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Processes running?... slow laptop :(

By resu ยท 5 replies
Jan 15, 2008
  1. hi, i bought my laptop 8months ago
    it was fairly well speced for the money and at the time

    and its been running fine ever since tho just recently ive been noticing that its become sluggish on startup and on shut down .. it has also become slow at opening applications.

    i know that windows tends to deteriorate over time etc ..but i was wondering if anyone had any other suggestions on how to speed up my machine .. software wise

    as i type this i am apparently running 63 processes in the background

    i dnt use norton etc

    my current cpu usage keeps peaking at 33% even tho i am only using firefox and limewire pro

    if anyone can shed some light on this issue that would be great thanks

    can anyone suggest and good registry cleaners, anti spyware etce tc that would also be great

    thanks again
  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,979   +71

    Did you scan for malware/spyware/viruses?
  3. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    You can also download and run CCleaner

    Then you can also Defrag after that

    I'd also download Startup Control Panel and remove any unwanted startups

    Does that help ?
  4. Po`Girl

    Po`Girl TS Rookie Posts: 595

    You might also want to follow all the steps HERE

    90% of filesharers have spyware on their systems.

    As a short term measure try going into msconfig start up tab

    and uncheck everything except Firewall (if there) and Anti virus.

    The Techspot recommendations for security programs are -

    Zonealarm, Kerio or Comodo,firewall.

    Spybot Search & Destroy.

    Ad-Aware se personal.

    Spyware Blaster.

    AVG Antispyware.

  5. resu

    resu TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 172

    sorry for the delay in reply

    i havent been able to get online for ages :(

    never mind eh

    thanks for the advice

    ill give the ideas a shot tomorrow at work .. hopefully something should work :D

    thanks again
  6. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    Going by just the count of the processes running, 63, that is twice what I run with Firefox+6 tabs and Outlook Express.

    "i know that windows tends to deteriorate over time etc ..but i was wondering if anyone had any other suggestions on how to speed up my machine .. software wise"

    The only processes you need on startup are: anti-virus program, firewall, touchpad for laptop and network process if on a network. NOTHING else! Everything that starts at boot runs in the background. After you're online for a while, as you accumulate temporary internet files, the available RAM will be exhausted.

    You are also running too many services. The ones you don't need should be set to either Manual or Disabled. And as mentioned, Limewire will have a lot to do with what's in and on your system.
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