Laptop slow- no unnecessary programs running?
Topic: Hit and run case section
July 16, 2019 / By Flick Question:
Toshiba laptop running Windows7 64 bit
Became slower after downloading routine updates within the last week or two
I suspect a virus because it's a PC, but there hasn't been any other problem other than just being slower. (opening documents, etc.)
Best Answers: Laptop slow- no unnecessary programs running?
Daffodil | 6 days ago
Could be a virus. I suggest you download AVG or Microsoft Essentials antivirus which are both free. Also download What's Running which will enable you to control the apps. that start with your puter. Go to the startup section of this app. and uncheck ALL the apps. on the page or simply delete them all. Also it could be a memory problem in which case you need to check the performance tab on windows task manager which is accessed when you hit ctrl+alt+del. If the Physical Memory total is less than the Commit Charge total then it's memory. Also get Malwarebytes which is another free app. for get'n rid of pesky malware. Get all these apps. at CNET.com which is a safe site to download stuff.
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Originally Answered: My computer is running slow?
Turn off all automatic timed updates or programs because they may interfere and then do the following; these are for XP but would be similar for other op systems.
first, update all virus definitions on your anti-virus program. if u do not have one, u should definitely get one. Recommend McAfee or Norton or Trend. Also update antispy program and buy one and install if u do not have one.
second, reboot your computer.
third, run a full virus scan and delete or quaranteen any viruses found.
fourth, run full anti-spyware scan and delete any spyware found.
fifth, check your firewall (if u do not have one buy one - McAfee is good).
Make sure your firewall is on and set at standard setting.
fifth, go into Accessories - System Tools - Disk Cleanup and run Disk Cleanup. Check all of the boxes offered. Run the cleanup and delete everything found.
sixth, run defragmenter by going into Accessories - System Tools - Defragment and defragment entire system.
seventh, go into system restore by going to (DO NOT go this way Start - Programs - Accessories - System Tools - System Restore) but DO go this way: . Start - Control Panel - System - System - Restore and make sure you are on the "Restore" tab and then put a check mark in "Turn off System Restore" Save and exit.
Reboot your computer.
eighth, go back into System Restore as shown above and then UNCHECK the box you just checked. This will turn back on the system restore feature, but by turning it off and rebooting the computer you have just wiped out thousands of files that had been on your computer. Now the restore feature will begin again and you can still use it later this way:
ninth, go into system restore the other way: Start - Programs - Accessories - System Tools - System Restore. Now you will find a WIZARD which will give you an option. Check the box that says "Create a new Restore Point". After you do this you are protected by having a restore point in case you have future problems. The system will continue to make other restore points on its own in the future, you are doing this to make sure you have one now.
Reboot your computer
Go into Tools - Internet Options - General when you are in Internet Explorer. Look at the part which enables you to pick the number of days to keep history. Make that number zero or maybe one day. This will keep your history from accumulating too much.
If you've restarted it in the last week and it's still running slow, I think you hit the nail on the head. Virus.
If you want to try removing it, do this:
Try restarting, hit F8 during startup, boot into "safe mode with networking" and download "Malwarebytes AntiMalware," there is a paid and free version. Run the Quick scan and see if it turns anything up. If it finds viruses, remove them if you can, reboot in safe mode, and download "SuperAntiSpyware" (also a free version available). Install it, run quick scan. Remove what you find. Download "TDSSKiller" from Kapsersky Labs, run it, remove what you find. If your computer is still running slow, try taking it in for a repair somewhere.
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at the desktop hit windows key+r, in the run prompt that pops up type "msconfig", without quotes of course.
in the next window which appears select the "startup" tab, this is the list of programs that start up with windows. uncheck all unnecessary programs, reboot.
if the computer is still slow, it is most likely a virus.
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You may think there aren't any unnecessary programs running but I'm sure there are. Stuff just gets downloaded and makes it slower.
I would put in your repair disc and wipe the hard drive and start new. That will keep your comp workin really well.
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hi, definite, try ctrl alt del all on an identical time to open up the activity supervisor, in there you may give up the technique that are taking the cpu time. the different element to do is to function greater ram in case you have in trouble-free terms 2gig or much less. additionally give up maximum of classes working at startup. You do this by employing going to the commencing up / run command and form in msconfig. whilst that utility runs bypass to the startup tab and disable all the classes which you do no longer desire working at startup. you may re-enable them an identical way. Arnak
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Originally Answered: Fast computer running slow (read on)?
Latest graphics driver and windows updates may solve it.
Latest bios for your motherboard may solve it also.
If all of those are current then you could just reboot after playing the games.
After playing a game and going back to Windows do a ctrl-alt-del to start Task Manager
Click on Processes and open to full screen to see whats using CPU cycles.
Then type msconfig in run and go to startup tab and try disabling what is using CPU cycles