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My computer is slow and i have done all things that usually are done first like delete cookies and defrag but it is still really slow and I have broadband cable. can you help me? Do I need to check some settings?

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  • shyozz Nov 15, 2009

    Thanks for your input but I haave already tried that. I was looking more for a way to reset my settings a bit without really screwing things up. But thank you so much for trying.

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Next time you turn it on go through a Disk Clean up . Press start, goto All Programs, click on Accessories, go to system tools, and click onDisk Clean up...
it might take a while because its loading up all the unnecessary things on your computerMy computer is slow and i have done all things - 2.gifthat you dont use. after its done it should show a list of things to bedeleted. it should also show you how much memory it will clear up.press okay and it will start cleaning. this process will take some timeso be patient. in the end it will provide a slight increase in the computers speed and performance.

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Recenly my internet has drastically slowed down. i am being told not enough memory. i keep history and cookies deleated.


It is possible one of the memory chips has stopped working. Certainly deleting history and cookies is good practice but internet activity creates a lot more rubbish that clogs things and slows them down. I suggest you download a cleaning program. If you are into paying for good software CCleaner pro is an excellent tool but the free version is what I have been using for several years. It will also tell you how much of your memory is working. You will be surprised just how much rubbish it clears out after only a couple of internet sessions.

I suggest you do a hard drive defrag. It takes time but it is good housework.

If your computer is just as crisp and quick to boot as usual when not doing internet stuff then it is possible your browser has been corrupted by a virus or something nasty. If your whole computer is slow it could have affected more than just the browser. Certainly carry out a full scan and do it with your virus protection and with another programme. I use Spybot, again the free version.

Maybe your hard drive is nearly full and this will cause warnings and slow things down. Try going to My Computer, right click on the icon and select properties to see how much free space you have. You might need to delete some of the programmes you don't use.

When you have completed your computer housework it will be time to try the internet again. Try doing a speed test - maybe the internet really has slowed due to a fault that has nothing to do with your computer. In this case it is your service provider you need to contact.

You could short circuit the process a bit by either taking your computer to a friend's internet connection or inviting a friend to test yours with a known healthy computer.

Oct 25, 2016 | Computers & Internet

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How to fix a slow computer


All of the Utilities mentioned in this tip are FREEWARE, readily available on the Internet. Some have "nags", but are still free. In the spirit of keeping things free, I will tell you, as a computer technician, what I do to keep my computers running smooth.
I am by no means pushing these FREE Utilities. I recommend them only because they are free and, most importantly, because they WORK. These Utilities are time tested. I have used them on many computers for many years with no ill effect.

Before beginning, it is highly recommended to set a restore point. That way, if you get carried away in your clean up, you have a restore point. In fact, once you get your computer running good, it's not a bad idea to set another restore point.
To set a restore point go to start>programs>accessories>system tools>system restore. Then look for "create a restore point" and follow it out. After creating the restore point, it's best to shut the computer down completely, then turn it back on.

Also, it takes time to do all these things, so plan accordingly. Your patience will be rewarded with a faster computer.

The FIRST thing that I do to fix a slow computer is get rid of all the junk. the free Utility for doing that is:
http://www.eusing.com/Window_Washer/Window_Washer.htm

Just skip the "nag" and click on "wash settings". Under the "windows" "system" tab, check "temporary files". Under the "browsers" tab, check "IE Cache (temporary internet files)" and "IE cookies" Do like wise for Firefox if you use it. You can check all the other stuff if you want, but these are the main ones that you want to clear. More info about cookies later.

2...Run an anti-spyware Utility such as mbam:
http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php
Download it, install it, update it, run it, scan entire system.
Of course, you can use the anti-spyware/antivirus of your choice.
Some other good free anti-spyware:
http://www.superantispyware.com/
http://free.avg.com/us-en/homepage
http://www.threatfire.com/download/

3...Run defrag. Before running defrag, you want to shut down as many applications and processes as you can. Start by physically disconnecting your internet connection, then shutting down your firewall, antivirus, antispyware, etc. Plus, right click all that stuff in the lower right corner of the task bar and exit as much stuff as you can.

