TechSpot

Laptop Running Slow With Windows XP Home

By DarkMaster777
Jan 12, 2009
  1. So I recently had to reformat my laptop because of a virus that I had obtained. My laptop is a Compaq Presario and is about 2 years old. It has an AMD 64b processor, an ATI Radeon graphics card, only 80g on the computer hard drive, and then I have a 120gb External hard drive. So anyways I just reformated about 3 days ago, it was running ok for the first 2 days, and I have been kind of just reinstalling all the old programs I had (just standard programs like Itunes and things like that), and then yesterday I installed both a 2000 version of Microsoft Office, an antivirus program called something like Trendmicro Pccillin or something along those lines. And now my computer is running as slow or slower then if AOL made an operating system. Ive tried exiting the antivirus program as well as turning off all the security stuff for windows (Windows Firewall, Auto Updates, and Virus Protection) but its still running slow as anything. I cant stand my laptop running so slow, and really am open to any ideas.

    Thanks for the help.
     
  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,168   +37

    Trendmicro has had a security breach allowing a nasty virus to enter one's system; I'm not saying this is your issue but it is something to look into. Jobeard posted about this a few weeks ago. Uninstall this antivirus, go online and run the free NOD32 scan.

    Also, scan any and all applications and programs you have reinstalled for viruses, etc. Then get a better antivirus.
     
  3. DarkMaster777

    DarkMaster777 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thx alot, that did help me out tons. But now i've run into another problem. My laptop seems to be running fine as far as speed is going, but when I run programs or play videos on youtube, my laptop seems to have the fan going full blast and after a short period the laptop shuts off from what I believe to be a heat problem. Any suggestions on how to stop this from happening?
     
  4. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,168   +37

    Glad that helped. I take it you had some serious infections? What are you doing about your antivirus?

    Anyway, yes, it sounds like a heat issue and heat will shut down a system fast because said system is trying to protect itself from serious damage. Laptops heating up is not an uncommon problem.

    I suggest getting a laptop pad that is designed for the dispensing of heat. Your laptop sits on it. Mine runs via USB attachment but it will drain your battery faster. My particular one is designed at an angle so using my laptop is easier to type on.
     
  5. DarkMaster777

    DarkMaster777 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Well I have a targus cooling pad, which helps a little but I stopped using previous to the reformat on my laptop. Ill start using it again, but I'm not entirely sure if it'll cool as fast as my laptop heats up.
     
  6. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,168   +37

    Is there any way for you to determine if all your fans are working correctly?
     
  7. DarkMaster777

    DarkMaster777 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Not sure, i think they're both working, but the one thats supposed to be sucking in air ( to the processor ) is very weak.
     
  8. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

Topic Status:
Not open for further replies.


Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...


Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.