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Gazz
July 28, 2010, 07:38
For some time now, my PC has abeen about as fast as molasses in Janurary. I had attributed it to the fact that it is fairly old - maybe 5 years or so and that it was just cruded up lots of useless junk from over the years despite routine defrags and deletions. Last night I was trying to work online and was ready to shoot the damn thing since it was so slow. I think I waited about 3 minutes or more to change a page on a forum! A ctrl, alt delete opened the task manager and there were about 50 things running so I deleted a few that I did not think were important, including the Google tool bar since it seemed to be using up a large amount of the cpu. I can't believe how fast the PC has become. When I click on a new thread on any forum, it opens almost instantly as does opening up the IE to begin with. Prior to this, I could expect to wait 30 seconds or more for a new page to open. So far I can't see any issues with running without it either. It was a bunch of stuff I never used anyway. Is there anything I should be worried about?

flopshot
July 28, 2010, 07:42
closing apps from the task bar that don't cause a problem is fine.
i assume you "deleted" by uninstalling the app. never delete an app by removing it from a folder unless you've already uninstalled and want to get rid of a residual file that's no longer needed.
considering all that you removed you may need to clean up your registry.

MAINER
July 28, 2010, 08:48
I have been running this; http://www.iobit.com/advancedwindowscareper.html

It's free and has a "Turbo Boost" feature that temporarily turns off unecessary apps when on the internet.

It checks and optimizes your "puters internet and security settings. It also cleans out "temporary" internet junk files, removes adware, defrags the disk, checks privacy settings and erases surfing history.

There may be better software that does this, but it has work well for me about 2 years now.

Deltaten
July 28, 2010, 15:53
"Google.....eating resources whole and watching yer every move for 10 years!"

Uninstall *anything* Google..ptheww! Speed/chip/resource hog that it is..and they **will* track ya ;) Uninstall anything that ya don't use/want. Startup from plain desktop with everything in folders and NO admin accessible opening files present.
Leave AOHell in the dust too! :D *REAL* bad for loading up the chipset and hogging power.

renaissance_warrior
July 28, 2010, 17:45
I love IOBIT. Go into the admin functions tab and start only the ABSOLUTE MINIMUM in applications to run at startup. Check the rest for deletion at startup. Do this AFTER you do the cleanup. You will be amazed.

FAL freek
July 28, 2010, 20:24
Try the cache cleaner on the iobit page also. Makes cleaning up the accumulated junk on your 'puter a breeze.

bill3542
July 29, 2010, 18:20
+1 for iobit and advanced system care, works great for me.

GW870
July 29, 2010, 19:14
Damn!! I wish I understood enough about computers to know
WTF! you guys are talking about. I just junked all my 90's
hardware and started over from the outlet out. I know it won't
be long before the whole system is full of worms, germs, crickets,
and all that 'slowing up' stuff I didn't want in and won't know how
to get rid of.

I really hate being old and illiterate.

GW

:biggrin: Okay, okay, I concede 'old' is better than the alternative.

indy_Muaddib
July 29, 2010, 19:47
install hijackthis and PM me a copy of the log

http://free.antivirus.com/hijackthis/

i can tell you what to remove.

install ace utilities

http://www.acelogix.com/download.html

run "remove junk files" and "clean system registry"

install perfectdisk

http://www.perfectdisk.com/products/home-perfectdisk11-home-premium/learn-more

do a smartplacement defrag

this will clear up most of the problems.

stimpsonjcat
July 30, 2010, 21:11
Ditch windows...problem solved.

Drink me...eat me...red pill...you know you want to. (http://releases.ubuntu.com/lucid/)

ALBPM
July 30, 2010, 22:01
Just go build you a fast one....:D

http://pmahl.home.comcast.net/~pmahl/4186.jpg

That's what the NM Intel Thugs do

http://mywebpages.comcast.net/pmahl/thugs.gif

Klutch
August 05, 2010, 13:06
Start>Run>msconfig.exe

Click the Startup tab

Gazz
August 05, 2010, 14:49
Thanks for all the responses. Whatever I did has undone itself. I am now back to waiting a minute or so for the PC to do anything, and sometimes longer. I am not sure what all of that stuff I see in the task manager is or does. I do have some kind of free program, windows cleaner something but that has never done anything to speed things up. It always finds all kinds of "problems" and "fixes" them but the PC never gets any quicker. I used to think that it was McaFee that was slowing things down but I no longer have that - Comcast provides Norton for free.

flopshot
August 05, 2010, 15:06
Originally posted by Gazz
I am not sure what all of that stuff I see in the task manager is or does.

maybe this will help:
http://www.processlibrary.com/directory/

[486]
August 05, 2010, 23:00
Google "Ccleaner". Then set it so only the bare necessities start on startup.

harleypower69
August 09, 2010, 21:31
Hit START, RUN, type in %temp%, ENTER, hold in CTRL and A (it selects all), then Ctrl and D (it deletes all). This will dump some saved crud and should speed you
up.

Do you run Disc Clean Up?

When did you last run Disc Defrag?