You can also run defrag from safe mode. Just push F8 when your computer first starts and select "safe mode".
Then run defrag: start>programs>accessories>system tools>disk defragmenter.

4...The next thing to do is run a little known Windows Utility, which is part of the Windows System File Protection called System File Checker (SFC). This program ensures that all of your Windows system files are intact and in the right place. Windows system files sometimes get corrupted or deleted in various ways, sometimes resulting in error messages like: "missing dll" and other nasties. Viruses and malware sometimes attach themselve's to Windows system files, so guess what happens when those files are deleted by your antivirus program? THEY GET DELETED TOO. That's the purpose of the quarantine...to make sure the system still runs without those files before deleting them.
To run SFC you must have a copy of your Windows installation CD. Insert the CD in your drive and wait for the Windows installation window to appear, then click on "exit". You must have the CD so the program can pull any files that it needs from it.
Then go to start>run type in "cmd" (without the quotation marks, then click "OK". Then type: sfc/scannow
Let that run until it's done.

5...Now you want to get all the junk from your registry. One must be very careful when running a registry cleaner, as some of them do too good of a job, causing problems. For this reason the only registry cleaner that I recommend is free and one that I have used for _years_ without a problem. Not to saya problem can't occur, but it also has a restore feature:
http://www.eusing.com/free_registry_cleaner/registry_cleaner.htm

Don't be surprised if you have 300 to 600 invalid entries.
Also, avoid the temptation to run this too much. Once a month is plenty.

6...Now go to the Windows update Website and download and install all updates.

7...Run defrag again.

8...Another program to run is one called "Autoruns" Nothing slows a computer down more than a bunch of stuff that just doen't need to be running until it's needed. You be amazed of all the stuff that is running unnecessarily on your computer:
http://www.sixfiles.com/dbase/files/sysinternals-autoruns.html

Once you get your computer running smooth, keep it that way with a little maintanance. Here's a schedule you can use:

Daily or when IE or Firefox seems slow: Run Free Intenet Window Washer (Eusing). It also has a cookies manager. Clear all your cookies, then go to ONE of your regular websites. Then go to the cookie manager and add those cookies to the "cookies to keep" column. Then clear all your cookies again. Go to your next favorite website and repeat the process. Once you have all your "good" cookies added to the cookies manager, you can then delete all future cookies while leaving the ones you need for quick webpage retrivial intact.

Weekly: Anti-malware program(s), defrag, Windows update,

Monthly: SFC, Autoruns, Eusing registry cleaner. The registry cleaner can also be ran after un-installing programs.

Some other good freeware:
http://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_uninstaller_free_download.html
For removing those pesky programs that won't uninstall.

http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/sbdownload.html
Spywareblaster.

http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en-us/zonealarm-pc-security-free-firewall.htm
This is a good firewall. If you have broadband this is a must!

http://duplicate-file-finder.en.softonic.com/download-version/duplicate-file-finder-3.4
Great for removing duplicate files.

Last but not least: Arovax Shield:
http://www.arovaxshield.com/

The secret to keeping a machine clean is not to let it messed up in the first place. Arovax Shield is excellent protection. In fact, it's too good. You want to shut it off when installing programs, as it won't allow any changes to the registry.

Again, my intentions are not to push any particular software, only to convey what free software that I have found and used over the years that work for me.

If you have done all of the above and still have a slow computer, I have the following suggestions:

1...Clean the inside of the computer. Explaining how to do this is beyond the scope of this article. There are plenty of websites that can tell you how to do it. One must be careful, though, as static electricity can kill a computer. If you are not comfortable doing it, have it done professionally.

2...Get more memory. The days of high price memory are over. Run the following program to see what memory you have:
http://www.gtopala.com/siw-download.html
Get the standalone version.
Or go to websites like crucial.com or similar website. Buy as much memory as you can afford.
3...Make sure whatever internet connection box (cable modem, fios, dsl, whatever) that you are using is getting plenty of ventilation. When they overheat, they usually keep working, but slowly.

on Dec 30, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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How to delete cookies?


A cookie is a string of information that is sent to your computer from each website that you visit. Cookies are harmless. Why would you want to delete them then?


