Anonymous asked in Computers & InternetHardwareDesktops · 1 decade ago

My computer is running slower than usual.?

When I log in my computer wants to run very slow. I even tried fefreshing the page still does not help. Any info would be great.

37 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Run a reputable virus scanner.

    Clear your cache and cookies, or use a program like CCleaner ( to delete all unwanted programs.

    Go to My Computer, Add/Delete programs and get rid of what you don't use.

    Open the Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Delete in Windows) and see what is running. You may have an unwanted program running in the background slowing you down. An interface line Sysinternals can do this, too.

    Use one of these sites to check you connection speed, maybe your provider is having technical difficulties:

    A defrag will help, but it doesn't cause sudden slowness.

    Good luck.

  • langa
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Computer Slower Than Usual

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If your virus/spyware free, there are a couple things you can do get your computer working faster. If you using your computer for normal stuff and not gaming. You don't always need more RAM you just need to perform a few maintenance task.

    First, if you haven't cleaned your registry in a while. This is necessary. Your registry holds all the information regarding updates, installs, un-installs etc. Each one of those events produces a key. That key needs your PC's resources and free space. So, if you clean your registry, you make more resources available for speed. Do a registry scan if you got more than 20 errors you should clean it.

    2. Clear your Windows cache files, this is your temporary file. It can grow up to a large volume and stop your computer from using RAM properly. In a sense slow it down by preventing it from using free space.Here is how:

    1. Quit Internet Explorer, Firefox, or any other web browser

    2. Click Start, click "Control Panel", and then double-click "Internet Options".

    3. On the General tab, click "Delete Files" under Temporary Internet Files.

    4. In the Delete Files dialog box, click to select the "Delete all offline content" check box , and then click OK.

    5. Click OK.

    3. Manage your startups. Your excess CPU usage is due to too many programs running in the background. You can cut these to barebones by alter your msconfig. Here is how:

    1. Open your Start menu.

    2. Click Run

    3. In the command screen type "msconfig.exe"

    4. In the "system configuration utility",click either "service" or "startup" tab

    5. Uncheck all programs that your are no longer using.

    6. Click "OK"

    Other great tip is increasing your virtual memory to simulate more RAM. This will give you a bit more resources for multiple program use or CPU heavy programs.

    Hope this link helps. Shows you how to do everything step by step. You should get a least 60-120% more resources and speed

    if you follow the tips.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Using a registry cleaner can clean up your computer and then make your computer faster,Why?the reason is that there may be some regsitry errors and remnant,corrupt files and temp files in your computer to cause "computer slow".

    Everytime you install and uninstall software on your computer and surfing online you create junk in the computer registry.over time, the registry can grow to enormous proportions, especially if the various programs you've installed do not do a good job of deleting and/or updating it's Registry entries.You need to scan and clean your computer with registry cleaner to make it fast.Good Regisry Cleaner will improve your computer and Internet performance dramatically!

    There are some comparison and review of TOP 5 registry cleaners.

    You can download and scan your computer for free.

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    I am a developer at Microsoft so I know a thing or two about computers. The best PC cleaner and antivirus program is PC Health Boost, it's very light and it's the only antivirus/cleaner with a 99.99% detection rate.

    It's also a PC booster so your computer will be running faster than nomal. Download it here for free:

  • jizmo
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    A computer runs fast due a combination of factors. It needs to be protected from viruses and other malware. It should not have too many programs at startup, have enough RAM. Besides this, its is very important to keep the HDD clean and fast. You have to run diskcleanup and at regular intervals check if its fragmented using the analysis option. A highly fragmented drive spreads the slowdown disease, initially its sluggish and then even programs open slow.Check out these factors before calling a tech.

  • 1 decade ago

    Sounds like it is full of bugs and cookies maybe?

    Get the FREE software from Lavasoft called Ad-aware SE personal edition or any of the other FREE bug/cookie filters offered online.

    Run it - clean it - notice the difference?

    Also in Internet options delete your history and cookies often...

    Do a Hard drive Defragmentation (under system tools) monthly as well.

  • 1 decade ago

    Try running Advanced Windows Care . Download from move your Mouse to Download , Highlight Advanced Windows Care and right click. This Free program should fix any problems with your Registry file and most likly clean out unneccasary info from you hard drive like temp files and thus free up more space. It will also fine tune your system and check and block Spyware all with 1 click.

    WORST case senario You may have Mal Ware on you computer I recommend you Download Spy Doctor and run it to check for Mal Ware this program seems to find more than others and Spy Bot to prevent Infections from happening in the first place also Avast Please note I only use Spy Doctor to remove Mal Ware that the other programs listed may not find I don't run it alwas as it slows the computer down aswell.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    well maybe you have a virus or trojan of some sort.

    so run a virus scan.

    another reason may be that you have lots of processes running in the background, so check in task manager (pres Ctrl+Alt+Del)

    the last reason i can think of is that your computer is full of loads of data and stuff that is clogging it up. so the best thing to do would be to delete unnecesary files and then defragment your hard disk.

    Failing that you should rebuild your computer (re-install windows) so that all the files clogging up your system are deleted, however this is time consuming and difficult to do without experience or help. (All data that is needed would have to be saved and backed)

  • 1 decade ago

    Try defragging the hard drive, or you can empty out your temporary internet files for a quick fix. If you don't have enough memory you may need to purchase some more RAM, especially if you are running alot of programs. is a good site to purchase RAM, they will

    scan your PC and match up exactly what your options are guaranteed.

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