My Computer is running really slow! how do i clean it out!

lately my laptop has been running really slow.. does anyone know how I can clean it out without having to delete everything off of it? thanks!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    There are MANY reasons for computer slow downs:

    a] not enough memory

    b] too many programs starting up with windows at boot up time

    c] spyware

    d] too many junk files

    e] too many restore points

    Routine maintenance the will definitely help restore your PC's speed to what it could/should be...

    1. Increase your Virtual Memory, then

    2. Download and run PageDefrg (free tool from Microsoft).

    3. Run MSCONFIG and deactivate any startup programs that you DON'T want/need to run at boot time

    4. Uninstall any unwanted programs

    5. Ensure that you have more than 500 MB's of free space on your C: drive. (if not, it's not IF your PC will crash...it's WHEN your PC crashes). If not, move your Music/Videos offline to DVD's or CD's.

    6. Purge all temp folders and internet temp files

    7. Run defrag again after all the cleanup you just did.

    8.install Registry cleaner and run daily

    Use the tool: http://downloadlk.net/themosteffectiveregistryclea... [if you do not have one]

    9. install Antispyware and run daily

    http://toptenantispyware.com/ [if you do not have one]

    Learn more about "Why Is My Computer Running so Slow?" and "How to Speed it UP":

    http://downloadlk.net/WhyIsMyComputerSlow.htm

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    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.

    http://www.delete-computer-history.com/what-is-the...

    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"

  • 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 registry errors and remnant,corrupt files and temp files in your computer to cause "computer slow".

    Every time 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 Registry Cleaner will improve your computer and Internet performance dramatically!

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

    http://www.fix-system.com/

    You can download and scan your computer for free.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    yeah, laptops aren't meant to live too long. two years i'd say, since you can't update things like you can in a desktop.

    pretty much just delete any programs running all the time that you don't need, take as many viruses off that you can, add more RAM if you can, stuff like that.

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  • 1 decade ago

    There is a nice article on slow computer and its solution. Have a look on it.It may help you to resolve your problem.

    http://itsupportcell.com/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=38

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Check http://www.pc-optimizer-pro.com/

    With pc optimizer pro you can safely clean, repair and optimize your computer.

    It will help improve your system performance without expensive hardware upgrades.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Virus scans and defragmentation

    If it's old it might be at the end of it's life

    Source(s): Laptops ftl
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