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Too slow We bought our computar about 2 years ago and it is really slow. There seems to be plenty of space left on the C-drive but the D-drive is almost full. There are also a lot of program always running when I check the task manager but I don't know how to stop them or what I need and don't need. Should I get more memory? Or try to delete things? I don't want to get a new computar because the one we have isn't that old and it works fine otherwise.

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  • leah2113 May 28, 2008

    Great, we do use Limewire, Thanks for the suggestion, I probably will bring it in.


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You can try running some anti-spyware programs, like spybot
(one of my favourites)
Uninstall any programs that run in the task bar that you don't need. They just tie up resources.
More memory helps if your system is under-powered. If the system was fine when you bought it, then try re-installing your operating system from scratch.
Computers do not get "slower" over time per se. They get loaded up with adware, spyware,viruses etc. which slows them down. As they run these processes in the background, there is less cpu time available for you.
Before I advise you to format your hard drive, consider if there is anything important on this computer for you. There are ways of saving your emails, documents etc.. depending on which software you use, so:
Back up your valuable data (which you should always do anyway). Options are burning to cd, dvd, second drive, external hard drive, etc.
Write down your settings then reinstall the os fresh. You can also buy just a new hard disk, install the os new on that and you will still have all your old data on your old disk.

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Bring it in Best Buy they do free health checks, sounds like a trojan/spyware, If you use limeware your doomed...

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You shouldn't have to reformat anything.

Try freeing up some space on your "D:" drive first.
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