Question about Computers & Internet
Well there are a few factors I can think off the top of my head that could be causing your computer to run as slow as it is:
How much does your computer come with? I recommend Vista users to have at least 3 GB of RAM on their computer for it to work efficiently. You can check the RAM and other computer information by going to the Vista Start icon on the bottom left of the screen---->Right-click Computer---->Hit Properties. You should see all of the information. If you have less than 3 GB (2 GB is the "recommended" amount), I would personally but at least another 1 GB. But first let's look at everything else
Assuming you've been using this computer for a while you must have a lot of startup items. When you download programs some ask the option of starting up with Windows. I always say NO because really, it makes sense not to run a program and take up available RAM space when you don't need it. Unawaringly, you might have been doing this for a while. So how do you disable any "unnecessary" items? Go to the Start icon---->In the Search box type in msconfig---->Go to Setup tab----> I would expect you to find a lot of startup items for your PC to be running slowly. You want to make sure you don't disable processes you might actually need on startup such as Sound or Windows Defender. Things such as Google Toolbar or iTunes or anything that didn't come with your PC in the beginning are usually not necessary. I would start disabling a few if you're not sure. Anything that shows an Unknown manufacturer can be disabled without causing problems. I leave everything by Microsoft Corporation enabled. You can always change it back anytime.
Viruses/trojans as you will see below as well as other programs take up RAM space. You can terminate processes using the Task Manager (hold CTRL + ALT + DELETE) in the Proccesses tab.
If you see any processes with no description I'd recommend terminating (don't worry, your computer's not gonna blow up :P) because it simply isn't necessary is it? Google Toolbar, iTunes, whatever, can all go. But that's up to you.
Viruses, trojans, worms, other malicious software slow down your computer by running their background processes, using up your RAM. Make sure you have reliable virus protection software to remove these threats. I recommend AVG (free) or Kaspersky; I've had both and they work very well. I don't recommend Norton because Norton Antivirus take a LOT of hard drive space and RAM. So sometimes even your virus protection can slow you down. Never install more than 1 virus protection software because they can cause conflicts and problems with each other.
I hope my solution guide helped you.
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