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    Computer advice please

    hello, my computer seems to be running more slowly as of late, is there a program or something that will analyze the computer and tell me if the computer is running slow or whether im just imagining it. even better if the program then toled me how to get it to go faster.

    Thanks in advance

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    uninstall windows,






    then reinstall ! works every time :w00t:

    Original Poster

    is it easy to unistall windows? would i have to remove all my programs files etc and then reinstall all of those once i reinstall windows?

    yes mate, you loose all. As long as you have the windows cd to reinstall it and can back up anything important its a good option. You basically have a new computer when done to start a fresh.

    2 unistall you basically put the windows cd in and follow options to uninstall. make sure you have your windows activation key code tho, shud be on the cd case

    is it an old pc ? is it filling up ? Got much ram ? check in task manageer see if a process is using alot of your resources.

    Check your anti virus package is up to date and do a scan

    run spware/adaware program. (spbot search and destroy and lavasoft adaware are both great and free ...run both.)

    also cc cleaner is a nice free program to add to the above.

    Original Poster

    is there a back up utility or something cause i havent got an external drive to back my stuff up onto?

    Original Poster

    old is relative really, i got it about a year ago,

    Processor
    2.00 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core
    256 kilobyte primary memory cache
    1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache

    2048 Megabytes Installed Memory
    Slot 'A0' has 1024 MB
    Slot 'A1' has 1024 MB
    Slot 'A2' is Empty
    Slot 'A3' is Empty

    c: (NTFS on drive 0) 200.05 GB 76.61 GB free

    Original Poster

    m00nie;1554693

    is it an old pc ? is it filling up ? Got much ram ? check in task … is it an old pc ? is it filling up ? Got much ram ? check in task manageer see if a process is using alot of your resources.Check your anti virus package is up to date and do a scan



    use avg, its up to date

    m00nie;1554693

    run spware/adaware program. (spbot search and destroy and lavasoft … run spware/adaware program. (spbot search and destroy and lavasoft adaware are both great and free ...run both.)



    i'll do these now

    m00nie;1554693

    also cc cleaner is a nice free program to add to the above.



    what does this do????

    ccleaner clears all the rubbish off your hard disk like cookies ect.

    Also run a defrag on you hard disk will help. I use defraggler.

    Both available from file hippo for free.

    Original Poster

    is defraggier better than the windows one?

    Original Poster

    what is a missing shared dll?

    guerilla;1554847

    what is a missing shared dll?



    LOL on that, im not sure but I just tell ccleaner to fix them, never had to use the back up on it either always seems to clean the pc and laptop well for me though and speed it up a little. I always run it after I either install or uninstall software as the installer can leave behind un-needed files and the uninstallers always leaves **** behind too!

    You probably have unwanted applications automatically starting when you start your computer.

    If you know how to use "hijackthis" software it will show you exactly what is starting up on your computer aswel as other ofending applications.Be warned use this with caution, ask for help before changing anything on your computer. also always make a back up/ recovery point before modifying anything on your pc.

    Reinstalling the software isnt always necessary, but use it as a last resort.

    Original Poster

    i have no idea what hijackthis is, shall i give it ago anyway?

    Original Poster

    i cant get lavasoft adaware to work, can any of you guys recommend an alternative?

    your cache is really low you ideally need a bigger one to improve ur pcs performance.

    At the moment your cpu is collecting data from the cache but as its so small other important stuff is outside the CPU boundary so it takes longer to collect the data so try getting a better processor with a better cache. get a pro to install it for you

    run taskmanager

    you should be able to tell from taskamanger if there are any cpu intensive processes running, you might need to watch it for a bit.


    Kiwinator - what a load of rubbish, that is not the problem here. Why would that cause an decrease in speed over time? The OP does not need to throw money at this, the CPU is more than capable.

    Original Poster

    UPDATE: i have done all the things mentioned in the previous posts, just set my hard drive to defragment (i had 20gb of fragmented files is this bad?) before i left for work this morning, ill let you know if its any better when i get home this afternoon.

    @jah128 - ive watched taskmanager and checked that all the processes in it are genuine and nothing seems to using alot of cpu time.

    Original Poster

    when using cc cleaner, and you click the tools>startup, are these all the programs that auto start when i turn the computer on (i assume they are). if i want to get rid of some o these do i just delete the entry within cc cleaner of do i have to go into the program mentioned and turn the option of in there??


    Thanks for all the help so far, its hard to know whether its made a massive difference yet, but it did seem noticeable on this morning.

    guerilla;1555735

    when using cc cleaner, and you click the toolsstartup, are these all the … when using cc cleaner, and you click the tools>startup, are these all the programs that auto start when i turn the computer on (i assume they are). if i want to get rid of some o these do i just delete the entry within cc cleaner of do i have to go into the program mentioned and turn the option of in there??Thanks for all the help so far, its hard to know whether its made a massive difference yet, but it did seem noticeable on this morning.



    The simple answer is yes ccleaner will delete the entries for you.

    The not so simple answer is I wouldn't think of doing that unless you know exactly what you are doing.

    Further to my last post (sorry had to answer the door) you would be better off using the tools startup feature on Spybot spybot.info/ind…tml to "quarantine" startup programmes to make sure you don't need them.
    Do it one by one.

    Somewhere on the net there's a glossary of startup progs which tell you what they are for, I'll see if I can find it.

    Ok have a read of this page and see if it makes sense to you. Make sure you're happy with what you do though otherwise you may get grief

    pacs-portal.co.uk/sta…htm

    and another helpful one here

    3feetunder.com/kri…tml

    Original Poster

    cheers hottoshop, they make a little bit of sense now, im sure that they'll make much more sense when im actually doing it (at work at the moment) this afternoon. ill let you all know when ive broken my computer
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