I have windows XP Home. when I bring up my task manager, the system is using 99% of the total usage. It has almost brought my pc to a stand still. I have tried a few things to see if it would help and nothing I can think of helps. I have unuinstalled McAfee, taken all games off of it, tried lavasoft Ad-Aware, and even got a system mechanic software and nothing seems to work. Any help would definately be appreciated
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Have you ever encountered annoyingly slow or freezing programs that will not quit when you try to close a window? There is a simple keystroke you can use to quit the programs:Ctrl+Alt+Del. This enables you to access the Task Manager. Task Manager keeps track of all the computers processes as well as the CPU usage and physical memory and can be used to monitor and quit unnecessary programs that can slow or freeze your computer.You simply hold all three buttons (in sequence) and you will be redirected to a different screen that gives you options. Look for Task Manager. (note: If you have Windows XP, Task Manager will pop up as a window). There are 6 tabs (Applications, Processes, Services, Performance, Networks and Users). We will only cover the Applications tab.Once you are in Task Manager, click on the applications tab, if it is not already showing. You will see the titles of programs you are using, if any, and its status (running or not responding). If a program is not responding simply highlight it, by clicking on it and clicking on the button at the bottom labeled "End Task".This should force quit the program(s).
There are many things that might cause your PC to run slowly or restart at time and then. It could be a fragmented disk; fragmented registry; a virus, Trojan, or spy ware; high CPU and/or utilization due to too many programs running; high disk I/O; or something else.
To check your CPU and memory utilization, run Task Manager. You can start Task Manager by pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL and then clicking on the Task Manager Button. In Task manager, click on the Performance tab and check CPU Usage and PF Usage. PF Usage is an indicator of memory usage. If one or both of these is high, click on the Processes tab, and sort the columns by CPU or Memory to see what processes are consuming the resource. If you are not sure what the process "Image name" is for, Google the name and you should find what the process is for.
If your CPU and memory usage are reasonable, then you may have a different issue. Even if you running anti-virus software, it may be beneficial to scan your PC with another scanner to check for viruses. Here is a few good virus scanners that you can run to check your PC:
If you haven't run the disk maintainance software in a while, it can be that there are too many temporary files and it could use a defragmenting.
The method to follow for windows is: 1 open 'my computer 2 right click on the 'C' drive 3 click the 'disk cleanup' button 4 when the second window opens select all of the items in the little window 5 go to the 'more options' tab and click the button in the system restore section 6 click OK to all warning screens after this process is complete: On the properties window: 1 click the 'tools' tab 2 click the 'defragment button 3 select the 'C' drive in the window that opens 4 click the defragment button Allow this process to complete
Then run your anti-virus software just to be safe...
This procedure should show a marked improving in performance.
Probably doesn't have much RAM. Call up Task Manager. See how many processes you are using 35-40 is OK. Check your CPU usage. At idle your usage should stay between 0% to 2%. Download a copy of Cleanup and Superantispyware. These will help you get the junk out.