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Slow computer repair?

Postby tom4018 » Sun Oct 09, 2016 11:15 am

Any suggestions on fixing a slow desktop? Windows 7 about 5 years old. Ran CCleaner, Spyware removers, Antivirus and anything else I can think of. Sometimes when you try to start a program you just get a spinning circle and it takes a while to open if it ever does open. A shutdown and restart helps slightly but only for a short period. Seeing it did not come with a Windows disc it looks like only way to reinstall is to buy one, repair disc does not work that I made. Tried a restore but it only has a recent point to go back to. Any suggestions?
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Re: Slow computer repair?

Postby Alan » Sun Oct 09, 2016 11:22 am

Have you ran a defrag?
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Re: Slow computer repair?

Postby slick4591 » Sun Oct 09, 2016 11:27 am

Clearing cache and history can also help. My brother re-formats his on occasion when his gets wonky, but I don't have a clue what's involved.
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Re: Slow computer repair?

Postby tom4018 » Sun Oct 09, 2016 11:31 am

Alan wrote:Have you ran a defrag?


Yes. It seems like it is always doing something in the background.
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Re: Slow computer repair?

Postby tom4018 » Sun Oct 09, 2016 11:33 am

slick4591 wrote:Clearing cache and history can also help. My brother re-formats his on occasion when his gets wonky, but I don't have a clue what's involved.


Done all the cleaning I know to do. Can't do a reformat without a Windows disk, guess I could order one off Ebay but hate to put a ton of money in ii.
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Re: Slow computer repair?

Postby Alan » Sun Oct 09, 2016 11:43 am

You probably have done a google search, but just in case here's 10 tips I found.

http://www.howtogeek.com/228570/10-quic ... indows-pc/
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Re: Slow computer repair?

Postby alisonb » Sun Oct 09, 2016 12:32 pm

It could perhaps be a hardware problem. Swollen or blown caps on the motherboard could slow a computer right down.
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Re: Slow computer repair?

Postby 1982vett » Sun Oct 09, 2016 1:04 pm

Running a memory hog of a program? Automatic updates that run automatically when you boot up might be a problem too...

You purchase information should have included the keys for reinstalling software.

If you don't have automatic downloads set to specific times, such as 3 am, the machine is probably doing it on boot up. Get several programs doing this at start up and you quickly loose bandwidth and system resources till they finish.

Antivirus, spyware, system tools.....get them running at the same time eats up resources too. i have all this scheduled to happen after midnight so it doesn't happen while I'm trying yo use the computer. I still get caught by microsofts updates from time to time which is a bit of an annoyance.
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Re: Slow computer repair?

Postby wlamarparmer » Sun Oct 09, 2016 2:59 pm

Download run Malwarebytes, works for me, usually say no malware found, but 10-12 potential unwanted
programs running. Allow them delete all good for while. free program, I get good results. These just appears
to be advertising programs, but track, log and slow down systems. I run anytime computer seems to slow.
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Re: Slow computer repair?

Postby greybeard » Sun Oct 09, 2016 4:12 pm

Seeing it did not come with a Windows disc it looks like only way to reinstall is to buy one, repair disc does not work that I made. Any suggestions?


If it came new with Win7, odds are the OS was installed from a separate/hidden recovery partition on the hard drive--and not from a CD, but I won't guarantee that. Few computers or laptops come with a set of discs of any kind for the operating system nowadays.
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Re: Slow computer repair?

Postby Kingfisher » Sun Oct 09, 2016 4:22 pm

Down load what you want to save if you can and re install operating system. Or...go get a new one. 7 year old computer is a dinosaur
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Re: Slow computer repair?

Postby greybeard » Sun Oct 09, 2016 6:49 pm

Another option, is to start windows in safe mode and run all your antivirus-anti spam-anti spyware from there. Your desktop will look a little different :D but safe mode only allows the loading of most important programs.
The MS instructions say to press and hold down the f8 key, but I've always just tapped f8 several times in quick succession.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/hel ... -safe-mode
Should bring up this dialog box:
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(oh--and make sure you don't have your AV running when running malwarebytes or other security programs. The 2 apps will fight each other.)
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Re: Slow computer repair?

Postby tom4018 » Sun Oct 09, 2016 8:58 pm

It may be the hard drive, I tried running a disk check and getting an error about a software installation. May have to buy a Windows disc and try reinstalling, if that does not do it may need a hard drive. Opinions on Windows 10?
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Re: Slow computer repair?

Postby tom4018 » Sun Oct 09, 2016 11:40 pm

Well after numerous google searches I might have found something. This program found a keylogger. https://toolslib.net/downloads/viewdown ... dwcleaner/.

Cleaned it using that program and it has ran more normal for longer than it has before. Time will tell.
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Re: Slow computer repair?

Postby Arkansas » Mon Oct 10, 2016 12:18 am

Sounds like you have backdoor runners.. I would try to wipe the drive and get a fresh new copy if you could afford it or download windows 10 for free and use it.. Only difference is it being free you get a water mark on your screen but you can update it as you need too. The good part is you don't have to pay that high dollar for a factory copy. Plus you can also use the PC code on the hard case of your desktop and upgrade it too a full install. Key-loggers are on almost all PC's if your on the Net at all these days without protection.
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