smurf asked in Computers & InternetSoftware · 1 decade ago

My computer is very slow?

I have defraged the hard drive, run disk cleanup, and i have spysweeper, and mcaffe virus protection. When i try to get on to my high speed internet it just stays in hover not going into the web page. I also have a program that keeps popping up which i cannot remove (Vista Antivirus 2008)in addition the windows update icon keeps popping up to turn on auto updates but when i try to do it manually it just turns it right back off automatically when i try to deleteVista Antivirus 2008 the options to delete it are grey. also i have 30 gb free on my hard drive.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    sounds like you havent got the correct privaleges set up on your user account

    I suggest to run these three programs

    they take a while so start them off when you go to bed then check the results in the morning.

    From my notes

    Also while your computer is in good nick you should download and install Superantispyware and Spybot –Search and Destroy because when malware gets going you will not be able to access the net.

    Clean Up Computer



    Has a stop homepage from being altered which is good

    Can reset windows defaults in various parts

    Download and run superantispyware. I was put onto this program because of an annoying popup (XP or Vista plus all OS preceding)

    Install it and set the preferences to monitor your home page.

    Set up tick boxes that you want in the other tabs as you require.

    You don’t need to run it at startup unless you want the antispyware protection 24/7.

    Note Superantispyware has powerful reset tools that will set stuff back to windows defaults.

    To use these tools click preferences >repairs. This may be handy to reset IE URLS if you have annoying pop ups.

    Superantispyware is a good program and remember to update it before scanning. A scan may take 45mins. Just run a scan for the first attack.

    Spybot – Search and Destroy


    Download spybot search and destroy. Through its immunize page and link to javacools spyblaster, spybot can manage activex problems which is extremely difficult for antispyware programs to find. Also just run the scan for first attack.


    Windows Live Onecare


    Onecare safety scan fixes registry and finds temp files that nothing else seems to find.

    Choose the Beta Edition link for vista users.

    It does registry, spyware , virus , disk clean up and defrag

    XP Users

    Vista Users

    Run the full safety scanner, it takes a few seconds to install the scanning files but when you start the scan, it takes 2 hours or more. Let it load the scanning tools, then start the Safety Scan. So once it starts to load the safety scans' x file of x , you can leave the computer and go to bed etc.

    Then at the end of the scan it asks you to set it running full time.

    Think twice about setting it to run in the background as it could be another thing to slow you down. However, it may be worth while if you have no other security programs running.

    Consider the following options:

    I personally run Norton 360 which is full internet security and run superantispyware when I want to.

    So if you don’t have a decent internet security program then perhaps run the superantispyware with your antivirus in the background.

    If you sick of antivirus programs that don’t work perhaps run onecare full time and run superantispyware whenever.

    Now you should be flying and Onecare has even set up a new system restore point for you.

    Note onecare does other stuff as well. Click on the menus on the LHS column., but all of this is done if you click Safety Scan.

    add onecare to your favourites



    Over time IE7 seems to set its own (or programs do) tick boxes in the advance tab.

    In IE7 Tools >Internet Options >Advance Tab

    Click Restore advance settings defaults button.

    Then scroll the listings down to near the bottom and:

    Tick empty temp files when browser closes (this empties the cache, which if not empty, will stop you from going online).

    Bullet disable phishing filter (optional. Leave it on if you want that type of protection, usually for financial data like internet banking)

    Delete Browser History, cookies, add ons, the whole lot regularly.

    Close the browser to set the settings.


    NOTE: 2008 will be the year of add on malware and spyware. I advise NOT to install active x when asked to on unknown websites. If you allow an active x install and it contains adware or such, no antivirus or anti-spyware will find it, because you have given permission to install it. The cleanup programs think that you want it installed. It will be very difficult to remove.

    Phishing Filter

    When first released, phishing filter slowed IE7. Apparently, Microsoft has fixed this through the windows updates. If you like you could try to run it - bullet the enable.

    Only run one phishing filter program, and only run one firewall program.


    Fixing Your Computer

    Run the scans of the three programs above. If your computer is still faulty then you have to go deeper with the features mentioned.

    Compliments Chezzrob

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  • 4 years ago

    Well in almost all communities, your internet is literally plugged into some box on or near your street. When everyone plugged into that box try to max out their internet connections you may experience some slower internet. As for your computer, it does have something to do with it. Your web browser has to load, and your computer runs it. Viruses can also slow down your computer and take up a lot of your internet connection, making it appear slow

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  • 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
    1 decade ago

    The anti Virus programs slow down the PC unless you have strong PC.

    Uninstall mcaffe.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Dude you probably have a virus. You can contract them from changing from one security system to another. Say you have Macafee and you changed to Avast. Your PC may have been running fine with Macafee but you may have had a virus and Macafee didn't get rid of it all together, it just quarantined it. So when you changed services, you let the virus loose. This is just a hunch though.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Vista Antivirus 2008 is a counterfeit antivirus that nags you to purchase software.

    You can learn how to remove it here:

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  • PAUL V
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    There is no such thing as Vista anti-virus 2008. You have a virus on your computer

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  • 1 decade ago

    It seems like you have too much downloaded onto your computer. If you have AIM, Yahoo messenger or any other kind of messaging devices on your computer, that will slow it down for sure

    But if you have downloaded stuff like adobe software, then that will slow it down too.

    Vista Antivirus isn't whoever runs your computer. (Charter, Bellsouth, etc.)

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  • 1 decade ago

    ok u should check ur ram and proceser(s)

    ram should be atleast 1 gb, if not, buy some more.

    to intstall ram, open ur comp and find the ram slots, push the ram in and ur good. if ur not sure, watch it on

    ur processer should b about 3 gH otherwise buy a new one. to check got to control panel>system and read it

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