Slow computer, is start up the problem?

How can I change what programs that start when I turn my computer on? I want to clear some of them because I think they are slowing it down. How can I tell if the speed of the computer is truly slow or if it is just my perception.

12 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    I could be the start up, but to make sure , you should give your computer a good early spring cleaning.

    Free Start Up Manager

    Install it and just press “Care “.

    One of the best and most trustworthy free reg. cleaners

    Two of the best free defrag programs

    Anti spyware

    Start - Run - type : cleanmgr


    Start - Run - type

    chkdsk /r


    chkdsk /f


    dos window

    bla bla bla etc




    Restart your computer

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  • 4 years ago

    How many programs do you have opening when you power up? Did you just install a new program? Having an antivirus program on your computer is NOT a guarantee that your computer is virus free. Many people do not keep their security software updated. And even updated security programs are only as good as the company's programmers keep it updated themselves. It's best to run an online scan from a different company about once a week to make sure.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Hit ctl alt del (aka three finger salute) and it will bring up your process and applications window. Go into performance and this will tell you how much your processor is using and how fast.

    To clear any unwanted programs go into your start menu, then control panel: you will see a folder that is titled add/remove programs. This is where you can remove any unwanted programs. After you are done removing restart your computer.

    On your desktop you have a "My COMPUTER'' icon. open it. Right click on your C drive and go to properties. You can now defrag this drive.

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  • 1 decade ago

    You can hit Start, Control Panel, and then you can eliminate any programs that you do not use.

    Go to and download Windows Defender. It is free and will sped up your computer. Make sure and join the Advanced Membership.

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  • 1 decade ago

    If you are running windows xp you can go to start-> run and type in msconfig

    click on startup tab and uncheck any programs you do not want to start.

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  • 1 decade ago

    What OS are you using? If it's any recent Windows, there will be a folder in the start menu called startup. Delete anything in there that you don't want at the start.

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  • To help you it is best that you always provide your hardware specs, operating system, and software (firewall, anti-virus, and anti-spyware).

    This is for Windows XP or Vista

    Their are a few things that can cause a computer to run slow: dust, poor ventilation, insufficient hardware, damaged hardware, registry errors, disk fragmentation, malware, too many start-up programs, insufficient disk space, and junk files.

    All the following are FREE (Downloads can be found at

    A cool program I like to run before performing system slowing tasks - SmartClose (Windows XP only, have not tested on Vista)

    This program closes out of most unnecessary running tasks and programs, you can add tasks you want to keep running to a list. Programs can be restored upon request or at the next computer boot.

    Change system settings, especially in Windows Vista, to best performance for lighter use of the hardware (cpu, processer and video card).

    --Start> Control Panel> System> Advanced Tab> Under "Performance"> Settings> Click on the "Adjust for best performance" option then "Ok"

    Uninstall unused programs, update your computer regularly, update obsolete or old programs.

    Run Disk Cleanup - Start> All Programs> Accessories> System Tools> Disk Cleanup

    Run Disk Defragmenter - Start> All Programs> Accessories> System Tools> Disk Defragmenter

    Remove Programs from Startup - Start> Run> msconfig

    --Click on the Startup tab and uncheck the boxes of programs unnecessary to run at startup

    Install and Run ONE Antivirus Program (Can cause system to slow down if the shield is active)

    --AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition

    *--Avast Anti-Virus Home Edition

    --Avira Anti-Virus

    Install and Run Anti-Spyware (Can cause system to slow down if the shield is active)

    *--Spybot Search and Destroy

    *--Spyware Terminator


    *--Spyware Blaster

    Install and Run System Optimization tool

    *--Ccleaner (Strongly Recommended)

    *--Advanced WindowsCare

    --Glary Utilities

    *--Auslogics Registry Defrag

    Internet Browsers




    To Maintain Your Systems Safety a Firewall is Recommended (Can cause system to slow down if the shield is active)



    * = Favorites (For installing all recommended RAM is 1GB+, Free hard drive space 10GB+, and a decent 2.0Ghz+ processor,

    If all this fails then you need new hardware/upgrades or you need to format/reinstall your hard drive/operating system.

    Source(s): Zonealarm - Comodo - SmartClose - Spyware Blaster - - Use Google or Yahoo to search for "Software-Title Download," no quotes.
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Defrag your computer. It will help with boot-time speed and application speed. Try Diskeeper, its the best. They have free 30-day trialware at

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago


    In my opinion Ccleaner is the number one tool for cleaning your pc. I've been using it for more then a year now and it works very well. You can grab your free copy here

    It's the best choice.

    I hope it helps

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  • 1 decade ago

    go to start -> run and type in msconfig

    go to the startup tab, everything listed there starts when you boot your machine. Uncheck whatever you don't want to start.

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