Laptop extremely slow

By captainpungent
Apr 4, 2010
  1. Hello,

    I am experiencing serious problems with my laptop. Booting up, logging in and running programs. My wireless connection frequently drops and the browsing/streaming music and videos is also a lot slower than it used to be.

    I have tried anti virus programs etc. however I haven't had much luck.

    Would any of you be able to assist and tell me where to start in terms of clearing it out?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    Welcome to TechSpot, Captain. There are many reasons for a slow system. In this forum, the only 'slow' troubleshooting we do is finding and removing malware.

    But what you describe> dropped connections and video/music problems doesn't sound like malware. Please give me this basic information about your system:
    1. Operating system? 32bit or 64 bit?
    2. RAM installed
    3. Number of processes that are checked on the Startup menu: Start< Run> msconfig> Selective Startup> Startup tab.
    4. Number of processes running in the Task Manager: right click on Taskbar> Task Manager> # of Processes on lower left corner.

    I will know better what to recommend when I have that information.
  3. captainpungent

    captainpungent TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The laptop has a 32-bit operating system; 3 GB RAM. There are 24 processes on the startup menu and 124 processes running in Task Manager.
  4. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    Can I 'assume' you have Vista? If I told you that I only have 4 processes checked on the Startup menu and I only show 35 processes in the Task Manager with my email open and Firefox open with 7 tabs loaded would that suggest anything to you?
  5. captainpungent

    captainpungent TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I am on Vista. Yes; I need to uncheck some processes on startup and look to remove programs fro the hard drive. Is this right?
  6. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    That would be my suggestion. If you need specific information on any of the processes, check into the Windows OS forum.
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