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Slow performance This system is a little over 5 years old. When new it was great. Could have 3-4 people logged on with no trouble. Now I'm lucky to get one person logged on. The performance time has slowed to a crawl. It seems that when it is sitting for a time it take forever to get programs loaded or surf the web. After working on it for a little time the performance seems to get better. I've tried several applications that clean up bad registry files and other junk, defragged, disc clean but the performance is still far from satisfactory. I'm afraid the processor is going bad. As sometimes it freezes in the middle of a task even when the task manager shows very little cpu usage. What do you advise? Should I invest in somekind of application that will diagose processor problems? And if the processor is bad can I fix myself. Thanks

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  • tjbscorpio Dec 31, 2008

    Thanks eastsideddie.. I am running Norton Internet Security. Have never tried a scan in safe mode as it is set up to scan automatically but will give it a try. Thanks for the suggestions. Also glad to know my processor isn't fried! Will clean out the fan today as it hasn't been done in quite some time. Thanks so much.

  • klmarie018 Feb 18, 2009

    I have the same problem. I just received this dell 4400 for my birthday, It was in the paper and my mother paid $350 all together. The woman claimed it was brand new, even though it does look as though it's never been touched before, It runs soooo slow. My boyfriend's mother told me I should restore the hole thing with the discs, but how do I do that, I'm good with computers, but I'm no expert, lol.

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I am assuming that you have an antivirus program running, if not than get one. Than you should update it and than scan in safe mode ( that catches viruses before they load and hide from you) also purchase "Webroot Spy Sweeper" run it and follow instructions, and your computer should be running fasater, also if you upgrade your RAM, than that well boost preformance, upgrade your hard drive may also solve the problem. Chances that your processor is fried are slim, although vacuming out the fan also helps to cool the processor. If you wanted to, you could even add another fan. 

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