Puter seems slow

By novicegamer
Apr 18, 2003
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  1. Lately my comp seems to taking twice as long to load pages and just serf the net,even when I open another game or file seems slow
    2.53 P4
    asus P4T533-C
    1024 pc1066 rambus
    XP pro SP1
    audigy 2
    maxtor 40gig and same kind as slave
    DVD & CD roms
    I had to use spare HD and load fresh OS on it after local shop corupted OS on main HD last month so ive been using this for only 1 month and it shouldnt be this slow,this will be my back up comp soon as I have another allmost ready to go only need CPU and OS and a couple HD's that are on order thanks in advance for any help
  2. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    It could be due to fragmenation, although that should play only a small part in your overall system performance since you system is top-notch.

    You may want to look as software running in the background as the culprit. Check out your task manager and see what processes are using your CPU.. If you CPU is above a couple of percent usage while idle, then there's something running the background, chewing up your system resources.
  3. warren187

    warren187 TS Rookie

    sounds like you have a trojan horse
  4. lokem

    lokem TS Rookie Posts: 672

    Perhaps you should try installing Ad Aware from Lavasoft and scan your system for any unwanted "stuff".
  5. novicegamer

    novicegamer TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 89

    I have run lavasoft adaware(usually once A week).How do I find out if its a trojan horse,I will defrag but that is once a month thing and I only have been using this HD for a month
  6. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,343   +6

    Do you have a firewall? If I remember correctly, some older versions of Zone Alarm slowed things down a little.

    I use Ad Aware AND Spy-Bot. Have you Virus Scanned your hard drive?

    Like Rick said, sure sounds like you have somthing running in the background. Did you check Processes in Task Manager like he said?
  7. warren187

    warren187 TS Rookie

    use a antivirus program to scan for viruses or trojan horeses
    avg is a good free one go to or has a free online scanning utility
  8. Tarkus

    Tarkus TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 621

  9. novicegamer

    novicegamer TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 89

    Yes I got that patch and wish I knew what would happen before I D/L it

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