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Pleade. Please help...Computer is way too slow

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My PC is litterally down and I cannot find the problem but I am not too bright in that way!!!!!!!! I cannot get my mail and it will not take tje latest Spybot update (bad check sum ) if I get that fa…
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7y, 1m agoPosted 7 years, 1 month ago
My PC is litterally down and I cannot find the problem but I am not too bright in that way!!!!!!!!
I cannot get my mail and it will not take tje latest Spybot update (bad check sum ) if I get that far.
Running Avast, crap cleaner, zonealarm and spybot.
With VM and I have unplugge and check the router.
Rep waiting and thank you for useful advice. Cheers
Oh yes, pls forgive me and move thisdif it is not in the right place. Thanks again
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7y, 1m agoPosted 7 years, 1 month ago
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#1
Have you tried a boot scan in avast? also i would get a decent firewall like comodo or sunbelt both free...I would try updating Spybot in safe mode and sacnning also...
banned#2
so what is the problem exactly as very vague?

have you actually run spybot, CCleaner?

is it just slow internet?
#3
I have already done the Spybot scan in safe mode, but nothing found. New update for spybot I am now unable to take. My server terminate without reason and so mail will not come in to outlook express, but I can eventually see them in 'popeeper' as I use this to thrash mail I do not want.
I am not very good with PC and so donot downloas stuff I know nothingabout. Cheers again
P.S.
Internet picked a bit hence I can now get here to ask for help. I couldnt even do this last night after midnight. Ran crap cleaner and Avast, nothingfound. Check sysytem32 with limited knowledge couldnt see anything out of place.
Don't know what else to do. Thanks
1 Like #4
so you've done a avast "boot scan" bear in mind this differs from an actual realtime vrius scan....also have a look at you cpu and ram usage in task manager see if anything is hoggin the cpu and memory....Malwarebytes might be worth a shot and defo a good firewall like the ones suggested...can be had from File Hippo very safe and legit.
1 Like #5
:thinking: Before you get complicated
1 Check if your hard drive is full.
2 call up task manager (In XP control- alt-delete ) and check CPU usage If its over 70% all the time a large program is running, perhaps you are trying to spam the universe via a autobot?
Look under processes see whats running you could have so many things running memory is full?
1 Like #6
So what exactly is the issue here?

Is the internet slow or the computer, or both?

Personally, I use the following programs and I have never had an issue with viruses or spyware etc.

Ccleaner, Auslogics Disk Defrag and Mcafee Security.

I dont like using free software because it is free for a reason!!

Just install all the programs you dont need or use, and then download auslogics disk defrag and run it.

What windows it is?
#7
O.K bfjem,like ur avatar, but 'boot scan' does this mean scan with avast in safe mode? Will go to task manager and check cpu? computer program usage I'm guessing? pls state, sorry I'm appearing so dim just dont want to meddle with stuff I know nothibg about.(a bit of knowledge and al dat) cheers
#8
3gees
O.K bfjem,like ur avatar, but 'boot scan' does this mean scan with avast in safe mode? Will go to task manager and check cpu? computer program usage I'm guessing? pls state, sorry I'm appearing so dim just dont want to meddle with stuff I know nothibg about.(a bit of knowledge and al dat) cheers


No worries... lets simplifiy this as it could be something very simple....

1. By pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del bring up your task manager. Go to process and check if anything has a high and constant use of the CPU/Memory. Also check the Performance tab to see if your cpu usage is unusually high

2. Come back to us with those results

3. A boot scan will scan your system on a reboot before windows is started up...it allows the anti-Virus to scan before the possible virus has a chance to start or hide itself....very good method of finding and removing things...but do step one first and come back to us
#9
Deal warrior the hard drive def., not full!!
Aircanman internet is slow and thanks for the telling me what systems u suggest, message is to buy protection. ok Windows IE
As you can see slow by the response time from me.
Thank you all, will go off line and do the suggested tests. Hope you alldont mind me coming to ask for further advice and help if I get stuck. Repped
#10
Carley
buy a mac


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do one....why bother if you havent got anything of worth to say....
#11
aircanman
I dont like using free software because it is free for a reason!!


