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PC getting slow ?

1) Download and install a programme called Ccleaner from Filehippo.com.

a) Run the cleaner, gets all the temporary files and web related rubbish off your pc you didn't know you had.
b) Select the "Tools" option from the left hand side of the Ccleaner window, click on startup, and delete al the startup items listed except for anti-virus software and firewalls. This means that you will have to actually start a programme you need from a short cut or programmes instead of running them all, all of the time.

2) Give it a defrag.

3) Disconnect the tower, take off the outer case and, with a real bristle paint brush and hoover, carefully remove all the dust and fluff from inside. (If the CPU gets hot it starts to step down in performance speed) Clearing all the vents and the heat dispersal vents over the CPU and CPU fans, helps to avoid this.

4) If you wish to speed up further, its a case of adding more RAM, to do that, first go to the "Crucial" or "Orca" web site, enter the details of your pc and it will tell you how much you can put in your pc and what type, bear in mind if you're running XP, the most it can support is 3 GB of ram. You don't have to buy it from them, but the info is very useful.

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How can I make my old computer faster?


You may install the Ubuntu Linux distribution that it's faster than Windows.

May 12, 2011 | Dell Dimension 8400 PC Desktop

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my Emachines 3240 is very slow the CPU gets hung up frequently maxed out at 100% you can hear the machine trying to grind through it. Its a standard modell except i had an additional 512 mb DDR memory added a few years ago. Is there anything I can do or is it just past its best before date?


1) Download and install a programme called Ccleaner from Filehippo.com.

a) Run the cleaner, gets all the temporary files and web related rubbish off your pc you didn't know you had.
b) Select the "Tools" option from the left hand side of the Ccleaner window, click on startup, and delete al the startup items listed except for anti-virus software and firewalls. This means that you will have to actually start a programme you need from a short cut or programmes instead of running them all, all of the time.

2) Give it a defrag.

3) Disconnect the tower, take off the outer case and, with a real bristle paint brush and hoover, carefully remove all the dust and fluff from inside. (If the CPU gets hot it starts to step down in performance speed) Clearing all the vents and the heat dispersal vents over the CPU and CPU fans, helps to avoid this.

4) If you wish to speed up further, its a case of adding more RAM, to do that, first go to the "Crucial" or "Orca" web site, enter the details of your pc and it will tell you how much you can put in your pc and what type, bear in mind if you're running XP, the most it can support is 3 GB of ram. You don't have to buy it from them, but the info is very useful.

Jan 02, 2011 | E-Machines eMachines Desktop PC

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My computer has gotten really slow, at start up, connecting to the internet and get lots of buffering when watching streaming video.


1) Download and install a programme called Ccleaner from Filehippo.com.
a) run the cleaner - gets a load of web rubbish off your pc you
didn't know you had.
b) From the menu on the left, select startup, delete all programmes out
of your startup menu except for antivirus and firewall programmes.

2) Disconnect all power, get a natural bristle paint brush and hoover
and, carefully, clean out all the dust and fluff from your pc. (over
heated cpu's step down in speed)

3) Add more ram if still necessary. go to the "Crucial" web site, enter
the details of you pc. Tells you what kind of ram and how much your
PC can run. Bear in mind XP can only use a maximum of 3Gb. You
don't have to buy from here, if you decide just use the info.

Jul 20, 2010 | Dell DimensionTM E520 PC Desktop

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My computer (3 years old) has gotten really slow. Both at start up, connecting with internet. I get a lot of buffering when watching streaming videos.


1) Download and install a programme called Ccleaner from Filehippo.com.
a) run the cleaner - gets a load of web rubbish off your pc you
didn't know you had.
b) From the menu on the left, select startup, delete all programmes out
of your startup menu except for antivirus and firewall programmes.

2) Disconnect all power, get a natural bristle paint brush and hoover
and, carefully, clean out all the dust and fluff from your pc. (over
heated cpu's step down in speed)

3) Add more ram if still necessary. go to the "Crucial" web site, enter
the details of you pc. Tells you what kind of ram and how much your
PC can run. Bear in mind XP can only use a maximum of 3Gb. You
don't have to buy from here, if you decide just use the info.

Jul 20, 2010 | Dell DimensionTM E520 PC Desktop

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My computer is suddenly operating quite slowly. I have 1 GB memory and I do not download particularly large files. Up until recently, all was fine. I have checked with Cox Cable and they say the speed is unchanged in their network. I've run Norton looking for any virus or other problem and have found nothing. I've also run disk defrag. Can you offer any suggestions? Thanks, Rick Cartwright


1) Download and install a programme called Ccleaner from Filehippo.com.

a) Run the cleaner, gets all the web related rubbish off your pc you didn't know you had.
b) Select the "Tools" option from the left hand side of the Ccleaner window, click on startup, and delete al the startup items listed except for anti-virus software and firewalls. This means that you will have to actually start a programme you need from a short cut or programmes instead of running them all, all of the time.

2) Disconnect the tower, take off the outer case and, with a real bristle paint brush and hoover, carefully remove all the dust and fluff from inside. (If the CPU gets hot it starts to step down in performance speed) Clearing all the vents and the heat dispersal vents over the CPU and CPU fans, helps to avoid this.

3) FInally, when you're licence has run out, dump Norton, it slows pc's down. Download and install (From filehippo.com) AVG (antivirus) SPYBOT search and destroy (Malware) and If you're using windows, Window defender. They're all free.

4) If you wish to speed up further, its a case of adding more RAM, to do that, first go to the Crucial web site, enter the details of your pc and it will tell you how much you can put in your pc and what type, bear in mind if you're running XP, the most it can support is 3 GB of ram. You don't have to buy it from them, but the info is very useful.

Jul 19, 2010 | E-Machines T3882 PC Desktop

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