novice needs help computer is running slow

By skydog ยท 7 replies
Feb 23, 2006
  1. looking for mentor(s) having problems with my computer. i know i am probably going to regret saying this but, i have an Emachine with XP and it seems to be getting slower and slower. where do i sart.
  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    Have you already run the disk cleaner and defrag? I do these once a week.

    Right click on your "c" drive then "properties".

    Run the disk cleaner. Then click on "tools" and run a defrag on your system.

    Do you have good anti-virus / spyware software on your system? Up to date?
  3. hewybo

    hewybo TS Maniac Posts: 435


    Start by running some good anti-spyware (Windows Defender - free at M$, AdAwareSE-free at and a good anti-virus. If you don't have an AV, AVG is pretty good- free at

    See if there's any improvement after that. If not, post back with more detailed info.

    Welcome to Tech Spot! :wave: :angel:
  4. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

    Hi skydog,all the mentors have gone to bed at the moment,so you`ll have to make do with the caretaker.:)
    This link covers most of the bases relating to computers slowing down -

    This is the antispyware link referred to in the above link.

    You could also try this to remove junk -

    In summary :
    1.Too many legitimate programs running(usually starting up with Windows)
    2.Too many ILL-egitimate programs running(Spyware)
    3.Fragmentation of the disk.
    4.And something else.
  5. skydog

    skydog TS Rookie Topic Starter

    still slow but walking instead of standing still

    DonNagual, hewybo, Peddant
    Thanks for the advice. I ran defrag this past weekend. Webroot came with the computer package when i bought it. I clicked on the Webroot update link last night and upgraded and it does seem to be a little quicker but not as fast as I think it can.
    In the Army we refer to training as (Crawl, Walk, Run) Yesterday it was wiggling around like a new born bearly moving. Now, I think my computer is at a walk. At least now i see what I am typing where yesterday, I typed and waited for the text to magically apear a minute later.
    not sure if it is operating as quickly as it could/should. how do i know if it is operationg at optimal potential?
    Yea, ok, i admit it, I am a llittle impatient. I want instant gratification.
  6. kirock

    kirock TS Rookie Posts: 1,221

    Did you do the spybot scans yet? No PC should be that slow! Do have have the XP CD? You might just want to format and reinstall your OS if it's that bad. But try Spybot (freeware) google search for it. Very good. Also Ad-ware SE is freeware, google that too. Install both of these and scan your comp asap.
  7. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

  8. skydog

    skydog TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you all

    I know it has taken me a while to get back but with my pending Deployment, I have not been home much. Your sugestions have been very helpfull. I have learned a lot and am becoming a more responsible PC owner/operator.
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