Hello Lisa Huffman,
In Google Earth disable atmosphere in view menu and update driver for your video card.
Defragment your hard drive >> Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Disk Defragmenter. To defragment the selected drive or drives, click the Defragment button.
If you're using Windows Vista, you can use ReadyBoost to speed up your system. A new concept in adding memory to a system, it allows you to use non-volatile flash memory—like a USB flash drive or a memory card—to improve performance without having to add additional memory. Learn more
Use Disk Cleanup >> Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Disk Cleanup.
Detect and repair disk errors >> Close all open files >> run scandisk
Update your drivers for CPU, memory, video card and sound card, etc. Download the driver updates from the manufacturer's web site.
The How-To Geek weblog suggests turning off network folder and printer searching in Explorer's folder options. Just open Explorer, go to Tools -> Folder Options and click on the View tab. At the top of the File and Folders list, uncheck "Automatically search for network folders and printers" and click OK. If the networking issue was your Explorer slow-down culprit, you should notice a significantly faster startup next time you open up My Computer.
Internet Explorer users: In "Temporary Internet Files", delete cookies, and delete files. Quit Internet Explorer and quit any instances of Windows Explorer. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Internet Options. On the General tab, click Delete Files under Temporary Internet Files. In the Delete Files dialog box, click to select the Delete all offline content check box , and then click OK.
In your "Windows" folder, manually delete files in the "Temp" folder.
Check your Hard Disk >> Click Start, and then click My Computer. In the My Computer window, right-click the hard disk you want to search for bad sectors, and then click Properties. In the Properties dialog box, click the Tools tab. Click the Check Now button. In the Check Disk dialog box, select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box, and then click Start.
Always create a restore point before uninstalling software, even better before you start any step.
Edited by Rorschach112, 07 July 2008 - 07:01 AM.
Removed link to useless program. Don't post malware advice.