What causes my computer to slow to a crawl?

What part inside my computer could be corrupted or damaged to cause the computer to move from web page to web page at a crawl? I mean three or four minutes or more to open a web page? I have DSL and it's not the problem. Thanks

10 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    There are MANY reasons for computer slow downs:

    not enough memory

    too many programs starting up with windows at boot up time

    too many junk files

    too many restore points

    Clean windows registry can speed up the computer.

    Over time, you install new programs, uninstalled unimportant programs, update software's, install new devices,

    download files from the web, etcetera, hence embarking all records in the registry system.

    This is normal, but it is not wise to leave it untouched.

    Once in a while, you have to check and remove files that are no longer in use to maintain the speed of your PC.

    Clean registry make pc faster.


  • 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"

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    You can download ccleaner for free here: http://bit.ly/1Bk5V5C

    First open CCleaner

    Go to the Cleaner tab and you will be confronted by a very confusing lineup of checkboxes.

    To make this brief, below is my recommended setup:

    Under internet explorer check temporary internet files, cookies, and last download location. Most users don't really need this stuff. keep history and bookmarks unchecked, history is a maybe, but you don't want to lose bookmarked sites. You can normally leave Windows Explorer, System, and Advanced alone.

    Run CCleaner and it will start deleting files.

    afterward it will present you with a list of the files deleted, you really don't need to go through it as it will be several pages long.

    The registry cleaner is recommended for slightly more advanced users. Use it after uninstalling programs as they will often leave behind incorrect registry entries.

    If you decide to run Registry cleaner then review the items detected and always back up the registry (I keep a folder aside for this)

    The Tools tab lets you uninstall programs and set startup programs. Why do you need this if Windows has all of these features? Especially with Vista Home Ed. The windows defender software explorer( startup programs) doesn't pick up some entries (however software explorer is easier to use).

    Using CCleaner to uninstall programs and then check for leftover registry entries takes less time.

    Under Options you can determine how CCleaner cleans your files. I leave this alone.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You can use a registry cleaner to 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.


    You can download and scan your computer for free.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Most computers actually run slow because of a hidden part of your system, which is constantly being used by Windows. This part of your PC is called the "registry" and is the central database for Windows, which stores everything from your latest emails to your desktop wallpaper. It's one of the most important parts of Windows and can easily make your PC run slow.The more corrupt registry files your computer has, the more it struggles to read them.The files which makes it run slower and slower. To fix this, you simply need to use a registry cleaner http://make-computer-run-smoothly.com/ . These are small software tools which actually work by scanning through the registry and fixing any bad files that are in there. This then allows Windows to read as many files as it wants, when it wants to.

  • 1 decade ago

    Maybe you have alot of software you have installed/downloaded that you dont need anymore, my laptop was running slow and i went through my programs and deleted things i didn't need anymore and now it runs quicker, or it could just be the case of a virus that has made it's way into your com, in that case you may have to do a computer scan to detect any viruses or files that might be the problem

  • jizmo
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Uninstall programs you may never need and also run a diskcleanup and chkdsk. CCleaner is a great diskcleanup program, its free.Defragment. Check your HDD free space. The built in defragger needs atleast 15% free space. The best defragger I have tried is Diskeeper, it defrags in low free space. Whats more, it can be set to run in the background automatically. You can download the free 30 day trial version here-


    These will help speed up the system. Good Luck!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You need to clean your registry to get rid of errors & invalid entries that cause system slowdowns, freezing and crashing. Try this free scan below..


    Source(s): Scan and safely cleans registry to improve computer performance: http://tinyurl.com/n4hn3d
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    1 decade ago

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    could be that you have a virus I would redo your computer and it should fix it any problems

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