My computer is slow! Advice?

My computer seems to be slower now than it used to be. I have antivirus on it right now too. Are there any inexpensive steps I can do to speed it up?

12 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    Speed up computer:

    1) Disable programs that can be disabled to improve computer performance using msconfig.

    First: Uninstall any programs listed in "step 1"

    Install Update for Windows XP (KB906569)

    Updates MSconfig

    Run PCPitstop "full tests" and "running programs" in the results it will designate programs that can be disabled to improve computer performance. Run MSconfig and uncheck any program "that can be disabled to improve computer performance"

    Also install and run

    Startup Optimizer 1.6

    Startup Optimizer inspects programs loading at Windows startup and keeps your PC running faster, cleaner, and error-free. With a program database, Startup Optimizer provides useful information for known programs. You can remove harmful programs like spyware, virus, diallers, make your system healthier and maintain a higher degree of privacy. Startup Optimizer removes junk and obsolete programs, frees up RAM and increases your system performance.

    How to use MSCONFIG

    Using MSCONFIG to reduce background programs at startup


    2) Eliminate malware on your computer


    Update your antivirus and run a full scan

    If you do not have virus protection install:

    AVG Antivirus 7.5 Free Edition


    Free antivirus - avast! 4 Home Edition


    AOL Active Virus Shield


    Install Windows Defender (full time spyware protection)

    Perform a full scan.


    Install the following five programs and run weekly or at least monthly. You need all five. They are not a substitute for full time spyware and virus protection.

    Ad-Aware SE Personal (update + full scan)

    Spybot Search & Destroy (update + immunize + scan)

    Do not enable Tea Timer and SDHelper

    After installation: update + scan + immunize

    SpywareBlaster: Update then open and click “enable all protection”.

    SUPERAntiSpyware free version: (update + scan)

    CCleaner: Do not install toolbar option

    Removes tracking cookies, unneeded files, history

    In options.

    Set to run when computer starts.

    Place cookies you want to keep in save list


    Additional run this time and as needed.

    Microsoft OneCare Live, run “full service scan”

    Updates windows, virus and spyware scan, disk cleanup, disk fragmentation (if needed), backs up registry and then cleans registry, and checks for open firewall ports

    Malicious Software Removal Tool (run “full scan”)


    Online Free Scanners:

    Run Trend Micro, Kaspersky, and Panda Scan now.

    Run a different one each month.

    Trend Micro: HouseCall Free Scan (removes what it finds)

    BitDefender Online Scanner

    Kaspersky Labs Online Scanner


    Panda ActiveScan Free Online Scanner

    Symantic Online Scanner


    3) Run "check disk" check both options and restart.

    Run Disk Cleanup then Disk Defragment.

    4 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer's Performance

    4) Update your drivers

    5) Reduce resources needed for protection:

    Replace Norton with NOD32, AVG, Avast, etc.

    Use the Windows Firewall (very light on resources)

    6) Add more ram

    7) Faster video card

    8) Faster Internet service

    9) Faster computer / processor

    10) Format drive and reinstall everything

  • 1 decade ago

    A few things that might be slowing you down:

    -Too many user accounts. Having, say, six user accounts on Windows actually essentially creates six installations of Windows! Delete some in the Control Panel.

    -Too many programs installed. User Add/Remove programs, which I believe is also in or around the Start Menu or Control Panel.

    -Too many programs opened at once! If you are gaming, you don't need MS Word open! Close it!

    Another thing you can try doing (and should do every month, though most people NEVER do it) is defragmenting your hard drive. This sounds hard, but it's really very easy. Just google "defrag windows xp" or whatever operating system you are using.

    Basically, all your files are stored on your hard drive, a spinning disk, almost like a CD or a vinyl record. When you use one of them, say opening a song or running a program like Internet Explorer, it is transferred to a "temporary memory", on another disk that is accessed faster. It remains there while you use it, and when you are done with the file, it is placed back on the hard drive, but IN A DIFFERENT SPOT.

    Next time you use that file, it takes longer to open it because it has been moved from its original location. Soon, all your files are scattered all over the hard drive in bits and pieces.

