getting slow downs and whatnot, it's probably best to back everything up, wait a day or two ('cause there's always something that you're bound to forget) and then format/reinstall. Tend to do this fairly regularly on my Windows boxes - think of it as a spring clean.

Aside from that, as above ccleaner, avast, spybot etc ...
#24
john-boy
If you're using Windows and getting slow downs and whatnot, it's probably best to back everything up, wait a day or two ('cause there's always something that you're bound to forget) and then format/reinstall. Tend to do this fairly regularly on my Windows boxes - think of it as a spring clean.

Aside from that, as above ccleaner, avast, spybot etc ...


But if there really is only 248MB of RAM you would be doing that all the time. Every time you installed itunes it would go slow again! It's usually best to check that there's no other problem before you hit the nuclear reformat button!
#25
i have just had to reformat> only taken me 8 hours to get everything back. Unfortunately lost 8 months of my 2 year olds photos which i thought i had backed up. norton antivirus ran out and when i removed it , and reinstalled another version something messed up and i got a virus. sure it was the norton removal tool. gone for avg now. Also had truevision backup which failed as said the disc was corrupted...that was my backup plan!
#26
vibeone
No thanks.



yes thanks!


the two serves different purposes. as for quality take a look at this review: http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-pc-tune-up-utility.htm

as for malware antispy, it is second to superantispyware...
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-adware-spyware-scumware-remover.htm

there... dont just say no and yes... give reason or dont brush other people's opinion without asking why

and yes i have used malwarebytes
banned#27
format.
#28
Spod;5221804
But if there really is only 248MB of RAM you would be doing that all the time. Every time you installed itunes it would go slow again! It's usually best to check that there's no other problem before you hit the nuclear reformat button!


I still feel happier giving XP (and I've had it running, v. slowly mind with 128mb in the past) a clean out now and again. If the OP just wants a box for surfing something like XFCE4 :

http://www.xfce.org/

Is a good choice, there's a Ubuntu distro built around it I do believe.

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