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Hello. My computer for some reason runs ridiculously slow for its specs. It used to run decently well, now when I try to open any folders or right-click them it takes forever. Restarts can end up taking almost 10 min before the computer is once again usable. Also, the internet doesnt really run slow...it kinda like freezes. Stops responding quite often for sometimes, minutes at a time. Any info would be appreciated.
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Items in blue which are underlined are clickable to give more information about the process

Click start then run, type prefetch then press enter, click edit then select all, right click any file then click delete, confirm delete

Click start, all programmes, accessories, system tools to run disc clean up, then from system tools, run disc defragmenter.

Click start then run, type sfc /scannow then press enter, you need the XP CD

Windows File Protection will show a blue onscreen progress bar, when the bar goes, reboot

If you do not have an XP CD you can borrow a same version as was originally installed XP CD, if you downloaded SP2 then you need an SP1 XP CD

Download and install Tune Up 2007 Trial

Run Tune Up Disc Clean Up

Run Tune Up Registry Clean Up

Click Optimize and Improve to run Reg Defrag, which will take a few minutes and need a reboot. You should disable the antivirus programme to run this

Check the anti virus is running after the reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to optimize the computer, select computer with an internet connection from the drop down menu, this also requires a reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to accelerate downloads, select the speed just above your actual connection speed, this requires a reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to run system advisor

If there is no improvement

Please follow the procedures outlined here: Malware Removal Guide

You will need a PC which can connect to the internet

Run all the programmes as advised then post a current Hijack This Log in a new topic in the Malware Forum

For the purpose of accurate malware analysis, Hijack This Logs are only dealt with in the Malware Forum. Posting them anywhere else will result in a delayed response

If you are unable to run any of the programmes, please ask for advice in the Malware Forum
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My experience in slow computers is almost always the tracking cookies and registry entries that should not be there. Start with something easy like ad-aware and it will clean you pretty good. Run a good virus scanner to ensure you don't have that. Defragment when things seem pretty good. Then you have to protect yourself. I find a combination of programs work good and many are free. I don't want to advertise, but I have a free download page to guide you to some of the best tools. Let me know and I can send you the link to the page. There is a free rootkit finder and cleaner, bazooka scanner which is a real fast scanner which finds things others don't. Anyway, the key is a combo of programs. I have fixed a lot of computers from people around my area, and it usually took one scan after another until I got it all and then they were amazed the computer was like new again! Good luck.
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