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If computer freezes(lockup)

*run antivirus and spyware.
*check for hard drive space
*check for overheating
*check for memoey space(check if its low disk space problems)

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runing slow, some time not responsive.


Below are some useful tips for making your PC's performance better.Please follow the below steps and fix your problem.
Eliminate Viruses and Spyware 1 . Run your antivirus program. There may be something slowing your computer that you can remove. It is a good idea to run your antivirus program every week.
2 . Remove spyware. Run a good spyware tool at least twice a month.
3 . Use a pop-up blocker, if you have one. Check your antivirus program.
Dispose of the Extras 1 . Delete your document files for anything you no longer need. Saved pictures, audio and video files in particular can slow your computer.
2 . Remove unwanted programs from the Control Panel area. Old toolbars or games the kids downloaded off the Internet are a good place to start.Look for software you no longer use, such as the old printer you threw out last year.
3 . Clean out your email. Old messages are a constant drain on your computer's resources. Go through every folder, deleting everything you do not need. Leave no mail! Finish by emptying the Deleted Items folder.
4 . Turn off unnecessary programs. Check your task bar for icons that show running programs. Disable anything you are not currently using.
Run Maintenance 1 . Run the Disk Cleanup tool located in your Control Panel. (Windows only. For other operating systems, please check the Resources section below.)This will remove temporary files, cookies and unnecessary components to speed up your computer.
2 . Defragment your computer. Defragging takes some time, but will speed your computer significantly. You can find the tool in your Control Panel.Run it monthly.

Hope the above information will be helpful to you. Thanks for using Fixya.

Feb 03, 2011 | HP Pavilion A520n (DW233A#ABA) PC Desktop

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dell dimension is running slow


scan your pc for spyware/virus
check that your Hard disk for stress / error, by opening the drive, right click on the local c drive and property, and check disk for error

Mar 01, 2010 | Dell Dimension 5100 (D51L1) PC Desktop

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Opening of applications slow in my PC


The question is, "Was it ever fast?"
If the answer is "Yes" you've got too much junk cluttering up your system!

First thing is first:
1) If you're on XP: Start>Run>Type in msconfig>Click OK
2) If you're on Vista: Start>Type in msconfig>Press Enter
3) On the "System Configuration Utility" that comes up, click on the "Startup" tab.
4) Uncheck EVERYTHING that is there.
5) Click "OK" and restart the computer.

When your system comes back up, is it faster? More responsive? The answer SHOULD be yes. What you should then do is download and install and run the following pieces of software:

Ad-Aware http://www.lavasoft.com/single/trialpay.php
Spybot http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/

Both have free editions that you can use. This should clean up any spyware that may be on your computer that is causing slowdowns.

If the answer after the msconfig is "No, it's still slow" then you've got more serious software issues. Your best option would be to backup what you need on your hard drive and format and reinstall windows. The computer will run as well as it did the day you bought it!

Oct 24, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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computer is slow


The question is, "Was it ever fast?"
If the answer is "Yes" you've got too much junk cluttering up your system!

First thing is first:
1) If you're on XP: Start>Run>Type in msconfig>Click OK
2) If you're on Vista: Start>Type in msconfig>Press Enter
3) On the "System Configuration Utility" that comes up, click on the "Startup" tab.
4) Uncheck EVERYTHING that is there.
5) Click "OK" and restart the computer.

When your system comes back up, is it faster? More responsive? The answer SHOULD be yes. What you should then do is download and install and run the following pieces of software:

Ad-Aware http://www.lavasoft.com/single/trialpay.php
Spybot http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/

Both have free editions that you can use. This should clean up any spyware that may be on your computer that is causing slowdowns.

If the answer after the msconfig is "No, it's still slow" then you've got more serious software issues. Your best option would be to backup what you need on your hard drive and format and reinstall windows. The computer will run as well as it did the day you bought it!

Oct 24, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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my laptop is running very slowly. HELP !


This issue can be caused by any of the below possibilities.
Hard disk drive is short on available disk space.

Several software programs have been installed/uninstalled leaving behind bad files and/or confusing the software.

Data Corruption.
Computer is overheating.
Bad Hardware.
Additional information:
If your Internet is slow this document does not contain information about this issue. See document CH000986 for additional information about why your Internet connection may be slow.
PC Solution:
Below are steps for Microsoft Windows that should help speed up the computer or determine why the computer is running slow.
Not enough hard disk drive space
If you have a hard disk drive that is 10GB or smaller, ensure that there is at least 200MB of hard disk drive space free. If you have a hard drive larger than this size, verify that there is at least 500MB of free hard disk space. This available space allows the computer to have room for the swap file to increase in size as well as room for temporary files.

Hard drive corrupted or fragmented
Run Scandisk or something equivalent to help ensure that there is nothing physically wrong with the computer hard disk drive.
Run Defrag to help ensure that data is arranged in the best possible order.
Background programs
Remove or disable any TSRs or programs that automatically start each time the computer boots. .

Hardware conflicts
Verify that the Device Manager has no conflicts, but if conflicts are present, resolve them.
Issues with Windows XP prefetch
If you have Windows XP try deleting all files in the prefetch directory. These are prefetch files and can lower system resources if loading programs no longer being used. See our prefetch definition for additional information about prefetch.
Issues in Windows 95 / 98 autoexec.bat / config.sys
If you are using Microsoft Windows 95 or Windows 98 and do not plan on running any MS-DOS programs from MS-DOS follow the below steps.
Click Start, Run and type command and press enter.
In the MS-DOS window type cd\ to get to C:\> and then type ren autoexec.bat autoexec.ch and ren config.sys config.ch
This will rename your autoexec.bat and config.sys and help make sure memory is being optimized through Windows.
Computer or processor is overheating
Make sure your computer and processor is not overheating, excessive heat can cause a significant decrease in computer performance some processors will even lower the speed of the processor automatically to help compensate for the heat related issues. .
Specific operating system basic troubleshooting
Try running through the basic troubleshooting steps for your operating system.
Erase computer and start over

Virus Problem
Be sure that your computer is not virus or spyware infected
Run antivirus program

Finally, if none of the above solutions resolve your issues, it is recommended that you either reinstall Windows and/or erase everything and then start over.
Hardware issues
If your computer continues to be slow after going over each of the above recommendations it's possible that your computer is experiencing a more serious hardware related issue such as a failing component in the computer. This could be a failing or bad CPU, RAM, Motherboard, or other component.

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Oct 15, 2008 | Gateway Computers & Internet

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