    Think of a CD with little tiny clips of the songs chopped up and put in random order. It'd take you forever to play one song, looking through all the clips to find the next one. It's a bit like that (though I know I have oversimplified it).

    Defragmenting (the process of taking the fragments of scattered files and putting them together again) is a simple process, that can be done with just a few clicks of buttons. Instructions are easy to find, and you should notice some increase in speed!

    Keep in mind that if you have never defragged before, and you've had your current computer for a while, it might take several HOURS to defragment. If you do it regularly, though, it will only take maybe 30 minutes.

    Moral: defrag every month, or at least once a year!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    using the defragment utility is a good idea. there are various invisible services that run automatically in the background that can be disabled if you don't need them. I disabled my faxing service. I don't fax. I use Norton's security suite and I disabled it's auto update. It still pesters me to update myself, so I don't think I'm falling behind. There's a useful article on the web called "10 simple ways to speed up windows xp" that has 10 good ideas if you use xp. The long way is to reinstall the operating system. Takes a while and you have to reload your programs, but it will indeed speed up your pc. I try to do it once a year as it forces me to throw out stuff I don't really use because I don't want to go through the hassle of reloading it. Lots of small files-like music- will slow it down a lot. I use a separate external hard drive just for music. Good luck.

  • 4 years ago

    Hard to give a definitive answer without a little more info like hardware configuration, (processor, RAM,etc) and what types of applications you are running. Does it seem to run slow or lock up only when on the internet, or when a certain application is run? The only immediate solution I would recommend is to try Spybot Search and Destroy. It will sometimes pickup things that ad-aware misses. Speaking of ad-aware, I have found that the lastest version (2007) will sometimes cause a dramatic slowdown in system performance. Try removing ad-aware and using Spybot and see if it makes a difference.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If you dont want to upgrade hardware,There are some softwares you can download to speed up your computer.

    First,You should Fix Corruption and Errors within your registry.The registry is a main part of your computer's Operating System. With time, as you use Windows and install and uninstall programs, your registry will get congested and full of errors. So your computer could slow down. So, if you can clean it up this problem can be solved.Sometimes you can speed computer up by 300%. To clean up registry,You can download a software called regsitry cleaner---Clean registry,remnant,corrupt files and temp files,history,cookies,etc.. This site:

    lists top 5 registry cleaner,you can download and scan for free.

    Second,Get rid of spyware/adware in your computer.spyware/adware hamper your computer's performance.It use system resources and slow your computer down.

    So, to speed up your slow computer, use a registry cleaner software and clean your registry files first. It will make all the difference, and provide you with the immediate fix you need for your slow computer.Then,download a good anti-spyware to get rid of spyware/adware in your computer.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes. You need a memory (RAM) manager; I recommend Free Ram XP Pro. You need to delete all unnecessary icons off your desktop and have no desktop background. You need to stop programs from running at startup; I recommend Autoruns.

    Both of the programs I have recommended can be downloaded from .

    Your long-term solution is to install another memory card inside your tower, or have someone do it for you.

    Source(s): Me, Myself, and I
  • 1 decade ago

    Ok i had the same problem.What u need if more (RAM)Random Access Memory.Ram Is very simple to install.I would recommend 2 sticks of ram to be 1GB.So once u install more ram your pc will be incredibly fast. Good Luck

    Source(s): This Website will help you a lot.
  • 1 decade ago

    - try to scan your computer for viruses, trojan, spyware malware.because thoose things use your computer resources.

    -remove unneccessary programs which run in the background process. use msconfig to see the startup programs, or task manager to see the programs who already run.

    -defrag or optimize your registry

    -defrag your hardisk

    -use RAM optimizer

    -use classic windows theme, because it only use a small of computer resources than the graphical one.


  • 1 decade ago

    you might want to delete any unnecessary files, too much movies or music slow down your comp alot. Also my anti-virus slowed it down so i deleted it also. delete any unused programs and you should defragment once every month at least

  • 1 decade ago

    click on start > run > type msconfig

    Click the tab that says startup

    Click disable all

    This will prevent your computer from unloading many unneccessary application and consuming lots of system resources.

  • 1 decade ago

    Try defraggin your disk and running an antispyware, like spybot or ad-aware.

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