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How to increase my personal syatem processor speed using my 512MB RAM.


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The only way you'd be able to increase your current processing power would be to overclock your processor with is usually not recommended or covered under your warranty. The best and easiest way to increase your performance is perform a system upgrade- Find out the highest speed/voltage processor that your motherboard supports, and do the same for ram. Then buy them and install them.

If it just takes a long time to boot up and it's doggy when windows is running then go to start--> run and type in "msconfig" without the quotes. disable everything you don't recognize under the startup tab. it's also good to do a malware/spyware scan on your pc.

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Hello, I am looking for a free antivirus that works with 248 MB of RAM, Thanks for your help,

wow, you really need to get yourself some more RAM the best free antivirus are avast and avira malware bytes antimalware is good for malware and virus removal but doesn't offer continous protection.

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Why my computer runing slow

There might be several reasons for the performance to go down. Three main things which usually contributes to your PC performance is Size of the RAM larger it is faster it will be. Processor speed more it is shows better performance finally free space on the hard drive (Very Important) it can be compared to a person carry 10 pounds can run faster than person carrying 100 pounds. Less the free space worst the performance.

Having said that i would suggest you to follow some steps suggested in the link below,

I hope it helps....good luck

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Running File Clean-up to reduce unneeded files and running Defrag will help some. Removing programs that you do not use will help. Also check your Startup folder to see if there are programs that you do not need to be there. Having a GOOD antivirus/antispyware/antimalware program will also keep your system clean. A single malware program can seriously affect your system's performance.

Remember that any widgets you have on your desktop all use memory and can slow down the system.

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If you go to add/remove programs via start>>>control panel you can remove any unwanted programs there. You can use iobit Advanced Windows care personal to help speed up your computer.

Hope this helps, good luck!

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