New desktop computer--has gotten incredibly slow-have av program
I have 2 new Dell desktops at home and 2 at work. Over the last year they have all gotten really slow and sometimes won't even go to a webpage at all. We have anti-virus programs on them all which occasionally pick up a tracking cookie and delete it, but no other problems. We store nothing on these computers so they're not loaded down. I did a restore on one of them but didn't help. Have deleted temporary files, history, have defragged, compressed. Help
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Compression isn't such a good idea on a drive, it doesn't always de-compress correctly.
It may be worth testing your memory with MemTest: http://www.memtest.org/
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There could be many reasons for this...we will cover a few.
First go here: http://www.iobit.com/advancedwindowscareper.html and download Advanced System Care (these are all free programs). Install the program (during installation be watchful of the program asking you to download toolbars and things of this nature you do not need, just un-check them) and click "Maintain Windows" Click "scan" when it finishes click "repair". Then click "Diagnose System" as well...scan and repair (may require reboot). Then go here: www.malwarebytes.org and download the free version of this program. Save to desktop, install, update and run full scan. Follow instructions to delete any Malware. This may take some time so make sure you do it over your lunch hour or when work is slow. Lastly, check your computer fans to see that they are running properly, or are not obstructed by anything like dust or just lying on something that will restrict the air flow. Hope this helps you
I've been installing Avast! Free Home Edition AV for about the last year on all my clients' computers and on all the ones I rebuild and sell. No one has gotten a virus yet that they didn't let in. I've used it to clean up some nasty messes on computers that had MacAffee and Norton as well.
The Avast! that you can buy is incredibly reasonable pricewise and has further bells and whistles.
There are lots of things you can do to help your computer to run faster.
1. Use the tools in Internet explorer to clear out your temporary internet files.
2. Use Disk Cleanup in system tools to clear old files.
3. Go to control panel, add/remove programs and uninstall any programs you no longer use or want.
4. Download a free registry scanner and run it regularly.
5. Run the Disk Defragmenter in system tools from time to time.
6.(For advanced users) Use the msconfig program to remove unwanted startup programs.
I hope that these things help you.
check your connection speed, i use www.speedtest.net.
use a program like cc cleaner to clear out your system rubbish, use a good fully updated antivirus program, and a good anti malware program, i use either AVG9 free or Microsoft security essentials for AV and malwarebytes to clear out malware nasties
there are several areas that slow. you can address them one at a time.
1. internet... download and run ATF Cleaner here www.atribune.org/ccount/click.php?id=1 -
Run it everytime you exit your internet broswer, always run it twice and look for the "no files found" message. this free program belongs on everyone's desktop and almost eliminates the need for spyware programs.
2. Programs-- go to your programs list and UNINSTALL (NOT DELETE) any old programs your not using-- if there's no uninstall for the program, do it from the add/remove software area of the control panel.
3.remove all entries from the start-programs-startup folder.. This will not uninstall programs, just keep them from starting untill you actually need them (imagaine that)
4. Start- run- type in MSCONFIG, click the startup tab at the top. uncheck all boxes for stuff like yahoo messenger, real player, quicktime....make sure you dont touch the ones for your virus programs and video and sound cards. restart the computer, asnwer ok when it says you've changed things.
5. Get a can of canned air unplug the computer from power take the side or back off the case and blow all the cobwebs out. especially the fans and metal finned heatsincs under them.
there is more , but this should speed ya up a bit.
Kaspersky - best rated this year - and has a small footprint on your computer. I personally use Avast 4 Home - it is a free application anti-virus for home users and it has done a great job on my computers (I have eight up and running all the time).