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My parents HP Pavilion zd8000 (2.8GHz) runs very slowly

My parents HP Pavilion zd8000 (2.8GHz) runs extremely slowly. Just opening firefox can take minutes. They are using less than half of the 60g memory. I've done all the common clean up tasks, and its still VERY VERY slow. To my knowledge this is how its been since they bought it a year or two ago.

Is this a factory problem? What can be done to get this running at a reasonable speed?

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It's probably the anti-virus software AND not enough memory.

Un-install the Anti-Virus (Symantec/Norton?)
and use the FREE AVG from grisoft.com.
double the mamory in the computer (If you have 512MB, upgrade it to 1GB).

Hope this helps!

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You can free up a great deal more RAM by getting rid of the memory hog Firefox. Hit ctrl + alt + delete and look under processes. Look at the amount of RAM Firefox allocates to itself. Get Google Chrome and import all your settings and favorites. It uses a quarter of the resources that Firefox uses and it is the fastest browser out there as we speak.

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You might have one of those continuous virus scans running. They hog the resources. Norton is notorious for example.

You could also have a virus running that is hogging the resources.

HIT ctrl-alt-del EXACTLY once then click on the processes tab and see which are using the resources. Most of the time it should be in the "system idle process".

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Having too many programs that start up windows can really slow down the system. Check the task tray on the right lower side and see how many icons there are. Disable or un-install the any you don't use or need. Some programs automatically set themselves up to start up with windows and devour memory resources and processing power. Also having more than one virus scanner installed can affect speed(spybot and norton for example). Spyware and viruses can also cause issues. If windows has become to corrupted sometimes a fresh install of the operating system is the best trick.

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