A lot of "free" software is actually better than the pay for alternatives.......and the reason it's free varies: it could be because it's open source, free for home use because they're trying to shift software to businesses, etc. etc. but none of the reasons are because free automatically equals not as good. There is plenty of crap software that costs money :thumbsup:
#12
Carley
seriously, if you are not too computer literate then they are perfect for you as you do not have to do any anti-virus or system maintenance.

worth consideration just saying (oh and chillax with the insults dude :thumbsup:)


I know the benifits of an apple...but the cost alone is why people settle for windows OS... you could argue Ubuntu was a better option but again that takes learning a whole new system...I wasn't trying to insult you but your response was clearly of no help to the op was it....:thumbsup:
#13
Carley
second hand mini-macs can be picked up quite cheaply, paid no more than £150 for mine about a year ago, great little system.
(recently bought one for my brother too <£350 for a 2ghz intel core 2 duo processor, 2gb ram and 120gb HD, perfect for web browsing)


but again...I am not dsiputing whether or not you managed to get a cheap mac.....the OP clearly wants to sort out their issue...telling them to scrap ther system and buy a new or second hand mac is pointless isnt it? and for clarification "do one" isnt an insult I was saying leave the thread if you have nothing constructive or to the point to say other then you can get a mac....:?
#14
Carley
telling me to "do one" was not trying to insult! :?

anyway, my point is second hand mini-macs can be picked up quite cheaply, paid no more than £150 for mine about a year ago, great little system.
(recently bought one for my brother too <£350 for a 2ghz intel core 2 duo processor, 2gb ram and 120gb HD, perfect for web browsing)

as the op has stated he is not to clever with pc's, it is worth a look.


In all honesty, I love macs but I dont think its fair to say to someone if their PC dont work, to buy a mac. I have sent 4 macs back because sometimes they are useless!
#15
megalomaniac
A lot of "free" software is actually better than the pay for alternatives.......and the reason it's free varies: it could be because it's open source, free for home use because they're trying to shift software to businesses, etc. etc. but none of the reasons are because free automatically equals not as good. There is plenty of crap software that costs money :thumbsup:


I knew that comment would spark something lol.

Well, mini review

Avast - Noisy, annoying, intrusive

AVG - same as avast

McAfee - Quiet, does its own thing most of the time.
#16
Carley
ive given my contribution, it's up to the op if it's valid or not.

i'll "do one" now :thumbsup:


yeah probably a good idea....you contribution was appreciated :roll:
banned#17
aircanman
I knew that comment would spark something lol.

Well, mini review

Avast - Noisy, annoying, intrusive

AVG - same as avast

McAfee - Quiet, does its own thing most of the time.


I have just removed McAfee off my computer, and you wouldnt believe the speed it now runs at, didnt realise it was that making it slow
#18
I would say your antivirus software has gone loopy.. it's probably trying to run a couple of scans at the same time.. try killing all the processes related to it, uninstalling it and reinstall of it
#19
aircanman
I knew that comment would spark something lol.

Well, mini review

Avast - Noisy, annoying, intrusive

AVG - same as avast

McAfee - Quiet, does its own thing most of the time.


I won't wade into the to much but for XP I loved Avast and found it top notch and not intrusive or ott at all....but I am currently using Mcafee for my win7 and I havent been able to fault it so far...but my new system is prettty decent so I guess I cant really say which is better. AVG on the other hand I am not a fan of.
#20
run malewarbytes (sp)

turn off zonealarm also maybe even unistall it and go for something else

recently zone alarm was causing my machine to be very very slow (7 or 8 minute full start up!) ran lots of differnet programs, went into msconfig etc for startup programs, got rid of zone alarm and it was back to normal, think it was something to do with their newest update wasnt installing properly
banned#21
aircanman
In all honesty, I love macs but I dont think its fair to say to someone if their PC dont work, to buy a mac. I have sent 4 macs back because sometimes they are useless!


