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Updating drivers - computer spring clean

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Hi all, this is my first post on this forum - firstly, thankyou for reading and secondly sorry if this is a basic question. I'm pretty out of my depth with this sort of thing.

I've had my computer (Pentium 4 CPU 3.00Ghz 2.99 Ghz 1.00GB RAM)for around 6-7 years, I haven't added signficantly more programmes to it compared to when I originally had it but the general speed of the it has become slower and slower.

I use AVG. Malwarebytes and HiJack this on regular basis to ensure it is clean from spyware/malware and nothing is being detected. I've also installed Tune-Up Utilities 2011 but am sceptical as to whether it is actually genuine and works.

As my computer is quite old, I assume updating the drivers could improve speed issues but am unsure of what programmes to use after reading about 'driver phishing' and don't think I'm skilled enough to update them manually.

Can anyone offer me some sound advice - I appreciate the computer is fairly old but I'm not really in a position to replace it and the speed has slowed considerably.

Thanks for your time, all advice much appreciated.
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Download Autoruns from the link in my signature below:

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2: Double-click the "Autoruns.exe".
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Download and install Free Everest Home Edition
Open it.
1: In left pane expand Computer folder.
2: Click once on Summary
3: In upper menu, go Report
4: And then to Quick Report-Summary
5: Save it in text file, and paste it in your next post.
Click the + by computer, click on Sensor. Get a screenshot and post it so I can check your temps and voltages...


Please Run the PCPitstop.com OverDrive Full Tests

Here's how:

You must use your Internet Explorer for this procedure. (doesn't work so well in Firefox or others). If your machine is running Vista or Windows 7, you must Select IE to “Run as Administrator”. After completing PCPitstop OverDrive you can close your IE browser and re-open it Normally so that you are no longer running as administrator.

Go to: http://www.pcpitstop.com
Click on "Free Computer Check-up" listed below PC Pitstop OverDrive
In the User Login - Click on "Sign up FREE!"
You'll need to submit a valid email address and create your own password, then click - Create Account(button)

Now enter your email address and password to Log in, Select - Scan this system Now!(button)
You will then be asked to download an ActiveX component and allow it to install.
It is safe and does not compromise your privacy.
Follow the on-screen prompts to install the ActiveX and to allow the Full Tests to be run on your machine.

The Full Tests take about 2 1/2 - 3 minutes on most machines.
When complete, a Results - Summary - Recommended Fixes will be displayed.

Please post the URL internet address, from your Results, back here into this Topic Thread so that we can review the configuration and present performance levels of your machine.

Note: During the graphics 2D and graphics 3D testing, your screen will display some rapidly moving objects.
If you are sensitive to visual flashing, it may cause dizziness. Therefore, look away from the screen during that portion of the testing.

After reviewing the results we will be more informed and may be able to provide better recommendations for you to work towards improving your machine's performance.

While PCPitstop does offer a variety of Paid Products, the PCPitstop OverDrive testing is FREE. Please ignore the references to Paid Products. We prefer to provide manual solution instructions that you can apply directly to your machine.

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Download Speedfan (The download link is to the right), and install it. Once it's installed, run the program and post here the information it shows.
The information I want you to post is the stuff that is circled in the example picture I have attached.
To make sure we are getting all the correct information it would help us if you were to attach a screenshot like the one below of your Speedfan results.

To do a screenshot please have click on your Print Screen on your keyboard.
  • It is normally the key above your number pad between the F12 key and the Scroll Lock key
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  • Scroll to Accessories and then click on Paint
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Hi, thanks a lot for your concise reply - I really appreciate your time.

Here is the info as requested: *Please note on the Everest application, when I selected Sensor (+computer) the field was blank.*

Text docs attached
PC Pitstop URL - http://www.pcpitstop...?conid=24416051
Link to speedfan url (unable to upload a paint document)- http://tinypic.com/r/2zs055t/7

I hope info is as you requested. I look forward to your response - thankyou very much, once again.


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Speedfan results are useless as they show nothing helpful. :unsure:

Everest report looks good. :)

Open Autoruns, click on "Logon" tab, and UN-check:

+ "Adobe ARM"
+ "SpybotSD TeaTimer" Notorious for slowing systems down and can be replaced with a less resource hungry program.

When done restart computer and then:

Download TFC by OldTimer to your desktop
  • Please double-click TFC.exe to run it. (Note: If you are running on Vista, right-click on the file and choose Run As Administrator).
  • It will close all programs when run, so make sure you have saved all your work before you begin.
  • Click the Start button to begin the process. Depending on how often you clean temp files, execution time should be anywhere from a few seconds to a minute or two. Let it run uninterrupted to completion.
  • Once it's finished it should reboot your machine. If it does not, please manually reboot the machine yourself to ensure a complete clean.

Download Auslogics Defrag from the link in my signature below. Auslogics Defrag in my opinion is better because:

It does a more comprehensive job at Defragging
It will actually show you what it is doing
At the end of working it will show you how much speed you picked up
You can view a online log of the files that Auslogics defragged
Please do not run any other Auslogics programs other then this one as they may cause unwanted results.

I would also suggest replacing AVG with something like MSE AKA Microsoft Security Essentials. I would also suggest getting rid of the tuneup utilities as that may be part of your issue.

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Thanks for your continued help.

I have two more questions:

Am I able to delete the programmes which you have asked me download in this thread?

What do you recommend with regards to driver updates? Or should I steer clear?
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As far as driver updates unless it is for a specific issue I would suggest then go directly to the manufacturer without any 3rd party driver program.
Unless you are having a issue I see no reason to upgrade unless you just want to keep up to date.
The programs I had you download can be deleted if you wish.
PC Pit Stop didn't show any issues with drivers at all.
Your system restore points can be reduced and other then basic maintenance of your system everything looks good from what I am seeing.
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Are you still having problems with your issue?
It has been 28 days since your last response and I was wondering if the issue has been resolved?
If so can you explain how it was resolved so others may be able to fix it if they have the same issue.
If not please let us know and we can continue with helping you to resolve the issue.
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