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My Dell is running super slow, I see I have58 processes running, how can I tell which ones can be shut down? Or should I look elsewhere for the problem? Ihave done all the defraging and optmising. It just took 10 mins to open your terms of use.

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I would boot the computer into safe mode with networking and then download and install Malwarebytes to check you computer for spyware and malware. After that installs and updates, run a deep scan and check the results. If this doesn't help your system, then check the amount of memory you have and if it is under 1GB, then I would look into purchasing an upgrade.

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