pollyp23

Pc Goes Slow After A Few Days

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I've got 1GB of memory, have cleaned out all the tmp files and have got loads of hard disc space.

I often run 5 or more IE windows, OE, a few spreadsheets and have a document of three open.

For the first few days, itsfine tabbing around windows and then it gets slower and slower untill I need to reboot, then off we go again.

Is there something running in the background? Am I asking too much?

I get Windows Exception errors after a while as well.

Help!

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What security software do you use Polly? As well as using Norton on all the machines in the office and house I also use CC Cleaner which is a free download and helps keep everything clean for me.

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What version of Windows are you running?

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as diana says run ccleaner

also i use eusing registry cleaner - http://www.eusing.com/free_registry_cleaner/registry_cleaner.htm

i use avg as spyware and virus cleaner, and also have malwarebytes which i run about once per month

lastly, is the cooling OK. I know of a user who had shoved their computer in a corner and surrpunded it with crap so it just got hotter and hotter and then stopped. removed the crap and it was fine. You can have the same with a laptop on your lap -the heat sink isnt cooled by your leg-it needs air.

if all else fails look at task manager and see whats running in processes.You can google the processes to see what they are.

also look in your system tray bottom right by the time and see whats there and if anything can be ended.

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Could be running hot I've seen huge build ups of fluff in the air intakes, inside the case so not visible, made a huge difference once removed. Also check it's not next to a heater or something. I'd install AVG as mentioned above and make sure you let the avg and windows updates run. You may want to forget about using IE and use Chrome instead, it should run faster. Also personally I'd reboot it more often.

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Could be running hot I've seen huge build ups of fluff in the air intakes, inside the case so not visible, made a huge difference once removed. Also check it's not next to a heater or something. I'd install AVG as mentioned above and make sure you let the avg and windows updates run. You may want to forget about using IE and use Chrome instead, it should run faster. Also personally I'd reboot it more often.

may be worth disconnecting the power, takng the lid off and hoovering it out VERY carefully. Take the opportunity to press down on the memory and cpu chips to make sure they are in properly.

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What version of Windows are you running?

XP

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What security software do you use Polly? As well as using Norton on all the machines in the office and house I also use CC Cleaner which is a free download and helps keep everything clean for me.

AVG and regular updates.

If it was slow all the time, I could understand it, but it isn't.

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Could be running hot I've seen huge build ups of fluff in the air intakes, inside the case so not visible, made a huge difference once removed. Also check it's not next to a heater or something. I'd install AVG as mentioned above and make sure you let the avg and windows updates run. You may want to forget about using IE and use Chrome instead, it should run faster. Also personally I'd reboot it more often.

BUt should I need to reboot often? There must be billions of PCs that run constantly and don't slow down after a few days?

Had the case to bits and cleaned the fan and cooling fins, so its not that?

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I have a couple of virtual machines that are on permanently and don't get this problem - there is no reason why you should if everything is working properly. There is no basic problem with windows that would cause this.

1Gb of RAM is just about OK for XP (but Vista and Win7 really need 2Gb). The performance difference between 1Gb and 2Gb is significant, However RAM is not that expensive so just go for 4Gb if your machine will take it.

That probably won't fix the basic problem though, If the machine is slowing down over a few days and you are getting an exception error you could have a rogue application that is causing a memory leak. Did this start after installing or updating a particular app?

Also, I think an exception error could be caused by hardware as well - it is possible you have some dodgy memory.

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I've got 1GB of memory, have cleaned out all the tmp files and have got loads of hard disc space.

I often run 5 or more IE windows, OE, a few spreadsheets and have a document of three open.

For the first few days, itsfine tabbing around windows and then it gets slower and slower untill I need to reboot, then off we go again.

Is there something running in the background? Am I asking too much?

I get Windows Exception errors after a while as well.

Help!

First I would run a full virus scan, I take it your AV updates hourly? unplug your internet conection, then run De-Frag, re-boot then leave internet unplugged and open up all your "Stuff" and see if it improves at all?

