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nlmullen

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Hi,

My computer runs very slowly, especially on the internet. I believe it is because it is clogged up with stuff. It runs on Windows XP. Is it possible to unclog things. I request that Rorschach112 help me as he has been of great help to me in the past. Thanks,

Leisa
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Hi,

My computer runs very slowly, especially on the internet. I believe it is because it is clogged up with stuff. It runs on Windows XP. Is it possible to unclog things. I request that Rorschach112 help me as he has been of great help to me in the past. Thanks,

Leisa

  • How often do you run Spyware/Adware checks?
  • How often do you de-fragment your hard drive(s)?
  • Have you run any MalWare checkers? See the applicable forum
  • How old is your computer? Over time hardware looses speed, no matter how fast the brochure says they are.

Edited by tiroshii, 23 December 2007 - 05:03 PM.

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nlmullen

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I did Spyware/Adware/Malware checks when my other computer wasn't well a couple of weeks ago, including AVG Antispyware, Ccleaner & Spyware Blaster. Haven't defragged in several months, so will try that now. The computer is about 5-6 years old. When I'm playing an interactive internet game with my daughter, while she is using our 2 yr old laptop, it takes my computer a much longer time to post results...this is when this computer's slowness is most noticeable. Also, the computer gets very slow when I'm using Quickbooks online edition. I realize that a 6 yr old computer is not going to run as well as a 2 yr old, but was hoping to clean it out a bit to get it working better. Thanks, Leisa
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Hello Leisa

A few things you should run that will help

Please download ATF Cleaner by Atribune.
This program is for XP and Windows 2000 onlyDouble-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.
Under Main choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
If you use Firefox browserClick Firefox at the top and choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
If you use Opera browserClick Opera at the top and choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.



I recommend that you use JKDefrag, it is very good and will help things a lot. It will take a while to run so probably best to do over night
http://www.kessels.com/JkDefrag/



Make sure you don't have two anti-virus or two firewalls running. Security conflicts can lead to slow down.


Have a read of this link for a lot of other ways to speed up your PC
http://users.telenet...owcomputer.html



Other than that, there is only so much you can do for an old PC. Maybe add some more RAM, should help things.
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If it is only the internet connection, your wireless adapter or whatever you use to connect may be faulty or underpowered. I suggest trying what Rorschach112 said, but if you still have problems you may want to check your internet?
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I will try all you suggest. Thanks to both of you and Merry Christmas! Leisa
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