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Old 02-18-2005, 04:54 PM   #1
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hey!

from the past 2 weeks, my computer has been running awfully slow. i have no clue y. everytime i run Spysweeeper, there are spywears...EVERYTIME!!. but i dont kno if thats the problem. it takes about 5 mins for an application to open.

is there anything i cud do besides reformat the computer?

any help wud be appreciated.

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Old 02-18-2005, 04:57 PM   #2
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Run ad-aware, Run antivirus, disck cleanup, disk defrag, u really shold use the search opotion on a forum.
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Old 02-18-2005, 05:05 PM   #3
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i did try running spysweeper and an antivirus...but no effect
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Old 02-18-2005, 05:18 PM   #4
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are you runnin any, memory chugging appz cause if u have recently it could be the RAM
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Old 02-18-2005, 06:44 PM   #5
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yeah how much ram do you have? also how many programs are running in the background? those take up alot of system resources.

go to the start menu and click run and in the box type "msconfig" and click the startup tab. how many programs are starting up?

it could be a combination of things
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i have a 256 MB ram. As far as the background processes go, i use end it all to kill all the programs that r not needed.

Also, this problem has been occuring from the past 2 weeks.
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Old 02-18-2005, 11:04 PM   #7
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what speed ram? pc 2100 2700 or 3200. either way 256mb is pretty slow but it shouldnt be lagging that much. hmmm does it act that slow after you run spysweeper and stuff? try adaware its free an works good.
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Old 02-18-2005, 11:11 PM   #8
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256MB should be ok and shouldn't be running that slow. Are you low on hard drive space? Uninstall programs you don't use anymore and do a disk cleanup. Get rid of all *.tmp files, *.bak, and *.log files. Defrag hard drive, set virtual memory to 1.5 times the RAM you have which is 384 MB swap file for you (min and max). Are you running programs that exceed your system requirements? But try those things listed above. You can always reinstall Windows. That always help in most cases.
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Old 02-19-2005, 12:51 PM   #9
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i dont think my harddrive should be giving any problems because i had recently installed a 80GB harddrive
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Old 02-20-2005, 11:46 AM   #10
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You recently installed a 80G hard drive, does that coincide with your speed lost? Did you switch your swapfile to this new hard drive? Are they both formatted in NTFS or FAT32? Did you stop the unnecessary services? Have you downloaded Microsoft beta Spyware http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en
Did you download TweakUI (microsoft powertoy) to tweak your system and disable XP auto defrag function which fragments more than it defragments!
When exactly did this speed drop happen
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Old 02-22-2005, 03:40 PM   #11
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i am not sure how it happened. i mean like i dont kno what i did to my computert that made this problem occur
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Old 02-22-2005, 04:51 PM   #12
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If I were you, I would backup all files and data into another hdd or dvd/cd and reset the computer. It feels better to start from a clean slate.
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Old 02-22-2005, 04:55 PM   #13
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i woudl go with jefforaby.
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Go to the device manager and select IDE ATA/ ATAPI Controllers. Click the plus next to it. Then select the channel your drive is on and right click. Then select properties. Go to the advanced setting tab and click it. You're looking to see if the drive got installed as a DMA device. If it did then this is not the problem. If it didn't pull down the selection that controlls the setting to DMA. Select use DMA if available. Click apply then ok.
Other things you can do is to run more than one ad/spyware program. Ad-Aware se is a good one while Spybot S&D is another good one. Both are free. You MUST update them on a regular basis. Another thing I use is called crap cleaner. You would not believe the garbage it finds. I don't have the addresses for the ad/spy stuff but Google can be a real Godsend some times. However the addy for crap cleaner is www.ccleaner.com
You absolutely have to run all your maintaince programs on a set basis. Not just when it slows down...
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Ok try this If you are using Windows XP try this out:

Go to My Computer>Right-clickin the window>select properties>system Restore and move the slider down to 1 percent that way it's only using 200 mb of your hard drive space to store System Restore points or you could try to do a System restore the day when your computer was running fast.
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