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Many Computer Programs "Not Responding".

The PC seems slower than usual. Often times I get the "Not Responding" warning showing up. It has happened in Word and Internet Explorer quite a few times. Fortunately, this warning usuall goes away and the programs seem to be running again. How can I solve this "Not Responding" problem? Please assist.

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How much memory do you have? If less than 1GB, that could create a serious bottle neck.

Otherwise, my guess is that there is a process running in the background that is using a lot of CPU cycles....maybe a virus. I would try these things:

A. Update your anti-virus software and do a full scan.
B. Run a free utility like Spybot Search & Destroy to check for malware.
C. Download free programs called "ProcessExplorer" and "AutoRuns" (should be available from Microsoft). ProcessExplorer will show you ALL of the processes running on your computer, and how much resources they are using. Disable the ones you don't need.
AutoRuns shows you all of the software that starts up when you boot your computer. Again, disabling the ones you don't need helps a lot.
D. Defragment your hard drive. I recommend the free Smart Defrag utility from IObit.

You can always get a quick look at what your computer is doing by using CTRL-ALT-DEL; selecting Task Manager; then going to the Processes tab. If you see a process using a bunch of CPU resources, and have nothing running, you might want to research that one.

Good luck!

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