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Computer slowing down after 2 months.....

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#1
Hi,

I'm posting this because i need some serious help. My mothers pc is basically slowing down, it has difficulties opening more than one folder at a time, and the internet basically takes a long time to load any page. Now from all this, I think it's the RAM that's the problem, but i don't know if there is anything to do to speed up the RAM, clear it, reboot it, anything! I'm also not a PC wizzard, so any help would be greatly received, (if you think it's something else). Also, i've rebooted the machine twice, and after each one, the machine has run fine, but it's after a few months it slows down again.

Thanks for listening!
 
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Wolfeymole

#2
Hello DapperDan

Welcome to Free PC Help

Can you give us information with regard to how much memory you have and what anti virus you are running plus how many programs you have running on startup.
To find what's running in startup go to Start/ Run and type msconfig
Go to the startup tab and see what's running.
 

RandyL

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#3
Hi Dan;
Check out Pacs-Portal web site on start-up items. They have a fairly good data base that you can look up the msconfig start-up items to see what they are. http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_content.php
Scroll down to Programs. I usually use the Start_ups.exe file myself.

Trojans, viruses and spyware can also cause slowdowns. Depending on what you have depends on what to do.

Post back please;
RandyL
 
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#5
Hi

Thanks for all you responses, regarding Wolfeymole Moderator questions
448 MB of RAM
143 GB Hard Drive (84.9 GB Free)
24 "Programs" running on startup

thanks for your help
 

Seth

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#7
24 programs in startup?

If you're referring to the list in msconfig (ones that have a checkmark on them), then that is well beyond excessive.
 
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#8
i just want to say, thanks to all who posted, i've downloaded all of Dave's and Wolfmole Moderator's, and ran them accordingly, and it seems to have improved the computers performance.

Regarding my 24 programs in startup, can i dis able the ones that aren't neccesary, such as iTunes "Help", etc?
 
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Wolfeymole

#9
That should be ok to disable but it would be better if you could provide a full list of what is running Dan.
Then we could offer advice as to what to disable.
 
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#10
okay, i'll type out all the programs running at startup,
thanks for your help btw, i know it's sort of a back and forth conversation, also, some "programs" running are BLANK, with just an empty space where the names should be and where they're running from, (probably should remove them, but thought i shouldn't risk it!) so if you see a blank line below, that's one of them.

File Name FIle Classification
rundll32 Microsoft Software
RTHDCPL Microsoft Software
RECGUARD Microsoft Software

HPBootOp Microsoft Software
Remind_XP Microsoft Software
HPwuSchd2 Microsoft Software
realsched Microsoft Software
ccApp Microsoft Software
osCheck Microsoft Software
qttask Microsoft Software
SDTravApp Microsoft Software
Reader_sl Microsoft Software
PCMService Microsoft Software
iTunesHelper Microsoft Software
ctfmon Microsoft Software

btdna Microsoft Software
SuperAntiSpyware Microsoft Software
TeaTimer Microsoft Software
GoogleToolbar Notifier Microsoft Software
Adobe Gamma Loader "Common Startup"
BT Broadband Help "Common Startup"

that's all of them, if you need anymore info let me know
 

Santa

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#12
Hi Dan,
Here are my recommendations for your startup list:

Necessary
rundll32
RTHDCPL
RECGUARD
HPBootOp
HPwuSchd2
ccApp
osCheck
PCMService
SDTrayApp
TeaTimer
Adobe Gamma Loader
ctfmon
SuperAntiSpyware
BT Broadband Help

Unnecessary - enable by preference
realsched
qttask
reader_sl
iTunesHelper
GoogleToolbarNotifier
remind_xp

Before you go disabling the processes I have deemed unnecessary, however, you may want to wait for a second opinion from WolfeyMole, just in case :).
As for btdna, I was unable to find any information on this at all. Is it perhaps a typo?
Liam.
 

Seth

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#13
The blank entries are malware or remnants thereof. They should be unchecked.

Unnecessary:

btdna
realsched
qttask
reader_sl
iTunesHelper
GoogleToolbarNotifier
rundll32
RTHDCPL
HPBootOp
HPwuSchd2 (HP auto updater. I don't recommend updating HP's software unless you have a specific need to do so)

ccApp and osCheck (Remnants from the removal of Norton). If you removed Norton, then you should run this program which completely removes it: http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/Uninstallers/Norton-Removal-Tool.shtml

PCMService
Adobe Gamma Loader
ctfmon (Part of Office. Will return if unchecked, but causes no resourse loss)
BT Broadband Help


Necessary:

remind_xp (Reminder to create your recovery cd's/dvd's) Very important!

RECGUARD (Protects HP's recovery partition) Also very important.

SDTrayApp (From Spyware Doctor) If you don't use SD, it should be removed from add/remove programs.


SuperAntiSpyware (The free version doesn't need to run at startup. It can be disabled through SAS's Preferences). IMO, SAS is the single best antimalware application and well worth the $40.00 US for a lifetime subscription key.
 

RandyL

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#14
Hi Dan and Santa;
I would take Adobe Gamma Loader and HPwuSchd2 out of Santa's list of needed startup programs. Otherwise it looks good to me.

Adobe Gama Loader is part of PhotoShop wich I have. I personally could never tell the difference in color correction with it disabled.

HPwuSchd2 checks for software and driver updates for HP computers which I also have. A manual check for updates on their site is easy enough if you are experiencing any issues;

RandyL
 
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Wolfeymole

#15
All good replies and here is an extensive listing of what should and should not be in your Start Up section Dan from those nice people at Sysinfo
 
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#16
thanks alot for all your posts! i'll combine them all and disable the "outcasts"

i'll let you all know of the out come!

wish me luck and merry christmas!