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Laptop Extremely Extremely Slow. Please Help


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wadeb_21

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I have a Compaq Laptop and I'm running XP Home edition. For some reason its running extremely slow all of a sudden. I haven't downloaded anything recently so I"m really not sure what is causing this. I'm not sure if there is malware on it or what. I would really apprecaiate any help. Thank You
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How much free space is left on the hard drive? When is the last time you blew the dust out of the air intake? When is the last time you cleared the cache, ran chkdsk and defragged in Safe Mode?
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Honestly its been awhile since I have done any of those things. I will definately do them all. I forgot how to run chkdsk can you refresh my memory please. Thank you for the help.
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Open My Computer and right click on the hard drive, select Properties then under the Tools tab click the Check now button. Check the box to Automatically fix file system errors. CLcik Start. You will get the warning box that states it can't scan until the computer is rebooted. Click OK and reboot the computer. The scan will run after the restart. Let it finish.
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Also how do I clear the cache? Thanks for the help I really appreciate it.
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