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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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Computers can become slow due to several reasons. Given below are some of the possible reasons:

1. Low disk space available on the hard disk

2. Presence of excess temporary files

3. Corrupt registry entries

4. Large number of software applications installed on the computer

5. Presence of incompatible device driver in the system

6. Excess heating of computer

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There are various other problems which may slow down your computersystem. Now, let us highlight some important steps to fix the issues ofslow computer performance with Windows operating system. Note: Take abackup of your complete data before carrying out any steps.

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Eliminate Viruses and Spyware
Step 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.
Step 2

Remove spyware. Run a good spyware tool at least twice a month.
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Use a pop-up blocker, if you have one. Check your antivirus program.


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Delete your document files for anything you no longer need. Saved pictures, audio and video files in particular can slow your computer.

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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.

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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.

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Turn off unnecessary programs. Check your taskbar for icons that show running programs. Disable anything you are not currently using.

Run Maintenance

Step 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.

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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.

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Check for disk errors. Sometimes corrupted files slow down your computer. To find and fix these files, Go to My Computer and right-click on C drive. Choose Properties, then Tools.

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