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Blossom1007

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Not only has my PC slowed down to a crawl, I am now getting errors that shut down my Internet Explorer. My latest headache is when I go to one particular site (Lionbrand.com) and sign in, I get the blue box that says I will be directed to a non-secure site...do I wish to continue? I click YES (always have before)..the box disappears and then comes right back. It keeps coming back and I cannot access the free patterns that are available.
My question is why is this happening? Can I fix it?
Second question: Is there a program in Windows that I can run to fix the SLOW problem? I know the PC is getting old but these problems seem to have popped up rather quickly.
Thank you for any replies.
Blossom1007 :)
PS: This problem is on my XP desktop...NOT my Vista laptop

Edited by Blossom1007, 26 March 2009 - 07:58 AM.

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do you have any anti virus programs or malware programs installed and do you update and run them regularly ...
have you added any new hardware or software recently...
have you tried system restore yet...go back at least a week before you started having problems...
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anti-virus up to date. no new hardward/software added. I have not done a system restore. The slow running has been going on for awhile but not being able to get into that site is new.
Thanks for responding.
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is it the Lion Brand Yarn website your having trouble with...if so it requires javascript to be working...try going here and get the newest version of java...install it and reboot..
what browser are you using...

go to START..RUN...type in MSCONFIG...then click on OK or press ENTER..
click on START UP TAB...uncheck everything EXCEPT your AV and firewall...if its a laptop you have to be careful about what you uncheck or your touch pad and wireless and things like that will not function for you..
google each start up item to decide if you need it to load with windows...unchecking them does not remove them ..they are still available to use...

the next thing we are going to do is turn off indexing ....its a resource hog and if you aren't searching for things on your computer 10 times a day it will only slow down your system....

click on start...my computer...right click on C: drive....properties...on the general tab..uncheck ...allow indexing on this drive....if you do not have the box on your system...

then START...RUN...type in SERVICES.MSC...then OK...scroll down until you find INDEXING SERVICE...click on it and in the general tab set it to DISABLED...then exit

To clean your temp folder, recycle bin, index.dat etc..please download this free tool...

CCleaner

Don't install any Toolbars, or other programs, should it ask you...Just
uncheck the option of installing the Yahoo toolbar....if you get
the slim version it does not have the toolbar
thats the one I recommend...

It will put a shortcut on your Desktop.

Click on CCleaner to start it....
Before first use...
Select Options then Advanced.
UNCHECK "Only delete files in Windows Temp folder older than 48 hours"
The rest of the standard settings are fine...

Then click "Run Cleaner"

DO NOT USE ANY OF THE OTHER TOOLS...RUNNING THEM MAY CAUSE OTHER PROBLEMS

next get diskeeper lite here...

after installing it...click on the icon...close the "nag" screen...click on your c drive to select it ...then down towards the bottom ...click on defragment now...first time you use it it may take 15 to 30 minutes to complete...do it about every two weeks and it will complete in about 7 minutes...
reboot and tell me hows its running...


you do not have to defrag in safe mode with diskeeper lite and its 10 times as fast than the defragger that comes with windows

Edited by happyrock, 26 March 2009 - 05:39 PM.

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Before I do all of the above, is there a fast way to get rid of the Security Alert on the Lion Brand website?
Not being able to download some of their free patterns is a real pain. This problem is relatively new. When I tried to update Java, I got a message that my system would not support it.???!!! Also I had major problems last evening when I tried to download MS Service Pack 2! Whoa! black screen...Safe Mode....I had to do System restore to get it out.
Let me just also say that although I have had a PC for awhile, I have never had to "fix" things myself so I am a little timid about changing things that I don't understand.
Thanks.
PS: Maybe I need a new PC

Edited by Blossom1007, 27 March 2009 - 08:13 AM.

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YOU NEED TO INSTALL SP2 AND THE 80 PLUS UPDATES MINIMUM..OR BOTH SP 2 AND 3

go here...
read about
# What to know before you install Windows XP SP2
# Preparing your computer for installation of Windows XP SP2
# How to get Windows XP SP2
# Installing Windows XP SP2

When I tried to update Java, I got a message that my system would not support it.???!!

!
that's because you need SP2 or SP3
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