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webdiv
12-25-2011, 01:20 PM
Hi

My PC (running win7) has recently slowed down quite a bit. I have had a good clear out of stuff not needed like hundreds of pictures and files but it is still misbehaving.

Can anyone suggest some software or something that will help; clean up my system/find and fix errors/defragment etc ?

Thanks and Merry Xmas

MrTIMarshall
12-25-2011, 04:46 PM
There are a few options and I am surprised to be the first to message you back, although it is Christmas Day after all!

When I installed Windows 7 onto my XP and Vista operating systems I wondered why they were going slow and why my memory on my Vista was low I started exploring...

Start Menu >> Search >> Enter 'Disk Cleanup'

It shows you things you can remove from your computer, where I checked to remove the old windows information which was around 40 - 50BG I recovered speeding up my system!

Also, you may have some malware or other viruses on your computer of which if harmless or not, can slow down your system.

I use MalwareBytes of which I find really useful to use, which I have the full version, you can still search and destroy on the same version just with less things to do...

I hope what I have said helps you!

Best Regards & Merry Christmas,
Tim

webdiv
12-25-2011, 05:21 PM
There are a few options and I am surprised to be the first to message you back, although it is Christmas Day after all!

When I installed Windows 7 onto my XP and Vista operating systems I wondered why they were going slow and why my memory on my Vista was low I started exploring...

Start Menu >> Search >> Enter 'Disk Cleanup'

It shows you things you can remove from your computer, where I checked to remove the old windows information which was around 40 - 50BG I recovered speeding up my system!

Also, you may have some malware or other viruses on your computer of which if harmless or not, can slow down your system.

I use MalwareBytes of which I find really useful to use, which I have the full version, you can still search and destroy on the same version just with less things to do...

I hope what I have said helps you!

Best Regards & Merry Christmas,
Tim

Hi Tim

Thanks for getting back to me on Xmas day !

Funnily enough after I posted I discovered that I have a disc clean up tool, as well as a defrag' tool...... Too early to say if it has worked yet as I am not working today.........

Thanks again

Ray

walk-in-tubs
12-25-2011, 05:22 PM
Download CCleaner to remove unwanted garbage on your computer. The software is user friendly.
here is a bit description from the download site.
"CCleaner is the number-one tool for cleaning your Windows PC. It protects your privacy online and makes your computer faster and more secure. Easy to use and a small, fast download."
The link. http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

Alternative
01-04-2012, 08:34 AM
Deleting files from your hard drive will not do much for speeding up your PC. Try this:

-Start > search for msconfig > Click > Go to Startup > uncheck unneeded startup programs such as iTunes, Adobe, AIM, etc.. This will help speed up startup time and prevent some unnecessary processes from automatically running.
-Run Glary Utilities (http://www.glarysoft.com/), the aforementioned CCleaner and Malwarebytes along with another free antivirus (No one antivirus will find everything). I personally use SuperAntiSpyware. Make sure you scan the registry with CCleaner, as well (it's an option on the left side).
-AFTER you use all these and have deleted everything, run Smart Defrag (http://www.iobit.com/iobitsmartdefrag.html), or another third-party defrag program. I do not recommend Windows' defragger. Defragging often takes a lot of time (usually over an hour depending on your HDD size), but it should help with speed if it shows you a lot of red squares while it is running (red squares = fragmented files).
-Right-click the Taskbar > Start Task Manager > Processes > highlight unnecessary processes such as QuickTime or Adobe updates (any third-party program is usually safe to terminate). Be very careful with this, however - terminating the wrong process (for example Windows Explorer or Desktop Manager) will force you to restart explorer.exe, or simply restart your computer.

dougcollins02
01-07-2012, 12:48 AM
In addition to what everyone else has said, don't forget to run your favorite anti-virus and anti-malware program (might I suggest Malware Bytes?) to ensure you don't have anything icky lurking in the backgound-- just another improtant piece (next to managing startup programs in msconfig and defragging the hard drive) of keeping your computer in top shape.

melloorr
01-07-2012, 10:45 PM
Don't forget, some anti-viruses are terrible when it comes to computer performance. I've found Norton to be the worst (that I have used anyway), slowed my computer down to a crawl

shadowsai
01-09-2012, 03:11 AM
Or you could just do a complete reinstall/reformat.

tangoforce
01-19-2012, 06:24 PM
Deleting files from your hard drive will not do much for speeding up your PC.

:rolleyes: The age old debate lol.

In theory no, but when you take into consderation that the PC has to know where the files are on the HDD, what file is where, inside what folder...

Then take into account that HDDs work at a pretty fixed rate not the speed of light (there is only so much you can read with a disk spinning at 7200rpm) and then imagine the millions of files all over the hard drive it needs to read.

I used to think that large numbers of files on the system was BS for slowing it down too. I went and bought myself a new PC a while back, lighteningly fast, installed nothing but coped over my 200GB +/- of files. That soon slowed it down :o

I guess the only real way to stop that happening is to keep your files on a file server so that your main PC doesn't need to spend time reading the disk.

Crake
01-19-2012, 11:19 PM
Follow these steps:

1:First of all type msconfig into run: or in windows 7 the search bar under start

Click start up untick any programs that run that are no longer needed,
although these programs may not pop up there still running in the background

2: Download Ccleaner, Run the cleaner and also run the registery fix

3, Download ComboFix, Run it without anything else running in the background Boot into safe mode would be the best option, Press F8 at start up to do this.

4: run Anti Malware Bytes

5: Run Microsoft Security Essentials or any other AV you may have.

6: Uninstall unwanted software

If your computer is still running slowly then it may be worth reformatting it but remember that any licenced software may be lost so make sure you have product keys for applications like MS Office, also back up your data onto a reliable HD or memory stick.

Hope this helps any problems PM il be glad to help,

Steve :thumbsup:



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