I run Avonquest System suite 12 Pro http://fixitutilitie...AQ_US_SS12_Site bloody brill, AV, Firewall and loads of system stuff!

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id check any plugins you have for your browser. zap any you dont want

go in control panel and into add or remove programs. look through that and remove anything you dont want.

look at your hard disk. how full is it? delete any stuff you dont want.

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Reboot the PC at least once a day - complete shutdown, not hibernate or standby. This lets Windows clear out all the temporary files etc that it generates (including the ones you may not be able to find), and generally do its own housekeeping.

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I have a couple of virtual machines that are on permanently and don't get this problem - there is no reason why you should if everything is working properly. There is no basic problem with windows that would cause this.

1Gb of RAM is just about OK for XP (but Vista and Win7 really need 2Gb). The performance difference between 1Gb and 2Gb is significant, However RAM is not that expensive so just go for 4Gb if your machine will take it.

That probably won't fix the basic problem though, If the machine is slowing down over a few days and you are getting an exception error you could have a rogue application that is causing a memory leak. Did this start after installing or updating a particular app?

Also, I think an exception error could be caused by hardware as well - it is possible you have some dodgy memory.

I think its always done it and I was beginning to think that it was just a feature of XP, sort of having it use up memory for appliactions that even when they are closed is not given back!

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Reboot the PC at least once a day - complete shutdown, not hibernate or standby. This lets Windows clear out all the temporary files etc that it generates (including the ones you may not be able to find), and generally do its own housekeeping.

This will work, I know but why is it necessary?

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This will work, I know but why is it necessary?

cos windoze is poorly written

I have found that a lot of copying and pasting of images slows pc's down and a reboot does the trick. Especially using alt-PrtSc and pasting the result.

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Beware, we will get a MACuser attack!

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i Know this may sound crazy but this happened to a friend of mine she found out someone was using her wifi as it was not secure, tuned out it was a neighbour downloading films over her connection, she's now added a pin and all works fine, whether this was the reason or not we will never know but it certainly helped her,

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i Know this may sound crazy but this happened to a friend of mine she found out someone was using her wifi as it was not secure, tuned out it was a neighbour downloading films over her connection, she's now added a pin and all works fine, whether this was the reason or not we will never know but it certainly helped her,

And it can be tempting to use a neighbours if yours is down (I don't but have but have been tempted, and it's so obvious who uses protection - ?), so you really must use a password).

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I think its always done it and I was beginning to think that it was just a feature of XP, sort of having it use up memory for appliactions that even when they are closed is not given back!

XP may be it a bit long in the tooth but it is a very good OS, as is Win7 actually (shame about Vista though). I have an XP virtual machine that has been running for months with no problem.

I work in IT but am not a windows expert, but I have not heard of a problem like this with XP. You are fully up to date with service packs and patches I hope?

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Try Memtest:- http://www.memtest.org/

If all is Ok its possible your CPU chip needs new heat paste and/or heatsink/fan. Similarly the chipset may need new fan.

If you reinstall your OS from scratch, install bare minimum apps, use the PC as usual to test it. If it still does it then your problem is usually hardware related.

Hope this helps.

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Ignore the Link above, Try this instead :- http://www.memtest86.com/

Both pretty much the same but this has the instructions on the site and is incidentally the original app.

(I tried to edit above post but wasn't allowed once posted)

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I recommend the free version of Advanced System Care. While it includes some security feature It is not a replacement for a an anti-virus product, it is more like service tool.

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XP may be it a bit long in the tooth but it is a very good OS, as is Win7 actually (shame about Vista though). I have an XP virtual machine that has been running for months with no problem.

I work in IT but am not a windows expert, but I have not heard of a problem like this with XP. You are fully up to date with service packs and patches I hope?

YEs, AFAIK. Its doing it now: I click on the X in a box button top right and it takes 5 or 6 seconds to even shut a window.

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umm

when you do a reboot do you restart or shout down and restart?

i'd reccoement a shutdown, wait 20 secs, the restart.

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