pc has become very slow!

used virus scan spyware scan defraged and disk cleanup what else can i do!!!!!!!!!!

ANY IDEAS?

TIA!

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What stuff do you have set to run on start up ?

A good bit of software to clean a PC up is ccleaner (a quick Google will point you in the right direction). Aside from that, defrag - virus/spyware etc, which you've done.

With MS Windows, I tend to recommend a spring clean occasionally, basically fdisk/reinstall. After backing up ;-)

In my experience pc cleaners, registry cleaners etc create more problems than they solve. Ever optimistic I've used quite a few over the years and always regretted it.

Look in Task Manager to see what's running on your system (cntrl alt del). See what's taking up lots of resources and is there anything that can't be accounted for? Use google to identify anything you don't recognise.

Also bear in mind that anti-virus and anti spyware impose their own overhead on your system and slow things down. Don't however be tempted to get rid of them.

As garbage456 says, check your hdd. Could be it's getting full - anything over 75% and you need to have a serious clear-out or think about getting a bigger drive.

reformat your hard drive, n do a fresh install of windows, be sure to save any work on your hard drive as all data will be lost when you reinstall

n1ttygr1tty;1691455

reformat your hard drive, n do a fresh install of windows, be sure to … reformat your hard drive, n do a fresh install of windows, be sure to save any work on your hard drive as all data will be lost when you reinstall



This should fix things but it's a bit drastic unless you have lots of time to spare and are pretty certain you know where all your drivers and applications discs are, or don't have much on your computer.

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reinstall windows. takes 30 minutes and you do not lose any software / data. then do a windows update.

What antivirus do you have running in the background ?

n1ttygr1tty;1691455

reformat your hard drive, n do a fresh install of windows, be sure to … reformat your hard drive, n do a fresh install of windows, be sure to save any work on your hard drive as all data will be lost when you reinstall


I do this about 3 times a year. I do have 4 hard drives so i just drag n drop what i want to keep to another hard drive which makes it much easier but always works a treat.

Are you talking about a repair install csiman? You can usually do this without loss of files/other applications but be aware that is doesn't always work out that way.

But really everything depends on what's on your computer and how important it is. If it's only games etc do a reinstall. If it's your lifes work think twice. I have around half a million files on my hard drive and wouldn't dream of doing a reformat and reinstall, but I sometimes have to do it on the kids computers when they get beyond salvation.

has this happened suddenly or not?, waht did u do to it in the few days b4 u noticed?

It never fails to amaze me that when a problem appears on someones PC , I see the words FORMAT . Absolute nonsence .This should always be the last resort . Ok for geek like me who know's what there doing in terms of re-installing windows ,installing all the required drivers ,putting the broadband and e-mail settings back on , re-installing all the programs back on , and backing up all the downloads and photo's/mp3's before you even start . There's always lots of things to try and programs to run before you get to the FORMAT stage .

ricko;1692618

It never fails to amaze me that when a problem appears on someones PC , I … It never fails to amaze me that when a problem appears on someones PC , I see the words FORMAT . Absolute nonsence



Not necessarily - nowadays a lot of the various trojan/virus infections floating about are nasty. Once a box has been compromised, personally (although I know you can clean them up) - I feel happer when on MS Windows, to do a swift reinstall.

Peace of mind.

Also generally MS Windows is happier with a swift clean now and again. I do it with this box (taps case) twice a year.

I am not a computer buff - but have you cleaned out cookies/visited websites etc?? I understand that can sometimes help. Worth a try IMO.

ricko;1692618

It never fails to amaze me that when a problem appears on someones PC , I … It never fails to amaze me that when a problem appears on someones PC , I see the words FORMAT . Absolute nonsence .This should always be the last resort . Ok for geek like me who know's what there doing in terms of re-installing windows ,installing all the required drivers ,putting the broadband and e-mail settings back on , re-installing all the programs back on , and backing up all the downloads and photo's/mp3's before you even start . There's always lots of things to try and programs to run before you get to the FORMAT stage .



not really, very few problems can be cured by novices in minutes as modern hardware is so fast often it is the fastest method of curing many probs, bit of practice and a complete safe restore can be done in 30mins to an hour especially with a well prepared off disk recovery system

john-boy also has a point, on a compromised system it can also be the safest option.
Personally i would always try to investigate a bit further as failing hardware can mean a few reinstalls but thats rare as i am very aware of the state of my security and hardware condition

ricko;1692618

It never fails to amaze me that when a problem appears on someones PC , I … It never fails to amaze me that when a problem appears on someones PC , I see the words FORMAT . Absolute nonsence .This should always be the last resort . Ok for geek like me who know's what there doing in terms of re-installing windows ,installing all the required drivers ,putting the broadband and e-mail settings back on , re-installing all the programs back on , and backing up all the downloads and photo's/mp3's before you even start . There's always lots of things to try and programs to run before you get to the FORMAT stage .



****, I format and re-install XP every six months. I have my HDD partitioned with 20GB for windows alone, all my files/drivers/email/programs/set-ups/games/mp3s, etc are on my other hardrive and in the other partition, I even use a Ghost image now to splat it quickly.

Windows update is a doddle you just get DL the latest autopatcher for it.

Also for common sense reasons, the time it takes to fault find the issue you could have formatted and installed XP.

Have you checked the thing between the keyboard and your chair? :whistling:

Before formatting/reinstalling Windows, etc. how slow is slow? It could be a hardware problem. If the fan on your processor has stopped working, has a problem, running properly, or if it is clogged up with dust, it could be that the processor is overheating and has slowed down.

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nightswimmer;1693894

Before formatting/reinstalling Windows, etc. how slow is slow? It could … Before formatting/reinstalling Windows, etc. how slow is slow? It could be a hardware problem. If the fan on your processor has stopped working, has a problem, running properly, or if it is clogged up with dust, it could be that the processor is overheating and has slowed down.


I have never heard of a processor 'slowing down'. It works or it crashes.

csiman;1694717

I have never heard of a processor 'slowing down'. It works or it crashes.



Modern Intel Processors (not sure about AMD) have thermal management that lowers the frequency and voltage in the event of overheating. If the overheating goes above a certain threshold then the processor will shut down.

For example, see ]here for details of this process in the Intel Centrino Duo Mobile Processor (scroll down to "Thermal Control in a CMP Environment").

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nightswimmer;1694729

Modern Intel Processors (not sure about AMD) have thermal management that … Modern Intel Processors (not sure about AMD) have thermal management that lowers the frequency and voltage in the event of overheating. If the overheating goes above a certain threshold then the processor will shut down.For example, see ]here for details of this process in the Intel Centrino Duo Mobile Processor (scroll down to "Thermal Control in a CMP Environment").


Fair enough :thumbsup:
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