Hi, packard bell laptop, window's xp, had it a few years now, going very , slow, no memory, a lot of viruses, adware, malware, would like to put back to factory settings, cant syster restore no more, on it, not bothered about what is on it, when I bought it , I had xp, and other software already installed, so dont have any discs, so can I put it back to factory settings?.
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The anti-virus popups are a virus, If you have an anti-virus loaded on your PC then you need to either update it or call the customer support for the anti-virus and have them help you get all the adware and malware off your system. If you have a free anti-virus, then you need to remove it and load something better, like maybe windows defender or Microsoft security essentials, which are free full version antivirus programs, then load MBAM (malwarebytes.org) and run a full scan on your system. Sometimes if the popups are bad enough, it would just be better to do a new re-install of the whole system and start from scratch.
A slow computer could be caused by a number of things - 1.Insufficient RAM (memory) - if your computer has less than 512Mb of RAM then increase it to at least 1Gb of RAM. 2.Registry problems - clean and repair the registry, it will contain unused registry keys. Use programs such as Registry Mechanic, Microsoft RegClean etc. 3.Uninstall/remove unused programs, this will also free up hard disk space. 4.Not enough hard disk space - swap file space may need to be increased if Windows hasn't been configured to manage it. 5.Install latest Windows updates. 6.Update virus definition files and scan computer for viruses, Trojans, malware etc. 7.Clear the Internet cache for faster browsing. 8.Hard disk maintenance is required at least once a month to keep it functioning efficiently. Run the following programs - Disk Cleanup - removes temporary files that are no longer used and to recovers hard disk space. Disk Defragmenter to make fragmented files into contiguous files and therefore the hard disk access is faster.
I would try scanning your computer for viruses, adware etc which might be using up memory. Or, not to scare you, there could be tracking software or key stroke loggers. Try scanning with Advanced System Care, a free program on C-Net.
Packard-Bell.DriverUtilities.com go to device manager and uninstall the current driver. prompt will then come up stating new hardware found and will ask you to chose a location to install from. go to P-Bell site and upload driver once in the download file you can open the driver file. I also suggest you go to Microsoft Security Essentials and run a quick scan of your computer( this will update virus definitions and remedy many latent computer issues.
It seems that:- 1. You have lot many programs pre-loading on startup and you are running out of RAM. 2. There's a virus (memory resident) that is duplicating itself on a particular keystroke or on opening a certain program or accessing a certain file or folder.
Q1. What's your OS. (Windows XP, Vista, 7, ???) Q2. What Antivirus are you using? Q3. Do you maintain your HDD by defragmenting it at least once in 6 months? Q4. Do you perform a Scandisk / chkdsk whenever you feel that the unit is slowing down? Q5. Do you often visit sites full of malware & spyware?
I think you shuold be able to Answer the Questions yourself because the answers lie in the questions.
Also there are quite a few anti-spyware / malware / script blocking software like SpyStopper Pro v5 available on the net. I think you should install it.
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Is these the specification for your laptop? or similar?
PACKARD BELL EASYNOTE C3300 QUA-K1
Processor: AMD Athlon 2.2GHz Memory: 512MB RAM Hard Drive: 20GB partitioned Video Memory: 64MB Networking: Lynksis PCMCIA WIFI, LAN, etc Display: 15" XGA TFT Screen Power: Working Battery & A/C Adaptor Operating System: Windows XP Professional Office: Microsoft Office 2003 Pre-Installed: Programs, Games, & MP3
1. Before you reinstall your OS, you should install any Anti-virus program (AntiVir,AVG,Avast are free) to your Laptop. Update it and do a virus scan and remove those nasty viruses.
2. Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and SUPERAntiSpyware free edition install both and update and do a scan to get rid of those nasty malware & Adware.
3. Download the sytem utilities CCleaner(free) install and clean up the unnessary file, then run the registry cleaner to clean the OS registry. Another free registry cleaner you can use is Eusing Free. There are many free programs out there but try the ones I mention.
As your Laptop itself doesn't have a ethernet card, you can't connect it. But I have a solution, you can buy a USB Ethernet Adapter, which you can buy for a cheap price and you won't need to open up your laptop or any stuff like that. Just plug into your USB port and start working with Ethernet.
First thing to do here is to run a good anti virus scan like Avast and also a anti malware software like Malwarebytes to make sure the slow computer is not cause by a virus or any malware on it then after that better remove also some unnecessary software on your computer to free some memory/RAM and that will make the computer much faster as the last option to make it fast is to add a RAM/memory on it...