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Computer slow after format

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Hello GeeksToGo staff,

I've been using your services from time to time, usually always happy with the the results. In every instance, the issue has been malware-related.
This time, however, I am quite sure this does not ground in malware, and is probably a problem with bad driver installs or wrong settings.

I've scanned my computer with updated Trend Micro software to make sure that there are no threats roaming, just to make sure, despite the fact that I just formatted which should rid myself of this problem completely.

My problem is as follows.

Boot is quick and fine, but software starts much slower than before the format, and during general useage of my operating system, I get intervals of "lag spikes" ranging from between a couple of seconds to half minutes.

My computer is a couple of years old, and this of course could be a part of the wearing out process I am sure, but this downgrade of functionality has been so radical that I am sure there is more to it than just that.


Intel Core2 Quad processor Q8300 2.5GHz, 4MB L2 Cache, 1333 MHz FSB

NVIDIA GeForce GT 230 with PCI Express

8 GB DDR2-SDRAM (Upgraded from 6 before the format, making it even more suspiscious)

Thank you.
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