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My computer running slow

Just lately my computer takes a long time to pull up anything. Is there something I can try to make it go faster?

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There are lots of ways to run a PC faster, combine them all and you'll have an easier time.

Empty the \Windows\Temp\
Empty the \Windows\Prefetch
Empty your user History and Local Settings\Temp folders

Careful now - Right Click My Computer, Manage, Services and Disable Computer Browser and MSM (if you don't use it) and set Automatic Updates to manual. DO NOT CHANGE ANYTHING ELSE unless you know exactly what you are doing.  Each PC/user has different requirements which have to be custom addressed beyond these 3 things.

In your screen settings, Display Properties, Appearance, Effects, remove all the ticks, they all slow the PC down 

Stop processes in Task Manager: Ctrl Alt Del, Right click alg.exe, click End Process.  It should automatically end after startup, but it doesn't.

Start, Run, Msconfig, Startup tab, Untick items you don't use.  You don't usually want things to start here, except maybe your antivirus, bluetooth and wireless.  Now go to the BOOT.INI tab and change the timeout on the right to 3. (Speeds up boot time)

Download and run all of these one at a time:

Free:
Ad-Aware free
AVG Free
CCleaner
Cleanup
HijackThis
Little Registry Cleaner
Spybot
Web Eraser

Buy:
Regcure
XoftSpy

When you run any of these and it asks you if you want to backup first, ALWAYS select YES.

And before you do any of these things, make a full backup of the data that you couldn't bear to lose.

Good luck

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A catch all answer to this question would be reinstalling your operating system.

1. Uninstall unused programs and delete filesmy computer running slow - 2_bing.gif YOU CREATED that you do not need. Also delete all your temporary internet files. You want to free up hard **** space. Less files for your computer to go through to find what it needs speeds up all aspects of your computer.

2. Run MSCONFIG and click on the startup tab. Uncheck anything that is NOT needed to boot or for your computer to function properly. You can run MSCONFIG through "run" or in Vista2_bing.gif by doing a search for it and clicking on it.

3. http://www.malwarebytes.org/
Run this program to check for hard to detect spyware2_bing.gif/virus. Spyware always slows a computer down big time. this program is free and has worked better than any other "pay" program I have ever used. I repair computers for a living and this is my new tool to automate some repairs.

4. Defrag your hard drive. This reorders files on your hard drive to make them easier for the computer to find them.

After doing the suggestions of 1-4, you will notice a considerable speed increase from your computer. If you want even more, reinstall your Operating System, which is something I suggest doing about once a year.

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