Dell laptop running CRAZY slow! Help?

Note: the person asking this question is a complete computer idiot (if it does not involve searching the internet) Ok, that being said. I have a dell inspiron laptop that has been running VERY slow from start up on... EVERYTHING is slow.. At this point I have: deleted all temp internet files and done a disc... show more Note: the person asking this question is a complete computer idiot (if it does not involve searching the internet) Ok, that being said. I have a dell inspiron laptop that has been running VERY slow from start up on... EVERYTHING is slow.. At this point I have: deleted all temp internet files and done a disc clean up... no help. the laptop is making a sound like it is constantly trying to run a program, but nothing is loading... What can I do myself at home to fix or diagnose this? thanks for any answers. Please put in "computers for dummies format"! :o)
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