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My PC became so freakin slow. Help please

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by mrkrabs1, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. mrkrabs1

    mrkrabs1 Registered Member

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    Hey there
    Ok, my problem is, that over the years my pc became kind of slow. Sometimes takes forever to do something.
    What I already did:
    1: Used Ashampoo WinOptimizer, so I cleaned registry, drive and internet
    2: Often a reason for a slow pc ist that in the lower right corner there are too many things running. Not here, so I did that.
    3: I optimized also the startup of windows, so only the required progs start at pc launch.
    So all in all I already did everything that most guides tell you to do.
    I run XP SP3, and use firefox
    Hope someone has a suggestion.
    I do not mean the internet speed! And also not the drugs :)
    Thanks
     
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  2. popcrdom29

    popcrdom29 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    If you have a lot of software installed on your PC, that can slow it down too. The more files you have, the slower it becomes. How much RAM do you have? Maybe consider adding more RAM. Also if the CPU is slow and you have a lot of software installed, files will be slow to load and access.

    Make sure you've done all of the Windows security updates to make sure you don't have spyware or a virus.

    If it's still slow, sometimes it may be necessary to just reformat your hard drive and reinstall Windows and the software you need to use. Make sure you backup any importan files and just start all over. I've had to do it a few times myself so really no big deal.
     
  3. GrotesqueGoddess

    GrotesqueGoddess Newbie

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    I'm probably stating the obvious, but have you run scans for viruses and such? Those can slow down a computer to the point it wants to make you rip your hair out.

    The poster above me seems to have mentioned that as I was typing my post. :)
     
  4. Scotland

    Scotland Regular Member

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    Mr Crabs..

    Do you have any anti virus programs like avg or norton for example??

    Sometimes a virus can slow things down a hell of a lot..I got one last month downloading from a well know torrent site and my computer was as slow as the old spectrum 48k's lol.

    Anyway my point is i already had paid (well i got 1 year free with my computer) for anti-virus from norton and yet the virus still got through.

    Try downloading free trial of avg and do a google search for trojan remover...this did the trick for me..

    Gaming can also slow your cpu so if your an avid computer gamer that might be a problem.
     
  5. tissa2

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    When was the last time you rebuilt it?

    If your still running on the same o/s as day one, i would do a reinstall, but before you do that...

    Get you hands on 'ghost' and create a boot cd with it.

    Then once your done reinstalling, take a ghost image of your HDD, burn it to cd.. Wala, clean install in 10mins from then on in...

    Just make sure you make regular backups of you documents, or better still - make an extra partition and use it as your storage point.. You can divert you my docs to the same partition for peace of mind :)

    hope that helps
     
  6. mrkrabs1

    mrkrabs1 Registered Member

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    I do not have many progs, and checked for all the above things. I also don't play games, so no prob with that.
    Of course I use antivirus protection. I am kind of a pro, so the simple things I already checked on.
    I do not want to make a format. Try to get around this one, that's why I am asking :)
     
  7. mrkrabs1

    mrkrabs1 Registered Member

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    Trying to avoid all this
     
  8. godmonkee

    godmonkee Regular Member

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    as above increase the ram and silly things like simple defrags once every couple of months helps, I don't do it to often though as I read somewhere it can damage your hard drive but it can help.
     
  9. tissa2

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    a defrag allways helps... check you hdd space and your pagefile... It might be chewing up the remainder of the drive.

    Have a look in system configuration, turn off things that might slow it down...
     
  10. angelas111

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    i have found that the virus software itself slows things down too. i removed norton from my computer and that along seemed to speed it up. so i don't have any virus software, but knock on wood i should be okay...
     
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    go to msconfig and clean off the mess~
    if this continue, go to registry to tweak some of your setting.
    Or you can chose to turn off those "services" 1st
     
  12. lord

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    when my pc goes slow, i format it :) and reinstall windows
     
  13. kleg

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    when i want my computer to finally be fast...I go to finally fast dot cm...lol
    but really, I'd just do a reinstall...kinda annoying but it always does the trick
     
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    I backed up the one or two things that were really worth a damn, then I DBAN'd (google DBAN) my comp. It took about 5 hours in all. It completely wiped my hard drive and then I reinstalled windows.