You sent 4 back because they are sometimes useless? How do you mean? They had a hardware fault? You actually purchased Macs on four different occasions and they each had a fault or you sent the same Mac back four times?
banned#22
Carley
my original post was based mainly on the op's opening statement...
My PC is litterally down and I cannot find the problem but I am not too bright in that way!!!!!!!!

if the op can't get used to maintaining the antivirus software of a pc system then i think advising to try an alternative system that does not require constant attention is at least a sensible contribution?


It's a fair enough alternative solution in the mid to long term. Short term he needs the problem sorting with his current system. Nothing wrong with what you put, it's all free help.
#23
aircanman
I knew that comment would spark something lol.

Well, mini review

Avast - Noisy, annoying, intrusive

AVG - same as avast

McAfee - Quiet, does its own thing most of the time.


LOL being "Quiet" is not necessarily a good thing, it could mean it's missing all sorts of stuff.....Besides you can turn of all the "intrusive" stuff in AVG and Avast if you like.

Anyhoo if you're going to compare paid to free, at least choose the top ones from each category. McAffee is renowned for being bloated and providing false positives and AVG has been in decline for a while now. Maybe try Avira (free) and NOD32 (££) :thumbsup:
#24
sassie
I have just removed McAfee off my computer, and you wouldnt believe the speed it now runs at, didnt realise it was that making it slow


Well on my machine it makes little or no difference at all, it all depends what sort of viruses etc and performance of the machine.
#25
megalomaniac
LOL being "Quiet" is not necessarily a good thing, it could mean it's missing all sorts of stuff.....Besides you can turn of all the "intrusive" stuff in AVG and Avast if you like.

Anyhoo if you're going to compare paid to free, at least choose the top ones from each category. McAffee is renowned for being bloated and providing false positives and AVG has been in decline for a while now. Maybe try Avira (free) and NOD32 (££) :thumbsup:


The quiet comment I could use for avast and avg, you never know do you? But I would prefer to use a paid for piece of software. I only install the virus and firewall side of mcafee because I dont like all the other stuff, it works very well for me.
#26
Back on topic, lets try to help this person out.

What make is the pc, and what version of windows is it. We could poss talk you through a restore.
banned#27
aircanman
Well on my machine it makes little or no difference at all, it all depends what sort of viruses etc and performance of the machine.


its a brand new machine, thought it a little slow, but wasnt to concerned, but on removing McAfee it has doubled its speed, so i dont know, but know it is alot faster without it
#28
sassie
its a brand new machine, thought it a little slow, but wasnt to concerned, but on removing McAfee it has doubled its speed, so i dont know, but know it is alot faster without it


Could it be something to do with the bloatware on it if its new?
banned#29
aircanman
Could it be something to do with the bloatware on it if its new?


dont know what bloatware is, but McAfee off now and all is good, so sorted:thumbsup:
#30
sassie
dont know what bloatware is, but McAfee off now and all is good, so sorted:thumbsup:


Bloatware is all the crap software that comes with machines when they are new, they would do alot more harm than McAfee would.

I recently took delivery of a new Toshiba laptop, it booted one minute faster with all the crap off it, and McAfee on!!
#31
aircanman
Bloatware is all the crap software that comes with machines when they are new, they would do alot more harm than McAfee would.

I recently took delivery of a new Toshiba laptop, it booted one minute faster with all the crap off it, and McAfee on!!


Imagine how quick it would be if you took the rest of the bloatware (McAffee) off it :thumbsup: hehe
#32
Hello folks, I'm back and finally have my PC back to near maximum level. I see you've been having fun without me.
Thank you all so much for you're input and advice when I called out for help. you've all helped in some way. It was an extermely painful task, but I d/loaded 'housecall' ran a check, then uninstall spybot and then re-installed it. Took Hi-jack this from a web site (got off-line help here) and then fixed anything that was not required including uninstalling other applications which were running on start up, scanned again, but nothing fun at any stage of the checks.
I cannot afford a new PC and take the freebies to protect my PC as recommended by a mate who handled these machines for a living. I am employed but dont have a lot of cash, have no blu-ray, HD box,freesat, or PVR the latter of which I would love. So your input was invaluable to me and that is why I joined this site after lolling about as a guest for about 6 months. Ur all terrific in ur own way. Think I will shut up now , but guys THANKS alot.

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