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ctbco

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My computer is about two to three years old. In the last few weeks Ive noticed it has been VERY slow. This is a company computer so there is certain software and files I know that I cannot delete. Ive scanned my computer once a week for any sort of virus but I only get a tracking cookie every time.

Can anyone help me figure out what files I can delete?
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hi ctbco :)

try just doing some general maintenance. Run ccleaner to get rid of temp files (definitely not needed), then defrag also start>programs>accessories>system tools
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Well Hi MichWasHere!

Thank you for the ideas! I do both of them all the time.
I just thought there would be something else I could do or a different sort of software or tool to use to get rid of some stuff that I do not need.
I defrag once a week and get rid of my temp files once a week also.
if you have any other ideas, I would love to hear about them!
Thanks again!
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What does Task Manager show you? Click on the Processes tab then click on teh CPU column header twice to sort the display by CPU utilization, descending. What is running and using all the CPU?

Note that System Idle Process is a measure of how much unused CPU cycles there are so the large it is, the better.
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System Idle Process was at 98 under the CPU column
so I really dont know why its so slow then
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I did a virus scan today and again...the only thing I get is a tracking cookie out of the 985,000 files it goes through.
I just thought there would be a simple way of clearing out un-needed files or something.
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Perhaps the hard drive is running in PIO mode instead of DMA mode. See here: http://www.geekstogo...18#entry1115918
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well, I checked and Device 0 and 1 are both DMA mode.
sorry to be a pain but thank you for helping
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How does it behave if you boot to Safe Mode with Networking? If better then something is starting at boot that is causing the problem. Try the following:

First, even though this is unlikely being behind a company firewall, physically disconnect from the Internet to prevent a malware infection while your Anti-virus and/or Firewall are disabled in the following steps, then do a normal boot:

Click on Start then Run, type msconfig and press Enter.
Click on the Startup tab and disable everything (I mean everything).
Do a regular boot, see if it runs normal.
If yes then use msconfig to enable several items at a time till you find the culprit.

If no, click on the Services tab. Check the Hide All Microsoft Services box then click the Disable All button.
Again, do a regular boot, see if it runs normal.
If yes then use msconfig to enable services till you find the culprit.

Once you've found the culprit, uninstall it or find out how to eliminate it from your system. Simply disabling it in msconfig is a temporary fix at best.

Reconnect to the Internet when your AV and firewall are active again.
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