    Personally, I am a big fan of NO partitions on your drive if you know how to make this happen. The reason why I format without any partition's is because when it comes to defraging your comp, it is easier for Windows to defrag one huge drive instead of trying to find bits and pieces all over you comp, (ie E,D).

    This really speeds up the process in my opinion, however if you read my BIO, it says I have OCD, and its true. I have my comp set to defrag every day. (Anal I know, picture me rocking back and forth freaking out over a "dirty" computer)

    In the end, I have a brand new computer after all that is said and done. Also, I think it is worth mentiong that you should uninstall windows every 6 months since this OS is prone to hold on to every peice of crap that it finds. (Or is 6 months the OCD talking?)

    This is all coming from the guy who has nothing on his desk at one time except the laptop and all my wires and cords are perfectly aligned and straight. I clean my computer like I clean my house. You could perform surgery anywhere in here!
     
  15. coreygeer

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    Well every time people ask me "Corey, my computer is slow, how can I fix it?" it's kind of an out there question. I've heard of people even taking their computers to fucktard squad.. (actually I heard they're being called Geek Squad now), and they charge them a ton of money just to run software I put on their computer.

    These guys charged my grandma $80 and all they did was use the System Clean Disk and ran Spybot SD.

    #1 - Get CCleaner. I've had a ton of Cleaners, but this one seems to clean the most shit up, just remember to uncheck the forms option unless you remember all your passwords to every thing, because I never do.. specially Clickbank.

    #2 - Go through the list of all the programs you have installed and uninstall the useless programs you'd never use in a million years.. a lot of factory installed software is garbage that comes on new PCs and some people just never delete them.

    #3 - Limit the number of programs you're trying to run at once if you're low on RAM. Depending on your computer's RAM, you may have just too many programs running. Check your taskbar in the bottom right hand side and close the excess of programs you don't use.

    #4 - This takes some time but I notice some pretty good increases in loading speed when I do it. Go through your C://Program Files folder.. yep.. the entire folder and delete anything you don't use or shouldn't be there. You would be surprised how much useless shit is there if you've never done this before.

    #5 - Run the obvious. System Disk Cleaner and Disk Defragmentor, this helps a little bit. I've never noticed a huge increase from this but it helps a little bit.

    #6 - Stay away from tweaks and those programs to "Boost Up Your PC By 300%". Most of them just list useless registry changes and if you're not careful you'll fuck your hard drive up.
     
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    I hate it, when you get to that point when you have run out of options, and you just know it's time to format your computer, it seems like your a bit like me and try to avoid the inevitable and try everything else first, don't take that the wrong way but we have all done it we try everything first, and then hit happens bam you know it's time.
     
  17. minute80

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    If you have 2 gigs of ram, you can always install ubuntu and vmware with windows in it. After you install and set up windows in vmware you save this virtual machine in a safe place. This way, when you do something stupid, you don't have to reinstall everything, just copy previous virtual machine over existing one. I have been using this setup for a long time, and it still hasn't failed me (I have 4 production virtual machines). The only downside is that you cannot play large amount of games on linux, but this can be solved by using Cedega emulator, or by building a separate gaming pc.
     
  18. TheSlugClub

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    get rid of windows and install ubuntu
     
  19. blackhat50

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    google "msconfig" and keep ur startup to only firewall everything else isn't needed at startup, and make sure you only have windows services starting and firewall/antivirus

    i have a very old pc but its tweaked out nicely so it feels always brand new.
     
  20. sonobby1

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    when ever I have a problem with my comp I go here.

    http://www.webuser.co.uk/forums/ubbthreads.php

    This place is full of guys that are experts at sorting out any computer prob, i.e malware, adware, viruses etc.

    your asked to run things called hijack this logs, its all explained how to do it, and they literally scan all the files on your comp and tell you step by step how to clean it and speed it up. the most common reason why comps are slow nowadays is because of all the malware we have on it.

    One of the programs that these guys use is cc cleaner that corygeer said above, but they use many excellent programs.
    check it out its free.
    Si