The reason you would want to delete cookies from your computer is that they can store information such as user name, IP address, password, email address, shopping cart items and any strings of information that can be related to your identity.


Cookies that are on your computer may slow your computer down.

Therefore you may want to delete cookies from your browser.


Here is a very simple guide on how to delete cookies manually from your computer.


Click on "tools" in your browser.

This is usually located in the upper right corner of your browser.


Click on Internet options.

This will appear in the drop down box and is usually at the bottom.


Under the "General" tab look for "Browsing History."

Under this heading you can click "Delete" to have the computer delete all cookies for you automatically however to delete the cookies manually click on the "Settings" tab


Click on the "View Files" tab under the "Temporary Internet Files and History Settings" box that pops up.


When you do a second box will pop up with a list of cookie containing files.

This may take a few seconds to load so be patient while waiting for the cookie files to load.


Highlight any cookie file that you would like to delete.

You can highlight more than one at a time by holding down the 'Ctrl" button on your keypad


Delete the files that are highlighted by clicking on the "delete this item" located to the left in the same box. As soon as you do you will see the selected files disappear.


When you are done just "X" off; this completes your task of manually deleting cookies.


Hope this helps.



Dec 08, 2012 | HEWLETT-PACKARD G72260US Notebook

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My Inspiron 1521 is running unbelievably slow. I was able to delete 50 cookies, but that has not helped. What else can I do?


There are other things you can do to restore the its performance :
1. delete all cookies
2. delete all temporary internet files (*.tmp)
3. Move most of MS office data in your OS directory to other directory including the data in your
desktop
4. Defrag. your OS directory

Good luck,

Nov 19, 2010 | Dell Inspiron 1525 Laptop

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Hello there: really just looking for some solid advise this hp52w w has the original xp operating system in it with sp2 installed works ok but it gets so slow on the starting windows screen it takes...


Hello Mike, Hi, may I suggest you try first to defrag your hard drive, Im sure when you power on your PC, the hard disk led keeps on blinking, your hard drive may have developed bad tracks and sectors, this slow moving process tends to go forever.

Defragmenting and checkdisk can find faults and bad sectors and tracks that slows down the performance of your PC.

Reformatting should be done if your defragmentation procedure fails to speed up your PC.

Try to run an antivirus program, which may help speed up your PC by detecting viruses, that tends to load forever, or slow down the booting process.

Nov 24, 2009 | HP Pavilion 524w (DB280AR#ABA) PC Desktop

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Computer slowed down considerabily.


Check whether this is not a viral slow down. If not i suggest this

1. Give enough space to the hard drive.
2. Uninstall unused application for a long time and not needed anymore.
3. Install Ccleaner, this can clean your registry, cookies, and other junk files.
4. Defragment your drive. If you have enough space already.


May 03, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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My computer is running really slow how do i fix it


There are a couple of things you can do to optimize your system so that it will perform better. You can:

1) Defragment your hard drive.
2) Add more RAM
3) Clear out cookies, temporary internet files
4) Increase your Systems Swap file.

What Operating System are you using and I can give you the info on how to defragment y our hard drive.

Apr 21, 2009 | Dell Computers & Internet

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Slow computer!!!


One thing you can try is to defragment the hd.
My Computer > right click on c and select properties > click on the tool tab, and select defragment.

Another ideal trick is to increase the amount of random access memory (ram)

Mar 19, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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Each day my computer seems to run slower and slower.


Run the commands in your Accessories and also don't forget you need to Defrag and run an Anti-Virus software. The proper programs are under Start>All Programs>System Tools>Disk Cleanup and Defrag. When the housekeeping is done, if your computer is still running slow then the best thing you can do is upgrade the amount of RAM. That will make a noticeable difference.

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Jan 09, 2009 | Compaq Presario V5005us Notebook

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New desktop computer--has gotten incredibly slow-have av program


1: Download and run this: http://www.stevengould.org/index.php?Itemid=69&id=15&option=com_content&task=view
2: Download and run AntiMalware and RogueRemover Free from here:
http://www.malwarebytes.org/
3: Defragment your drive.

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/

Let us know how it goes :)

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