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XP or HD running very slow.


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What is the best way to check out what problems or problem exists and fix it. Thanks for any responses.
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First. Welcome to geeks to go.

There could be a number of reasons why it is slow.

Malware and spyware and virus's
Too many programs in startup
The computer needs to be cleaned of temp files, internet cache, etc.
Not enough memory
Running out of hard disk space.
Hard drive needs to be defragged.

Start by running Ccleaner (in signature) to get rid of cache files, cookies, temp files, etc.
Defrag the hard drive with JKdefrag (in signature)
Also use Adaware 2007 and Spybot SD (in signature)
These are all free and good programs.

How big is your hard drive? How much free space?

Lets start here first.
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123runner,

I have tried most of the apps you requested, Spybot, Ccleaner, PC Checkup, Regcure, Speeditup for free. After using Speed it up for free everthing ran a little faster, but not much.

There is 750MB of freed up RAM, so I don't think that is it.

The HD is 117mb with 15mb unused.

Thanks for responding.
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What do you have in msconfig under the startup tab?

Have you defragged it?
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123Runner,
I couldn't defrag the HD with any MS tools (HD froze up). I used PC Checkup where the drive was defraged and optimized. That really didn't help either. The operating system seems to work it is just really slow in responding. I'm not sure if the problem is SW or HDW related. Please me let me know if you need more information. Thanks again.
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