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5100-3583 slowed down

HI! has two 40 gig ea. C&D,C main drive 67% full,I have defragment and run full virus check (Windw. live one care) D drive almost empty. Windows task mngr. reads : CPU USAGE=100 PF=555MB, PROCESS=50, COM.CHARGE=556. WHOLE COMPUTER SLOWED DOWN TO A ALMOST HALT. INTERNET AND PROGRAMS. i bought this coimpu from "radio shack" so i dont have a "xp disk" i under stand they include a lot of "JUNK" ON the C drive. what can i safely delete? how do i get lower CPU USAGE? wats wrong with my compu? THANX for your help!


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1) scan for adware using another scanner (for eg., ad aware
Antiviruses can miss some problems, so it never hurts to get a second opinion.

2) Reduce the number of programs that start with Windows, like messengers, file sharing, etc. You can do this from the program options. (for eg, Windows Live Messenger, Ares, Yahoo Mesenger) For startups that you cannot stop in this way, go to Start>run and type "msconfig" (without the quotes) and click on the "startup" tab and uncheck any of these programs you RECOGNIZE and do not need to have start with Windows. (You can always start them from Start>Programs if you need to)
This page can help you determine what's necessary and what's not.
3) Go to Start>programs>Accessories>system tools>disk cleanup and run this application. Follow the instructions given.

4) Could be that you need more RAM. XP's supposed to run comfortably on 128 MB of RAM, but recent applications seem to be using more and more as time progresses. If you have 512MB or less, it's a good idea to upgrade regardless.

5) Check for file system problems (not very likely, but just in case) Go to Start>run, type "cmd" (without quotes) and press "enter". At the cursor in the window that opens, type chkdsk c:/f and press enter. Follow instructions given. (this most likely requires a restart)

6) If all else fails, try a system restore to the last time your PC worked reasonably well. (Start>Programs>Accessories>System Tools>System Restore. Follow the instructions)

7) If this doesn't work, a reformat might be quickest way to solve all your problems. You'll need an original copy of Windows XP (unless you want to upgrade to Vista, which has higer hardware requirements) and install disks or files for all your installed programs as well as backups of ypur personal files. Better left to a professional if you're unsure.

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